i wanted to add this photo, before i lost it. this is how you applique an intricate design without it going all over the place. i draw the pattern on the fabric and leave the fabric intact. i cut the fabric away 3 or so inches ahead of where i am working. this is how hawaiian applique is done. i only cut away one side of a branch as i go. once the branch is secure i can cut away the entire second side if i want, but don't go farther than that.
if you tried to cut this tree out and then applique it down. your branches would not go in the right spot and it would be really uneven.
and as you can see i've cut away about 4 inches, bad gini.
gini in north idaho
Thanks Gini. What a great idea. Would never have thought of doing that. You are an inspiration.
i noticed after i had this one finished, that it was the only one without any red, so i added a ladybug. she's kinda small, but does the trick. i really liked making this block. the trunk is done hawaiian stlye and i like the cut as you go. as i was sewing, a couple of the little limbs wore off and, whack, off they went before i knew it. so a couple of leaves don't have a branch and one of the pears has an embroidered branch. i had the perfect fabrics for shading pears. this was from two different fabrics. i debated on prints or these. these won.
this block went very quickly. a bit of time to pick the fabrics and cut them out, and two evenings to applique. hmm, maybe i'll go back and add a worm hole and a worm. : )
turned out great Gini, that fabric is perfect for the pears and love the cute little ladybug!
Pretty block Gini. I like your lady bug. It is a nice touch. I have fabrics picked for this one but I've been side tracked by Bonnie's billion triangles aka Quiltville's mystery quilt.
Gini, Love it
Gini ,this is so pretty . barbara
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gini:this is how you applique an intricate design without it going all over the place.
Gini, I love your little pear tree with the lady bug!
I have had my tree and all my pears sewn on for a while but I'm stalled at the leaves. I've sewn one in the last three days. I'm hoping to get it done tonight.
Thank you, Gini, for the cutting tip. It makes such good sense. I had not heard of this Hawaiian technique before. I'm always looking for easier, faster ways to quilt and applique. Kudos!
you're welcome, linda
my pear tree is done. If I don't hear another partridge joke it won't be too soon.
Kris, beautiful job your pears just glow such pretty colors