April 11, 2013
OK, now the quilt is done and I'm working on flowers. As I'm driving home from Florida and looking at all the spring bloom, that seems appropriate! I got some fabric ready so that I could work on them when I'm not driving.
And, as you can see from the photo, I decided to try sewing a length of ricrac into one set.
Once you cut them in half, use a heavy thread to make a running stitch along the raw edge of the half-circle. When you reach the edge, keep adding the next half circle until you have 5 of them on a string. Pull up until the 'petal' sit nicely together then make a couple of stitches to hold the flower together.
I'm going to sew it to a backing circle of felt to hide the raw edges.
Then, of course, there's the issue of adding them to a quilt that will be washed and washed! I bought some pink velcro tape and am planning to try that on the back of some of the flowers. What do you think of that idea?
I'll let you know which system works! But it will take a while before I know for sure.
° angles from one end to the other. The trick is that when you get to the edge, make sure you wrap the thread over the edge and then make the next angle on the other side.
Next I ran a running stitch along the raw edge of the strip of ricrac fabric and pulled it as much as you can see on the left.
Place your little ruched (pronounced 'rooshed') bud at one end then start arranging the rest of the ruffled ric rac around it and keep making small stitches at the back to hold it all together.
Voila - a ricracruchedrose!