Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Applique Border for Cassandra's Circle

97” x 97” with 12-1/2” Finished Border. The general idea.
Cassandra's Circle BOM begins on the last Wednesday of January here.

The rose border, digitally sketched from an antique quilt, is simple but requires some skill in arranging the curves of the bias vine to fit gracefully and go around the corners. It's probably a good pattern for beginners who want to learn how to use bias strips and fit vines into borders. The leaves are a little confusing here. See the actual shape below. Each leaf is one piece although they look 2-color here.

Here's the inspiration. I changed the shapes.

Fabric for Applique
Red for flowers: 1 yard
Yellow for floral centers: 1/2 yard
Green for leaves:  1-3/4 yard
Bias Math
Green for vine & stems made into 1/2" bias strips (cut 1" wide): How many yards? (The math is too much for me.) But I'm guessing you’ll need about 10 yards (360 inches). That's about 2-3/4 yards of bias per side.  

Here's a formula I found at the Sewing Loft   

They say: For example with 4 inch bias:
 360″ of bias x 4 1/2″ wide = 1620  ÷ 42″ wide fabric = 38.57″ ÷ 36 = 1.07 yards of fabric.

For 1 inch bias:
360" of bias x 1" wide = 360 ÷ 42" wide fabric = 8.6  ÷ 36 = 1/4 yard of fabric. Is that enough?
I'd buy a yard of fabric. 

Stems. Cut 3” long strips, 28 of them.

Here's how to cut continuous strips of bias from APQ:


If you are not going to piece your background strips you will need 5-1/2 yards. You can get 3 strips out of one 2-3/4 yard piece.
  • Cut strips 13” wide
  • Cut 2 strips 13” x 72 1/2” for the top & bottom.
  • Cut 2 strips 13” x 97 1/2” for the sides.
Scroll down for the pattern sheets.

Print out these patterns on 8-1/2" x 11" sheets of paper.
This rose in various sizes is the basis of many of the blocks in the quilt.
Applique the circles to the roses before appliqueing roses to the vine.


Jackie said...

Thank you!

Louise said...

Beautiful work. I need to know if the leaves go under the main vine and if I put a flower over the vine, do I need to take away the part of the vine that will be under the flower? Thank youè