There have been a few questions about how I fussy cut and print the florals for the Pickled Lady blocks so I thought a short tutorial might be the best way to describe the method I use. Lester is watching rather intently.
When I decided to make the Pickled Lady blocks, the first thing I did was print one of the clam shapes on a piece of plain paper which I had cut to the size I would be using. Once that was done, the interior of the shape was cut out along the stitching line and I had my window template.
I identified a few flowers on this piece of fabric that were going to be perfect for fussy cutting. Once that’s done, I start looking for one of the flowers that’s near the edge of the fabric.
This is where the window template comes into play. Once I’ve found a flower that I want to fussy cut, I place the window template over it and move it around until the flower is in the centre of the clamshell.
If you look closely at this shot, you’ll see that I’ve got the quarter-inch line on the ruler placed on the printed ruler line on the paper. When I cut out my window template, I cut off about an eighth of an inch along two of the edges of the paper so that I could use the printed ruler line on the paper to line up with rather than trying to line up the edge of the ruler with the edge of the paper.
Here I’ve cut along two sides of the fabric, once again using the quarter-inch line on the ruler lined up on the printed line on the fabric. The printed line is directly above the cutting line of the shape and that gives me the perfect placement when it comes to ironing the fabric on to freezer paper and getting it ready to print.
The selvedge is still attached. I leave it on when I’m fussy cutting as sometimes there will be a flower at an edge that I want to use and I will need a sliver of it to have a large enough piece to iron on to the freezer paper. I know it will be cut away once the shape is printed, so I don’t worry about it. In this case, the majority of the selvedge will be cut away even before pressing it to the freezer paper.
Once I’ve cut the top and right side, I remove the window template and cut the bottom and left side of the fabric piece. At that point, all I need to know is the size of freezer paper I’m using to cut the fabric to the right shape. Then it’s simply a matter of pressing it on to the freezer paper and printing my shape. Here you can see that while the selvedge was still attached, once I cut out my shape there will be none of it left.
Once that’s done, it takes only a minute to cut the shape out and then start stitching. Smudge hopes you found this as relaxing as he did. In fact, he was unimpressed when the printer started as I think it woke him up.
A bit of stitching and a few minutes later, I had a Pickled Lady block finished to add to the stack.