Applique is a technique used in quilting where fabric shapes are sewn onto a background fabric to create a decorative design. The process involves cutting out fabric pieces, positioning them on the background fabric, and stitching them in place.
Applique can be done before or after quilting, depending on the desired effect. When applique is done before quilting, the fabric pieces are attached to the background fabric before the quilting stitches are added. This allows the quilting stitches to secure the applique pieces in place and adds an extra layer of dimension to the design.
On the other hand, applique can also be done after quilting. In this case, the quilting stitches are added first, creating a quilted background. Then, the fabric pieces are appliqued onto the quilted surface. This technique can create a more raised or textured effect, as the applique pieces are sewn on top of the quilted stitches.
Both methods have their own advantages and can produce beautiful results. The choice of whether to applique before or after quilting depends on the desired design, personal preference, and the overall look you want to achieve.
Whether done before or after quilting, applique adds a unique touch to quilts and can elevate them to a whole new level of artistry. So go ahead and explore the world of applique in quilting, and let your creativity shine!