As I stitch each block in the Triplett Sisters’ Block of the Month I keep an eye out for opportunities to share back basting applique tutorials. Welcome to the November 2018 block: Large Tulip with Bud! This block has a bud that I found worthy of a little tutorial: Two-tone bud with reverse applique! In my examples I have completed the basting step by machine but either machine basting or hand basting will work.
Trace the full pattern to the wrong side of the background fabric. Remember to reverse your drawing or the finished block will be a mirror image. On the right side place a piece of yellow fabric, right side up, so it covers the inside shape of the bud with a little extra all the way around. A light box helps with placement. Machine stitch or hand baste on the outside of the line. Turn the block over to the right side. Trim away the excess fabric trimming close to the basting. On the right side place a piece of red fabric right side up covering the shape and making sure there is excess on all sides. Baste on the line where the red fabric overlaps the yellow fabric. Baste just outside the drawn line on the opposite edge. (Red thread in the picture.)Trim, leaving a scant 1/8″ seam allowance where the red overlaps the yellow. Trim the red fabric close to the stitching on the outside edge. Remove the basting on the edge where the red overlaps the yellow and use your needle to turn the seam allowance under. Applique in place.On the right side, position the green fabric, right side up, so it covers the bud and stem with excess fabric on all edges. Baste on both the inside line and the outside line. (Green thread in the picture.)Turn right side up and trim the outside of the bud leaving a scant 1/8″ seam allowance all the way around the bud and stem.Use the tip of a seam ripper to make a small opening in the center of the bud. Be careful to slit only the green fabric. Insert the tips of small scissors into the opening made with the seam ripper. Trim away the inside of the bud leaving a seam allowance a scant 1/8″ away from the basting. Remove the basting and needle turn applique the inside of the bud first, then remove the basting and needle turn applique the outside edges to complete the bud.Applique the remainder of the Large Tulip with Bud Block then stand back and admire your two-tone bud!
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