I acquired this quilt from my client Maureen recently. She had another quilter quilt it for her. As you can see it is already bound. Yes, this most certainly poses some difficulties, but I will tell you how I dealt with it. The first quilter did not quilt a single stitch on any of the appliques. Only the outline was ditched. They were floppy and unattractive. This is a twin sized quilt, so as you can see, that large girl applique is not small. It is absolutely beautiful applique, all turned edge. It was sad to see how poorly it was quilted.
To make matters worse, this quilt had some of the most horrible technique I have ever seen on a quilt. Here's a snapshot of the backside... The tension is attrocious. The quilter must not have so much as ever looked at the backside. AND...she used this metallic thread in her bobbin, which is notoriously difficult to work with, with a white/ivory on the topside. It just made me sick to think that someone put all this work into a top then a unskilled or beginner quilter made such a mess of it.
Maureen initially only asked me to do the quilting on the appliques. They needed to be stable, plus, she wanted there to be enough decorative stitching to compliment the design. After receiving the quilt and seeing the back, she allowed me to (gasp) pick out all of the echo quilting around the many appliques, and requilt it. I did all of the appliques first though, so that there was something to help hold the quilt together. Over 8 hours of pickout was done, even with this terrible tension. This echo quilting is nearly every 1/4"! The sashings had their issues, but they had to stay in so that I wouldn't get any pleats and puckers. Here's a quick look at one block, after the appliques were done, but before the background was redone.