Auntie Green' s Garden (pattern by Irene Blanck) is growing. This is a block of the month from Homesteadhearth.com and we are up to the floral sprays around the center medallion. A fellow blogger also working on this quilt asked if I thought there would be enough room for the brown braided border around these floral sprays.
I am a back baster so I trace the patterns of my appliqué projects on the back of the fabric with a pencil.
I must admit I was a little worried about fitting in this border also and I thought it might be a little tricky getting the braids to come out evenly on each side. I decided to make freezer paper templates of the entire braided vine border just to make sure everything fit.
I usually like to have my appliqué fabric background cut a little larger, but I cut the second border fabric the called for 8 and 1/2 inches. (I also zigzagged stitched all of my raw edges to prevent fraying.). Once I had traced the four floral sprays on the back of the quilt top I cut 4 inch wide freezer paper template of the length of the sides and top and bottom of the quilt. I put some registration marks on my templates, the 45 degree corner angle, the one quarter inch seam, and the centers. Next I determined from the pattern that the actual braid is about 3 1/4 inches wide.
Because this border is a tight fit I drew the vine only 1/4 inch from my seam line. I added one more registration line to my freezer paper templates that would run right down the center of the vines. I traced the corner "U" shapes first (the "U" shape is a little further that 1/4 inch from the edges) and then one section of the braid on each side of the corner "U". Next I went to the center of the side template and started tracing the braid from the center back to each corner, this let me adjust the length of braids where needed to match up to the corner. When I had the whole braid traced on my freezer paper templates I traced it onto the back of my quilt top.
As suspected some of my floral sprays overlapped onto the braided vines, So I had to try and erase and change some of my appliqué shapes so there would be no overlapping. (If you appliqué in a different method than back basting I think these freezer paper templates of this braided border will still be helpful in adjusting some of the floral spray leaves and blooms). I did notice on the pattern picture that some of the appliqué is touching this vine, I just preferred that mine did not. I know this is kind of a long explanation, please leave a comment or write me if there is anything I can clear up.
I have another Patchwork of the Crosses block completed and my next one is laid out.
Happy Easter and Happy Spring,
He is Risen!