Use reverse applique as a way to make a frame to create a focal point for an embellishment, special stamp, unusual fabric, photo transfers or any number of other possibilities. It's easy to do and makes a statement.
Framing - Claire
I sewed the suggested four-patch and cut a square, off center, to place a piece of Dupioni Silk in the opening. I have been collecting small pieces of this silk for a long time and never seem to use in anything. Instead of stamping a design on the silk, as shown in the book, I chose to sew two clock faces to it. Then each of the four squares needed embellishments. Beads, rings, a small piece of shot cotton with a diaphonous leaf and a "Believe" sign added those embellishments. The traditional binding has a decorative yarn sewn to the inside edge. I may still add a printed ribbon to the lower section, time will tell.
Joyce used a larger "window" to frame a fabric with a bee on it and then embellished the piece with buttons and bee-related signage. She edged the inside section with rick-rack.
Kathleen framed a butterfly that was cut from a printed fabric. She added several different beads and some quilting to the squares. An envelope treatment and a narrow jute trim finishes the piece.