Often quilters ask how the applique stitch will look after it has been quilted and the quilt has been laundered. For most of us, having a quilt that is not only pretty but that we can use for comfort and warmth is important. Since we just went through the rick rack tutorials and the best way to apply the rickrack is with the applique stitch, it just seemed logical to do a test and show you some pictures.
The first quilts were the blue and red rickrack quilts for the twins. Here are some photos of the red rickrack after quilting, but before being laundered and then the second photo is after quilting and after being laundered. As you can see, the applique stitch that was used was close together and fairly wide. In addition, there are two layers of batting – just to make sure that these had extra padding for building forts and the like. Knowing that these quilts were going to little boys and their purpose was to keep them in their playroom, it seemed logical that they be as durable as possible. However, I have heard that they already insist on taking them from the playroom to their bedroom upstairs for naptime every day. It’s going to be fun to see how long they last.
The photo below shows the Wild Animal Panel quilt where the rickrack was stitched in the ditch. The SID really defines the rickrack.