Yesterday morning I sat down to some quilting, then got thinking of the bluebells block I'm in the middle of sewing...how does it look with the sunflower? So I put those two on the flannel and next thing you know I've decided to spend a few hours planning and preparing the remaining two blocks in this wallhanging.
After getting that prep work completed, I realized now is the time to make a decision about Jacqueline's Album border. I've been in a real quandry about this...I have never done an applique border as honestly, they scare me! So much fabric, so many pieces, and in this quilt, a mitred border to boot! Why not do just a plain border instead?!
All the leaves in this border design tuck under the vine, so they have to be sewn on first. And, all the leaves are different sizes. Do I make freezer paper templates? Well that would mean a lot of drawing, cutting, marking, cutting again...also numbering each leaf shape to put it where it should. I know I could revise this border any way I want to...make less leaves, or less elements, make the leaves more similar in size, have them point to the vine instead of under the vine. But I kept thinking, if I'm going to make this first applique border attempt, I'd like to do it the way the designer intended...and it is a lovely design, packed with leaves, berries, and various flowers. Here's a link to the designer's page.
In the end I decided backbasting would give me the most accuracy to make sure those leaves end up under the vine. Backbasting would also allow me to make sure I had a good variety of greens, spread out throughout the length of the border. And, after I have sewn the leaves, I could use templates for the flowers and remaining elements...I often mix up applique methods!
I figured my best bet would be to pin all my little green leaf pieces to the border fabric, then baste and trim them. Then they'll be ready to applique. If I make it though this border without pulling my hair out, then I'll proceed to the remaining borders! Could be a long time till this is all done!