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The next challenge: a Double Wedding Ring! There's everything I can't do: Y-seams and curves.
For a start I bought the templates. They come with a big booklet with instructions. Very scary.
I made a sampler-block of scraps and tried to do everything as instructed.
From far away it doesn't look too bad.
And as I was into 'try something new' I put the block on the background fabric with the sewing machine, using a satin-stitch (I never used that stitch in my life!). Wow - this does look good even from close!
And now the details.
The curves were not so difficult. The bend is not so intense on this scale. I used the 3-pins-method (put 1 pin at the beginning, one in the middle and one at the end). And then I sewed only a tiny bit (needle-down-position), readjusted the fabric, sewed a tiny bit, readjusted... it works!
But the y-seams did not meet very often. This has to be better.
I used this block to practise feathers with freemotion quilting.
I totally screwed up. If I want to do this on a real quilt I have to practise a lot on paper and sampler-quilts!
I tried two different methods on my Pfaff, the sensormatic- and the spring freemotion-foot. I prefer the freemotion-foot.
The last technique: facing instead of binding!
For a placemat or a mug-rug a standard binding is rather thick.
At Pinterest I found an excellent tutorial for a facing by Victoria.
This is how it looks finished - very flat - I will use that one from now on!
And yes, the colour for the handsewing should match the fabric of the binding/facing, not the colour of the backing...
Well, this was the first try, with one circle. The next try will have 9 circles.
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