Sunday, February 26, 2017

quilting around a raised applique

I have been working on this quilt for months.  I am stitching it on my Pfaff Powerquilter which is a sitdown machine similar to the Sweet 16.

There are these holly berries on the quilt that are fabric covered googly eyes.  they make the greatest 3D berries on this quilt.
But stitching around them was rather difficult.  I quilted as close as I could with my foot on, so about 1/4 inch away.  But that left big lumps in the quilt, unacceptable.  

So I thought and thought, and what I came up with actually worked!  I brought the quilt to my Bernina 153 (20 yr old domestic) and took off the presser foot, Yikes!  

I carefully stitched around the googly eyes, watch  here: 

It looks kinda floopy, the fabric bouncing around because there is no presser foot to hold it down.  But when I looked on the back it looked great.  

So I just had to share my technique and film it for posterity.  If you try this, be very careful.  I broke a needle when it hit the googly eye on my first try.  Scary...  But I was extra cautious after that.  

Got 'em all done now and I will be sharing pics of this quilt in a couple of days.  It will be so nice to move on to another project. 

I painted a little on my cameo and it really made it pop.  I used a pink neocolor II crayon to make the background color.  I plan to make a larger cameo next.  So fun!
I'll be back, I promise, Karen

"I always believed that if you set out to be successful, then you already are." Katherine Dunham


  1. Hello Karen,

    Such fabulous quilting, the cameo is beautiful, and the holly quilt has so much work with all the appliqué. Using eyes to give relief to the eyes is a brilliant idea. I tried to watch your video, but the link came up to mine. Ooops!?

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks. Your quilt is this week's featured project!

    Love, Muv

  2. thanks, and that's weird about the video, I obviously have no clue what I'm doing.

  3. I found your post at the Free Motion Mavericks link-up. What a pretty cameo! And your linked quilt is absolutely gorgeous. I'd never thought of using googly eyes. (When I click for the video, it goes to a YouTuge page that says "No Videos Found")

    1. thanks. I redid that video link, so I'm hoping it will show up when you click on it now...

  4. You are a very brave quilter, quilting around those googly eyed berries! And the tension came out good? Wow! Love the cable quilting you did on that border, too.