The border for my Feathered Star Quilt are pieced blocks, using neutral fabrics with applique on top. Because the feathered star blocks use many fabrics, including the light fabrics, placing a single printed light background fabric under the applique would just stand out too much. This is the case with many of my recent applique quilts. Take a look at the Rambling Ways Quilt and the Winterwood Quilt, where I have used many background fabrics pieced together under the applique. I love the look this gives the quilt adding just that much more interest to the quilt. I started with left over pieced blocks in my scrap bin, finding left over half square triangle units and triangles that had been cut and never used. (We all have these right ?) I pieced them all together and then cut them to the size that worked for them. ie: 3 1/2, 2 1/2 or 1 1/2 etc then I pieced them into simple blocks, laying them out in a pleasing manner until I had the beginnings of my border. Adding in fill in pieces of fabric until I had the correct fit.
I love both piecing and applique, so this method satisfies both love's.
I worked making all the vines, flowers and leaves for the applique. I love this process, playing with fabric and colour. I love to listen to an audio book, or podcast while doing this.
I then basted all the applique border vines and flowers to the pieced background and this has worked a treat. Then all I had to do was stitch it all in place, using the invisible machine applique method. Today I will be starting the next side border, I will be joining the main vine together when the quilt is finished.
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