Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Secret Garden Part 7 is Launched

Part 7 is all about these applique motif triangles. From this block I'm working on, I'll cut 4 x triangles and set them aside until it's time to assemble the top. It's a Mystery and some quilters are asking me where on earth do these fit in? What can I say? Surely this is half the pleasure of a Mystery?! You really have no idea what's next and in the case of Secret Garden, believe me - no one knows what's next. There's more to come, each even more intriguing than the last..until the final reveal. So just wait and see, it will be worth all the suspense..
Once again it's all about the prep. First I made my stems. I used a 6mm bias maker for this which saved me lots of time. I don't know why I didn't do this sooner. I have a 6mm and 12mm maker but haven't been able to find one that makes 8mm or 10mm and now that I know how useful they are, I want every possible size. I don't think they exsit but live in hope that someone somewhere has bothered to make them. I've been looking online without luck, so if you have these inbetween sizes or know where I can get them, please let me know as I could really make use of them.

Anyway, I cut strips, feed them through the maker and then pin the edge to my ironing board (which is covered with this super busy print, sorry)
and then I simply drag the maker with my iron following along
It's quick and easy
 Now that I have all the stems I need
it's time to applique my stems into position
for now I'm using basting glue to keep them in place before stitching them down
and when all my applique is completed, I'll cut this square into 4 x triangles and set them aside 
These are the fabrics I've opted for, as my background is light green, I decided to mix in some pink with these blocks. They will appear evenly around the quilt, so I want them to pick up the shades I've used in my main applique blocks. I've opted for harmonious, but contrast would work too - especially if contrast elements will show up elsewhere in your fabric selections.

I have 16 x triangles to make, from 4 x squares so I'm busy getting it done. Can't wait to see how you are making yours. If you're not already a member of my Free BOM Group over on Facebook, be sure to join - it's a busy hub of quilters sharing their work each day and I love dropping in and getting inspired.



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3 comments:

  1. here is a link on amazon for a package of 5 sizes of bias stem makers

    https://www.amazon.com/Clover-Bias-Makers-Package-sizes/dp/B00579GQ7U/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_3?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1501591020&sr=1-3-fkmr1&keywords=clover+bias+stem+maker+8mm

    I have also seen them at Connecting Threads and I think the Fat Quarter Shop - of course these are from the US - hope you can find a supplier in Australia

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  2. Your work is magnificent as always, Esther. I love the unexpected shocking pink stem fabric against the greens! Thank you for explaining your process with such clear photos and explanations, too. Very helpful!

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  3. Esther - beautiful pattern again! My question is the same as last time. When using my very directional background fabric, can I still use the same method as you are using, or do I need to adapt my background triangles?

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