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Blocks:

New York Beauty

Modern Snowball

Bow Tie 2 Ways

Heart of Mine

 

Techniques:

Bias Binding

Pointed Borders

Fabric Folding

Wool Roses

String Applique

Quick Vine

Paper Piecing

Curved Piecing

 

Projects:

Soft Book

Rosette Pins

Mini Journal Cover

 

Binding:

Single Fold

Double Fold

 

Continuous

Prairie Points:

1 Fabric

2 Fabrics

Many Fabrics

 

 

Quick Vine Tutorial

This is one of my favorite techniques, and my go-to for all vine and stem appliques.

 

Tip 1: If your vine or stem has any amount of curve to it, you MUST cut the fabric strips on the bias.

Tip 2: If your vine or stem is straight, it is ok to use a bias cut or a straight of grain cut.

Tip 3: If you want your vine/stem to be a different width: add 1/2'' for seam allowances to the finished width you want.

Tip 4: To calculate how long to make your strip for a curved vine: measure the lenth of the block you are working with (ie: a 30'' runner) and add 1/3 of that measurement (1/3 of 30 is 10...30 + 10 = 40). If your vine is really long, or extra curvey, you may need to increase the calculation to 1/2 instead of 1/3.

 

Make as many 1'' cuts of fabric as you think you will need.

These can all be from 1 fabric, or from many different fabrics.

Also, the lengths can all be the same or they can vary. These are simply design decisions.

In this example I have used multiple fabrics and I have cut them all to the same length,

which just happens to be one of my design favorites.

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Sew all of your strips together into one continuous piece.

Start with two strips, right sides together, place ends at 90 degree angles and align both the top and right edges.

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Sew from corner to corner.

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Trim away the excess leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat until all strips have been sewn together.

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Press all of the seams open.

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Run the strip through your sewing machine, stitching out a 1/4'' seam along one of the long edges.

You do not need to adjust your stitch length, and you will not need to remove the thread.

One big advantage to this method is that the fabric has now been perforated right where you will be turning it under.

This is going to cause the fabric to turn along that edge much more easily and precisely.

Additionally, it is fast, accurate, it doesn't rub off, and it doesn't need to be soaked off when you're done.

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Sew the prepared strip to the background; align the unmarked, raw edge of the bias strip with

the stem line, sewing it in place as you go. (If necessary, pin it in place first.)

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Press the strip back over the seam allowance.

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Turn the unfinished edge under, on the marked line, pinning it in place as you go.

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Hand applique it in place to complete the stem.

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If you are not fond of hand applique, you could machine stitch it in place

with a straight stitch, a blanket stitch, or even a decorative stitch.