Vintage Circus Sew-along: month 3
The Big Top
...where we'll be building on the key techniques from the last two months and combining them in new ways to create the biggest block in our quilt.
PIECING THE BIG TOP...
It's time for an encore from our placement template technique, which will create the tented sides of the Big Top.
We are using a gentler angle this time, but the principle is exactly the same: mark a placement line, cut an oversized side piece, place it on the line, stitch ¼" away, press in place then turn the unit to the wrong side to trim, as shown below.
We'll then combine placement templates - to make a triangle in a square unit - with snowballed corners to create the entrance to the big top. Pay attention to the seam direction when you piece the stripes and those seams will nest beautifully.
For those of you who asked if there are Foundation Paper Piecing templates for the Big Top: you can now download them by clicking on the links, below.
PIECING THE BALLOONS...
The balloons give us another opportunity to fussy cut our scraps (which we covered last month). I embroidered my balloon strings using embroidery floss, a chenille needle and a simple backstitch. But, if embroidery isn't your favourite, you could substitute a decorative machine stitch or use bakers twine (whip-stitched in place) or machine applique a mini ric-rac trim. There are lots of options to add a personal touch to your quilt.
And if you want to get ahead for next month, be sure to make an EXTRA balloon ;-)
See you after the interval,