After playing about with the Accuquilt Go! baby this is what I've made.
'Flying High' - finished size 44" x 55".
I've never been in a hot air balloon, and I'm really not great with heights!
After making this mug rug, I wanted to make something else using a hot air balloon theme.
The Go! Circle die was super quick and the Rick Rack die made it very easy to cut the border.
Here's the tutorial:
1. Cut out white background fabric 28" x 39".
2. Pick various fabric scraps to cut out balloons. I had some fabrics left over from another project, some of it was cut into narrow strips. I was able to use these to make some of the balloons.
I stitched strips together ( they need to be at least 6 1/2" long - this is the width of the die), pressed the seams open and pressed a piece of bondaweb on the back.
3. Place the piece of fabric on top of the circle die, and place a cutting mat on top.
5. Voila - perfect circles - or balloons! Cut out 6 small, 6 medium and 6 large circles using various colours of fabrics.
6. For the baskets, cut out 6 1" squares, 6 1 1/2" squares and 6 2 1/2" squares.
7. Place the balloons and baskets on the background fabric. Place the smallest ones at the top, medium ones in the middle and larger ones at the bottom. Press in place.
8. Using a water soluble marker and a ruler draw on the ropes between the basket and the balloon.
I sewed several lines on the ropes to make them look a little thicker.
12. Press bondaweb on the back of the strips.
14.Place the strip of fabric on the die, folding over the fabric where the die is marked.
15. Place the cutting mat on top and roll through the baby!
16. Perfect rick rack!17. Place the rick rack border on the quilt top with ends overlapping, matching the edge of the rick rack with the edge of the quilt top.
18. Using a ruler and water soluble pen, draw a line on the rick rack in line with the mitred corner and where the rick rack overlaps.
19. Fold back the top rick rack and repeat on the other rick rack.
20. Cut along each of the drawn lines one at a time.21. These should meet perfectly. Pin the rick rack in place and repeat for all four corners.
22. Press the rick rack in place.
25. Layer backing, wadding and quilt top - quilt as desired. I free machine quilted some loopy circles. I used Wonderfil Silco white thread for the background and black thread for the border.here)
It really is necessary to use bias binding to get around all those curves.
As always I'd love to see your photos if you make 'Flying High', flickr group is here.