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
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.
Agnes in NW Ontario
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
gini in north idaho
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.
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.
Thanks Agnes for yr reply. I'm going to try appliquéing after I've done the quilting . I hope it turns out for me.
sandy florida USAUSA
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
Didn't think about my hand getting tired. That would bother me. And I have 20 blocks to do!
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