After the complexity and busy-ness of the centre and surrounding 20 blocks in my version of the Jane Pizar coverlet, I felt an element of simplicity and calm was called for. Hence:- the Laudanum border.
So, a decision was made to add a simple sinuous reverse applique border using only two fabrics: a reproduction antique Dutch chintz from Den Haan & Wagenmakers and an old Karen Jarrar ombré arboreal print that I have put off cutting into for quite some time!
Inspiration for the border came from an antque English coverlet which was entirely paper pieced, found in the 1995 British publication Quilt Treasures: The Quilters Guild Heritage Search (ISBN 0 86417 713 5).
A little play on the photocopier and the right size and scale was settled upon. A quick redraft onto some heavy card and I had a sturdy template to run a thin pencil line around.
Matching centre lines was achieved by careful pressing and pinning,
Then basting from the back, and more basting following the curves.
The trick is to snip away the top fabric only a little at a time, otherwise you may get too much fraying. Keeping the seam allowance quite small, well under a 1/4 inch, it's then just a matter of needle turn appliqué with a matching thread sewing the top fabric to the one basted underneath.
Unlike "reverse sewing", reverse appliqué is both progress and fun.
And just for fun, I thought I'd show this ittle sweetie - a Christmas gift from me to me, made by the talented Jenn from Rabbit Hill Primitives. The little bird is fashioned from vintage velvet, and Jenn has distressed the little box to appear old and worn. I wonder what treasures I might store in it?
Hoping there is time for sewing in your day.