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Sandra bryan posted on Tue, Jul 8 2014 7:42 PM

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I am making a sweet sue quilt for my daughter for Christmas. I'm using pale yellow blocks and white blocks and the white ones will have sweet sue on them. I would like to quilt the layers first with maybe 1 1/2  inch wide hatch quilting  and then hand appliqué sweet sue afterwards.  I've seen a picture of a quilt like this and like the look of it.

My question is....  Is this the right way to go about this.  I'm afraid I won't be able to appliqué on top of the quilting.

 

thank you sandy

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Agnes replied on Tue, Jul 8 2014 9:22 PM

There is no right or wrong way. I have done it both ways but can't say that I found one harder than the other. In fact for one I cross hatched by machine and then hand appliqued. Sure beats all those stops and starts that you are dealing with when cross hatching afterwards.

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gini replied on Tue, Jul 8 2014 10:26 PM

the less bulk you have to hold in your hand the easier it is.  I just added some applique to an already pieced wall hanging.  not impossible, but my hand got really  tired.  I would hate to do an entire quilt that way

 

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I just posted a picture in have you worked on a quilt today of my iris, which I cross hatched first. But I machine appliquéd the iris on it. I agree with Gini, it might be bulky to hand appliqué.

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Nana replied on Wed, Jul 9 2014 1:36 AM

I don't mind doing machine applique on an already quilted quilt but find it too bulky to do hand applique.  If I want to hand applique I do the applique on the block before piecing the quilt.

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Thanks Agnes for yr reply. I'm going to try appliquéing after I've done the quilting . I hope it turns out for me.

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I would think it would be bulky too and maneuvering a big quilt around. I've never done a quilt with hand appliqué after , or at all, and would like to see if I prefer this method. 

Thanks. Sandy in Florida USA

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Didn't think about my hand getting tired. That would bother me. And I have 20 blocks to do!

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Hi Sandra!

This is the QCA Admin, Rachel. I posted your question on QCA's Facebook page, and it has gotten a lot of great responses! Check it out here:

https://www.facebook.com/QuiltersClubofAmerica/posts/10152192385135671

 

Best,

QCA Rachel

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