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Topic: Where does the applique fit in?  (Read 876 times)
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« on: September 01, 2011 05:22:44 PM »

I've started a little (read, quick and dirty, hence the enormous pieces) baby quilt for my niece who is giving birth in a month. I had an idea to do half sky, half a nice green hill, and then applique a tree over it. I found this cute image of an owl in a tree and decided to 'pay homage' hehe...

And here's the pattern on the quilt top so far. I'm actually going to flip the tree the other way and have the owl looking at a crescent moon in the sky. Also the trunk will reach the bottom of the quilt, that's just how big the tracing paper was.

Anyway, my question is... at which stage do I applique the tree and owl on to the top? My instinct is telling me to do it to the top on its own, but then when I quilt everything together, do I just sew carefully up to the appliqued pieces? Or do I applique once the whole sandwich is together?
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2011 06:23:25 PM »

This is from my mom, who is a zillion times better at applique than I will ever hope to be. She says your instinct is entirely correct - you want to have a complete top before you go to quilt, with only a very few exceptions. Then, when you do quilt, just carefully go up to the appliqued design, and quilt around it - this'll make the applique look kind of puffy and make it stand out from the rest. Then, if you want, you can free motion quilt in a different design to enhance the applique (think feathers on the bird, grain on the tree.)
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2011 06:50:18 PM »

Yay, thanks!
Got to run to the store for some adhesive and a bit of fabric for the moon, then I'm going to applique away!
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