The applique on the center of the Flower Garden is finished. Or so I thought. It’s amazing what one can see in a picture. The right side is a little lower than the left. I think that I have to add some small leaves to even it out. That won’t take long. I just have to find the time to do it.
I had found a quilting pattern on another quilt in a magazine. I liked it very much and designed this wall hanging with the quilting pattern in mind. There is a lot of very close quilting. I had originally planned to hand quilt but after having David Taylor’s class, I might machine quilt. I can decide that when all the appliqueing is finished. Now that the main body is appliqued, I have to design the border.
When I design floral applique, I start with colored pictures of flowers and place them on paper. I use an end roll of newspaper that I bought at the Concord Monitor. I draw squares or rectangles that are the exact size of the finished project. The flowers can be moved around until I like what I see. This can be done several times, each time taking a picture so that I can compare them and decide which one I want to use. I don’t use the flower pictures for the applique patterns. I use them for their color. I have several of Nancy Pearson’s flower patterns and like to use them for the flowers. I cut out the flower patterns that I need and glue them to freezer paper in the spot where they will be appliqued.
Using a light box, I copy the completed freezer paper pattern to heavy weight stabilizer. It is the permanent pattern with a lot of information. The color value, Light, medium dark, etc., is written on each part of the flower. Also the order that the pieces are sewn down and markings for pieces that do not have to be turned under as another piece is appliqued on top of it. This seems like of lot of work, but the stabilizer is used for placing the pieces in the right position on the fabric. The stabilizer is placed on a light box with the fabric on top. The pieces are pinned one at a time and sewn down to the fabric in the proper position. I don’t have to pencil the flowers on the fabric. That way, I can change the type or size of a flower if I want to. It allows for a little wiggle room.
The sweet pea is quilted. I saw a quilting show tonight that told how to make a facing instead of a binding. It looked interesting. I might try that.
Have a great day and happy quilting.