Yesterday I shared a new quilt design with you and today I thought to show you what I made with it!
A cutting machine makes the cutting away perfect, but since I don’t have it, I thought to work hard and make something with my new pretty design.
So here is what I did:
I don’t know how I forgot to take the first pictures of the process!
1. I transferred the design to the paper side of a heavyweight fusible web piece (Heat and Bond), using a permanent marker.
2. I fused the fusible web to the back of a fabric piece.
3. Using the knife below (X-acto is a good brand, I don’t know what brand is mine, it works well), I cut away the shapes, from the back side.
Here is the back of the fabric with fusible web fused.
Cutting away circles is hard- so I skipped the smallest one, I was afraid that I will ruin everything! The design measures 7”, so the small circles are really small! As with everything, practice makes it better, so in the end, I am happy with the result of my first try!
Then you have to peel off the paper backing of the fusible web. Keep it intact, because…
…as you see, it looks like a stencil and I used it as a stencil.
Here is the piece without the paper backing, now it is ready to be fused to a background fabric.
Auditioning background pieces is fun…
Finally, I chose the solid yellow below.
Now what to do with the little cut out pieces – because you already struggled to make them as perfect as you can!
Take the paper stencil and tape it another background fabric. Add the pieces (remove the paper first) and SLIGHTLY press with an iron. Then carefully remove the stencil.
I did not used the stencil to add the small circles – I just eyeballed the placement.
So what do you think about my two little pieces? One fabric piece, one fusible web piece, one cutting away process and two little finished pieces! Isn’t this a double reward?
I am not sure if this technique is reverse applique or a variation of it; I have to learn more about it. But for now, this technique is perfect for my designs.
Now to quilt them!
Have a wonderful and productive week!