Beaded Borders 13, 14

This project file was started so I could play with beaded applique borders, in particular, getting around corners.

String of beads, no matter how I tangle them up, are my favourite traditional style applique quilts to play with virtually, as well as in real life.

The applique was originally turned applique, either needle turn or folded and tacked before stitching, but now I can fuse the beads onto the background, and stitch by hand or machine. The quickest is to use a narrow zigzag by machine, and I like buttonhole stitch by hand.

They would also be easy machine quilting motifs, and of course would also be great for hand quilting.


About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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2 Responses to Beaded Borders 13, 14

  1. cindythequilter says:

    I like turned edge applique but it is very time intensive compared to fusible. My favorite stitch is the buttonhole stitch around applique and doing it by hand is very relaxing for me. What size are the beads that you use in your quilts. I recently bought an appli-quick tool and thought maybe I could turn a bunch of beads using that and then hand applique them on.


    • Cindy,

      The beads I use are 2 inches long, and 3/4 inch wide, though I have varied it slightly in real quilts. Using fusibles means no bulky corner folds to get right, but would be interested to know how you find the appli-quick tool. Stitching by hand is my favourite way of fixing down any applique!

      Judy B


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