Lindsay - posted on 01/24/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
I am so new to quilting and would like to make a quilt out of my little girls baby clothes. I have no idea where to start. I thought it might be nice to have most of the clothes cut into 3-4" squares but have some larger ones out of her receiving blankets. On the larger ones I thought I might applique some of the cute critters that are on some of outfits.
Do I need to iron backing onto the squares before sewing since most of her clothes are stretchy? Can you applique with a sewing machine? I assume you can. I guess you just use the zig zag stitch. Any ideas or insight would be greatly appreciated.
Oh yeah, do I need worry about cutting and ripping the material to get a true straight edge. I apologize for not knowing what I am talking about. I have heard my mom and grandmother talking about doing that. Something about the way the material shrinks weird if you don't do that. Any clue?