Monday, February 26, 2018

Bride dress quilt, part Two

This is a continuation of a previous post about making a quilt from a bride dress.

 I cut out circles from most of the woman-made fabrics and fused them onto the center piece (although they didn't stick that great to the bride dress polyester fabric).   I used Misty Fuse for the lightweight pieces and Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 for the heavier pieces.

Here are the three pieces pinned to the design board.

I'm going to show you how to piece with free form curved lines.    First, lay the two pieces on top of each other and free form cut a line.  I wanted this one to be a gentle curve so I followed the line of the stay stitching.

Nest,  separate the pieces and remove the excess fabric  from both the top and bottom layers.  (I removed some of the paper so that I could sew this seam.

Because there were pin-tucks in the fabric and I didn't want them to flip or to separate, I carefully placed pins to match up the seams.  You don't usually need to do this, but it a great way to keep a long seam from shifting too much.  Just place the pins opposite of each other on each piece, then match them up in the next step.

Then you will flip the concave piece over the top of the convex one so that they fabric that wants to bunch up is on the top.  In this case, I didn't want to disturb the pin-tucks, so they were more stable on the bottom.  Remember - concave is the inner curve, and convex is the outer curve.   Match up the pins and place extra ones if you need it to stabilize the seam before sewing.

After the seam is sewn, press it to one side.  The picture below shows one seam sewn and the next one ready to cut, pin and sew.

And here is the top all ready to quilt.

(to be continued)

I hope you enjoyed seeing this piecing technique and try it on your next project.

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