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    Applique, unsure

    I don't applique but it looks really great on quilts I would like to add a couple of appliqued pieces to a quilt, if I use heat and bond is it always necessary to sew around them? Some of the pieces are really cut with detail (snowflakes). Need direction here.

    #2
    Re: Applique, unsure

    Sorry, I am no help, but hoping someone else will come along with information for you. Does the heat and bond say that it is permanent through washing?
    Lisa

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      #3
      Re: Applique, unsure

      In my experience any part you do not sew down will pull off eventually, sometimes you may want to just do a line down a snowflake arm to hold it down then the edges will fluff up after washing adding a bit of texture, I did this when I made a fall leaf quilt for a friend and she loved how the leave edges sort of curled up like a real leaf.
      Beth

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        #4
        Re: Applique, unsure

        I don't do it often, but when I do, I always sew it down.
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          #5
          Re: Applique, unsure

          I use steam a seam as I don't like heat and bond or wonder under. I always sew around it. Depending on the look a straight stitch to let it fray a bit, or a blanket stitch or a satin stitch. I made a runner for hulamoon maybe she will pop in here with a picture, I did blanket stitch on hers.
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            #6
            Re: Applique, unsure

            I always sew around my appliques. If the quilt is going to be washed a lot..it helps keep the edges from fraying.
            Donna
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              #7
              Re: Applique, unsure

              I always sew down everything I attach with a fusible, even if it's just a straight stitch around the fused edge. It's easier to do it during construction than after the quilt is completed.
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                #8
                Re: Applique, unsure

                OK, one thing I have done on some projects is, instead of stitching it down, I attach with the heat and bond. Then I take fabric paint (such as Scribbles) and run a thin line of that along the edge. With a snowflake, they make some that is snow colored and has little flakes in it so it makes it glitter a little. I can't guarantee it will last forever but I have several things I have washed a bunch of times and they are still fine.

                That being said, I normally stitch it down...but will admit I have "cheated" a couple times with the fabric paint.
                Debbie

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                  #9
                  Re: Applique, unsure

                  Back in the 80's it was popular around here to add silk flowers [taken apart and flattened] to sweat suits and then embellish with fabric paint, buttons etc. I have used heat n bond for this then painted the edges with fabric paint and it lasted pretty well through many washes.

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