I have been staring at my Feathered Star quilt wondering how I can incorporate the floral fabric into the border. A skinny inner border would not show the fabric properly. A wide outer border would overpower the delicateness of the Feathered Stars. So I thought: ” What if I cut the floral fabric into a curvy inner border and appliqued it onto a white outer border? It might look like a garden.” That appealed to me! And then I thought “What if I added some appliqued flowers that “grew” out of the garden?” That might be interesting! Finally! My quilt was speaking to me!!
So I needed a curvy line to use as a pattern. I used Illustrator to draw a curvy line the length of the quilt. The quilt is square so all four sides are the same measurement. I just had to figure out how to turn the corners so that the inner border would flow around the corners. I also had to decide how deep I wanted the curves to be. Sometimes the hardest part of a quilt is the thinking part!!
So here is my pattern….and my cat chewing up the pattern!
Once I got it away from the cat, I traced the pattern onto freezer paper. I ironed the freezer paper onto the wrong side of the fabric. Then I trimmed the seam allowance to 1/4″.
I applied some starch to the seam allowance and pressed it over the freezer paper using a stiletto and mini-iron.
Once the freezer paper is removed, the edge is pressed over and ready to stitch!
I glue basted the curvy border onto the 12″ wide white border and pinned it on the design wall for an audition. It is exactly how I pictured it! Now it needs some flowers!
This is what the appliqued flowers should look like!
And now I have a plan!!