Thursday, September 12, 2013

QJ - Iris Garden Wallhanging


Foundation Paper Piecing
Machine Pieced
Machine Quilted
23" x 30"
Completed - July 1996

Pattern - Iris Garden
Designed by Eileen Bahring Sullivan (c) 1993

The pattern said that it was -
A direct “SEW & FLIP” method on a freezer paper foundation. No templates required. Includes a ”PRACTICE UNIT”, directions and illustrations to learn the technique necessary before beginning the quilt.

I copied the pattern for Foundation Paper Piecing -

So that I wouldn't ruin the original -

And bought the recommended "fabric pack" -

So that I would have the perfect colors - ;))

I used solid navy for the border - ;)).

It wasn’t until after I had completely assembled the top and borders -

That I realized that I had forgotten to piece in the top left leaf in the border - ;))

I fudged by appliqueing the leaf in the proper place - ;))

Won second place at the County Fair in August 1996


Somehow my version came out the reverse of the original pattern - ;))

I had unknowingly begun my “backwards” way -
Of doing Foundation Paper Piecing -
That I continue to use to this day - ;))

So - if the "proper" instructions -
For Foundation Paper Piecing -
Sound backwards to you -
Maybe it's because they are - ;))

It's only SEW & FLIP -
Always has been - ;))

QJ - 1996


Karen M said...

So beautiful! I would have appliqued the forgotten piece too. So sense in taking anything apart if there is a good alternative. Thanks for sharing this one.

Katie M. said...

Okay, I do love paper piecing but I think even this would intimidate me! Very pretty.

Linda said...

Nice! One of my favorite flowers. I tried to grow some once. Not good! Clever save on that leaf.

Linda C said...

It is not backwards if you speak and do leftish. It is merely your version of it. If that method works for you, your way, then by golly, stick with it. What a pretty piece and deserving of the fair recognition! Clever way to handle the leaf too.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Karen - that was my thinking, too. I wasn't about to take it apart to redo the border for one little piece - ;))

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Haha - actually it wasn't THAT hard. It was sewn in a bunch of little sections with certain colors/fabrics in certain places - and usually made NO sense even when it was joined to the next little section. But it did all came together eventually - and really was easier than it looks - my kind of pattern - ;))

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Linda - I think my save on the leaf worked out very well - I don't think it's that noticeable and most people wouldn't know the difference if I didn't tell them - ;))

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Linda - I'm glad you like it and the way I fixed my goof - ;)) I agree with you - my version isn't backwards to me. I do it the way that makes the most sense to me - and what is backwards to one person may be frontwards to another - ;))

Julie Fukuda said...

Linda J said it right so I can only say "ditto".

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Julie - ;))

Linda in Arkansas said...

I really love this - so very pretty. I flip and do things backwards all the time, and I'm right handed. I really don't care which way the things face, which is why I flip or fail to flip all the time. I do enjoy patterns that make no sense until WAHLA! There it is! Sort of fun that way.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Linda - it really WAS fun to see it all come together - and I think that "backwards" must be in the eye of the beholder - ;))


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