Thursday, 10 May 2012

Bountiful Bouquet Month Eight

I’m so sorry this one is late, and it comes at the expense of photographed pictures.  But I’m assuming by now you know how to do my method of applique, as you’ve had a couple of months previously to do some.  I do apologise once again for the delay.

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This month we will be making our lower appliqued strip:

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You will require all your normal sewing requirements, but you will need the ten inch strip of background fabric you cut off in Month Two, plus various greens and coloured fabrics for your applique.

Press any centre fold seams from your background fabric.

Now, right click on the following files and save them somewhere safe.

bountiful bouquet month eight page one diagram

bountiful bouquet month eight page two diagram

bountiful bouquet month eight page three diagram

bountiful bouquet month eight page four

Alternatively, you can download the diagrams from here:

Page One, Page Two, Page Three, Page Four

Now, right click on each of these pictures and when given the option to print, do so. PRINT TWO COPIES OF EACH PAGE. I'm in Australia, using A4 paper that measures 8.25" x 11.75". Tape them together with sticky tape all the way being sure to overlap where indicated.

It may help if you put the images over the light box when doing this step. You want to make sure that the ones underneath are laying in the right spot before you tape. Now measure your design - it needs to be in the vicinity of 7" x 40" but honestly, an inch or two different in size isn't going to matter as long as it's not bigger than your background piece (which will have a finished size of 8" x 42").

Write at the top of one of the papers REVERSED PIECE and set this paper aside for now.

Okie dokie. Now the fun starts.

**one of my lovely readers has drawn up these beautiful, crisp individual diagrams for each flower.  Feel free to download these and use them as your vliesofix tracing template if that works for you.  Not all of the individual pieces are on there (birds for example) but it’s a good start at least – right click to save them or download them from here and here).

Pattern Pieces for Blocks 1 - 2 - 3

Pattern Pieces for Blocks 4 - 5 - 6

For the next step, I lay my whole border piece of fabric onto an ironing board right side up. I then set up a smaller ironing board (or a folded towel, just a smaller thing to iron on). It will be on this smaller board that I do my fiddly work with the bits and pieces of applique.

Now you can see that I have numbered the floral appliques. It's easier to start at the first number and go on, slowly, while you plod through it. We will work from the first applique design first, not the one marked REVERSED PIECE.

Trace as many pieces as you wish to onto the smooth side of the vliesofix or fusible webbing, making sure that you leave a little bit of space around each shape. Remember to number each piece to correspond with your background diagram. This will save you going nuts later in the placement stage. Cut roughly around each shape in the space provided.

Decide what colours you wish to make each applique shape from. Use our photo for placement guidelines if you wish but be adventurous. Every garden is different!

With the iron on the dry setting (no steam) lay the rough side of the vliesofix onto the wrong side of the fabric you wish to use for each appliqued piece. Fuse the webbing to the fabric by ironing over each piece for a short time. Cut out on the line and let cool completely.

Now, take that other piece of paper marked REVERSE PIECE and lay it face down (or reversed) onto your ironing board. This is your placement picture so it needs to be reversed to the one that we are working with tracing our bits and pieces. You should be able to see your design through the fabric, but if not, I find that taping the paper onto a window frame or light box and then drawing your picture onto the reverse side. Centre your background over your design. The long vertical stem in the middle of the picture is the middle, use that as a guide.

Peel the backing paper from each piece and lay in place over the traced lines on your background fabric where it is indicated. I find the backing paper peels off much easier if you let it totally cool after pressing.

Begin in numerical order. Start with number one and continue onward. Gradually add the layers that are on top. Lay as many out as you feel comfy with and then press in place. This is why I use two ironing setups, you will NOT want to move the background fabric when all the bits and pieces are laying in place.

When all your bits and pieces are in place and you are happy, give it a good final press to secure any loose corners and using a new needle and two strands of matching embroidery floss, blanket stitch around all exposed edges of your applique shapes.

Trim border length to 8.5" x 42.5" and set aside for now.

That’s it!  Please email me if you need help.

Till next time,



  1. So, here I am, just saving pages like a mad woman so I can make this absolutely gorgeous quilt... then this weird set of pages that when I save them by right clicking, I get a thumbnail and when I try to resize them for printing, I can't get them the right size. Sigh....