Applique Preparation Tips: The Rambling Ways Quilt top is coming along really well. I have finished all the blocks and the quilt center is sewn together. It's looking fabulous !!
I am now working hard on the borders, I thought you might like to see how I 'Chain Stitch' the applique pieces before I finally baste them all onto the background fabric. As I prepare my circles, I baste the smaller circles in place on top of the larger one's. I then set my sewing machine up and stitch around the smaller circles, after finishing each circle I do not cut my thread. (monofilament thread on the top and 50 weight cotton in the bobbin) I just pull the circle away from the needle and place the next one in place and start stitching the next circle. Continuing until they are all sewn. Then it's just a matter of clipping the threads and basting them in place on the background fabric. If you are using a method where you need to take out the freezer paper you can do this for the smaller circle after it has been stitched to the larger circle. Hopefully the pictures below will help you understand what I am talking about.
Find more information on how to create beautiful turned edge applique by machine in the Applique ! E-book
How to press a Flying Geese Border ? This is the question I was asked so I have done my best to answer as it is not exactly what you might be expecting to see. Read more to see how I pressed the seams to get nice flat intersections.
Making four Flying Geese units at a time is a great time saver, and a wonderful method. I love to oversize the units and trim them down to the correct size for perfect blocks. Read how I go about making these versatile units that I use in almost every quilt I make.