Quilting the Appliqué Quilt

Try something a bit different on your next appliqué quilt: choose an allover quilting design and only quilt the lines around the outside of the appliqué motif—not through it. You’ll create the illusion that the motif is sitting above the background quilt and the quilting pattern is completed behind the motif. Look for interesting continuous background quilting designs, continuous border designs that can be stacked and combined to fill the space, or even pantograph designs for longarm machines.