Monday, May 31, 2010

Black, white and COLORFUL!

Started another project, this colorful Dresden Plate hand project pattern "Flea Market" by Irene Berry from June/July 2010 Quilters Newsletter.  I am enjoying it so much I am having a hard time putting it down.  I am putting out a challenge.  Who would like to join me?  I thought I would demonstrate the steps I use to inspire.

I begin with applique stabilizer by Sharon Schamber.  This fibrous stabilizer acts as trapunto after washed.  Begin by directly tracing the pattern onto the stabilizer.

As I needed 108 of these, I traced several to use as templates, stacked 5-6 blank stabilizer squares under each template and cut the shape out directly on the drawn line until I had the number required.

Glue the stabilizer template to a fabric scrap.  Then cut fabric around template leaving approximately 1/4" seam allowance.

Place glue on seam allowance and turn under with finger or cuticle stick as I use.

Once turned under, join applique shapes together by hand with a whip stitch as shown.  I used black thread to match my background.

12 applique shapes joined together create one plate.  The plate is centered on the background and tacked with glue.  I then place pins at the tips of the shapes to prevent shifting while sewing.
The outer plate edge is sewn to the background using the applique stitch, again with black thread.  Once sewn to the background, the inner plate is then basted to the background.

Have fun if you decide to go for it.  I have 2 of the 9 blocks needed complete.

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