QUILTS FOR COMFORT NORTHEAST

Quilts for Comfort Northeast – Meeting the challenge of bringing comfort one stitch at a time.


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HOW TO MAKE REALLY GOOD CIRCLES

Do you struggle with making really good round circles for your appliqué work? Well here’s a simple way to make good round circles without a struggle. You’ll love this method because it’s really quite simple and gets great results.

I start with a cardboard circle template the size of the circle required. I don’t use fancy cardboard; just cereal box cardboard is perfect. Now I trace the circle onto the chosen fabric.

Now cut the fabric leaving a generous ¼” allowance.

Stitch around the fabric circle using a running stitch approx. 1/8” from the edge of the fabric. Do not cut the thread yet.

With the wrong side of the fabric facing up, place the card template back into the centre of the fabric and pull the thread and needle which makes the fabric bunch up around the template. Secure the thread, cut. Press the circle on both sides. Let the circle cool.

Remove the card template. Press once more. Voila you have a perfect circle to appliqué to your project. Wasn’t that fun? You can use the same method for ovals as well.

I often think that it’s the simplest techniques that are the best. I learned this particular method of making circles from a Thimbleberries BOM many years ago. I’ve used this method ever since. After having a little go today I feel a scrappy quilt coming on. Circles are great fun to make especially if you’re using this simple method.

So the next time you have to make circles for a project I hope you’ll visit again.

Thanks for popping in today.

Happy stitching.

Lucie the Happy Quilter ♥♥


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PROTECTING YOUR IRON FROM THE DREADED STICKY STUFF

Sticky Stuff is my scientific name for the horrible sticky substance that makes fusible web work. As most of you will know fusible web is very useful for appliqué work in patchwork but it can do dreadful things to the sole plate of your iron and your ironing board cover. To avoid the struggle of cleaning the Sticky Stuff off your sole plate here’s a little tip for all the beginners.

Make a folder from grease proof paper place the fabric and fusible piece in between the layers of the grease proof paper and press using a dry iron. Any Sticky Stuff that might squeeze out will be trapped in the grease proof.

I fold my grease proof in half forming a folder and in half again which makes it easier to store for the next time. I also write something in the corner which side is up so there’s always a clean side to run the iron on. I keep a greaseproof folder close to my ironing station. So there’s no excuse for finding Sticky Stuff on the sole plate of my iron.

If your grease proof folder isn’t big enough for the piece you’re working on just slide the folder and press one section at a time.

It’s a very simple, inexpensive way of protecting both your iron and ironing board cover from Sticky Stuff.

Enjoy your summertime creating.

Lucie the Happy Quilter XX