Here is most of the little red landscape sample I am making just now. I have photographed it as I have gone along and will explain the process using those pictures but I thought you should have some idea where this is going. Eventually, there will be a silhouetted tree in the corner and a blazing bit of the sun showing too just before it drops below the horizon. Those bits will be fused applique so not necessary right here, right now.
|Here are the fabrics I have chosen for my sky set out in order. I need five strips to do this sky plus a scrap for my sun.|
|Just double check the order of the pieces and check the colours too . In the end, I changed some of the colours and fabrics I used . Do not let that comfuse you.|
|Your staystitching should be evenly spaced all round each piece at a distance of about 1/16 inch from the edge of the freezer paper pattern. On the TOP edge of each piece, CLIP the curves by clipping TO but NOT THROUGH the stitching.|
|At this point, move the pieces together, matching the little red registration marks so they fit together properly. I use a light box as well or you could put the pieces up against a window so you could see through pattern and fabric.|
|This is the back side of my work showing the drawn lines and the blind hem stitches coming through where I sewed my sky pieces in place from the front|
|And here is the sky on the right side, all nicely sewn in place and pressed|
|Closeup of the blind hem stitch along the top edge of this red piece with the seam allowance left free for putting the next layer on.|
|This is the top right corner . NB, Do NOT turn the top edge . You want it free for trimming and for attaching borders or binding later. See how nice it is to have that guideline stitched in place!|
|I made all of my hill pieces but had second thoughts about size and colour of some.|
|To make the tree, I recopied just the tree shape onto a scrap of freezer paper and ironed it onto a piece of dark batik I already fused to some Wonder Under , then cut it out .|
|The freezer paper has been removed|
|I flipped it to show the back side with Wonder Under on with the paper still left in place so it is not sticky.|
This has been a long winded post but I have had so many questions that I did want to try to answer them as best I could. Like I said, if you could see my hands, it would be MUCH clearer :-) Let me know if there are gaps or questions and I will amend as needed.