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Do you quilt over large appliques?

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Judy T-Bellingham posted on Sat, Aug 20 2011 5:27 PM

I'm qulting a lap quilt. The center section has several fairly good sized appliques. (one is 18" x 8" in size" I'm quilting around them but I'm wondering if I should do some kind of quilting inside the appliques? Is there  any recommendation that says if an appliques is over a certain size, it's a good idea to stitch inside it?


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Judy, I was thinking about this just the other day. while I have no answer. I do share your question and look forward to finding the answer. If anyone can tell us, it is here.

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It depends on the type of batting you are using but if you have something as big as 18", I would try to find ways to enhance the applique through stitching if possible.  I think most batting you should stitch at least every 4-5" with something to tack the layers together.  I did a quilt for someone that had large sunbonnet sue's in blocks all over the quilt.  She just wanted a meander through it all so that's what I did.  She loved it.  So I would say it is up to you on what look you want but I would definitely do something.

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Good question, Judy.  I'm too new at quilting to have an opinion on it with regard to making a quilt.  I did read on the batting package that it should be quilted about every 4 inches. 

When doing applique on t-shirts (with batting in the middle) I have not done any quilt stitching inside the large applique area; some larger than 4 inches across.  However, it had a permanent spray glue between the batting and the fabric on both sides of the batting when constructing it.  The t-shirts have been through the washer about a dozen times each on regular cycles and there is no separation. 

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Jeanine:

It depends on the type of batting you are using but if you have something as big as 18", I would try to find ways to enhance the applique through stitching if possible.  I think most batting you should stitch at least every 4-5" with something to tack the layers together.  .... I would say it is up to you on what look you want but I would definitely do something.

Thanks that makes sense. I'll run some stitches within the appliques.


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Kath:

Good question, Judy.  I'm too new at quilting to have an opinion on it with regard to making a quilt.  I did read on the batting package that it should be quilted about every 4 inches. 

When doing applique on t-shirts (with batting in the middle) I have not done any quilt stitching inside the large applique area.....The t-shirts have been through the washer about a dozen times each on regular cycles and there is no separation. 

Thanks Kath, good point about the 4".  I'm not concerned about the appliques coming off as I've blanket stitched around each one. My concern was leaving too big an area and the layers bunching up when washed. I guess I'll go ahead and run some stitches within the inside of the appliques.


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Kath:

..When doing applique on t-shirts (with batting in the middle) .... it had a permanent spray glue between the batting and the fabric on both sides of the batting when constructing it.  The t-shirts have been through the washer about a dozen times each on regular cycles and there is no separation. 

Kath, I find this interesting. I've never done appliques on a T-shirt and I would like to. So, what do you do? You glue batting on the back of the fabric and then cut it out in the shape you want? Do you then glue that to the Tshirt?


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Nana replied on Sat, Aug 20 2011 7:03 PM

Judy

I have quilted over appliques in the past and they looked fine.  Good luck.

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Edna replied on Sat, Aug 20 2011 8:09 PM

Hi Judy:

Yes, I would do quilting inside the large areas of applique. Matching themed embroidery would be my suggestion. Edna

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gini replied on Sat, Aug 20 2011 11:11 PM

i  quilt inside large applique.   you can use a pattern to enhance the design.  also, if you have closer quilting outside the applique,  that large a space will look funny unquilted and may even bulge up.   

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Judy, that's exactly how I've done it -- as you described.  First step is a sandwich -- batting on the bottom, applique fabric and then a paper design on the top.  Cut around the paper design on the top and then peel off the paper.  Put the applique and batting sandwich on the t-shirt and stitch around it.  

I've been using machine applique designs from Embroidery Library and they put a die line on the fabric first so you know where to place the applique sandwich.  Works like a charm. 

 

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