Here's what I've been working on this weekend. I had some beautiful batiks that I had bought and never really had a plan for how to use them. I just LOVE the fabric. I also had picked up this gorgeous large flower print fabric. I was watching some Create show about alternatives to traditional applique and they showed a method that I thought I would experiment with.
I cut circles out of freezer paper. I used a sandwich plate for my pattern. Then I ironed on the freezer paper shiny side down. You would think this would be obvious but for some of us a reminder is always a good thing.
Then I cut out the fabric around the freezer paper circle.
Then I cut the same size circle out of a very light weight piece of stablizer.
You sew the two pieces right sides together. Another reminder, ask me how I know.
I used a 1/4" seam allowance.
I slit an x in the stablizer side and turned the right sides out.
Then I used a bone folder and just went around the inside of the circle and it really made it a very easy job to get a smooth looking edge.
Next I cut a slightly smaller, about 1/4" smaller piece of double sided heat and bond.
I ironed it onto the back of the stablizer. Peeled off the paper and then ironed my circle to my darker 10 1/2 " piece of fabric.
If this were going to be a quilt that got a lot of use I would use invisible thread and stitch around the circle using the applique stitch on my machine.
Since these will be wall hangings I don't think I'm going to bother.
I added some beautiful coordinating pieces of batiks for the borders and now I have to decide how I am going to quilt and hang them. I may frame them or maybe wrap them around some canvas frames.
I wanted something bright for the front room above the piano. I'm pleased with how these turned out but I am really happy that I experimented with this applique technique.
My fingers often get too stiff to really attempt traditional applique but I love how it looks. Perhaps this will be a solution for me.