Appliqué quilts often feature numerous circle shapes. From flower centers to berries to small fruits to just plain dots, these tricky little shapes can be very hard to stitch smoothly using traditional needle-turn techniques. And while fusible web techniques are fast, sometimes we want the look of hand-stitched appliqué.
Expert appliqué artist Robert Callaham has easy-to-follow instructions for making perfect circle shapes with turned-under edges. The process is similar to making fabric yoyos, except the gathered side of the circle is hidden in the appliqué process.
The only supplies you’ll need for this technique are fabric for the appliqué, heat-resistant template plastic or card stock, a fine-point pencil, needle and thread (any color that won’t show through your fabric), spray starch or sizing, an iron, and tweezers. It goes really quickly, so you’ll be able to prepare dozens of circles for appliqué in no time flat!
Follow along with Roberts’ step by step instructions here – our photos show you how!
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