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Having decided on a layout for my Hawaiian Applique blocks, I have been steadily working on the sashing (3 piece strip sets) and mini 9-patches for the intersections. Here's the progress so far. Next step: the border. Although I have a kinda/sorta, more-or-less, general idea for that, the details still need to be settled. :-)
I like it so far. You can bring it to show and tell next year so we can see it in person. Since it will be one of your smaller quilts.
Cathy (cacnurse1) said:
Since it will be one of your smaller quilts.
I heard that!! :-)
My, oh, my.
That is one awesome piece of quilting art you have going there ....
Do you have any trick or tips for getting a sharp pencil tip point on a piece of applique? Haven't done much hand applique and this piece will be washed on a regular basis. Jo
I was trying to answer you this morning and was having problems with the computer. Then I got busy with a sewing project.
In any case I assume you are doing needle turn. Here is what I do. I trim as I go around a piece. Go up one side of the applique and just turn it under and do not worry about any sticking out the other side just yet. When you get to the point take a couple of stitches in one place and trim close at this time. I also use fray check applied with a toothpick to just touch the edge of the fabric to keep it from fraying. Now you can fold and coax the fabric at the tip to go inside the tip a few stitches at a time till you get back to where it is wider again.
I hope that helps, wish I could come over and show ya!
Thanks for the tip.
Pretty, pretty, pretty.
I've been ruminating on the border for my Hawaiian Applique. I tend to like "interesting" borders and have been collecting ideas.
First up was this applique border that featured scallops along the inside edge. I liked the look. Update for credit: This is a wall-hanging by Pearl Pereira, entitled "Tropical Garden" (P3-167)
Then came this beauty from Pacific Rim Quilting Company (one of my very favorite applique companies). This one is their "Delicate Beauty" pattern. I really do like the continuation of the Hawaiian Applique theme to the border but, ya know?, I'm rapidly approaching burnout on this quilt. I do want to get it done nicely and not in a slap dash sort of way. But I'm also not thrilled with the idea of MORE applique time for the border. But I do like the look.
AND THEN ... bingo. I found this quilt, made by Lea Anne Brummett, which she calls "Promenading Tulips". Apparently she had a whole set of blog posts on it, detailing the construction, but those posts are no longer available. She got the inner scallop idea from the book, "Just Around the Corner" by Kari M Carr .. which, of course, is no longer available. (I did find it as a used book, which doesn't bother me at all, but I want to know how to do those inner scallops NOW .. not wait for a book to arrive!).
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the look of the inner scallops with the contrast band AND the different colored piano keys! (Not so thrilled with the yo-yo embellishments, so they'll get jettisoned) How fantastic would that look with the piano keys in the applique fabrics and the contrast scallop (or swag) in a contrasting batik? Dang! This was the idea! But, how to make it???
So, more research ensued. Lots of photos were examined. Several practice pieces were constructed .. all dismal failures. AND THEN .. bingo, part 2. I found THIS photo which turned on the Light Bulb for me. The scallop/swag was NOT a separate piece of fabric or a flange. You sew a *facing* onto the border fabric, place the faced border onto the background fabric and mark the scallops. Tack at the end points. Then TURN the faced edge over, onto the border fabric! VOILA! The contrast scallop is now showing. Stitch down the curved edge and you're done.
Ha-cha-cha! My current brainstorm is to have a wide white TOT border, then make piano keys from all the different Hawaiian Applique fabrics, face that piano key strip with a dark green batik and put the scalloped border onto the white border (like the idea from the first photo). I think this will work out very well. I sure hope the execution turns out decently. :-)
Sometimes, you just gotta let an idea percolate in the back of your brain.