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Thread: Will this work? (strange new-to-me idea)

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    MTS ... ITA that a regular piano key border just would have been so boooooooring! Your curved piano keys set the pace in the first place. Then the effect of the straight edge vs. wave as the straight line frames the centre stark straight appearance. That wave pulls the centre curly-q right into action!

    As for that following person and their non-enthusiasm for imagination in the final border ... argghhhh!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    It won't open to lie flat as you'd have a concave sewn to a concave curve, and a convex to a convex.
    I'm so glad I asked! I see what you mean. Guess I will have to do some advance planning on the curves, after all. I really appreciate the specific instructions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Tedious ... but it can be very effective!
    I'm okay with tedious. It's only fun if it's difficult!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JenelTX View Post
    I want to create two side-by-side applique'd wall hangings of an underwater scene. I've never done applique before, so it will be a fun challenge. For the underwater background, I found a great fat quarter bundle of Caribbean blue batiks, going from dark to light. What I'd like to do is cut the fat quarters into different width strips, put right sides together, sew together in a wavy line, and then cut away the additional fabric beyond the 1/4-inch seam allowance. Is there any reason this will not work? Are there any special tricks for pressing a curved seam?

    Won't work because you fabric will never lay flat if you sew face to face.

    What you can do is lay one face up on another and then sew wavy lines (tiny stitches) and then trim as close to the seam as possible--top only. You will have raw edges. OR if you're really ambitious, cut the edges 3/8" or so and then tuck under and sew a sort of hem on the top one.
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    I did a wall hanging, early this year, for a School Raffel Fund Raiser, it was called "Under the Sea". It turned out so cute. It had a 'sand' bottom and then the sea in blue layers, and yes I used batiks, even found some with sea creatures in it, think they were whales, gentle curve can be sewn then trimed and clip heavy. my pattern added
    little pieces of added seaweed on the bottom. I'm sorry I can't share of pic with you of what I did...a computer virus ate all my pictures from the last ten years
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

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    Another way to do this is to first draw your applique piece on freezer paper, including the wavy lines going across. Number your piece in some way, and you may want to make a copy so you can put the pieces back exactly as drawn. Cut the freezer paper along the wavy lines. Iron the pieces to the wrong side of fabrics. Rough cut, leaving up to 1 inch extra around the freezer paper. Start reassembling the pieces. What you want to do is turn under the seam allowance on a top piece and then machine applique this to an underneath piece. For the top piece, you probably want to trim the seam allowance to 1/4" and turn under with a glue stick.

    Sharon Malec describes this technique better than I have in some of her books. Here is a link to her website:
    http://www.malec-designs.com/

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    There is a quilt called 'day at the lake' that is a look into a cross section of a lake..... applique in blocks that are then sewn together. I did this quilt several years ago (don't have a picture on my computer or would show you) and used darker blues as I got to the bottom of the lake, just like a real lake. Anyway, I google searched it and it came right up. Check this out..... http://www.quiltknit.com/PT2028-Day-...e_p_12429.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    I did the outer ombre wavy border.
    WOW!!!! That is gorgeous!!! I love the wavy border effect. Thank you for sharing your technique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Are you other shapes going to be fused applique or needle turn?
    I don't know. I've never done applique before, so I'm going to have to figure that out. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    a computer virus ate all my pictures from the last ten years
    Oh, NO!!! That's TERRIBLE! I'm so sorry. Your underwater scene sounds wonderful. I would've loved to have seen it.
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