Yes. I didn't like the project at all so I had nothing to lose by appliqueing over the already quilted piece. Now I love it.
I just now came from Sue Brown's blog "From the Magpie's Nest as she didn't like her flimsy stage and is embroidery..both by machine and by hand. Now, personally, I have been unhappy with a completely finished quilt and appliqued great big flowers all over one, leaves all over another, and hearts all over a third. Embroidery would have taken me the better part of the rest of my life ;)
On my first applique project, I followed the directions exactly, and appliqued first. Then there was a grid quilting. It was very irritating to have all those starts and stops around the applique, when I could have just quilted first. On the other hand, if you want quilting that follows the applique, it makes sense to applique first.I think it is just a matter of personal preference. The end results will look different (the applique probably won't stand out as much over the top, depending on the quilting), but either way will work. I don't do a lot of applique, and don't think I've actually done it this way, but I definitely would choose this option. The only issue I forsee is being able to keep the applique stitches hidden, especially close to the quilting stitching lines. For hand applique, it might be a little more difficult to make sure you don't go through all the layers.A third option is to use fusible applique, and use the stitching as both applique and quilting. That works just fine.
Yes, I have appliqued this way on several projects and love the results. I piece, quilt, bind and wash the quilt then go back and stitch the applique (without stitching through to the back) I would not try this on a quilt that it much bigger than a wall hanging - remember you have to be able to handle a LOT of extra fabric to get to your applique pieces. Though I have wondered it when working on a large quilt, if I put it on a frame it would be easier to reach those applique pieces.Try it - you'll like it!
I've done both and love the results. You will be dealing with extra bulk, but it is manageable.
I am doing applique on a quilt now that I have already quilting and find it very awkward due to the bulk of the quilt. I won't be doing this again, although it was much easier to quilt not having to work around the applique.
See how this has appliques? http://flic.kr/p/r3RMyI did this one the old fashioned way...My GF did the same pattern but she did it after ragging. I did not care for the machine button hole stars on the back...Maybe if they blended more...
I've appliqued a shape on to cover a hole. Worked fine!