Saturday, April 25, 2009

More on Freezer Paper Patterns

Here's another way to use your cutwork freezer paper pattern - just leave it ironed to the fabric, using the edge of the paper as your turn-under guide. Personally, I don't like this method as well. With these fabrics, it's a little hard to tell when I've turned under far enough. But beyond that, as I roll the block in my left hand to facilitate holding the area being stitched, the freezer paper can start to lift off the fabric.

Not all freezer paper is created equal. Some sticks much more aggressively than others, and this heavier freezer paper from C Jenkins is one of them. Still, as you can see, I soon had places popping up, either requiring frequent returns to the iron or adding extra sequin pins to hold points in place. A pain. But you may find this works for you, or at least for certain applique. It is worth trying, especially since you can revert to marking with a pencil should the freezer paper refuse to stay in place.

Remember my Jeana Kimball applique basting method? It occurred to me that a freezer paper pattern could be used to facilitate that method too. It could be ironed to the wrong side of the background fabric, and traced around (as opposed to using a light box) to provide the line for subsequent basting. Or, as you see here, the basting stitches can be put in along the edge of the pattern as it is ironed to the right side of the applique fabric and layered over the background fabric. I've added this basting to the center of this second block because of a recommendation in the Baltimore Beauties & Beyond book that I'd forgotten about. According to Elly:

"There is a slight tendency in cutwork applique to push the applique inward so that it 'puffs' a bit. It works fine in onlaid applique, but not as well in inlaid [or reverse] applique where some distortion may occur. For success, baste around the block's center."

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