The Mistake, or Let Me Make it More Confusing for Michele
Michele wanted to know more about my “mistake” in my last post ( http://sandraleichner.com/wordpress/2009/11/12/and-were-off/ ) and as I responded to her comment, I thought I was probably making it even more confusing. This is one of those things that is soooo much easier to demonstrate in person.
Think of it as creating a custom background in the same way you machine piece rectangular or square fabric pieces together to create a tone on tone background for your applique block.
You are creating a background piece that has more depth than a solitary piece of background fabric. I have a feeling this will still be confusing, but I will give it a go. It really isn’t hard although the explanation seems to give it that illusion I fear.
My Detour (mistake):
Instead of creating the rectangular piece with the upper irregular edge (photo below), I cut around the entire template. It might have worked anyway, but it would have been a bit more difficult to handle and sew the black background to a smaller piece and have it line up correctly with ease.
Here is a complimentary handout with illustrations that might make it easier to understand(?) Easter Egg View
(Please remember this is for personal use only and not to duplicate for professional teaching purposes. I am sorry, I have to add that unfortunately.)
One of the purposes of this technique is to minimize the layers of fabric behind the applique. I do not cut background from behind my applique pieces as this creates dimples and the imprint of hard seam edges. Batting does not fill this area during the quilting process unless you add another layer underneath the applique. Not even wool. Especially with machine quilting.
Hand quilting may disguise it for awhile because the quilting is not as intensive and does not have as strong of a tension. However, over time, those hard seam edge imprints will start to become visible.
With Jason’s pumpkin quilt, there is a lot of layered applique to create the image over the background in the center. That means I would consistently have three layers of fabric thickness. I try to keep my layers to two thicknesses, the background and the applique piece. Sometimes three is inevitable, but it is rare.
The lesser of the two evils for me after realizing I goofed, was to just keep going. It was more important to have my circles match up in the next step.
I just know this is still as clear as mud. sigh.
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