Tuesday, November 17, 2015

applique wreath

I haven't done any applique for the best part of a year and was having withdrawal symptoms so pulled out a block to prep. This is block number 10 from the Beyond The Cherry Trees quilt. The pieces you can see in the photo are now ready for sewing down onto the background fabric.
I had to think about how to tackle the circular wreath in the middle and decided to use the starch and iron method of preparing the applique pieces.
I cut the paper circle from two thick layers of freezer paper and ironed it to the fabric. I then ironed the outside seam allowance after starching it. After that was done, I cut out the excess fabric from the center and did the same to the inside seam. I'm using a hard pressing board I made from an Ikea lazy susan and thick linen fabric.
 Here you can see I've managed a pretty accurate circle which I've glue basted down.
There's a lot of information regarding the starch and iron method on you tube from Simple Bird Applique (click) if you're interested. It suits me at the moment as the stitching seems to go faster and its not as hard on my weakened right hand. I also like to use the Clover mini iron.

31 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Your red and green wreath is very pretty! And what a perfect circle of green you have made! Thanks for the link to the starch and iron method! I am fairly new to applique and have never been formally shown how to go about it. Any hints are gratefully accepted! I hope your hand isn't causing you too much pain!

Susan said...

I love your wreath, such fresh colours. I am only just discovering spray starch, I'll have to check out your method.

Barb said...

Gorgeous! Love this blocks and your limey green. Thanks for sharing the process and the links.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Looks perfect! So glad you have found a way to continue. What a gorgeous block.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Lovely! I love those greens!!

Thimbleanna said...

Sooooo pretty Janet! I use a little mini-iron and freezer paper too and I love that method. My latest favorite way to do circle wreaths, is to make a bias stem and then sew that down to the circle which has been traced onto the background. So nice to see you back posting too!

taylorsoutback said...

Great that you have returned to Beyond the Cherry Tree and what exciting colors you are working with. Our BTCT group has grown silent in the last year. Either their quilt is done or put aside or like me, slowly hand quilting...I kept thinking for the 2 previous Christmas seasons it would be finished on the bed...but here we are coming up on Christmas, 2015 and still quilting...

Flickenstichlerin said...

Lovely preparation for your applique block. Looks great.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Lori said...

Such a great block! Glad you are still working on it when you can.

Janet said...

Such a pretty wreath Janet! Thanks for sharing your method. I go into applique withdrawl too so I get that :0) I hope your hand just gets stronger and stronger.

Taryn said...

I'm glad to see you getting back to applique. It is always divine to see. I recently did a block with an applique circle and found the back basting method worked well for me. I haven't tried the starch prep method but love to see others' blocks laid out so perfectly. I must give it a try sometime.

Rachaeldaisy said...

It's so lovely to have you back in blogland. Thankyou for all these great tips!! A lazy susan pressing board is brilliant! Enjoy your stitches, I've always loved seeing your Cherry Tree blocks.

wish2stitch said...

Thanks, that is such a great tip. Looks lovely.

Pip said...

Lovely to see you posting again Janet. I use the starch and iron method quite and bit and although there is a lot of preparation I've found that it is a lot easier on the hands which means I enjoy my appliqué more.

Mimi said...

I just love seeing progress on another Beyond the Cherry Trees. Your greens are absolutely luscious. Makes me want to do some more applique. Keep up the good work.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I use the same method...I tried the back basting needle turn but couldn't deal with it as well. Enjoy your stitching on this lovely block! :0

Cheri said...

I like to needle turn applique but I have found a lot of times I am using this prepared applique method also. It just depends on the project and applique piece. Your block and fabric are pretty.

Karen said...

Oh it's going to be gorgeous!!

Marie said...

I've long admired this block and (surprise, surprise!) your colours for it are gorgeous :).

Sharon said...

Keep at this one, I am still doing the hand quilting, well, it's in a box and still needs hand quilting. I've put it on the back burner for way too long, but I have pressing hand quilted projects that are in front of my own leisure pieces. Grrrrr, but I shall return to this project as it really is a fabulous quilt.

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's a gorgeous block! Hope you enjoy getting back to appliqué!

teacupsandstitches.com said...

Glad you are back to applique. Appreciate the tips. A small lazy Susan would be helpful for quick pressing. I like the bright clear color choices.

The Quilted Finish ph 02 63310084 said...

It's so lovely to see you back doing applique! Also I'm so glad you are blogging about it again, I've missed seeing your superb workmanship! That is such a clover way to achieve an accurate bias circle! I have often wondered how other people handle these. Take care and I hope you keep blogging about your stitching. Cheers Rowena

Shirley said...

It looks great Janet. Good to see you back in action. Hope the hand is recovering.x

Ivory Spring said...

Beautiful - thank you for sharing your tips!

Robin said...

You are making me want to start up some applique! It has been awhile... I'll have to try and decide on a project for the new year, I think. I'm also super impressed with how circular your circle is! Mine always seem lopsided when I get done with them. :)

Eileen said...

Janet, it's wonderful seeing your applique again. Just take it slow. Your wreath is beautiful.

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