|Bella Bella Blue 72" x 72"|
|The two spokes of the wheel.|
TIP: Matching seams is critical for a top notch result and a good method is shown on this website. She talks about getting points right, but the same method works for matching seams.
TIP: You have tried twice and still the seams don't come together with precision? Carefully pin again as directed in that website, then turn your quilt over and sew it together from the other direction. This almost always solves the problem
As to adding the circular border, I direct you to the book. I designed my own appliqué, but I didn't want to needle turn the edges, and I am not crazy about satin stitch (probably because I don't do it well). I discovered Ricky Tims' "Rhapsody Quilts" and was interested in his method of using machine blanket stitch for appliqué. I used it on my motifs and was very happy even with this first attempt.
The quilting is all feathers with one in every piece of every spoke. In the diagonal joins I did a wiggly grid. It is hard to see on the front in these photos, but here is what the back looks like.
|Backside shows the quilting.|
TIP: Figure your fabric before you sew! You might not be as lucky as I was to still be able to find an almost outdated fabric.
My problem #2: I carefully marked the quilting design with blue marker on the white and a Clover iron-away white marker on the dark. By the time I finished quilting the first two spokes the white marker rubbed off all the rest of the quilt. The blue marker stayed the duration.
TIP: Test your marker by rubbing it with your hands and scrap fabric. If it doesn't stay you may have to mark as you go along, which is what I did. Remember, practicing the quilting design with a marker will help you do a better job with the quilting. I love the "SewLine" ceramic marker, and it has different color refills. It rubs off and if there is any residue, it washes out.