Did you leave the paper backing on your foundation paper pieced Basket 1? If you did, good for you! Then if you will be machine appliqueing the Zinnia motif to the block, you already have a perfect stabilizer in place. Speaking of applique, here’s what you will need:
What you will need
Sewing machine with zigzag
New sewing machine needle
Paper-backed fusible web like Heat n Bond Lite
Stabilizer like Stitch-n-Tear, typing paper, paper towel, etc.
Thread to match fabrics
Fabrics for background and appliques
Nice to have – applique pressing sheet
Trace individual appliqué shapes onto paper side of fusible web. If the design is asymmetrical, pieces will have to be reversed before tracing. An easy way to reverse a design is to trace it with a marker that bleeds through to the back side of the paper.
Cut out all shapes, leaving a ¼-inch margin around each piece. Place fusible web shapes paper side up on the wrong side of each appropriate fabric and fuse in place following manufacturer’s instructions. Cut out all pieces and peel off paper backing.
Fold the background square in quarters; crease to aid in appliqué placement. Position pieces, starting with the pieces furthest to the back and working toward those on top. Fuse-baste appliqué pieces in place. An alternative method of placement is to use an applique pressing sheet. Place the pattern sheet underneath the pressing sheet so that the design can be seen through it. Arrange all the overlapping pieces on top and fuse. Let cool and the entire design can be gently peeled off.
When all pieces are in place, fuse firmly. Position tear-away stabilizer on wrong side behind appliqué pieces. Pin in place if necessary
Using thread to match and a medium satin zigzag setting, stitch around each shape. Either stitch in place for a couple of stitches or backstitch at the beginning of stitching. Threads may be pulled to the back and tied off to secure, if desired. Satin stitches fall just barely off the edge of the appliqué shape into the background. Adjust satin stitches so they “mound” on top by loosening the upper thread tension. This way, no thread from the bobbin will show on top. Ideally, satin stitches should be perpendicular to the edge of the appliqué. Frequent pivoting is required to accomplish this. For pivoting around curves, keep the needle on the outside edge for outer curves (curves away from the center). Keep the needle on the inside for inner curves (curves toward the center). Either stitch in place for a couple of stitches or backstitch at the end of stitching. Remove stabilizer from the back.
If you haven’t tried machine applique, give it a try. Practice first on a sample to get your stitching just the way you’d like. Give it a whirl – it really can be fun!
If you remember last year’s block of the month, the Pixie Garden Quilt, Sue in Wisconsin, along with other online friends, had started her own Pixie Garden. Here’s what I heard from Sue –
Well, out of 6 of us that started, two have finished! I put the binding on mine last night, and it will be hanging in my office tomorrow…I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed doing this – and I get so many compliments on it! I look forward to doing more of your patterns.
I am pleased to present two of those Pixie Garden Quilts! The first quilt is from Jane. It’s such a bright and cheerful quilt, Jane!
Sue from Wisconsin has done a wonderful job with her Pixie Garden also. Each block has a different bright color scheme with the border fabric tying it all together. Wonderful!
Close ups show the detail in applique, embroidery and beading that Sue did – wow!
What beautiful quilts! Thank you so much for sharing your handiwork, Sue and Jane!
Tip: When done stitching each basket block, leave the paper foundation on the back. It will stabilize the block until it is sewn together with other blocks. It will also automatically act as the stabilizer when doing the machine appliqued flowers in future months.
Today I received an email from Beryl in Australia inquiring about a little quilt on one of my Gallery pages, Spring Flowers. I must have made that wall hanging 18-20 years ago! The photo is tiny and low resolution because back in 1998, computers had about as much power as a calculator does now. Anyway, I thought it was a good time to bring back an up-dated version of that design as a new freebie! Besides, it was 20 degrees below 0 this morning, making spring flowers sound so good! I hope you enjoy this paper-pieced project, Spring Flowers Wall Hanging.
