Sunday, May 13, 2007

From idea to application:

I had a brilliant idea, I was going to put a patchwork border around my Robyn Pandolph applique, but when it came to doing it was a little more difficult than anticipated. The problem was that the applique was on a dome shape in the original.

First I made four strips of patchwork for each side, then I made up a piece for the 2 top corners.



Then I placed the corner piece in the corner, wrong sides together, then I place my side piece on top, right sides together and made a straight seam through the 3 pieces. On bottom right corner, you can see that I made a freezer paper template of the curve and ironed it to the back of the corner piece. Then I trimmed a quarter inch from the freezer paper, flipped it back onto the applique background (top right). I then needle-turn appliqued around the freezer paper, leaving the top open to pull out the freezer paper (bottom left)


I did the same for both sides:


Then I sewed on the top and bottom pieces. I made my patchwork in nine-patches and then sewed them together to make the side strips. I was then able to make my patches line up better, by adjusting a few seams here and there. I am always amazed that no matter how hard you try, you cannot match up the seams perfectly. sigh.

Here's the back:


Ta Da! Here's the front:


I'm a genius! (if I do say so myself :P)

Anyway, it's still not done, more applique to come in future posts!

13 comments:

Jane Weston said...

Very clever. It looks wonderful and the colours are very effective.

Tracey said...

It looks very nice...and that was a very smart way of doing it!

tami said...

Great idea it's beautiful. You are a genius. :cD

atet said...

It looks wonderful! And yes, you are a genius!

YankeeQuilter said...

Big pat on the back! It looks wonderful.

rach said...

Yep, you probably are a genius!

Thats a really pretty quilt

Nettie said...

Hey, that is pretty ingenius. I love the mosaic effect there.

sewnut said...

it is super. You are a genius. You will have to start collecting your ideas, one day you'll need to make a book from them.

Carol E. said...

You ARE a genius! That is fantastic!

Rose Marie said...

Wow, you did good! Thanks for the tip for doing this type of work.

Patti said...

What a marvelous looking border! I would never have thought to do anything like that. It certainly looks perfect to me!

KCQuilter said...

Oh, how beautiful!!! Love how you did that border! It just makes the applique.

gwen said...

This is a great way of adding a border. Has someone already told you you are a genius! The pictures are very explicit as well. Thanks for sharing. Take care.
P.S.: I forgot to tell you that I find the whole top wonderful!