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1975Jumby
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Date: 7/22/12 4:30 PM

I'm making my first quilt/wall hanging for my niece and I'm really looking forward to it. It's a basic 36" square quilt with 9 blocks in the center 2" borders surrounding the each block and then a final 2" border around all of that. (Hope I'm explaining that well...I wanted to post a pic of the quilt I'm mirroring, but can't get the link to work).

Anyway, my question is, would there be any problem piecing the entire front of the quilt together BEFORE I began embroidering in the individual blocks? I'm using my Ellisimo's 8x8 hoop and it's pretty big. I don't want to waste fabric and have to cut my individual blocks bigger than they need to be.

Can I just piece the whole front and then embroider? I can't see why not, but since I haven't done this before, I thought I would ask you all.

Thanks!

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Date: 7/22/12 6:05 PM

I don't think so, and see no huge reasons not too, as with no batting in there, it would still roll or stack up on the sides of a hoop pretty well. The only dis-advantages I could think of, might be just in case you made a mistake in embroidering. Then you might have to pick it out and redo over on top, in a way you would not, if you instead embroidered individual pieces first, because then instead if you decided you did not like any of them for any reason (like maybe got a wrinkle in them, or decided you did not like that color of thread on that color of fabric or whatever after the fact) then instead of just tossing that smaller piece of fabric, and starting over with a new small pieces of fabric, now it would be attached to lots of other pieces of fabric. Also sometimes no matter how hard you try, or how good you stabilize, embroidery might make something still pucker up a tiny bit. Maybe why some people often embroider on a larger piece of fabric first, then cut it down afterwards to the block shape, or to use it as an insert in something, but it's a quilt, so going to have some quilting though it later that is going to cause some dimension and 3D going on with it anyways. So I think I would just do whatever felt right and was actually easiest for me.

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Date: 7/22/12 6:41 PM

I thought about the mistake factor after I wrote this....I think the best option now is to get some fusible stablizer and iron it on a nice long piece of fabric and when I'm done with one design, just slide the fabric down a little bit so the stabilizer isn't wasted. I'll try that with two blocks to see how it turns out.

I would hate to make a mistake and have the whole top together with no easy way out. LOL!

Thanks for the input!

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Date: 7/23/12 1:06 PM

Embroider the fabric before you cut into the pieces required for the block itself. Embroidering it will cause it to draw up fabric so you need to account for this. Also after you've put it all together then the embroidery machines screws up (been there done that) you basically have to start over as it's almost impossible to remove and embroidery design.

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Date: 7/24/12 10:29 AM

When the embroidery is light, I ME after the quilt is finished. I use a Magna Hoop so the quilt does not have to be forced between the outer and inner hoop. This way the designs go through the entire quilt and appear to look like quilting.

If there will be a high stitch count in the designs you will be using, it may be best to ME then trim the block to size. Not much will be wasted.

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Date: 7/24/12 1:08 PM

Thanks for the tip, PattiAnn.....I have a few projects coming down the road where I think I might try that. I can see where it would make the back look really nice if you're using a simple outline type design.

I'm sure some of you have seen my other thread about stabilizer and I ended up using two sheets of Soft N Sheer on one of my blocks last night. The result was good..still a little puckering and that leads me to believe that the heavy cut-away might solve the problem. Emblibrary.Com had a nice article on how to hoop/embroider quilter's cotton, so I picked up a little info there as well.

I did read somewhere that one method to avoid puckering is to hoop an adhesive stabilizer, like Sulky Sticky Plus, along with a sheet of tear away and then adhere your fabric on top. I think I might try that tonight and float another layer or tear away underneath the hoop, since I've never tried that before and I'd like to see the result. Anyone ever do this before?

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