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Thread: HEIP!!!!Challenge Block... I have a reverse applique question

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    I am doing a challenge Christmas Block for my Guild. I was trying to round off a hexagon,(Which Don't Work), to make a circle to insert into a 12 inch Block. SOOOOOOOOO (this is something I haven't done before) Would it do ok if I did a reverse applique? Cut out a hexagon shape on block and insert reverse applique on it??????? The cut out on block has to be 1 inch smaller than the inset, which is the way to do it with a circle. So before I trase,make templates,cut material would like to have opinions.
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    I'll give you a bump since I have no clue.

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    Sorry, I can't really picture what you're asking ?? :?

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    I can't quite figure out what you are trying to do either.

    Could you just make a circle the size you want and go from there?

    Do you have a compass? Or something round to trace around?

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    Sorry,I forgot you can't see what I am doing :lol: :lol:
    OK I have a 7 1/4 inch block made with a hexagon center. When triangles and squares are put together they form an almost circle. You sew the inside of the almost circle to the hexagon center. It makes a beautiful block. Being I need at least a 12 inch block for the challenge. I want to put it on a 12 inch Block. I thought I could insert it like it was a circle by cutting a smaller circle in the 12" Block and sewing around it. BUUUt it will not work because the little block is not a perfect circle. WHEW!!!!!!!! So I thought again maybe a reverse applique. But now I going towards the regular applique on the 12" Block......
    Now is that Clear as Mud or what. :lol: :lol: :lol: This block makes a Beautiful Christmas Wreath.

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    Actually, you could. Draw the outline of the finished insert on the bigger part, and then add seam allowance to that. You'd insert the smaller part like setting in a sleeve.

    It would be sort of like doing a drunkard's path, but going all the way around instead of only a fourth of the way around.

    Now this is probably even clearer .

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    I know I saw someone doing a circle on one of Alex Anderson's shows several years ago.

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    if you didn't clip, the seam would be pressed to the center.

    if you wanted the seam to be pressed to the edges of the block, you would have to do some clipping. Maybe staystitch on the seam line before clipping.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Actually, you could. Draw the outline of the finished insert on the bigger part, and then add seam allowance to that. You'd insert the smaller part like setting in a sleeve.

    It would be sort of like doing a drunkard's path, but going all the way around instead of only a fourth of the way around.

    Now this is probably even clearer .
    Believe it or not I know what you are saying. I am going to try it that way. I will not post the picture of it until The challeng is over. You can't never tell if someone from the guild is checking this site out.
    Thank you Gosh I am so glad you all are out there.
    , Bonnie

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    if you didn't clip, the seam would be pressed to the center.

    if you wanted the seam to be pressed to the edges of the block, you would have to do some clipping. Maybe staystitch on the seam line before clipping.
    I will make of note of that. Thankyou. I have never done this before. It should make a beautiful Block.
    I have a circle cutter ruler. It actually works You can cut out the circle and it is perfect.
    Bonnie

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    tell you the truth, I haven't either. good luck.

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    I have a magazine around here somewhere with how to reverse applique circles by machine, let me look for it.

    It's in American Quilter Spring 2007 issue. There's an applique quilt of a little girl with a straw hat walking in a garden on the cover. My scanner got taken off of life support and no longer functions so I cannot scan it. The article is Pieced Circles, No Pins, No Pain by Ricky Tims.

    Also, here is a link that might be helpful.

    http://www.quilterscache.com/M/Moon&StarBlock.html

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    Thank You Babeegirl I had printed out the instructions and I like the Block that is being used for an example.
    Bill'sBonBon

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    I may well be too late to help you but here is a tip for sewing circles.
    You will need a drawing pin and say a large band aid. Push the sharp pin up through to the centre of the non sticky side of the band aid. Work out the size of your circle and stick the plaster onto the sewing machine half that distance from your needle. Then find the centre of the circle on the fabric and push that onto the pointed bit. Sew slowly with small stitches, easing the fabric round in a circle., You can now cut away the circle part and add fancy stitch to cover the raw circle. Works every time.
    Jane

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