Civil War Bride Quilt
I have fallen in love with this beautiful quilt. I love the history and the style of these quilts from our past. The women who made these quilts never fail to amaze me.
This quilt is such a pleasure to make, so far I have loved every minute and I can't wait to do more. When I started learning to quilt everything I did was mainly by hand, so hand applique was the only way to go. ( I thought ) as I have developed as a quilter and learnt more and more about my sewing machine I have found that although I still love to do things by hand and love the look of needle turn applique, I Also very much enjoy using my sewing machine. I have decided to use the invisible machine applique method on this quilt.
So for the last week I have been perfecting this technique. I have found that my new Phaff does not have the same stitches as my Bernina, so I have had to find another stitch to use for this technique. I also have found that I like the new stitch even better and it looks almost hand done.
I have used a fine zigzag which I never liked before but if you make it so the width is very small and the length a little longer, as everyone has a different machine you will have to play around until you have the right settings. I have my tension a little tight so that it the stitches are pulled under the piece. I also use a fine cotton thread and the same thread in the bobbin. ( you can also use mono-filament thread ). I use my open toe foot and have my needle set as far right as it can go. Then I am able to run my foot right up to the edge of the applique piece. Because I use glue to prepare and baste my applique pieces I always wash my block when it is finished. Another tip is that you should wash all the fabrics used for your applique but not the background so when the block is washed the shrinkage that occurs in the fabric and the cotton thread will help pull the thread under the pieces making this invisible.
Well I have raved on enough about all this exciting stuff and here are the pictures of my finished block also one of the stitching to prove that this really is invisible.
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