I've found back basteing to be the easiest way to applique large pieces or extremely accurate pieces, as they just don't move at all whilst sewing them.
Firstly trace the pattern to the wrong side of the background fabric. If your pattern is directional, you will need to reverse it.
Cut your fabric to be appliqued 1/2" larger than the applique pattern piece.
With a larger than normal needle- an embroidery size 8 or so, and contrasting thread, running stitch around the pattern pieces to be appliqued. Notice I haven't stitched around the shapes that will be green in the centre.
Cut the fabric away just over 1/8" from the stitching line.
Applique shape down as usual. I cut the basteing thread about 1" away from where I'm appliqueing so I can needle turn the hem.
When I've finished sewing the red, I did the same with the green.
Should have used a more contrasting thread I think!
The block has leaves and buds in the corners. Because these are fairly small, straightforward shapes, I chose to trace the pattern and glue baste the fabrics. I'll just needle turn these as normal.
The centre is done, just need to stitch down the corner shapes.
Ready for the next block on 1st February.
I've made the Ten in 2010 Resolution
IN THE YEAR 2010...
I hereby resolve
to make ten quilts.
Whether making or finishing,
I will relieve some guilt!
During 2010, I will FINISH these 10 Quilts:
Natalie Ross bucket bag DONECivil War II DONESummer School Quilt 2010 (hexagons) DONEBag for Georgina DONE
Carolina Crossroads DoneOrange Crush DoneOld Tobacco Road DoneDouble Delight DONEChristmas Lights DONECarolina Christmas DoneStrippy Quilt DONE
Black Mystery Quilt DONE
I'm up for a New Year's resolution. Won't you join me in making your own?