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« on: October 24, 2012 04:36:50 PM »

I am attempting to make two quilts before Christmas for my daughters. My design is all applique which I have never done in quilting before. One is a forest day themed quilt for Abigail Sunshine and the other is a forest night themed quilt for Penelope Moonbeam. So a huge tree and tons of animals peeking, sun/moon/ stars and all that jazz... I'M SO EXCITED!!!

So my question is what are your favorite techniques? Any advice on whether to use bonding or not? Raw edges stitched or fold under.... I'm lost!
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2012 04:42:59 PM »

Personally I prefer raw edge applique and to use some kind of bonding.  But I'm pretty lazy and to me applique is just too much work to be worth it if you do turned edges. And I might just not know how to do turned edges correctly Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2012 06:37:07 PM »

so you think if I used heat n bond on my appliques and satin stitched it (or attempted to satin stitch, my machine doesnt agree) that it would hold up to all of the wear from a toddler?
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2012 09:45:45 PM »

Heck I would just zig zag stitch it and call it good. Satin stitch would be better though. Yeah I think it would be ok, but maybe someone else with more applique experience than me will weigh in.
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2012 03:03:16 PM »

I would satin stitch and if you have troubles do a slow zig-zag and do it a few times. even when you use heat and bond, I find it frays at the edges and sometimes come off. Also kids might try and peel off which might result in more fraying or actually peeling it off. However there is a type of crafty cut applique which is just a straight stitch around the patch and you either zig-zag cut, or let fray on purpose.
http://www.emblibrary.com/EL/Products.aspx?Catalog=Emblibrary&ProductID=Y3295
Here's an example of a crafty cut bird applique. It's for machine embroidery, but could easily be done with a regular sewing machine, expect for the yellow bits, you could just use fabric or nothing for those.
Hope this gives you some ideas.
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2012 11:14:11 AM »

awesome advice from both of you and thanks for the link.

 I think I'm going to do something in between. My machine is a old singer 401a,  and a satin stitch is really hard to achieve. I will post pictures when I'm done!

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