I hope you have had a great week, and have been progressing with your Vintage Crosses quilt. I would love you to share your pictures, either on the Sharon Keightley Facebook group or Instagram #vintagecrossesquilt, I am so looking forward to seeing your color choices and your blocks. This week is all about the applique center of the Vintage Crosses quilt.
In the original quilt, I made the center in four separate pieces, joining them together after each applique section was completed. The reason for doing it this way was that it was easier to move the sections around under the sewing machine, I had a smaller machine at the time, and now that my sewing machine has a larger area between the needle and the arm of the machine it is much easier to move larger pieces of work. This time I have cut a large square in one piece, I will make the center as one piece instead of four separate pieces, the choice is yours which way you decide.
I have also decided to use only one background fabric for all of the applique blocks, including the center block.
So to start I have cut a large block, then ironed it in half and then on the diagonal, this helps with positioning the applique pieces. You will also need to take into consideration the outside seam allowance when positioning your outermost applique pieces. I have taped my layout sheet together for the applique center, the pattern sheet is a quarter of the applique pattern and you need to repeat it four times. I use this as a guide for making the applique pieces and basted them into place.
I have cut all the applique pieces from freezer paper, and confession time..... I have a cutting machine. It's a fabulous invention, it cuts all my pieces perfectly in less than half the time. I can also cut the fabric pieces too with the machine, but I mostly do this by hand as with most quilts I make I am never sure which fabric I will use until I get a few done and in place.
I am only basting one section at a time, then stitching it in place before basting the next section. I find it easier to move everything around while stitching when there is only one section to worry about. I use a combination of flower headpins and basting glue. I like to use flower headpins on the larger shapes, this gives me the option of moving them as I stitch if they are not quite in the right position.
I will be writing in more depth about stitching the applique pieces down in my next blog post so stay tuned. If you have any questions you would like me to answer, leave me a comment and I will try to answer them in my next blog post.
Keep Well and Happy Stitching
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There is a lot of information to cover, I will be re-making the entire quilt. I will be doing tutorial based blog posts for each part of the quilt top.
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I wanted to mention how I cut the triangles from your scrap fabrics. In this little video I show how I cut my triangles, using my scrap fabrics to get a lot of variation in fabrics.