The Auntie Green Coverlet made by Mary Ann Wellen in 1860, has been on my radar for some time. I first saw a photo in Quiltmania magazine a few years ago.
The first job is to prepare the pieces, I am using Floriani washable, iron on, water soluble stabiliser
Phew! Had to write that down before I forget!
I like that the stitching is not noticeable except close up
However after washing you can see where I missed stitches! The problem with invisible thread is that it is really hard to see lol!
machine stitching is faster than hand
the stabiliser softens so you don't feel it
Using invisible thread means I don't keep having to change colour with each fabric
The prep is slow and I don't like using glue
I didn't feel my edges were neat but maybe that's just practice
it is easy to skip a stitch, but again maybe down to practice, or I could widen the stitch
I think I will use this method again, but I need a better way of preparing the appliqué pieces, I thought about hand basting, but then I would be quicker with needle turn! I have plenty of time to practice, I expect my background fabric will sit in customs for a while :(
Any experts in machine appliqué out there? thoughts? advice? opinions welcome! should I keep trying?