French Roses Machine Applique Quilt

Yay! I finally finished another quilt! This quilt was started in a class I took from my guild several weeks ago. I used fusible applique and machine blanket stitching techniques. I’m showing the finished quilt first, then you can see the steps I took to get there:

Christa's French Roses QuiltOnce the blocks were fused together on the background, I selected matching threads for the pink and green blocks. I have fallen in love with Superior Threads and will soon carry them in my shop. Next, I carefully blanket stitched around the edges of each piece. The trick here is to use an open-toed applique foot so you can see what you are doing. Stitch slowly and pivot often so you can guide the stitches smoothly around the fabric edges.

Matching ThreadMachine Applique Buttonhole StitchClick on the pictures to see closeups!

I like it when the back of the block looks as crisp and clean as the front! This takes good tension. One the block is all stitched, it gives a really nice texture, I think.

Buttonhole Stitching on the BackFused and Stitched Rose blockFinally, here’s a closeup of the quilting. I stippled loops and flowers in on the background squares, outlined all the applique, then used the serpentine stitch to quilt wavy x’s in the borders and finally finished with random loops around the outside border. I used the leftover scraps for the pieced binding (which I’ll post a demo on later). I love this quilt!

French Roses Closeup QuiltingHere’s another guild member’s top,  in different colors with raw edge stitching and leaves:

French Roses Quilt Top

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