|Pipe Dreams, an original quilt by Ann Fahl|
Have you seen the September 2013 issue of American Quilter Magazine? The above quilt was featured in my article about Florentine Edge Appliqué on pages 24-28. I've probably mentioned this technique before, I am really enjoying using it on my newest quilts. Pipe Dreams was about getting a new toilet. You can read all the details on my website.
The article looks great, but what is funny is that I sent images of a newer quilt; which they decided not to use. So all of my blog readers can read the back story of this newer quilt and the article!
|Coneflower Tea, © an original quilt by Ann Fahl 22 x 22 inches|
To tell you the truth, I've never made tea in this pot. It sits in my family room, where I can enjoy looking at it. So in this newer quilt, I've removed the lid and arranged some large coneflowers inside.
|Closeup of the ginkgo leaf.|
|Detail of bright blue leaves with green variegated Florentine Edge|
Briefly this is what you do to create this stitch, there are 3 steps:
1.Set up the machine with feed dogs down, darning foot installed
2.Set zigzag width for about 3 (you can experiment with the width)
3.Stitch along the edge with a free-motion zigzag stitch for 1 or 2 inches
4.Retrace your steps and go back over the zigzags you have just created
5.Now move the fabric side-to-side going as far into the center of the shape as you'd like.
6.When you have covered the first row of zigzag stitching, begin again with step #3. Continue around the shape in this manner until the edges are covered.
This isn't a fast method. It takes time to create this interesting edge but it is worth the time. For detailed instructions, check out the article in AQ, or see my booklet titled Applique Ann's Way.