Island Batik's July project for Ambassadors is Christmas in July! It was very odd making something Christmasy when it's 90 degrees outside! I was thinking about ornaments and all those gorgeous ones that are hand painted with gold paint. I decided that the gold paint could easily be done in gold thread!
The fabrics used in this quilt are from Island Batik's Holiday Happenings collection. I started with the ornament shapes. I drew this on Steam-a-Seam 2. Since the ornament shape was huge (almost the size of a piece of paper), I decided to try using fusible only around the edge. I've never done this before and I was quite happy with the results. I also cut out nine ovals and a gold piece for the top of the ornament.
For all my friends who are new to machine applique, this is a great tutorial for how I do my work.
Since I'd never done a large shape with fusible only around the edge I didn't realize that I should've cut my fusible on the inside line. Oh well, it's only an extra 1/8 inch so it wasn't that big of a deal. However, since I learned something I thought I should share it.
Here you can see that I've applied the dots to the ornament. I did this using my pattern and a lightbox (the Artograph lightboxes are absolutely fantastic and I HIGHLY recommend them if you use a lightbox regularly). I decided aligning these through one piece of fabric (the red) instead of two (the red and the background) would be simplest. I also knew they were going to stick out a little over the edge. To get these prefect ovals I used an oval template tracer I bought at my local office supply store. I have a circle one too. They're fabulous if you use circles and ovals a lot like I do.
Below you can see that I did indeed have a bit of green oval sticking out. I cut these off before I applied the ornament to the background fabric.
Here you can see that I am testing out my background fabric and borders. I wanted to see how wide I should make them. I usually do this visual test when I'm designing.
Here is the finished quilt before the binding was turned. Come back Saturday to see how I quilted this Ornament Quilt!
I hope you get to quilt today!