Cute. Have you used a lightweight double sided fusable webbing? Or would that not be what you are after? I've used the lightweight one on T-shirts and it minimises the fraying and it is not too stiff, but it does need to be light weight. How long did you say you had to make this in? How many deer will you be hand sewing onto this quilt??!!
Yes indeedy...used the viso-fix (or whatever it's called). I thought that would minimise the fraying and if I do little blanket stitch too...hopefully it will be OK. It looks deer-like doesn't it? I was wondering if it looked a little cow like? Oh, I'm making it bed sized but I'm not putting deer in every 4 squares...maybe 5 in all scattered over it...(I'll do it in front of the tv). I'm wondering more about sewing the quilty bits on the machine with the wadding in...how's that going to work with all the bulk? It will have to be a thin quilt!
I think that will be fine and a little bit of fraying it it happens will add to the wabi sabiness of it. You can get pretty thin quilt wadding in 100% wool now at textile traders. Last time I made a quilt the only stuff I could get hold of in Kalgoorlie was that thick acrylic stuff and that was bulky and difficult to get through the machine, it puckered all over the place but it still looked cute in chicky babe's room. But I have been looking at the woolen stuff thinking of making a quilt with some of the lovely fabrics I've got stashed away. The wool is thin but warm.
oh! I think it looks quite deer like I didn't see a cow until you said that but perhaps if the nose was little longer it would look a bit more deer than cow to you but it's tail is very deer like!
Yes, it looks a little dog-like too (the original one I drew was more willowy but I made it chunkier to make the whole applique thing easier). Sassa thinks it looks like a deer, so that will do. I might make them in different poses. I've just finished hand sewing around it, so it will take one evening per deer....
A confession: I almost never put anything under items that I applique on other items. My machine actually can do a blanket stitch when I set them on, which helps. If your machine doesn't do that, does it do a satin stitch? I did that once on a t-shirt for my son in 2007 and he stills wears it, no fraying, though it is WAY too short for him now!