A Quilty Kind of Girl

March 26, 2010

Easter Mini Quilt Along – Day Four

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Yay! It’s time to stitch down our applique! Now I did promise you I would return with instructions on how to blanket stitch your applique. All I’m going to say about THAT is…. don’t ask. k? 🙂 It turns out, that straight stitching around all of our appliques shapes is going to be just as AWESOME! (and much much easier!)

So first of all, put your regular presser foot on your sewing machine. If you have a clear applique foot, that is your best option. You should not use the quarter inch foot, as the guide will rub on your shapes, and irritate you by lifting the shapes off the fabric. Not good. Now, choose threads that will go with your letters, eggs, and bunny. I used a chocolate brown to match Mr.Bunny, and variegated reddish pink for the rest. Here are a few little tips:
1) Sew very slowly. You want your stitches to stay on the applique, not fall off the edge. The shapes are small and there are lots of curves. When you need to turn or pivot the fabric, leave the needle down in the fabric, lift the presser foot, and turn the fabric just enough to make the next stitch. You may feel as though you are crawling. It’s ok! It will be worth it. 🙂
2) When I begin stitching, I do not snip the threads. After each shape, I flip the quilt and pull the top thread to the back side and tie a note with the bobbin thread. This prevents the applique stitches from falling out later.
3) Put a new needle in your machine before beginning. It’s nice to have a good sharp needle to penetrate the extra layer of fusible web between the fabrics.

I think you are all set to go… so here are some pictures….

Hoppy Easter!

The Easter Mini Quilt, all ready for applique stitching! YAY!

Stitching the bunny applique.

When stitching applique, I always start with my needle down. Since he is so small, I will only take one stitch at a time. As the shape curves, leave your needle down in the fabric, lift your presser foot and turn your fabric slightly to keep the stitching line inside the applique.

Applique Eggs

Now I have changed to a variegated thread and will stitch the eggs in the way I did the bunny.

The eggs finished.

Here's a look at the eggs with the top stitching finished.

Letters appliqued.

The letters were done the same way as the other appliques.

The stitching on Mr. Bunny.

Look at his cutie little tail!

So as always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to send me an email : bradie at quiltcetera dot com , or leave a comment, and I’ll get back to ASAP! Have pics to share yet? Come and join the flickr group!
I can’t wait to see what you’ve made! I’ll be trying hard to quilt mine this weekend, but we’ll see how that works out. It’s going to be busy around her, but that’s pretty typical for a family of ten! Enjoy your weekend my quilty friends!

And just for fun, here are some pics of the babes….

Checking out sissies raisins.

Hmmmmm. I wonder if I could snag her raisins too?

Taking a peek at big bro's raisins.

Hey. I think he has more than me!

The pout.

Don't they know I'm the BABY?!

Quilty Hugs,

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