I spent the afternoon prepping the next step in one of my many "slow stitching" projects, my compass. I finally finished appliquing the center - the Broderie Perse is out, replaced by one of the fabrics in the compass - and am now ready to appliqué the compass onto the center square. This project has been a lot of fun so far because of the challenges it presents. It wasn't all that easy to appliqué the center on that big piece, especially with all the paper in it, and it was a bit of a challenge to get the circle marked to applique to the center square. I now have it marked, carefully centered on the background and basted in place for stitching this evening.
The next step is to appliqué circles between all the points. I decided to play around with prepping a circle using the technique Sara Fielke demonstrated in her You Tube video.
I cut out a cardboard template and cut the fabric with a seam allowance (a little too small, I think). I placed it on a square of foil.
I then pulled in the edges of the foil and tried to smooth it out. It's a lot more difficult to get the edge completely smooth than she made it look in her video!
After getting it as smooth as I could, I pressed it, allowed it to cool, and unwrapped it. The end result was pretty similar to what I get when prepping using Perfect Circles...not quite perfect.
I'm hoping that I can take care of the little pokies when appliquing it in place. I think it's a toss-up as to which technique wins as far as prep time is concerned, and really the results for me are equivalent. I will have to play around with it a bit more, but I think this technique might have a slight edge in that the edges are still soft and there isn't a lot of the flaky, crusty dried starch on my fabric.
Other progress over the week and weekend includes the next guild BOM:
And a few more Quatrefoil blocks. I am really starting to like how the fabrics are working together - a pleasant surprise!
I definitely need to work on more light blocks!
I'm looking forward to the three day weekend coming up - two day weekends never seem long enough! Hop over to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching post to see what others are working on this weekend....