Sunday, February 10, 2019

Tulips & Roses Quilt Part 3


I left off at the completion of the center applique for this quilt, and the finishing trim.  The applique was stitched into place with a zigzag stitch.  The trim was added using a 1/4" seam. 



All quilts are made with a 1/4" seam.  I purchased a presser foot for my Pfaff 2124 that was specifically designed for 1/4" seams.  It makes piecing a lot easier and the final quilt top looks beautiful. Consistency in the 1/4" seam is very important! Just run the edge of the presser foot along the edge of your seams and you will have a perfect 1/4" seam.



If you haven't already, cut out the trim for the next border section of your quilt.



Add the outer border sections to your middle applique section.



Add the narrow green checkered border next.



Next step I will be piecing all the 2.5" squares together to make the interesting and beautiful checkerboard border around the perimeter of the center section I have already completed.  Using my 1/4" presser foot, I begin piecing sections together.



As you piece your blocks together, make a train of blocks as shown above.  This cuts down on thread waste and time.



After you get the border of 2.5" blocks sewn together in one strip, you will have to join two checkerboard strips together.  When you join them, line up your seams!!  Then pin them together at every seam. 



Okay, I'll admit I am a bad girl here.  When it comes to matching seams that have been pinned together, I stitch over the pin.  For some reason, I get better results when I do.



Sew your blocks together as shown, making sure that they are a checkerboard when you open it up.



Next, after pressing open your checkerboard borders, add them to your center quilt section, making sure the checkerboards match up correctly on the sides as they meet the top section.



Press it all, and then add the narrow green border to the outside of the checkerboard border.  It looks beautiful!



Now comes the fun part!  Preparing the large upper and lower borders with the applique design. To do this, you will want to press your large border backing fabric in half - both ways.  This will give you the "Middle" markings of your border fabric, making it easier to place the appliques.  You will need these center markings from your iron to properly lay out the applique design.



Open up your large upper (or lower border - it doesn't matter as it is the same on both ends).  You can see the pressed center markings.  Take a dry run with the design and lay it out with all the pieces you will need to complete just the center design.



To make your life easier, prepare the multiple layered pieces first, before adding them to your quilt top.



You do this by scoring the paper on the back of the top applique pieces (NOT THE ONE THAT WILL BE APPLIED TO THE QUILT), and adding them one-by-one to the bottom applique (which still has the paper on it).



Press them into place on your quilt border backing fabric.



Lay each piece out on your quilt top border fabric, as shown, and press into place.



Using an applique foot that I just purchased, I can see as the zigzag stitch is added to the applique pieces on my quilt top.



And, as you can see, the zigzag stitch looks great around the appliques!



Add the two side borders first, then, add the top appliqued border you just finished!  The quilt is getting big!


And this is the end of Part 3!  Next, we will be finishing the bottom appliqued border and the outer borders to complete this large 80x94 inch quilt top!




Saturday, February 02, 2019

Tulips & Roses Quilt Part 2


The center quilt block has been trimmed down to 26-1/2" x 26-1/2" square.  The instructions call for the center block to initially be cut at 28 inches square.  They don't say why it's this size, but it does say to trim it down to 26-1/2" square after the applique is finished.  After thinking about this for a while, I came to the conclusion that the extra 1-1/2" around the perimeter is for putting the fabric in a hoop and sewing the appliques in place the old fashioned way.  Nope.  Didn't do that. 

Taking all of my applique pieces to the ironing board with the 26.5" center block fabric, I am ready to peel the paper off the back of each applique piece and press them into place. 

Making sure I center everything perfectly, I fold the center block fabric in half and press, and then in half again and press.  This will give me a visual of the center of the 26.5" square block before placing the applique pieces in place.

I begin with the stems, they have been trimmed to 1/2" since I am not folding under any fabric.  All of the appliques have been created using Heat & Bond paper.  The lines from pressing the center block work as a guide to lay out the stems and press them into place.



I add the applique pieces one at a time, making sure they are placed properly, and then I press them into place on the backing fabric.



Working my way around the applique design, remove the paper backing, place the pieces, and press each into place. Make sure you have peeled the paper off the back of all of these leaves and have them placed perfectly as shown - in a circular design - before pressing.  When you've moved them into the right placement, press them into place.



When you are done pressing it all into place on the large center block, you can admire your work!



Next step is to zigzag stitch your appliques in place.  Before you jump in, though, you will want to test the zigzag stitch on scrap fabric, and adjust your sewing machine settings to the width and length of the zigzag stitch you want. 



I began stitching in the middle of the design, but it's up to you where you want to begin.



I chose a narrow zigzag stitch.  Just enough to cover the raw edges of the applique and give it a nice design element.  I placed tear-away stabilizer beneath the applique, and only enough to stabilize the applique star I was working on.  In other words, don't put a big piece of stabilizer behind the entire design.  It will be difficult to stitch each applique piece if you have a bunch of stabilizer to mess with under the fabric.



When you're done, simply turn your fabric over and tear away the stabilizer under the stitched applique.



I love the way it's coming out!  And, I used Coats & Clark light pink thread for the applique work.



When the entire design was completed, I pressed it flat.


After the entire applique was pressed and stitched in place, I added the trim to the perimeter of the 26-1/2" square block.

And that is the end of Part 2! 

Moving right along ...



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