So finally, here is the tutorial I promised you about making bias vines/stems. This is one of the easiest things to do, and it can add so much to at quilt. As far as applique goes, stems and vines are one of the best ways to fill up space:
|"A Walk in the Park" from the book, Stitched Together|
|"Carousel" from the book, "Stitched Together"|
Let's start with these tools:
Start by cutting a strip of fabric on the bias --diagonally half way between the two grainlines. The width of the strip depends on the finished size. Cut the strip double the finished width + 1/8".
For example, if I want 1/4" finished bias tape, I would cut double that--1/2" plus an extra 1/8" = 5/8".
First, spray the strip with starch or sizing. This is important because it helps to hold the crease in.
Get some applique all prepped up and go sit outside in the sun to stitch. What a fun summer