Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Transfer A Pattern for FMQing

I have been working and working on the Italian Quilt! What a project I've gotten myself into. I wanted to do a lot of swirly stuff by way of FMQing... But, I needed a pattern to follow. Simply put, I needed a cheat sheet because I can't just pull beautiful designs out of my head and make my hands perform. I needed lines on the fabric so that I could follow them.

I came up with....  Glad Press'n Seal, a book of designs I could legally copy, and my imagination. For those of you who don't know, Glad Press'n Seal is sticky on the back side and will adhere to whatever surface you place it on... In this case it's paper and then reapplied to fabric.

I copied the design/designs and put them together in the overall pattern that I wanted. Then I laid the Press'n Seal over the paper and traced the design with a Sharpy black marker.

Then I carefully placed the Press'n Seal exactly where I wanted it on the fabric and made sure it was nice and stuck on the fabric. I just love that sticky stuff on the back side of the plastic. You can pull it up and
re-position it as many times as you want!

Now I'm ready to sew right on top of the black lines. And, guess what??? When I'm done I just pull the plastic Stretch'n Seal off, the stitching stays in place and you all think I'm so talented because I can sew such beautiful swirly designs freehand!! What a smarty pants I am!

Puny Puss the Ranch Cat  thinks I'm pretty clever, too... What a kick!

Keep stitchin' for the ones you love.
Hugs from Mary