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Thread: I need some construction help

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    I am working on a design for some beatiful applique patterns I have and I saw something here on the board that I want to try and incorporate. This post shows the woven ribbon pillow by Tothenci and I just love it.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-110616-1.htm

    What I am thinking of is doing the 4 center squares in this woven pattern using the cream batik background and white cotton.

    I've been thinking of how to make the squares. How do I get the green triangles sewn around the edges? I could do it in small prairie points like the white ones on the outside but, that is a lot of bulk right at that seam.

    Layout the weave and then sew green onto each end?

    Make the finished woven block size 2" smaller and then sew a 1" pieced strip around the edges with the green triangles with the white and cream background placed where it meets that color weave strip?

    Is that just too much to put on a quilt in the first place?
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    I think aesthetically, the woven look is lovely in the overall quilt design. It's not too much at all, and really enhances the applique blocks.

    Yet another quilt with solid alternating blocks? (Sorry, but that's what I think everytime I see one.) ;-) So I'm all for doing something in those blocks, and the cream/white is so subtle, it's almost just adding a bit of texture.

    What size are would they be in your layout?

    Are you totally against just piecing the blocks to get the same effect, as you really want to "weave" the strips?

    And apologies if you already know this, but if you piece it, then those green squares are just setting triangles (there are a gazillion pages out there with the details).

    I don't think the look would be different. Is this going to be a used quilt or a wall hanging? Because there are some finishing things you'd have to do to the strips to make the block more sturdy (so the ends don't fray, and they don't turn into crumb catchers) if it's going to be handled.

    The applique blocks are also lovely. Are they original?

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    I'm a flower person, so my personal opinion is the woven blocks might distract from the floral blocks.

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    Yes, I could piece a checkerboard block and do the setting triangles though it wouldn't have the real look of the weave.

    Maybe I could put fusible on the back of each strip so that they are fused down to the weave below it and not just to the background.

    I could do a decorative applique stitch on the edge of each weave to so they aren't crumb catchers.

    The design right now is 76"x76", the squares are 16" with the frames and the oval has a border of lace.

    The applique patterns are 12" corner designs by Distinctive Pieces. www.distinctivepieces.com

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    Maybe make the woven blocks very soft, almost like tone on tone.:)

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    no suggestions, but it sure looks pretty!

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    I ordered the disolving applique paper that Sharon Schamber uses and I've seen her do very tiny stems using it. I could use that for the weave strips so the edges are finished and straight then glue down the back of each strip, leaving the ends free. Maybe do it on a thin muslin background.

    After doing the weave use the Piece-lique technique to sew the green triangle onto the end of each strip. I would be able to mark where each triangle goes and place it perfectly for sewing. Then glue all the ends down and sew around the edges.

    Going to need to do some test pieces to see what works.

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    OK, so you're really looking for that bit of 3D texture from an actual weave.

    Some random babbling thoughts....

    The woven block will be two layers of fabric, foundation, plus the fusible. (I've done Anna Faustino's method from Woven Quilts so that's what I'm basing this on). The samples I have from here method is pretty stiff and thick, and I wonder if that might take away from the "softness" of your quilt.

    That said, I just had a flash of solving your green triangle problem. Give me a minute to play with some fabric to see if it would work.

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    I think it will be beautiful. The only thing I would do different is to extend the weaving pattern to the outside triangles too.

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    I wouldn't use fusible if I used Elmer's School Glue and then sew it. I might even be tempted to hand sew with a ladder stitch like I would a binding so that the weave effect isn't totally destroyed by sewing each strip down.

    If I hand sewed it I wouldn't need a foundation fabric either.

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