Leah, When you make your appliqué quilts like the one you demonstrate with, prior to quilting, do you satin stitch the raw edges, turn them under or just leave them raw? (I'm also thinking about the quilt with the Ying/Yang symbol)This is a great question and one that reminded me that this video series and all its information is WAY overdue so I've probably confused a large number of people.
Thanks again, Suzanne from Concord, Massachusetts
So here's the deal about machine applique:
First off, as I stated in the video I am fusing this applique using Steam-a-Seam 2 lite. Because this is FUSIBLE applique, I'm not turning any edges under at all.
Once the paper gets torn off the back side of the piece, I place it, then fuse it down with a hot, steamy iron.
Now just because I'm fusing these projects doesn't mean that this is the technique I use for EVERY project. I also really like the effect of a turned edge applique, and I used this technique around the circle of Shadow Self:
But again, this isn't the only method! I've also hand appliqued a considerable amount and the whole body, hair, and heart of Release Your Light was first turned using more freezer paper, glued in place, then hand stitched to secure.
In this situation with these 4 quick applique quilts, I was going for speed more than anything else.
Speed dictates fusing because turned edges can be very time consuming.
Of course you can kill any speed and time you've saved from fusing by satin stitching each piece, which I learned with the heart applique quilt. 24 hearts took forever to machine applique!
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Of course, all machines are different, but I like to blanket stitch on these settings: width - 2.2mm, length - 2.3 mm.
Now let's learn how to machine applique using a satin stitch around a heart:
For satin stitching, I like the stitch width to be around 2.2 mm and the length to be 0.35.
On the rest of the quilts, I will probably stitch a much more open zig zag, blanket stitch, or simply straight stitch 1/8" inside the raw edge.
Raw edges aren't the worst thing in the world and sometimes that's just what the doctor... er ...quilter ordered!
If you need a super quick finish to a quilt that will be well used and well loved as a bed quilt, there's no need to spend a huge amount of time securing every single lose thread or raw edge. There's bound to be a bit of fraying over the long haul!
So now I'm off to finish up all the machine applique and start getting these bad girls basted!
Let's go quilt,
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