So Emergence has been the girl on my tables all weekend because this quilt just NEEDS TO BE DONE! I'm really tired of her not looking right, and even more tired of throwing her around the house when she gets in my way. It seems like every time I turn around she's stretched out on the table or couch or wherever I want to work on something else. She needs to be finished!
So this weekend was mostly spent getting her hair created and glued in place.
This is the first time I'm applying complex appliques over quilted fabric and it's not been the easiest experience. Next time, I'll plan the quilt properly and do this BEFORE she's quilted!
Already, I like her a lot better because she actually has a face now. I marked the eyes, nose, and mouth, quilted the outlines, then carefully microstippled around to fill in the background. The good thing with adding the hair is I messed up a section on her left cheek and simply was able to add a new piece of hair to cover it up.
Now when it comes to securing this applique mess, I had a lot of different choices and options. On the one hand, hand appliquing is a natural choice because it will produce the most perfect, seamless results. The stitching won't show from the back of the quilt and her hair might just appear to have been designed this way from the start.
The downside is speed. I feel like I have 50 projects all breathing down my neck at the moment, and I honestly really want to be starting Duchess Reigns, not spending the next 3 months hand appliqueing this troublesome quilt!
The alternative option is to machine applique - either zigzag, top stitch, or blanket stitch the edges of the hair to secure them to the quilt. Of course this means the stitching will go all the way through the quilt and be noticeable on both sides.
The upside in this situation is speed. I'll be able to machine applique this mess in place in a few hours.
So...speed verses effect. In this one situation, with multiple handwork projects already piling up around the house, with a limited amount of time to spend fixing this quilt, with all those considerations in place, I've decided to machine applique the hair down.
On a different quilt, or if I'd planned ahead with this particular quilt, I probably wouldn't be making this choice. I'm not a huge fan of machine applique, but this quilt needs to be finished and this isn't even the last step for her improvement.
After the hair is secured, I'll be painting her body with metallic paint and that will take several more days of careful, tedious work. Well, it must be done, so I'd better get to it!
Let's go quilt,