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July 17, 2007


carole Meier

Your method sounds good to me! As for the thread, I usually intertwine them in between the back stitches usually looping around a stitch. I use the blind hem stitch. The other option would be to pull them all througth when your quilt is sandwiched so that it gets stuck in the batting. That would entail long hours of just filing thread and that would make me sick to my stomack. So far I haven't had a problem with intertwining on the back. Gosh am I making any sense? I'm presently playing catchup with blogs but a good reference mannuel is Harriet Hargraves on Machine applique. Your block look great! Take care.


Hearing about your methods, and seeing your photos, has been a great lesson in an introduction to machine applique. And your block is so pretty! Happy Days! :o)

Lisa D.

I love your applique project, Nicole. It makes me envious that my machine doesn't do that cool buttonhole stitch. Very pretty!


Looks wonderful. When I've used my blanket stitch - I usually try to overlap my start and stop stitches. That seems to lock everything down.


Your block looks very pretty! I agree with using the Steam a Seam Lite - less bulk in your finished quilt, especially with the "donut" method. I used to sew with the satin stitch, but when I discovered the blanket stitch, it has pretty much been my one and only. It gives such a tidy (and handmade)appearance to the appliques, I think.
I own a Husqvarna/Viking machine, and it has a "fix" button that I use to finish off each applique piece. The needle goes up and down several times in one spot and knots the thread.
I've been using the fusible webbing on appliqued quilts for many years now, and after repeated washings and hard use (the quilts were for my grandkids), the webbing has stayed in place - it's good stuff!
Another very nice tutorial, Nicole - thank you!


I'm lovin' your lattice! At the beginning of machine buttonhole stitching, I try to sneak in a couple of very short straight stitches that I then reverse stitch over before continuing on with the buttonhole stitch. I try to do the same thing at the end if it won't look awful--depends on how the beginning and ending stitches are lining up. My Bernina has the lock stitch at the beginning and end. I don't use it often because it seams a little messy sometimes. Have fun!


Very Nice Nicole! I'd say you're an old pro at that machine applique -- that back looks perfect!


You dissolved your freezer paper? How on earth did that happen? Were you crying on it?! LOL! Your machine applique looks fabulous though! I love the Fig Tree patterns and I've looked at that one several times. Excellent! Cool Bernina foot too. I'd vaguely heard mutterings about a 1/4" foot with guide but hadn't paid much attention. I think I'll need to check into that!

Leigh Gibson

I agree Nicole I don't think your appliqué will move any where in a hurry.
It looks perfect to me. I wish my m/c did button hole stitch. Maybe it's a good reason to there's a thought ;-)


That one stitch is the whole reason I bought my Viking. It does 3 in and 2 up and down and I love the look of the stitch. The one on my Alex Anderson Bernina is nice, but I always use the Viking for buttonhole applique, which is my favorite machine applique stitch. This is a great block. I will love seeing your completed quilt. I like the colors a little better than the ones in the sample picture post above.

"The Quilted Sky, LLC"

To hide the knots on the back . . . tie your knot close to the backing but leave about a 1/16th of an inch. Use a self threading needle and pull the ends with the knot into your backing. Tug lightly until you hear or feel a "pop" sound. This will be the knot pulling through the fabric. Pull the threads through the backing and back out of the fabric. Give a little pull so that the threads give a slight gather and then cut threads close to backing. The end result is that the knot and the threads are under your backing fabric.

Term Papers

Looks wonderful. When I've used my blanket stitch - I usually try to overlap my start and stop stitches. That seems to lock everything down.

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