Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Forging ahead with Country Cousins
This block has real thin handles on the urns and points on the reverse applique on the base for starters. Lots of pointy small leaves, and many little circles. I actually used a technique that I kind of made up on my own when doing the circles. I first found a button the size of the finished cherry and another button for the bubbles. I then cut my circles like 3/16" wider than the button all around. (Wider seam allowance causes too much bulk in the center). I used a yo-yo technique but fine tuned it a bit. The running stitch I made all around the circumference of the circle was very close to the edge. Not so close that it would fray the edge, but close. I left tails of about 2" on the thread - no need to knot the ends. I placed the button in the center on the wrong side of the fabric and pulled both tails at the same time. When I had it pulled up pretty taut, I tied the ends - twice to secure the knot. (The threads can be clipped now, or when you are ready to stitch the circles down). I now pushed the fabric opening to one side of the button and maneuvered the button out of the opening. I straightened the opening back to the center and with my fingers pinched and smudged the pointy areas smooth. When you are sewing these circles down you can use the needle to fix any stubborn points.
I have been really busy, but I guess that really isn't anything new. I sometimes don't get to posting or reading messages on my computer much when I get real focused on my quilting.