Which Piece Goes Where??

One of the most challenging things about applique is determining which order to glue (and stitch) pieces to the background.   Some blocks are easier than others to figure out.  This block was not one of them!  Here is how I tackled the “Xebec” block from Sue Garman’s “Ladies of the Sea”…

Since the seam allowances on the black part of the hull were going to be completely covered by other pieces, there was no need to prep the edges.  But I did draw the seam allowance on the front of the piece, just to make sure everything was going to line up.

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I also took the time to baste it to the background just inside the seam allowance.DSCN5513

Next, I added the brown top piece.  Notice that the left hand edge is not prepped, but all of the other edges are.

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This next skinny piece is going to go on top those raw edges, but it is going to go under the top brown piece…..

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…but at the same time, this little gold piece gets tucked under the top piece.  The edge that is not prepped will go under the top piece and the rest will stick out.

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Needless to say, I had my thinking cap on!

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So, this is what it  looks like so far.

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As you can see, this skinny brown piece is actually smaller than the seam allowance, so I had to trim just a tiny bit of the black piece before I could stitch it in place.  Dicey business!

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Next, it was time to add the main sail.  I stitched the bottom and side edge, and then I basted the raw edge that is going to be covered up….

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…by this.

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Voila!DSCN5529

Til next time…

Kerry

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12 thoughts on “Which Piece Goes Where??

  1. Hi Kerry, Thanks for the tips. What blue marking pencil do you use for the marking of background fabrics? Does it wash off?
    I really love your method of applique. Thanks again.
    Martha in Tellico Plains, TN

  2. I have this same pattern as a bom and it has been sitting on my shelf for ever and a day…I have been so intimidated by all those pieces…yours is very lovely and has given me hope that it is doable…not a great project for a beginner of applique, so I may do a few smaller ones first…thank you for sharing the way you handle the pieces…

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