Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Adding a little WOW

Designing quilts is a passion of mine.  Sometimes the ideas flow in in like rain and I can't get them on paper fast enough.  Watching a quilt take shape is always a surprise.


The quilt design is never set in stone.   The original design is always subject to change.  The quilty wheels in my head are always in examination mode.


By my drawn pattern this quilt would be ready to quilt...but something could be done to take the pattern over the top a bit.  


Oh yes, you all know me well, we gotta add just a tad bit of applique.  Now it feels complete with a little WOW.   For now the bias strip is just pinned in place so I can figure out the placement.  Next I'll glue it in place with Roxanne's basting glue so I can stitch it in place.


The blue fabric is bias strips of fabric cut at 2.5 inches, then sewing in half.  If you youtube bias applique strips you'll find tons of videos.  Most videos call for bias pressing bars.  They don't make pressing bars wide enough for this project.  I  made mine by eyeballing pressing the seam to the back.  You can see my seam at the bottom of the picture above.  No fancy tools needed, just a little patience and time.

~ Lea Anne ~

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32 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful Lea Anne! Love your border.

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  2. I love this idea! I hadn't thought of adding a bias strip to make the border curvey. You're a very smart lady!!!

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  3. Hi Lea Anne,
    So pretty - the bias strips to take it over the edge to perfect. ~smile~
    Roseanne

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  4. Really cute quilt! Love the bias strip idea. It completely changes the look. I also like to design my own quilts and make changes as I go. I only used patterns twice and they were Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts.

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  5. That simple add just makes the whole quilt! I love it!

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  6. wow, wow, wow!

    thanks so much for linking up!

    brooke@sillymamaquilts.com

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  7. Oh my goodness! This is beyond WOW, Lea Anne! It is gorgeous. Can't wait to see your finish.

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  8. That bias border really does make a nice pop of wow!

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  9. It went from cute to fantastic! Good job.

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  10. Love the curve idea LeeAnne! Thanks for sharing this on Midweek Makers!

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  11. That wavy border totally makes the quilt.

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  12. a great quilt and the bias strip works perfectly

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  13. I am so impressed, it's just awesome!

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  14. WOW! is right!! The red/white border is great, but the wavy bias strip really makes it pop. What a great patriotic quilt. Love all your designs.

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  15. Love it--the applique on the border is the perfect touch!

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  16. That was a fabulous idea to add the wavy blue piece!

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  17. the wavy border is so great!! It does take the quilt over the top to WOW! :-) Hugs, H

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  18. What do you mean a little wow? That is a LOT of wow! Perfect touch and a wonderful quilt to have ready for Independence Day coming right up. :)

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  19. I love to design too!! What a gorgeous quilt you have created!!

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  20. The Bias applique gave your border a WOW factor!

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  21. That border is amazing!!! What a punch it added!!

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  22. The perfect upgrade! This already was a gorgeous concept, but your wavy border truly does take it over the top! So timely this week, too!

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  23. Wonderful quilt. Love it!

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  24. This one definitely has a lot of WOW! I really like the red and white keyboard border.

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