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Tweet Friend Quilt Along Post 2
Technique: How to make Applique' Circles
Tweet Friends has appliqued circles in several blocks and borders. Believe it or not, I actually enjoy making circles!
5. Cut out the circles, leaving a scant 1/4" seam allowance.
6. Move to your pressing surface. Anchor the circle with a single straight pin. Paint the seam allowance with starch.
7. Use something pointy (a seam ripper works when all of your special applique tools are packed up for a workshop you are headed to) to pull the seam allowance over the template while you press it in place using the mini-iron. Pivot the circle and pull and iron, pivot, pull, iron, etc. until . . .
8. The circle is finished.
9. Give it a press from the right side, inspecting it for "pokies". If you find pokies, turn the circle back over, wet the offending area with starch, and redo.
Okay, but what about the circle for the center of the Dresden Friends block?
For it, use the same techniques. First though, you will have to trace the template. Notice I have creased the freezer paper vertically and horizontally. This helps to position the circle correctly in the center of the wedge circle.
Press the freezer paper template to the wrong side of the fabric. Starch, turn, and press the seam allowance.
And here is the right side with a bird motif positioned in the center.