Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Machine Applique Versus Hand Applique

I've been using my strike-offs to get a start on making my Sentimental Stitches quilt in both colorways (free pattern download).

Sentimental Stitches Quilt - Green Version

Sentimental Stitches Quilt - Red Version

I love both colorways, so my plan is to try to make both after I receive more fabric. Each quilt is about 56" square with 6" appliqued blocks, so I'm hoping I can get both done.

Here are the blocks I've completed so far. Three blocks for the red version and one block for the green version:

Just for fun, I decided to have a little competition between machine applique and hand applique while making the blocks. I timed how long it would take to make one by machine with turned under edges, and how long it would take to make one with the needle turn hand applique methodI held out a little hope that needle turn by hand would reign supreme, but unfortunately, it really lost big time. Of course, I have to admit, I was watching a movie part of the time, but during the parts when I had my nose to the grindstone, I would have already finished one by machine.

Why did I want needle turn to win out? Most importantly, I find it so relaxing, and love working with a needle and thread. Second, the preparation of needle turn is a breeze. But, I added the preparation time into the total time, so unfortunately, it didn't make up for the difference in how fast a machine can stitch around the shape versus my hand!

Luckily, they all look nice in the end. Can you tell which one I stitched by hand?

Until next time,



  1. Love your blocks (can't wait to see the fabric IRL). And in the photos, I can't tell which was done by hand. I like the look of hand done myself, but it takes so long!!! Have a great weekend!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

    1. I know what you mean about it taking so long...glad you can't tell the difference! The green version is the needle turned, but in the interest of time, I will probably do the rest by machine.

  2. The new line of fabric and the quilts are gorgeous, Martha. Like Helen, I can't tell which one was done by hand. Maybe I could if I could find a way to enlarge the pic! Either way, both methods turned out beautifully! Kimber

    1. Thank you, Kimber! Yes, I'm sure you could tell with a close up pic! :)