Fabric decision made! Here is the first block of my Carolina Lily quilt:
|The print is the favourite|
The photo of the blocks together (below) is not a good photo - sorry. I can't seem to get a true colour and the print looks positively dirty. The photo above is much truer.
|The two trial blocks|
Block construction also needed deliberation ;)
The pattern for each lily block (11 3/4 ") requires 28 individual fabric shapes to be pieced together (including background pieces), and then the stems/leaves to be appliqued on top. I don't enjoy this sort of piecing (am not at all good at it!) so had already decided I would just have a background square and applique the lot onto it.
To help with applique placement I made a block frame - with opening the size of finished block. Then I made a sketch of the block on graph paper - the placement sketch for the applique pieces. By laying the background fabric square over this, on top of a lightbox, I could make sure the pieces would be in the same place on each block (hopefully?!).
Next: to make the flowers with English Paper piecing method:
|Great tool for bias making|
|Curved bias stems did not sew down well - not using this method|
I'll post some photos of this method in progress next time. Am not having luck loading more photos today...sigh.
If you would like to see some precise piecing of a lovely Carolina Lily quilt have a look at
Thelma's red Carolina lilies - all machine pieced and even machine appliqued - magic! She has included great photo instructions.
|Photo from Thelma's blog with permission - beautiful!|