The Quilted Seam

pansie quilt

 

Claire Gimber, whose article "The Quilted Seam" appeared in the October/November 2009 issue of QN, designed this applique pattern for her 105" x 93" quilt Pansy Thoughts, shown here. Download the pansy pattern and follow Claire's instructions to make a pansy block that you can use in your own quilts.

 

These instructions are for raw-edge-but not fusible-machine applique. Enlarge the pattern to the desired size. Number the pattern pieces according to how they will be added to the background-bottommost patches first. You might also want to note which fabrics you have chosen to use for each piece. Tape the pattern to a light box and place a piece of freezer paper, dull side up, over it. Trace the pattern onto the freezer paper. Transfer the numbers onto the freezer paper as well. Cut out the freezer paper shapes on the lines, but leave the pattern outline affixed to the light box.

 

Press the shiny side of each freezer paper piece to the right sides of the appropriate fabrics. Trace around them with a white chalk pencil or light-colored, removable marking tool. Laying the fabric on a piece of fine sandpaper will help keep it stable while you trace. Cut out the shapes, adding a ¼" all around by eye.

 

Lay the background fabric over the pattern outline, still taped to the light box, and, using it as a placement guide, lay the bottommost patches on the background fabric. Trim the ¼" allowance off any edge that will not lie underneath the edge of an adjacent patch by cutting just inside the chalk line. In this manner, pin or glue baste all the patches in place. Carefully take the basted block to your machine. Drop your machine's feed dogs and free motion stitch all the patches in place. Either stitch just inside all the raw edges or follow the contours of each petal with some thread painting to add a little texture and interest.

 

 

Appeared in:

October/November 2009

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the quilted seam
gorgeous pattern-would like to see it offerred in different sizes

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