Monday, September 24, 2012

Trilly Trees Part 6 - Borders and Finishing

Add the borders and finish it...   ;)

Trilly Trees Part 5 - Applique

 I find that if I think things through in the beginning, I have to do less thinking while I'm working, and I find not thinking very relaxing.  With that in mind, let's think about how to approach these trees...

If you're not doing the larger branches that extend past the 12" panels, that makes things easier.  Skip this paragraph.  If you are, spread out the pattern and compare it to the picture on the front page of the pattern.  The middle tree is easy - it has extended branches on both sides.  For now, only applique the smaller branches on the top and bottom of the middle tree.  The right tree has extended branches on the left side, and the left tree has extended branches on the right side.  This is the reason we labeled our panels.  Even though they all use the same pattern, they are all slightly different, and it's important to keep them straight.  For now, only applique the right branches on the right tree and the left branches on the left tree.

Remember, if you reversed one layer of freezer paper when you cut out your trunk templates, one of the trunks will be reversed.  You'll have to reverse the branches for that tree, too.  You would have figured this out when you try to place them and they didn't quite fit, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.

I don't use a light box for placement.  I put the fabric over the pattern, line it up as best I can, and use the very scientific "close enough" method.  As long as I give myself plenty of overlap (at least an inch) where the branch meets the trunk outline, it seems to work.

Seriously.

 Start with the small branches, then add leaves and flowers.


Keep your appliques at least 3/4" from the edge.  Remember this panel is still 2" too big, and has a 1/4" seam allowance.

Once the small branches are done, you'll have something like this...

Right branches on the right tree and left branches on the left tree.
Now you have no choice.  It's time to trim these things down to size.  Once that's done, I run around the edges with a little bit of thread check.  If you're hand appliqueing, you might not have to, but going back and forth through the arm of the machine for all those leaves seems to encourage unraveling.

Add the 2 block panels on either side of the middle tree and start working on those extended branches, adding leaves and flowers as you go.  You can go right up to the edge of the blocks. 

When all the branches are added, applique the trunk.  Add the right and left tree panels and repeat.

Trilly Trees Part 4 - Trunks

There are probably many ways to do the applique, some easier than others.  I did a raw edge, fusible style with machine button holed edges.  Here's how I did it...

Roll out a long length of freezer paper and trace the trunk.


Roll out even more freezer paper and fold it length wise.  You will have 3 lengths stacked up.  If you want one of your trees dancing in the opposite direction, make one of the layers wax side up.  Use your rotary cutter and free hand cut along the traced line. 


Iron the freezer paper templates onto the right side of the trunk fabric and cut out, leaving yourself a good two inches or so all the way around.  Trust me, you'll want some wiggle room later.

Label the templates and the fabric something creative; "left", "middle" and "right" perhaps.

Remove the freezer paper templates and iron onto the background pieces.  Trace with your favorite fabric friendly marking instrument. 

I know this is a terrible picture, but you get the idea.  Let's face it, this isn't a photography blog, is it?

Label the background panels "left", "middle" and "right" like you did the trunks.

Trilly Trees Part 3 - The Applique Pattern

Print pages 8 through 32 of the pattern.  Trim off margins on the solid lines.  (Rotary cutter and ruler works great for this.)
Align with the next page and scotch tape.
Repeat.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Trilly Trees Part 2 - Block Panels

Cut background triangles and sew to the blocks...
Sew 5 rows together with quarter-square triangles in the corners...
Make 2...

Trilly Trees Part 1 - Blocks

Put together the quarter-square triangles...
Then the Ohio Star block...
 Attach background triangles to the trapezoids, aligning to the outside edge, like this...
 Sew together half-square triangles and press...
Sew half-square triangle blocks to 2 of the trapezoid pieces...
Add the short trapezoid pieces to the Ohio Star block, then the longer pieces (just like adding a border)...
Only 9 more...