|We will begin the repairs on this block.|
Earlier I talked about what order I would re-applique the blocks. It's not very exciting, but I like to begin with the three stems. I'll take you through this, step-by-step. It is important that you remove only one piece at a time; replace it; and then remove the next piece.
Why? because when you remove a piece there are little holes and short threads remaining, to show you exactly where you should stitch the new piece. If you take off too many pieces at a time you'll lose the markings. This is old fabric, I don't want to mark with a pencil if I don't have too.
|Carefully removing the center stem to be replaced.|
As I remove threads along the stem, I have to clip some of the stitches on the nearby leaves, but I let them stay in place. Then I replace the center stem with a bias strip. Now you can pull out all the little old snipped threads that were marking its position. Next I remove the right stem and replace, then the left stem and replace. By this time the four leaves are almost hanging by a thread. So one at a time, I remove and replace until all four leaves are finished.
|The stems have been replaced with new bias strips, new leaves have been appliqued and the lower triangle has been added.|
|Red center petal pinned; only the upper tip is needle turned and appliqued; remaining edges are raw.|
After the one center red petal is pinned and sewn; I lay on the two green side petals. Sometimes the original petals are in such bad condition that they get totally removed. Others that aren't too bad, I'll just applique the new petal over the old.
|Green petal appliqued on left side of tulip|