I have done several quilts with embroidery. I always embroider the blocks FIRST, then put the top together. The best way I found was to use the peel and stick tear away stabilizer. I cut it to fit the hoop, peeled away the backing, placed my fabric on it AND THEN hooped. It does cause a bit of glue residue on the hoop but you can get that of with Goop away or rubbing alchol. Be sure to use the proper weight backing for the type of embroidery. Use the needle size you would use for embroidery. Yes the needle will get gooped up, use "Sewer's Aid" to clean your needles to get longer life out of them. After the embroidery is done then remove the rest of the stabalizer and put your quilt together. Be careful when pulling away nthe stablizer that you do not unravel the edges of your material.
If you can not do the blocks first, follow the same procedure with the whole quilt. I found that any hooping marks were removed in the wash. Hope this helps
Denise aka denilyn,
If the portion of the quilt you want your applique on is 100% cotton then I would use a tear-a-way stabilizer. Since it's applique and not a dense design you should be ok. For a more dense design you could use a lightweight cut-a-way. You also do not need the sticky stabilizer if you have a "fix" button on your embroidery machine that will stitch around the design to hold the top in place while the design stitches. It's your choice. I've done a lot of embroidery machine applique and love it and so will you.
Don't forget that you can use your embroidery machine to do some quilting. Maybe a butterfly in each corner of the quilt? If you do that and want to hoop the quilt, then you need a hoop that is designed for quilting. Mine is called a "Do All Quilters Hoop". I have a Husqvarna Viking embroidery machine. You would not need any stabilizer as the batting and backing are sufficient. You would use the same thread in the bobbin that you use in the top. You could also just use the fix stitch to hold it in the hoop. If you do hoop the quilt, then the markings will come out when washed as mentioned by Elizabeth.
Can't wait to see your project!
I've embroidered on a "whole" quilt top before. It can be done, but I agree, embroiderying block by block is easier especially if you are a beginner. Either way this is what I do:Hoop your stabilizer. Just your stabilizer. Since you are appliquing I would use a tear away, but if you want something permanent a light weight cutaway might be okay. This is something you want to experiment with first to see which you like better.
Spray the hooped stablizer with KK2000 (http://www.sulky.com/adhesives/index_adhesives.php ). Lay the quilt block on the stabilizer and adjust as needed until the portion of the block you want to embroider on is centered in the hoop.
Start the applique according to the instructions that should have come with your design. Always test your design on scraps before putting it on the real thing!If you are going to applique on the whole top (because you want to applique across seams) use pins on the corners of the stablizer that hang off the edge of the hoop. BE CERTAIN THOSE PINS CAN'T SLIP INTO THE PATH OF THE NEEDLE! And if you are appliquing across a seam, do a sample first. My machine really doesn't like to embroider over seams depending on the design.
I was just gonna say i'd use cut away or tear away hope all goes well.
Quilting My Rainbow
I was taught to use an iron on woven interfacing and a medium to heavy weight tear away stabilizer. the iron on woven interfacing keeps your quilt nicer especially if its ever washed.
A day stitched in prayer
I was also taught to cut strips of my material about 2 inches larger than my squares, embroidery down the strip then cut out your squares. If I don't want to put my strip in the actual hoop, I hoop my tear away then spray int with adhesive quilting spray, place my strip on top and baste around the edge to hold it in place until I'm finished with that embroidery.
On needle size I use a 80/12 embroidery for most everything, sometimes a 75/11 embroidery needle.