Last Updated on July 3, 2019 by wendigratz
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I get this question a lot.
People are asking about the black stitching I use to outline all my appliqué pieces – where to start?
There’s no right or wrong way – as long as you outline each piece, you’re good. But I do like to have all my lines connect (just like they would in a drawing) and I have a system that I use.
This system works for any block, using any pattern – but I’ll go over the specifics using this quilt block as an example. I loaded it up big. If you click on it you should get a larger version of the image so you can really zoom in on the details.
Here’s the order I used to outline all the parts. . .
Start with all the pieces on top – that is, not overlapped by any other pieces:
Stitch all the way around each piece, then work your way out from those pieces:
- dress top
- dress bottom
As long as you always start with the pieces on top, you’ll always have lines to connect to. The best example of that in this block is the outlining of the face. The sides of the face tuck under the hair, and the sides of the neck tuck under the dress. So make sure the hair and the dress are stitched before you do the face and you’ll always have lines to connect to.
This block is one for a new Paper Dolls Quilt that I’m working on. The pattern is super fun with lots of hair and outfits to mix and match –
but it won’t be finished until sometime in August. 🙁 If you want to make sure to find out when it’s ready, sign up for the newsletter here. 🙂
Update! The Paper Doll Quilt Pattern is finished and in the shop now! Get it here.