So back to business...
What to do when you want to inset a larger that normal image using reverse appliqué. First.. Here's where we went with this... then how we got there.
I had painted a requested monochromatic commission piece of a young man with a tragic life ending( heart attack at 24) . The original ink'd image is 15 1/2 " around which I have ink'd about a 1/3 inch circular fillet of black. Then, the circular image ( now appx 16 1/3 " diameter) is to be reverse appliqued beneath a charcoal /light grey chevron fabric. So, how to get it inset with the precision 1/4 inch black fillet??!!
I first ironed/ starched the painted fabric and the chevron fabric.
Looking from the back side of the painted image here...
The chevron fabric with a precut small slit in the very center is secured to the painted image ( right side of painted image to wrong side of chevron fabric).
From the wrong side of the painted image, I used my 1/4" foot to guide me in stitching a 1/4 inch running stitch precisely1/4 inch from the original painted image. This stitching in white will later be removed as I work from the front doing a reverse circular appliqué. This step is what allows real precision in this appliqué effort.
The rest is slow but important to this piece. .. After I removed a circular piece of the chevron fabric where I left enough chevron fabric to turn under for hand appliqué, I began
the slow process of pulling out a few stitches of the white thread seen previous and carefully appliquéing.
The process in a nutshell...
TRIM, REMOVE 4 or 5 white stitches, STITCH, REPEAT.. til the circle is complete.
This was a slow step but more than worth it in my view. Not yet 100% complete in this pic but more than half . Once the inset was 100% complete... I trimmed excess white fabric from the back and the new top became ready to quilt.