Next month: Basket 3. Happy Quilting – and keep warm!
Oh, my, it has been a long time. Apparently, I don’t juggle all aspects of my life very well… Enough said!
Ta-daaaah! Presenting the 2014 Block of the Month from Jeanne’s Quilting!
The Flower Basket Quilt features four foundation paper pieced baskets with appliqued flowers. The appliqué in this quilt was designed with machine appliqué in mind but is still suitable for hand appliqué. Other elements include pinwheels, flying geese and pieced posies. The twelve steps to making the blocks will be introduced throughout the year with the finishing directions to end the year’s lessons.
The first block is Basket 1, a foundation paper pieced block. If you’re new to foundation paper piecing, fpp for short, there is a wealth of information both online and in books. Connecting Threads has a good video fpp tutorial here. I never really liked to paper piece until I took a class from the queen of paper piecing, Carol Doak. She has a good page of instructions here.
One thing that I find indispensable when paper piecing is the Add-A-Quarter Ruler. I have the 6″ but for this project, the 12″ would really come in handy. Do you have a favorite paper to use as a foundation? You can use typing paper, vellum, specialty paper or a water-soluble paper. My favorite is Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper.
Here’s a sneak peak at some of the little blocks you’ll be doing in future months. Look easy, don’t they?
So choose your fabrics and start cutting. Your first basket will be done in no time!
At my quilt guild, the North Country Quilters, Christmas party, we hold a gift exchange. I received a most unique gift from my quilting friend Valerie – a cookie quilt!
Valerie said she has made gingerbread since she was a kid, even taught gingerbread house classes. You can tell – not only are the decorations exquisite but the cookies taste fabulous! Thanks so much, Valerie!
Last year I gave my daughter-in-law Deb a little quilt rack that my husband Bill had made. By little, I mean tiny. She brought it to work to add a homey touch. Her idea was to have a little quilt for each month. I’ve already done Jan.-Apr. but never took pictures. Here’s the next three little 9″ quilts.
Really, they could be pot holders but they are so pretty as little quilts!
It gets a bit busy around here this time of year, what with painting and doing taxes and trying to get in a bit of quilting. Finally finished the quilt for my nephew’s baby. This is Star of My Heart for sweet baby Maeve.
What have I been painting? Veggies! These markers just need to have sticks attached. I must say that it is cheery working with these little guys!
Every quilt that I make starts with a plan using my very favorite software, EQ7. From there, I make a plan using Publisher or Word. It takes time but in the long run, saves me from making too many errors in cutting, assembly, etc. Plus it helps me to remember exactly what I did in case I ever want to make another like it. Often I will scan all of the fabrics into EQ so I can see exactly what the quilt will look like. But sometimes an approximate color match is close enough.
I will share with you my plan for the baby quilt top that I finished a couple days ago, the Hole in the Barn Door quilt HERE. I’d love to hear if you make one of these quick quilts!
Today my quilt guild, the North Country Quilters, held a quilting bee. We all got together with donated orphan blocks and fabrics to make quilts for children and seniors in need.
This gathering is really what is at the heart of this guild, people (ok, it was all women but Bob, husband of the host, helped all of us by bringing in our sewing machines) getting together to do what they love for the good of others. We had a ball! The place was a soon-to-be quilt retreat in Irasburg, VT, called Cottonwood Quilts. It was heaven for a quilting group, with spacious tables, handy outlets, great lighting and just plain beautiful facility. Marie, our host, even made 2 quilts to donate.
Best of all, I actually finished my wild little quilt top. The picture doesn’t begin to capture how very bright this quilt is! The design is Hole in the Barn Door.
How about that crazy border fabric? I had used it for backing on two other quilts but wondered how it would look on the front. It appears that I tried to center the design somehow but there is no way I would attempt that. Wild or not, some child will probably love it, and be warmed by it. One of my friends called it a happy quilt – that makes me happy!