Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Full Flower Pot in progress

My enjoyment of cut work applique is partly due to working with one piece of fabric and just sewing. I baste the top and background together and it's off to sew using an occasional pin along the way to ease the process. However, when blocks have many pieces, the process becomes more complicated and not as portable because of the need to keep up with pieces and placement of each piece. I have a great system with a folder and plastic sheets to keep it all organized, but there are still all those pieces - if you know what I mean. This time, to manage these issues and still keep this portable (for a quick pick up and sew as I am able to snatch time here and there),  I've cut out and basted all pieces of Mary Mannakee flower pot to background fabric.

I am not 100% sold on the flower pot fabric. (Would be happy to hear others input!) It is the same fabric and in several of the previous blocks, but the original picture for this block uses the same red as in the flowers. While I am not trying to make an exact replica, I do want a certain look the the piece. Still thinking...since, the pot is the last piece to sew, I have a little time to decide. But not too much time with the speedy progress and I've been making these days.

DD is back home later today - so time may not be in as great of supply as of late. It's all good!
Happy Quilting!!


Jane in Wales said...

I like the flowerpot, it gives a lighter feel than if you had used the same red of the flowers, but of course it is very personal. Success with deciding!

Janet said...

I like the flower pot too. Do you leave extra seam allowance on when you baste all the pieces like that so you don't get worn edges? This curious mind wants to know.

Wanda - Scraphappy Blended Quilter said...

Hi Janet,
Yes, I "rough cut" pieces for placement and basting purposes - just to keep it all together and leave extra seam allowance. When I go to sew, I trim closer - leaving 3 or 4mm remaining seam allowance. I only cut about 5 cm past where I'm sewing - depending on the shape. Straight pieces I cut more length, curved areas less.

In the photo, I have trimmed the 3rd red leaf ready for sewing. Red leaves on right side are in "rough cut" stage.
Happy Quilting!

Carole~Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus said...

I love that flower pot fabric - it looks great!