I'm in the middle of a pieced and embroidered quilt. I know the pieced blocks need to be quilted, but I don't know if the embroidered blocks should also be quilted....
The embroidered blocks are 9x10 with a centered design that leaves 2/3 of the block un-stitched except for the where borders and joinings are.
Any help would be appreciated.
I would say yes because of the size of the block. When I quilted around mine I just used a simple meander right up to and around the design. I also used a thread that matched my background fabric and you don't really even notice it's there. I think doing this makes the designs pop better and have seen other quilters echo around the designs as well.
sandy, the embroidered blocks need to have the same amount of quilting as your other blocks or they will poof up funny.
gini in north idaho
I would certainly quilt within the blocks of the embroidery. It depends on what you want whether you quilt over the embroidery design or around it. If I am quilting over the design, I don't put a lot of quilting on the design itself. Just enough to hold it down. If you quilt close around it the design, will pop out a little and if you quilt over the design, it will lay down, of course. All depends on what you like. There is no hard and fast rule.
If the 1/3 is a single say solid rose and you want it to stand out, then do not quilt it. But if it has multiples of tiny flowers, butterflys, etc., then I would stitch them down.