Rambling Ways Quilt Block One..........
I like to use a large selection of fabrics for the blocks. The reasons are that I love fabric !! but seriously I think it makes the quilt so much more interesting to look at.
Starting with the background fabrics, the blocks I have done use several different fabrics pieced together to for the background. This is a personal choice, if you want to only use one background fabric that would look equally beautiful.
The leaves are a good place to use several different fabrics of light medium and dark. Take a look at nature to see how many differents greens there are, even in the same plant.. The flowers are the fun part.... giving you options to use your favorite colours and fabrics. Take a look at the colour wheel to see which combinations go well together, or like me use your instinct to determine what looks good together. The key thing for me is the contrast between the background fabrics and the applique fabrics, light medium and dark is also important.
These are the fabrics I have pulled from my stash for this quilt. I may not use them all but having the different piles of fabrics in each colourway of light medium and dark gives me choices throughout the quilt.
Most of these fabrics are of fat quarter size, some 1/2 meters. With this quilt it is not easy to determine the exact required amount of fabric needed. With using a large selection of fabrics for each colourway it gives you the opportunity to add in more fabrics if needed. I have ten fat quarter of greens, eight gold/yellows, eight red/orange, five blue, eleven cream backgrounds and a few added extras in black, dark blue and brown for the stems. As you can see this is really a rough estimate but gives you plenty of scope.
Making the Circles
Block one of the Rambling Ways Quilt. There are many circles in the Rambling Ways quilt. I added a little extra in mine to give them a little more loft. I did not want them to have too much loft so I did not add batting or pelon to them.
Here's what I did....... I used Karen K Buckleys perfect circles to make my circles. But I did things a little different to the instructions on the packet, I used a washaway applique stabilizer, there are several that I would recommend. C&T Washaway Applique Sheets , Floriani stitch and wash or Helen Stubbings Applique Paper
I used the Karen K Buckleys perfect circle to trace a circle onto the stabilizer and cut them out with paper scissors.
Iron them onto the back of your fabric and cut them out with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Sew a running stitch inside the seam allowance.
Place the perfect circle on top of the stabilizer and gather the seam allowance.
Use a small paint brush and brush the seam allowance with starch. Iron the seam allowance till its dry.
Remove the perfect circle.
Although the stabilizer washes out, it still leaves a fine mesh in the work giving that little bit extra loft to your circle. The stabilizer also helps to keep the circle firm while sewing in place using invisible machine applique.
Kitty Kat likes to think she is helping. I'm not too sure if this is so.......
Finished circles ready to baste.......
Block One is available here
Happy Stitching Sharon