My new fiber art quilt is up and running. First I drafted out what I wanted my pieced background to be. To get perfect circles I use a compass.
I then scanned my sketch onto my computer. Using a program, I reverse the image and then enlarged the image to the size that I want my background to be. I then printed out about 20 pages and taped them all together. Once that was done I used freezer paper and traced the whole piece. I made registration marks and numbered each piece so when I lay one piece on top of another I can match up the registration marks.
Step one ~ I carefully cut out each piece of freezer paper template and iron it on to the fabric with shinny side down.
Step two ~ Cut the fabric 1/4 inch all around away from the freezer paper. This is your seam allowance.
Step three ~ To sew template #1 onto template #2 I have to fold under one side of the fabric to the back of the freezer paper. I use template #2 to fold under and leave template #1 alone. I clip every 1/2 inch of template #2 seam allowance then I brush on starch ( I have a small paint brush I use. Try not to get the freezer paper wet) and iron my seam allowance over to the paper side. The starch makes the seam crisp.
I use my light box and line up the pieces and pin it like crazy to keep it in place, lining up the registration marks.
I use monofilament thread with a small zig zag to connect the pieces.
My background is finished. Now I am deciding on what flowers to put in my garden!
I also wanted to add some butterflies to my quilt. When I came across Gail’s shop I saw some embroidered free standing lace butterflies. I had to have these for my quilt. I just received them in the mail today and they are beautiful. If you love free standing embroidery lace please check out her shop at ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/quiltsewlace
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