This is the second time I have made this block, and I feel the same way about it now as I did when I made it the first time. Yikes!! Looks very daunting, doesn’t it? But don’t be fooled. This block is not nearly as difficult as it looks. Trust me.
Tracing the pattern on freezer paper is the one thing I will avoid if at all possible. So with that in mind, this is what I did. First, I made a photocopy (using a single sheet of freezer paper) of each of the four sections of the pattern.
Next, I cut a larger sheet of freezer paper (about 16″ square). I made sure my iron was really hot and ironed each section on top of the larger sheet of freezer paper. The majority of this block is symmetrical (as opposed to asymmetrical) so I did not have to reverse the pattern.
Now I was able to cut out the wreath, which is one entire piece. Take your time. Make a pot of tea. I ended up spoiling some of the leaves, which was ok, because all of the leaves are the same shape and size, so I just made some new leaves by tracing one of the leaves on 2 layers of freezer paper.
I did not worry about cutting out each of the circles (cherries) because I am a huge fan of Perfect Circles and prefer to make my circles with them rather than freezer paper templates.
OK. Now it’s time to iron the wreath onto the back of your fabric. Start ironing at the bottom and slowly press the wreath into shape. So far, so good!
Now comes the fun part! I found it easier just to trim a small section at a time, and then prep that section. You can see from the photo below that when I clip my curves, I clip about 1/8″ away from the freezer paper.
The technique used to prep the heart shape is called Reverse Applique.
Now comes the part you have been dreading. It’s time to take the freezer paper out. Do it carefully!
Looks like a jumbled mess, right?
That wasn’t so bad, now was it? I have already traced the pattern onto the background. Speaking of the background, I chose this one from Northcott because I wanted an antique sort of look.
Now it’s time to glue the wreath onto the background. Instead of putting dabs of glue on the wreath (and ending up with glue all over your fingers) I put the dabs of glue on the background, one small section at a time. Take your time. Drink your tea.
Once the wreath was glued in place, I stitched it in place. In fact, that is normally how I work. I prep a bit, I stitch a bit. Breaks up the monotony of any one task. So next I added the circles. I used Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Circles. Here is my Youtube video on How To Make Perfect Circles.
Next, I added the bluebirds and hearts.
The leaves are easy peasy, so you will not have any problem making them!
I was going to show you how I made the flowers and buds, stems and leaves and the ribbon in this post, however my husband just came home and informed me he just put a deposit down on a snowmobile. A snowmobile. He wants me to go (now!) and have a look at it before he decides for sure. I have a feeling I already know what he decided!!
I will show you how I do the rest of the block in my next post. Here is the finished block. Dainty!
And here are our first two blocks. Goosebumps!!
Til next time….
11 thoughts on “Block 2 – The Rose and Cherry Wreath”
Oh my gosh, thank you for showing us how to do that block, it is beautiful and it makes my fingers itch. I really need to get back to a hand applique project..your work is outstanding!!
Wow, you are both brave, and very talented!! Beautiful job!! Thanks for showing us how you did this.
Wonderful idea using freezer paper. You make it look so easy.
This is my method also for applique. it is really very easy. I wonder though-do you use starch when you iron over your edges or just press them? You also probably use a little mini iron also so you have control when you iron your edges. Your blocks are so nice-love the colors!
You do make it look easy. I find hand applique to be so relaxing. I have mostly done needle turn and back basting but am just learning to use the Appliquick tool…I hope to some day produce the quality of block that you do on a regular basis!!! Thanks for the inspiration!
Wow this is incredible–jut beautiful work…hugs, Julierose
Thank you writing this all down for us!! I look forward to the next Email I get from your blog!! You are such an inspiration again thanks for showing us all how to appliqués.
So detailed. Loves wonderful.
It’s so interesting to see how others prep their applique. Your blocks are beautiful!
Wonderful technique! I have always used the glue and washable foundation web method, but I found it too stiff. I will definitely try your technique for my next applique block.
Glad to hear it, Sixian! I have tried all of the applique methods and this is by far the best (and easiest).