Garden Baskets Update

I have been working on the borders for the Garden Basket quilt.

I used my soapstone marker to mark the center length and width of each border. 

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I also mark the quarter measurement of each border.  All of those marks will help to place the vine and appliques.

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I used a flex ruler to help draw the curves of the vine.

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I used the Quilter’s Strip Ticket (I have had this handy reference chart for a lot of years) to help me calculate and cut the amount of yardage needed to make the bias vine.  I am sure that if you want one, you can find this chart in several places…I just did a quick search and found it at Soft Expressions (no affiliation).

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In the picture above, you can see a Clover bias tape maker.  I find these to be useful little tools and I have several sizes.  I did not take a photo of actually using it to make the vine.  Oops.  If you are unfamiliar with a bias tape maker, there are lots of tutorials when you do a search, including on You Tube.  Here is one by Pat Sloan.

I chose to glue baste the vine onto the border.

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I will be machine stitching the vine to the border, and I don’t want to deal with a lot of pins!

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What tools do you like to use when you applique?

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Garden Baskets Update and a Gif

Garden Baskets Update

Quilt On!

23 responses to “Garden Baskets Update

  1. I see a lot of leaves in your future. Was this a pattern in a magazine? So pretty! I cut my vines on the bias. I tried using the little helpers, but they did it like me – LOL. I gifted them to Lori! This is going to be a beautiful quilt Lori! Hugs. Hump Day for you!

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  2. The pattern is designed by Janine Holzman and published in Quilters Newsletter Magazine 1997, Nanette.

    Yes, a whole lotta leaves are gonna slow me down. ๐Ÿ™‚
    My vine is cut on the bias, too.

    Yes, hump day!

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  3. Hi Laura! A soapstone marker?!! I have never heard of those . . . but I’m going to look it up on my friend, Google. I hope this makes you laugh – I only eyeball everything for appliquรฉ pieces. Once in a while I’ll double-check to make sure the pieces are centered, but mostly I just go with how it looks. This is going to turn out so fab – but like Nanette said, lots of leaves in your very near future. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Oh…I’ll be eyeballing where those leaves are gonna go, Roseanne. No way am I gonna mark a spot for every one of those! I just needed those marks to get my vine where I wanted it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I have had that soapstone marker for a very long time. I have no idea if it is still sold. I shall have to ask Google, too, since I am gonna want refills one of these days. I like this marker for dark grounds!

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  4. Shaping up nicely Babe!!!

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  5. Hi again! You need to link this up with Kathleen McMusing’s Tip and Tricks! I think this is just so nifty – others will surely love to see your appliquรฉ secrets. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  6. You’re moving right along with this. The vine & leaf applique borders sound incredibly ambitious to me – but also a huge ‘wow’ factor in the over all design of your piece. I know you’re up to the task. Enjoy the process, Laura!

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  7. I like tedious better than most, but that’s a lot of vine! I’m more of a hand applique girl, so freezer paper is my go to applique tool. And those tiny applique pins.

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  8. I love those bias tape makers too, and I use a glue stick if I am going to machine stitch anything down, This is sure going to be a glorious border!

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  9. What a pretty project! Thanks for the tips. I am going to have to get some of that glue.

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  10. I am so new to applique that I’m just happy to soak up all the tips as and when they are shared. The soapstone pen is a tool I’ve never heard of – I see Amazon UK list one made by Dritz. Is this the same as the one you use?

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  11. I have used the soapstone marker but you seem to get a much better line than I do. Thanks for linking up to #TTot22! I realized Bloglovin’ has stopped showing my blog and a lot of others so I am beginning to subscribe by email to yours (and others) that have dropped off my radar!

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