Saturday, February 19, 2011

Frayed edge technique

    I was kind of at a loss for this week's journal quilt.  I needed/wanted something easier and better than last week....for sure.  I dug through my box of leftover blocks and such, and found some parts from the French Roses quilt.  Ah, frayed edge applique---very easy.      Instead of the 4 layers that I used on the French Roses, this journal quilt only has 3 layers stitched onto a strip pieced background of scraps.  After washing, it has a very old fashioned  home spun look to it. 

    Basic technique:  Cut applique out of fabric (no fusing!) and place the bottom piece on to the background.  Stitch about 1/4" away from the raw edge.  Carefully snip away the background fabric that is behind the applique--about 1/4" inside the stitched line.  This is to reduce the bulk.  Then add the next layer of applique and stitch around it 1/4" from the edge.  Repeat for all layers.  Just be sure to use a smaller stitch when you do this technique.
   And to carry it all the way to the edge, the binding is raw edge strips also.  So quick and easy to do.  So here it is after washing....all fluffy and frayed. 
   Now outside a bit to enjoy the beautiful sun and warmer temperatures.  I have baking to do later for the Meal Team at church.  Happy stitching.

1 comment:

Exuberant Color said...

I have done this method with the bullseye quilt that was in a book (just circles) but have never tried it with flowers. It looks like fun.

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