- Using the Master of the pattern you have, in this case the Spring Poppies, tape it to a light source (window or light box). Lay a piece of freezer paper, shiny side down, on top of it an tape it down.
- Look for the piece(s) that will be the foremost with no other pieces on top of it or alone and trace them with a solid line. These pieces will get glued last. I number groupings (i.e.Large Poppy) with the lower numbers getting glued first and the higher numbers getting glued last. The lower numbers most of the time need seams – in this case for The Large Poppy, pieces LP1 and LP2 will need seams where they go under LP3 and LP4.This tutorial will use the Spring Poppies pattern as an example of how to prepare your pattern pieces. You can use this method of glue basting for any pattern before stitching.Some of my smaller patterns (like this one actually!), come with the pieces ready to transfer to freezer paper and include the needed seams. LARGE PATTERNS do NOT have the pieces ready to transfer because they would not fit on 8.5 x 11 paper for download.Follow these instructions which will also teach you to add seams to your pieces where needed as you trace them on freezer paper directly from the master.
- Use a dashed line to draw the seam line – – – – – for the cutting edge; use a dotted line to show where a piece will lie on top of it . . . . . . this is a helpful reference when placing pieces. Use a solid line ______for the other cutting edges. Also transfer any numbers/names included on the master – LP1, RP 4, ML7,etc. When all the pieces are cut out, it’s easy to confuse which go where and this will help match them to the Master!
- Treat all your pieces in this manner deciding which edges go under a piece needing a seam and which do not.
- Loosely cut out the pieces you traced onto freezer paper – no need to be exact at this point.
Here you see my basket of fabrics that I might be considering for my Spring Poppies. I like to mix marbled fabric, batiks and subtle prints. I tend to stay away from high contrast or busy prints because most of the time these will compete with the thread painting. I start playing with fabric combos putting the pattern pieces with the colors I select.
- Iron your pattern pieces to the proper pieces of fabric – shiny side down. Cut them out on the lines (solid and dashed) – be sure NOT to cut off your dashes as they will remind you which side is a seam to go under another piece.
- In the photo above, I selected background fabrics – the greens and pale blue. The Purple print will be my barber fabric. According to the pattern you are using, either: a.) select one piece of fabric cut to the size required in the pattern for the background or b.) cut out the background pieces drawn in the master needed for your pattern for assembly remembering to add a seam to the edges that need it.
In Part 2 I show you how to arrange and glue down all the pieces.
(The Spring Poppy pattern is not yet available but will be soon after this tutorial is completed…it is being made right along with the tutorial and I will post it’s progress!)