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Dorothy’s Quilt

By Mary Covey

Free Motion Long Arm Machine Quilting

Dorothy Smith’s Quilt
– www.marycoveydesigns.com

This beautiful quilt was made by Dorothy Smith. She used scraps with vibrant colors that stand out on an all white background. This is a sample of one of the blocks. The blocks were surrounded by four appliqué borders, all in different color ways,  red – purple – blue- orange. Dorothy says she will be binding the quilt in the green from the vine to frame the quilt.

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Dorothy Smith's Quilt

Semi Feathers
www.marycoveydesigns.com

IMG_3268 IMG_3271IMG_3268IMG_3268I used Aurifil 50wt thread on the top and in the bobbin for a really strong, fine stitch. Dorothy’s workmanship is truly outstanding! It was my pleasure doing free motion long arm quilting on this beautiful quilt. #freemotion #longarmquilting #design

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Quilting Applique

By Mary Covey

Quilting #MaryCoveyDesigns

Long Arm Machine Quilting by Mary Covey – www.marycoveydesigns.com

Quilting Applique can add beauty and dimension to a quilt. Quilters will often spend hours appliquéing flowers, vines and shapes on a block or border of their quilt, only to be lost when it comes to deciding how to quilt their applique’.

If you quilt over the pieces you will lose the dimension that the applique’ adds. If you don’t quilt the applique’ at all, the area puffs up and could get damaged. Too much – not enough – What is the answer? Of course each quilter has to decide for themselves, but I recommend a little of both. I like to echo around the shape and then add a few stitches to the shape itself.

I always try to study the shape to be quilted before I start. This helps me understand where the applique’ may need extra anchoring with stitches, like putting a vein in a leaf shape. It also makes me aware of areas to avoid like buttons or beading. Running over these with the machine can cause the needle to break which can cause damage to the quilt top or backing. If you are sending your quilt to a longarm quilter to be quilted, make them aware of objects like this that you have added to your applique’.

When quilting applique’ shapes there will be areas that you will want to leave unquilted. This is perfectly fine as long as the area is not too large. Remember that equal density in the overall look of the quilt is very important. The unquilted areas of the applique’ will be the first place that your eye is drawn to when viewing the quilt.

#quiltapplique #longarmmachinequilting #sewing

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