Friday, April 5, 2013

Saving an Applique Layout

While tidying up last week, I came across an envelope that contained a bunch of extra bits leftover from an earlier applique project. I got a little sidetracked, created a bowl and began arranging these pieces.


So what do you do if you want to remember exactly how you arranged something? I knew that I could just take a photo, but that would not guarantee that I could get everything back into the same spot.


I decided to lay a piece of Mylar (similar to stencil or template plastic) and used a Sharpie marker to trace the elements. I made a few notations for placement of colour and pattern. Now I have a copy of the design layout ready for easy transfer to a background fabric. This is will also work perfectly for times when you might want to make multiples of the same block.



 Linking to Nina Marie's Off The Wall Fridays ...lots of wonderful creativity going on over there

11 comments:

Sylvia said...

Great idea! Lovely block!

Shannon said...

Such a good idea! this seems like it would be a great approach to lining up lots of different multi-part things.

LynCC said...

Perfect. :) Thanks for sharing - need to pin this for remembering!

Clare Wassermann said...

You ought to have been an engineer. - simple yet effective solutions are your speciality! X

Robbie said...

Waste not, want not! How great to find these pieces and now to create all over again with them!! Nice!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Gorgeous work!

Quilt Hollow said...

OMG!!! This would be gorgeous as a framed piece...in my home. Hee!

Diane J. Evans said...

Love the block!! Isn't it great what you can create from orphans???

Diane

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Looks so lovely and its so nice to find these treasures.

Anna said...

What a super bowl of flowers, great use of those bits and pieces!

Cathy Perlmutter said...

Good tip!

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