I still am going back and forth as to whether to add some of that purple fabric around the quilt itself or just use it for the binding.
Here's a closeup...
The applique tutorial I have been promising!!! Here it is!!!
I used Eleanor Burns dresden templates from her Egg Money Quilts book. I used the 4" wedge and the 12" block circle for the center. I found the circle to be just shy of what it needed to be to cover the unfinished edges of the dresden blades, so I added 1/4" all the way around the circles. I traced them all onto freezer paper - on the dull side.
Then I ironed the freezer paper templates I made on to the RIGHT side of my fabric. I snipped all the way around just a few threads shy of the freezer paper. These sort of helps to turn it in "bites".
To glue baste the edges down you use just a regular old glue stick. I like Elmer's glue best, but this was all we had laying around - I actually very literally grabbed it right out of my 7 year old's book bag!
On the WRONG side of the fabric add a little glue to the outside edge.
Using a stiletto, your fingers, or do as I did and use the pointy tip of your seam ripper and turn the pieces over. You'll have a few seconds before it dries into place to adjust a bit and smooth out the edge so it's round.
See how it's turning under?
Continue to do this all the way around the circle (or whatever applique piece you are doing). NOTE: You don't need to snip like this for straight pieces. I really don't usually snip this much but it seemed to help turn this much more evenly.
Once you've turned the edges and glued down the edges all the way around your piece you can remove the freezer paper. Glue baste into place and just stitch down!
For the dresdens I used a polyester invisible thread made by Superior Threads.
Here is another project I'm working on that I showed a little bit of last week. I traced these petal shapes onto freezer paper and followed the steps shown above.
Here I used Gutermann silk thread - they didn't have the right dark purple color...but the thread is so fine look how it melds into the fabric and still can barely be seen!
I hope everyone is enjoy the blog hop - I visited several of the participants from yesterday and WOW I'm blown away by what a creative group of people there are out there in blogland!
Thanks for visiting and please visit the other hoppers and comment on their fabulous posts! There are giveaways and tutorials so check everyone out!
January 25th, 2013
It has been SO fun seeing what everyone is making - thanks to CHRISTINE from Monster in my Closet and Mdm Samm from Sew We Quilt for allowing me to take part! :)