Thursday, December 21, 2006

Back sides of the flowers

Here are a two photos of the back sides of the flowers. This may give you a better idea of what it looks like. Once everything is whip stitched together, all the basting is removed and the paper hexagons in the center of each falls away. While the paper is still basted to the fabric, it all has a very stiff feel to it that makes it a lot easier to sew shapes together. Once the basting and paper are removed, the fabric flowers become much more plyable. In the first row of the quilt (which is finished), I removed the basting and paper from the small green flower. I wanted to see what it felt like. I haven't decided when I'll remove more. Nothing should be removed until all six sides of the hexagon has another hexagon attached. Thus, once a flower has been made, the center could be removed, or in a large flower, once the solid has been placed all around, the paper could be removed from the center and the seer sucker. The quilt will have a much cleaner look to it once the basting has been removed. As you will see, the basting really shows up on the black paths surrounding the flowers. Once it has been removed, the paths appear to be solid black. You'll see this more clearly in future posts.

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