Today we are going to talk about making perfect appliqued circles........
|The tools - fabric for the circles, pencil, Perfect Circle templates by Karen Kay Buckley, starch, stencil brush, Roxeanne's Glue/Baste it, sharp to the point scissors, needle and thread
|Perfect Circles by Karen Kay Buckley - made from heat resistant mylar
|Place the template on the wrong side of the fabric and lightly trace around it with a pencil
|Cut out the circle leaving a less than 1/4", but great than 1/8" seam allowance
|Put a knot in the end of the thread (I am using contrasting so you can see, but not necessary). Stitch a gathering stitch in the seam allowance - there are NOT ENOUGH stitches in the above sample
|This is more like it
|Paint the seam allowance with starch and place the template inside the gathering stitches
|Pull up the thread and using the iron - press that seam allowance . Make sure you hold that long thread tight to keep the gather tight
|Press from the front as well
|Let it COOL - this is very important
|Then very gently release the stitches and pull out the template
|The finished circle - note this one has some lumps and bumps on it - that is because the gathering stitch was too big and I did not wait for it to cool before I removed the template.
|This one has smaller stitches and notice there are NO pleats on the back and therefore no points on the front. You can carefully remove the stitching at this time. If you use a matching thread - there is no need to removed it if you don't want to.