Stitch Detail

I promised on Monday to show you the stitch detail for the houses. Things turned a little upside down just after I posted that. My husband developed appendicitis and immediately after I posted, he told me we had to go to the doctor right away. We got back home yesterday after a successful surgery and two and a half days in the hospital. Hopefully, things will get back to whatever ‘normal’ actually is.

Now, for the stitch detail. I am always on a quest for an applique stitch that will hold a raw edge fusible applique in place securely enough to be washed over and over (functional quilts are a necessity at our house), that is complementary to the particular applique design, and that is at least a little bit unique. You will see that the blanket applique stitch here has a short leg and a long leg. The purpose was to make it look more like a hand stitched applique edge. The second stitch is meant to look like a free motion machine applique. And these stitches are much lighter than a satin stitch.

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I absolutely love satin stitch, but find that quilts with  a satin stitch applique will sometimes have a “waffle” edge on the applique after washing. The reason for this is the density of the stitching and the difference in density between the satin stitch, the applique and the background fabric. After washing and drying, the waffle edge is easily smoothed with a steam pressing from the back (yes, I do steam my quilts when needed), but it’s nice to have lots of other stitches in the repertoire for applique.


Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

10 thoughts on “Stitch Detail”

  1. Modern medicine is wonderful, he had surgery and came home the next day…amazing. glad he is on the mend.

    I love love this stitch…gotta take my machine to the shop for sure.

  2. thanks for showing the stitch detail. I like both of those; the second is kind of like Patsy Thompson’s “EKG” stitch.

  3. Glad to hear your husband is on the mend. Thanks for explaining about your choice of stitches. There is always more to the process than meets the eye.

  4. Love the roof stitch. I like to hand applique with buttonhole stitching of all kinds, and that really does look so similar to hand work!

  5. Nice looking stitch for applique! But to me all your stitches look good . Hope your husband continues to do well.

  6. Lovely stitch. Have you washed it?

    So glad your husband made a speedy recovery. Kudos to him for recognizing that he needed to go to the doctor and taking quick action.

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