Remember, my blog is called Humble Quilts for a reason. There isn't anything very precise about the center block, other then it finishes at 12". Relax, have fun, make changes as you see fit.
Center basket pattern
You should be able to click on that link to get to the center basket pattern. If not, let me know and I'll try and fix it.
You should all know in quilting there are 101 different ways to do the same thing. You have to try a few ways and see what works for you. This is one of the ways I do machine applique. It's a very casual approach so I hope if you've been afraid of applique that you give this a try.
You will need a fusible web. I use Heat N Bond Lite iron-on adhesive. Any light-weight iron on fusible adhesive will work.
If you are wondering about the stems, you can do them the same way as the other pieces (described above) using the fusible web.
I don't have a photo, but cut your background 13" and lay your applique pieces on your background in a pleasing manner, following the pattern.....or not. Iron them onto the background. If you've taken all the paper off, everything should stick!! Ta-da!
Admire your work!!!
Ready to sew?
You will be using a small zig zag stitch using matching thread. I use DMC machine embroidery thread, but any matching thread will work. make sure your throat plate is wide and your sewing foot will accommodate a zig zag. Check your sewing machine manual if you need to. I LOVE my open toed foot so I can see what I'm doing. It is a Bernina #20.
If I'm starting on a little leaf and won't be back I'll hit reverse for a few stitches and take off again.
Just get comfortable with your machine. This isn't a Baltimore Album quilt. Use this as a learning project if you haven't machine appliqued before. It really is very forgiving.
If you want you can also use a machine buttonhole stitch. Check your manual for info on that stitch.
Once everything is stitched down, press and trim to 12 1/2" Admire your work again!!
On May 13th we will give you the directions for the first pieced border.
Any questions? Please ask!!