Tuesday, July 03, 2007
I'm always coming up with ideas for quilts that involve curves or otherwise un-patchworkable pieces. This it the best way I know to precisely attach shapes to one another without hand stitching it (which is also rewarding, just not so fast)
1) cut your shapes from freezer paper (it's the best tool I have great for pattern making, and also this applique). Avoid inverted shapes. Just "outies". At least at first. Also, cut very smoothly and precisely. This will be your exact shape--no messing around later. This is it.
I used round objects from all around and cut with my fave, the xacto blade.
2) Iron the waxy side of the freezer paper to the wrong side of the fabric.
3) trim to within a quarter inch of the freezer paper.
4) cut slits into the quarter inch seam allowance. Get close to the paper, but don't cut through.
5) take a standard, non-colored glue stick and go 1/2 around your shape.
6) With your dominant hand, tightly fold down the edge so it's snug against the paper. Take your other hand and follow along, just to reinforce the finger-pressing.
Now you've got your shapes done, pin or hold your fabric pieces together.
Here's where your sewing machine comes in handy. I used the blanket stitch, but almost all machines come with a blind hem stitch. Just adjust the dials. I also used the open toe embroidery foot so that I can really see the stitches.
I used black thread so you could really see it, but you could use invisible thread (get the quality kind, or it's a total mess)
After it's stitched, you can take the sewn-in freezer paper out by cutting slit in the back an wetting down the areas where you glue-sticked (stuck?) it. If it's really sticking, you can use tweezers.
So that's pretty much it. Stitch your heart out!
Here's my machine's stitch card--I used #28. But seriously, the blind hem stitch looks just like that.
Here's something I learned after doing a million of these--stitch your freezer paper piece onto NON=freezer paper back fabric. Then, inside the stitching, cut out the extra fabric. Now your freezer paper will be revealed, and you can remove it. Like this: