Thursday, October 20, 2011

Applique Quilting Secrets

Recently, I quilted two basket quilts for the same customer.  This one is a table topper.  Cute idea for left over blocks.  Hopefully when you look at this quilt, you really notice the baskets.  They just pop off the quilt.   
There are a couple secrets to making your applique really POP.  SID (stitch-in-the-ditch) and dense quilting is needed.  Here is my approach.
First SID (stitch-in-the-ditch) all the applique and block itself.  If you skip this step, all the pieced will look like a big BLOB on the quilt.  SID makes each piece stand out - crisp and sharp.  Next I added a feather design in each of the four corners.
Not bad... looking good. But when you add the extra quilting, it really makes those baskets sing!
Try it on your next applique quilting project.


jenclair said...

Wow! Beautiful quilt and beautiful stitching!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Love your quilt. I love working with 30s fabrics. Your quilting is awesome.

Barb said...

It does sing...thanks for the tip