As promised, here’s a how-to on what I’m doing for the applique round of our Medallion Quilt Along. Everything here is just how I do it; you may have a better/different way, that’s fine – there are no rights or wrongs, just what suits you. Hope it’s helpful.
I’m using my centre as inspiration. The “stems” on the centre panel are ½” wide so I’m making ½” wide bias from my plain blue fabric.
Then, folding along that folded edge until I can comfortably use a ruler, I cut 1″ strips (double the finished side of the bias). (The first cut – on the fold – is actually at ½”, because the fold gives a 1″ cut.)
Taking this strip to the ironing board, I also need a flower head pin and a ½” bias maker. Please note NEW ironing board cover – bought just for you!! (It’s not like the old one was in desperate need of replacement – much!)
Wrong – off to one side Right – evenly placed
Continue down the length of the bias strip. Bias will look like this as it comes out
To keep your bias neat and tidy until required, wrap around an empty thread spool and secure with a small pin, like an applique pin.
Next I need to put some borders on my quilt top. This is a bit of a Goldilocks process….
My borders are going to need mitred corners to cater for the applique I have in mind. So I need to take the quilt width and add 2 x border measurement and add a bit to allow for the mitring. That’s
48½” + 9½” + 9½” + 4″ = 71½”
From my border fabric I cut a 72″ (rounding up) piece, folded it along the selvedge then cut 4 border pieces at 9½”.
Keeping the border piece folded in half, place a pin at the halfway mark
fold back to the underneath and mark that as well
To mitre the corners, press towards the borders and leave the vertical side on the ironing board.
Using a square ruler, line up the 45 degree angle against the mitre, and use matching solid line numbers (i.e. the 10 mark) to ensure the border edges stay square and the fold matches the 45 degree angle on the ruler.
When happy that all is square, remove the ruler and gently press the fold of the mitre. Carefully lift the horizontal border down towards the vertical border, to reveal the wrong side and pin, running the pins parallel with the fold.
Bring the horizontal border all the way back against the vertical border, and pin on the other side of the fold, again, running the pins parallel with the fold.
Place your applique in position, and, as a hint, when placing bias, use flower head pins, pinning over the bias.
This stops the bias from stretching and makes it easy to move, if required.
Hope the above is of some help.