When I designed the petals for the January A block, I didn’t take into consideration how that little fold at the tip of each petal was going to be appliquéd. Design first, figure it out later!
So I have worked out a way to do it and not go crazy dealing with that tiny piece of fabric. I am sure there are other ways to do it, but this seemed to work the best for me, since this blog is first about the designs, then about hand appliqué. If done by fusing or machine, I am sure there is a way to deal with tiny pieces of fabric. If you have another idea, please share your method with us.
Freezer paper templates of the tip are cut and applied to the “wrong” side of the fabric. With many batiks, there is a wrong side or a less nice side!Trim around it, leaving the usual seam allowance, slightly less than 1/4″.Then snip the inner curve, dampen the snipped area with fabric sizing and press over the edge of the paper. Leave the outer curve alone. It will be dealt with, once the tip is appliquéd to the petal.Baste and appliqué the petal tips to the “right” side of the fabric, leave space for the petal itself to be cut out. In this way, you don’t handle TWO small pieces of fabric, at the same time. Try to make sure that the tip is placed properly.Once the tips are all appliquéd, turn the fabric over, place the paper template so it is covering the stitches. Hold it to a strong light, if necessary to see the edge of the tip fabric, don’t press in place yet. Draw around the template with a pencil. The black line is there because the appliqué thread didn’t show, and you can see where the pencil line will end up. You wouldn’t want to mark your fabric with that dark a line, it would show through from the front.Cut out the petal with a generous seam allowance, it can be trimmed, once the paper template is in place.Trim the petal fabric including some of the clipped seam allowance of the tip fabric. You can trim away the pencil line that is under the tip fabric, leave at least 1/8″ from the appliqué.Press the paper template in place, align it with the pencil line and trim any excess seam allowance.Finish by pressing the seam allowances over the edge of the paper.
Each petal tip will be slightly different, but that is just fine because nature doesn’t make them all the same. Any questions? Please do not hesitate to ask in the comment section below.
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Tags: appliqué, batik, block-of-the-month, BOM
Thanks for the help. I tried this on another project today and it worked great. I’m waiting for my background fabric to be delivered and I can’t wait to get started on this project.
Glad it worked well for you.