I am eager to start the next block of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”. But, before I can start cutting and stitching, there are a few things that need to be done. First, I pre-washed the fabrics for the block, including the background, in Synthrapol. This stops the colours from running.
So, while the fabrics were soaking, I decided to start making my freezer paper templates. I took a good look at the pattern. I only had one thought: that is a whole lot of templates, and a whole lot of tracing! (Between you and I, tracing is the part I dislike the most!) So this is how I avoid tracing…
This particular pattern is larger than an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper, so it has been divided in four parts.
I scan each individual sheet and import the images to my computer.
Next I open up Adobe Illustrator…
…and I scroll down and click on PLACE.
The image then pops up on the screen like magic!
This is the really cool part! I hit REFLECT and the image….well, it reflects! (If you use the needleturn method and trace your patterns on the right side of fabric, you do not need to reflect the pattern.)
You know you have done this properly if the writing on the pattern is backwards! I place a piece of freezer paper in the printer, click on print…
…. and voila!
Now, I am going to make one big pattern out of the 4 sections. I trim the patterns on the dotted lines.
I like my freezer paper templates to be double thickness. So, I iron each section to a big piece of freezer paper and match all the dotted lines…like I am wallpapering…only better!
Now I get to cut out every one of those itty bitty pieces!
Here is a little something I want to share!
I use my light box all the time. I love it…because I don’t have to trace the pattern on the background fabric. Do you see a theme here? Sometimes when there are multiple layers, it is hard to see what is underneath the pieces I have already glued in place. By gluing the leaves in place, I have covered up the flower that will sit on top of the leaves. Confusing! So here is what I do to make life easier.
I use my applique pressing sheet and build the flower on it, rather than on the block. This is also called “off-block construction”.
I put just a dab of glue on each petal, and slowly add each piece, until I have a flower.
I very carefully lift the flower off the applique pressing sheet…
…and place it on the background. Easy Peasy!
Til next time…