October 4, 2013

Machine Quilting over Applique

There are times when a client may not want to pay for custom quilting even though the quilt lends itself to custom work.  This is one of those times.
An all over simple panto was picked with a blending So Fine thread.   
When quilting directly over applique, it is important that all the applique pieces are securely fastened and stitched down to the background.  If they are not, the hopping foot will catch the 'unstitched' area and a fold will be quilted into the top.
Not so good.

 To avoid this, i run my hand over all the applique pieces to find any areas that need to be secured down.  This is where
 Ms. Roxanne Glue-Baste-It comes in handy.
 The bottle on the left has been used for years and i'm just about to the end of it.  
It can be purchased with a needle nose applicator,
 handy for sticking underneath an area and securing with a tiny dot of glue.  A tiny dot of glue is better than a fold in the quilting.  
I also use 
Roxanne Glue-Baste-it to secure my applique pieces into place when i am working on an applique project or wool applique.  Just a tiny dot is all i need.  I love it!
To keep the glue from drying in the needle nose, i place one of those plastic thingys that are used to attached tags onto garments ..i have no idea what they are called...but they don't rust like a long pin and they are flexible.  Works great.

Need some Roxanne Glue-Baste-It?  Find it here on Amazon. 


  1. Thanks for the handy tip! That quilt still came up nice with the edge to edge design.

  2. I love this quilt!! As usual you did an amazing job on it! It looks beautiful. Thanks for including the link for the sticky gluey stuff!! I need to get some and will order it pronto!!

  3. I never can get that stuff to last. The lid always gets gunked up. I might try it with one of those price tag thingies. Good idea! Love the quilting! Hope you are enjoying the mountains! It's about to get cold there, isn't it. When will you get your first snow? We have a front coming in tonight and it's going to go from 80 degrees to 40 degrees in 30 minutes (at least that's what Gina told me). So Oklahoma...

    Cheery wave from



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