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Reverse applique - part one

In the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, there was a nice little article by Beryl Taylor on creating a reverse applique sampler.  I have seen reverse applique done by machine this way before, but since Beryl's article inspired me to jump into this project, I want to give her credit.  She created spiraled circles like these, but then cut them apart and rearranged in a pleasingly colorful way into a nine-patch quilt.  I decided to go in a different direction, leaving my spirals whole and alternating them with an X pattern that I designed so that I could make a little Hugs and Kisses quilt sampler. 

I used stacks of 6 fabrics in 5 inch squares.  The cutting away part when you begin to remove layers - not exactly randomly, but more by design to show the colors you want - is the fun and exciting part.  You're never exactly sure what you're going to get.  Here are some before and afters of one of my circles and one of my x-es.

Here is the link to Part Two!

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Theresa Plas said…
Gorgeous Cindy! Love your design!
Cyndi L said…
Thank you! This technique is a LOT of fun :-)
Limarea said…
I've seen this technique too, and I think it's fantastic. Your take on it is lovely and very beautiful! :)
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Limar. The little quilt is coming together nicely :-)
Oh my, that's wonderful! I Love the contrasting designs.

Do the edges (where you have cut the top layer) fray?
Cyndi L said…
Well, they would if you wanted them to, or it you put it through the washer. Since I used all tightly woven cottons, I didn't have any problem with fraying. But then, I *like* some fraying :-)