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Thread: Ready to start the applique

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    I got the dahlia applique'd onto the background and started laying out the vines and flowers last night. After a couple of changes of flower styles I settled on these.

    Looks like I have my work cut out for me in the eveings this week. :wink:
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    I can't wait to see your finished quilt, it's already so beautiful!

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    That's so pretty!!!

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    How beautiful!

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    Pam, this is going to be a real work of art, and your work is meticulous, I wish I could be more like you! :D

    K x

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    Beautiful colors!! The lay out is perfect!!

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    Totally beautiful!

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    That is truly amazing :lol: Can't wait to see the whole picture when it is all done

    Sharon

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    That is breathtaking!! Better stitch fast because you have a new baby to go cuddle in a few days.

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    Wow!!!!!!

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    That is going to be an awesome quilt. You are so talented.

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    Yes what a beauty!....

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    Beautiful addition to an already beautiful quilt.

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    I got one of the two difficult flowers done and half of the main vine. I find that I just don't like using paper. I can't see what's happening underneath it and I think it's harder to keep it where I want it. The dark blue petal at the top is placed too far out and it's hard to judge that when the paper, and the part that will be turned under, is sticking out.

    I resorted to the old fashioned way about half way through the flower. Took off the paper, turned under the edges, and basted it. THEN pinned it to the background.
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    Pam, just an idea but I put the papers on the wrong side of the fabric then do needle turn; I either leave a short bit unsewn to take the paper out if there's a straightish edge or if it's a complex shape, like your flower I'd make a tiny nick in the back and ease the paper out with a pair of tweezers.

    It's looking fantastic, BTW!

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    Looking lovely!

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    Pam, that is so beautiful that I can't wait to see it finished. Keep up the wonderful work!

    Cheers, Helen

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    Oh, boy!! You sure are talented. They look great!

    Kyia

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    WOW! That is going to be stunning :!:

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    That is going to be an absolutely gorgeous quilt.

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    very pretty......

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    Oh my! Can't wait to see it ALL done.
    Do you still need my addy so you can send it to me? :)

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    Wow Pam!!!! :shock: :shock: Your plan is just tooooo gorgeous and you are working it up sooo quickly! I love it...please keep showing it so I can continue to drool! :lol:

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    You are making me steam with envy. Sooooo pretty

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    Thanks everyone for the encouragement. I've never done anything like this applique before. I look at the Amish quilts and think how in the world do they do that so beautifully? It looks like it would take years to do a quilt.

    It's not as slow going as I thought and the vines are especially quick to do, just a long almost staight line of applique. My original plan was to do a vine border around the entire quilt and before I began this part I was starting to re-think that. After working on it I think I can do it.

    I'm going to look at the border design again and make it as simple as possible, no big flowers, just the small ones. I have seen some designs that have a little circle on the ends of thin vines so maybe that too. I found an easy way to do the circles, don't know if it's the standard way to do them since I've never seen or read of it being done. I took the little yellow circle and with matching thread I sewed around the edge about a 1/8" in with tiny stitches. I then gathered it until it was all turned under about 1/4" and knotted it off. I worked it with my fingers into a "perfect" circle and applique'd it on. I sat on the couch watching TV and did the centers and sewed them onto the small flowers ready to applique.

    I'll try putting the paper on the wrong side. I just remembered something I saw years ago about how to divide a border into equal sections for a design. Take some adding machine paper and cut it the length of the border. Fold it in half, then in half again, then in half again, etc. until you have the size section you want and they will all be the same. I'll see if I can snag a roll at work. I can use it as a template for the curving vines, each section as a curve one way then the other and they'll be the same on all sides. It also helps with making sure you end at the corners correctly for doing a curve around each corner.

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