No paper piecing today, but traditional piecing, with curves and appliqué. Many quilters are struggling with curved piecing, but it is actually not that difficult. Appliqué is daunting to many quilters too, especially needleturn appliqué: but if you use Heatn’ Bond Lite, ironing without seam allowance, it’s a fast and easy job.
Today I want to make Block A4-‘Posies ‘Round the Square’. Directions on pg. 58, patterns on pg. 117. The templates are cut out, seam allowances included. There are a couple of markings, which are important to use
- Letters A, B and C are indicating the type of template.
- The arrows are indicating the grain of the fabric, for placement. SBS tells you how to place the templates, for best results.
- Small markings (stripe) on the curves with A and B and in the center of the diagonal side of C indicate the middle of the curves/sides. Draw them ON the seam allowance of your fabrics, with pencil or blue water soluble pen.
- There are applique shapes on template C. They will be drawn on the paper side of Heat’n Bond Lite if you do it the easy way. I am not using the needleturn technique, but ironed appliqué without seam allowances.
Template B must be cut out 4x. Because I have used stripes, this can be done in different ways:
- 2 x template B to one side, 2 x template B in the opposite direction, to make sure the stripes are all aligned, once they are sewn.
- all 4 templates B to one side, giving a special look. The stripes will not be aligned, but opposite in two directions, thus creating motion.
Curved piecing: 4 x B to four sides of A = concave and convex. I always place concave on top and convex on the bottom. In my experience, concave can be pulled straight, which makes it easier to match a convex curve when it is placed on top of that. I have pinned the center, markings matched.
Using my B770QE, 1/4 inch foot, to make perfect 1/4 inch seam allowances. The first B is sewn, pressed the seams towards B – when pressing seams towards A, there will be too much bulk, due to the small size of that point.
Heat’n Bond Lite is used for applique without seam allowances. No bulk and no difficult hand-sewing, but just ironing them onto the background. There will be stitches involved while quilting, but until that time, the block will be stowed away.
I have placed the template with appliqué shapes on a white piece of paper, to be sure all lines are visible. A piece of Heat’n Bond Lite is placed on top, paper side up (I always use remnants when possible, so don’t throw the smaller pieces away!), drawing the shape each 4 times, one for each corner.
To be sure the placement of the shapes will be correct, I have cut the shapes out of the template. Also the seam at the diagonal side was cut, because at that point, the fabrics are sewn together, so no seams involved there.
Removed the paper at the back of the appliqué shapes, placing them inside the cut-outs of the template and tapping with my hot iron just to be sure they don’t shift. Next, I have removed the template, pressing the appliqué shapes once more to secure them.
This will be my method for all appliqué blocks, when possible. Makes appliqué even easier.
Next time more blocks for SBS. See you then!
Sylvia’s Art Quilts Studio