Sunday, March 20, 2011

Applique Design

I'm not sure how most people go about designing or drawing out their applique designs. But I thought I would share my thought process.

First, I sat up my design table with all of the supplies I would need. It was such a nice morning, I decided to work outside.

I put my favorite tunes on, pulled up Janet's quilt for the pattern and got to work.

This is the rose pattern. You can't tell but will be able to, hopefully, when I use different prints for each petal.

I call these the rosettes.

The rose buds and leaves.

This is the corner area of the design. I cut out a lot of pieces and laid them out. Then I traced around them.

After I made this corner I traced it on to the other end of the border.

Then I designed the center in the same way. I laid out many, many pieces and then traced around them when I had them where I wanted them.

Believe it or not, this took me most of the day.

Oh, I was only able to stay outdoors this morning for about an hour before the wind came up. So I moved back into the house. I went back outside around 3 for a break. I took some popcorn and my computer so I could read blogs while I snacked. The wind was blowing so hard by then that it blew the popcorn out of my bowl. Too funny, huh. Now at 7 p.m., the trees are moving a little but that is all.

I'm using batiks for the applique fabric so I decided I probably should wash the fabric first. I didn't have a color catcher so I put a piece of white fabric in with it to see if the colors would bleed. They did not. So that is good. 

I'm not sure what I'm going to do tomorrow. I'm going to take it one day at a time.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.


  1. very nice, I will be watching for it in fabric form

  2. wow - a lot of work for sure - I'm not surprised you had to move back into the house - the wind was really strong here - I was outside reading on the porch and got tired of the wind whipping at me and finally moved back into the house!
    Are you fusing the applique and machine stitching or needle turn?

  3. Looks like you are having a very productive go at designing your border. It's going to be great!!!



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