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Thank you all for your opinions! #3 is the winner LOL that is I will be going with design #3 for the border.  It is always nice to get other opinions when there have been some doubts.  This time though when I was laying out design #3 I didn’t have that hesitation – thinking hmm I don’t know if I like it.

I know because I hadn’t cut the yellow centers smaller when I showed the photo some might not have been able to visualize the centers smaller and not so dominate.  I have the centers cut down and one just pulled together and lined with the batting to show the difference in size from the corner flowers.  It is not pressed flat – neither of them are at this point – but I will be working on this at some point today.  I have all of the centers ready for the iron.


I had notice on Erin’s blog One Piece at a Time that she had a method for hearts which would work great for these heart type shaped flowers.  I don’t want mine to be quite heart shape but I decided to use her prep method to make my flowers.  At the top instead of the inverted point mine are more an inverted scallop one might say – if you look at her demo I am not clipping the center but having it more of a curve.  For my template I ironed 4 of my freezer paper templates together to get a firm base to work with.


I am putting my gathering line next to the chalk line I had drawn on for the needle turn applique – with this method everything will already be turned under and I will just glue baste in place and then do the applique stitch.  You do not need to baste exactly on the chalk line it is just something to go by – when pulled tight it will be the size of the template.


The template can actually be ironed down to the fabric holding it in place better while you are drawing in the drawstring.


This makes the curve at the top so easy.  Then using a stiletto you can fold the straight edge on the lower parts of the petal in place while you press it – loosen up slightly and tug the freezer paper template out and then repress.


Here is one finished petal on top of another so you can see how much smaller it will be when finished.  I hope to have a completed flower later today and I will then show what it looks like when put together.


So for the next week or two I will be busy making flowers and then I will get around to glue basting the border in place and then finally get busy with hand applique – when doing flowers this method if one wanted to these could be machine applique if desired instead of hand work – but you know me I like the hand work.  It doesn’t matter if it takes me until the end of the year to finish this quilt – I have more than enough quilt tops waiting in line to be quilted anyhow and this will be one more to the stack waiting now!

Again thank you all for your opinions whether I went with your ideas or not they were all appreciated.

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6 comments… add one
  • Ruth Jul 17, 2012

    You are simply amazing! I don’t know how you work with those teensy little pieces and make them come out so perfect!
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  • Doreen Jul 17, 2012

    They are lovely. That method makes even the smallest applique turn-under possible!
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  • Tim Latimer Jul 17, 2012

    great way to turn the edges! I will put that to use for sure! Thanks
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  • Karen L. Jul 17, 2012

    I know I have come “to late to the party” but I had to agree with Arlene Klatt in her comment on your last post. I too like the #3 choice as you have decided to do but think I would really like to see those leaves still placed behind the corner flowers only. For me, I like to see a little more “something” on the corners of borders. I know you have a lot going on in the center of the quilt already but I still like the leaves behind the flowers just not on all of them. This is just my opinion of course but I know that whatever you do will be great so carry on and this quilt will be stunning. Actually, it already is!!!

  • swooze Jul 17, 2012

    I like the airy look of the #3. Great job!
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  • Miri Jul 18, 2012

    Great border! Looks quick to finish too. 🙂
    LOL! Until I started to needle turn, I never liked applique because I hated doing all that prep work for the freezer paper method.
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