Tuesday 22 October 2019

Hold Onto Your Heart: The Alternative Border Option

Although I am head over heels in love with the floral rose border, I have also designed a beautiful alternative border that really comes into it's own. This alternative rosette border is a perfect balance of applique and piecing. This month in Part 10 we are making the corner rosette blocks. Here's how I made mine:

Carefully follow the pattern, making sure your pieces to don't 'grow'. To help keep the size in check, start from the outside first and work inwards.
Position the leaves first, then the red petals
When you have joined the pink petals, cut away the centre to avoid bulk as per the picture below
 Then press open all seams and place into position
Next, position the motif so that you can see the centre of your pattern sheet beneath. From this point of centre, start positioning your diamond pieces.
Stitch all into place and position onto the background fabric
This is what the back looks like
 and this is a close up of my centre from the back
 The finished rosette! Make 4x.

     ' Hold Onto Your Heart' is a paid BOM   
It's a breathtaking quilt full of meaningful symbols and beauty. The floral border is a triumph which offers an additional  pieced option - making it versatile for all skill levels. Perfect for lovers and enthusiasts of applique. 
  You can start this BOM today!   
Be sure to visit my Online Quilt Group on Facebook where progress images are being shown all the time. It's a massive inspiration and I warn you, it's addictive!


  1. Great tutorial. Thank you, Esther!

  2. muchas gracias por el tutorial , nunca vi usar el estabilizador en las flores de aplique gracias

  3. Magnificent as usual -- even the BACK of your appliqué is gorgeous!! I have two questions. First, as you build up the layers of the flower, are you glue basting each layer to the one beneath prior to securing the flower components with stitching? Second, at what point did the diamond "flags" go away, and did you trim them off or fold them underneath when you appliquéd them to the flower?


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