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!