A few of you asked if I could do a little tutorial on how I prepped that centre piece in the third block of “Bed of Roses”. As always, I am happy to share this with you!
First, I always use 2 layers of freezer paper to make my templates and I iron it to the wrong side of the fabric.
I trim the seam allowance to less than 1/4″, even in the inside curves.
Now I need to clip the inside curves. By the way, I never clip an outside curve. Never!
I have drawn lines where I will clip. (I don’t really draw the lines before I clip them, I am just showing the position of the lines.) Notice that the lines are always perpendicular to the freezer paper.
It is very important not to clip right to the freezer paper. I like to leave about 1/8″.
So now, starting at an inside curve, I apply liquid starch to the seam allowance and pull back the seam allowance with my left hand….
…..then I pick up my mini-iron and iron the seam allowance.
And now, if I did not have the camera in my left hand, I would pick up my stiletto and pick up the mini-iron with my right hand and start to press the seam allowance over the freezer paper.
If really just takes a bit of practice! Here is what it should start to look like.
Once the piece is completely prepped, I add a tiny dot of glue to each outside curve.
And now I am ready to stitch the piece in place!
Til next time….