Has anyone done beading or embellishments on any of their quilts? And
do you do the embellishments before the actual quilting?
i have a WIP of needleturned applique and i would like to add beading
to it, but not sure of the actual point when to do that. i've done
some embroidery to one of the blocks, but a couple really need that
any help would be appreciated!!!
amy in CNY
Amy, while I'm sure that some people do embellish before quilting, I
also know that lots of people say it's easier to quilt without
embellishments getting in the way. I've only embellished one quilt
(Pat's Baravelle Spiral), and I added the beads after I'd done the
quilting. Another advantage of doing it that way is that the beads can
follow along some of the quilting lines or accent them or otherwise add
Any time that I have added beads or other embellishements to a quilt it
has been AFTER the quilting. Otherwise it would be too hard to do the
quilting properly. Also, then you can add beads along a line of
stitching if you like.
A word of warning though - this can get very, very addictive! :)
I haven't beaded an actual quilt but I've embellished quilted garments and
done it both before and after. I cut each section of the garment after I had
quilted, then I beaded, then I assembled the garment. Not a smooth
operation. Right sides together would sometimes catch and not work/flow,
can't explain better, but it was a PITA while sewing. Also the clicking when
right (beaded) side was down, and occasional catching on table/machine edges
drove me nutz. YMMV
From personal experience I'd say quilt first, beading very last. It's also
easier to sort of stand back and take stock of the finished quilt before you
start beading. Then you can see if you want to emphasize the fabric, the
squares, the stitched quilting lines or the design as a whole ......or just
a random OTLG.
Just thought I'd toss in that OTLG since most of the time when I read the
quilt related acronyms in RCTQ I have to look them up to see what in the
world you all are talking about. LOL ;)
OTLG (Oh! Thaddle Look Good)
depends on how much embellishment you want to do and how you plan to
quilt it and there are so many permutations of how that will go most
smoothly! Mostly, add after quilting, or even during if hand quilting.
Having the batting to secure the thread ends in I feel is quite
helpful, so I probably wouldn't do it before unless I was literally
just adding a couple in the middle of a flower and I had the thread
there and ready to go and it seemed like that would be faster overall!
Make sure to secure at regular intervals, worst thing is for a bead to
get caught and a whole lot of them fall off!