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Date: 10/12/13 11:22 AM

I have just been watching "Stupendous Stitching" a Craftsy class that I have just purchased. It has given me lots of ideas but also some dilemmas. I want to make a simple patchwork tote bag with just squares. But to add interest I would like to have decorative stitching on alternating squares. I have a new machines and want to use some of the lovely stitches on it. As I am new to patchwork and quilting I am not sure which order I should do things. In the Craftsy class a wall hanging is made. You are told to stabilize the fabric with iron on interfacing before stitching the decorative stitches. Then apply the batting and backing and then do the quilting. Would it work if I did the patchwork first and then added the batting and backing and then just do the decorative stitching through these layers without any further stabilization? I know some of you put embroidery on your quilts, so do you do the embroidery first with a stabilizer or do it the way I am suggesting? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Date: 10/13/13 1:16 AM

I am fairly new to embroidery, but have done quite a bit since buying my machine.
I made a tote bag that I embroidered and did the embroidery just with the stabilizer for that.
I have done a little quilting in the hoop and with this the quilting was done through the stabilizer, batting and backing.
Hope this helps.
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Date: 10/13/13 4:20 AM

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I have just been watching "Stupendous Stitching" a Craftsy class that I have just purchased. It has given me lots of ideas but also some dilemmas. I want to make a simple patchwork tote bag with just squares. But to add interest I would like to have decorative stitching on alternating squares. I have a new machines and want to use some of the lovely stitches on it. As I am new to patchwork and quilting I am not sure which order I should do things. In the Craftsy class a wall hanging is made. You are told to stabilize the fabric with iron on interfacing before stitching the decorative stitches. Then apply the batting and backing and then do the quilting. Would it work if I did the patchwork first and then added the batting and backing and then just do the decorative stitching through these layers without any further stabilization? I know some of you put embroidery on your quilts, so do you do the embroidery first with a stabilizer or do it the way I am suggesting? Any advice would be appreciated.

Look under the Completed Quilt Projects topic -- One woman used her Fancy Stitches AS the quilting itself - it came out very cool!

I typically quilt the quilt (or purse 1st) with it being sandwiched - If you are making that fabric then into a bag, create "most" of the bag so you would get the best placement of those deco stitches.

can't wait to see what your's turns out like, Good luck!

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Date: 10/13/13 9:11 AM

I use my decorative stitching before I sandwich the quilt because it is not going to be my quilting stitches.

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Date: 10/13/13 10:02 AM

You can go at it however you want - but, deco stitches can get thick and want to push fabric around. Its possible you could piece your bag and then end up with puckers because of the stitching if you dont have the stabilizer in there.

It sounds like you might not have the stabilizer at home and are ready to work! I get that way myself, anyway. If you starch the fabric that will help. And, stitch in the ditch around your blocks before the fun stitching to secure the parts more.

There are a thousand ways you can do your project. Another way to get around using stabilizer would be to collect the fabrics you are going to put in your quilt, make the top and then add some gross fabric to the back of the whole top and stitch in the ditch before layering your batting in - then you will have a secure top that will still puff up around the stitches.

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Date: 10/14/13 6:42 AM

Thanks everyone, there are some great suggestions there. I like the fact that there are no rules!
I tried out some of the decorative stitches using "Stitch and Tear" as a stabilizer but I did not like the results. So I tried a medium weight iron on interfacing instead which worked much better. I was concerned that the decorative stitching would shrink my squares and I would end up with different sizes, so drew a grid on my uncut fabric and did all the decorative stitching and pressed it. After the fabric was pressed the squares hadn't shrunk at all so the interfacing worked well.
Then I cut out my squares. I think I will use the interfacing on the undecorated squares too for consistency. I seem to be making it up as I go along. Hooray for no rules!!!!!
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Date: 10/14/13 9:21 AM

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I seem to be making it up as I go along. Hooray for no rules!!!!!

I'll second that!

HOORAY for no rules!



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