clicking here. The 4 Part tutorial shares tools, steps, tips and tricks for basic needle turn applique.
First up: Using template plastic, cut out the full bird template with face, mask and beak intact. Additionally, cut out separate mask and beak templates as shown on the pattern. (Pattern found on the last page of the Printer Friendly PDF at the Moda Bake Shop recipe - click here.)
As outlined in Teardrops of Love Part 2: Marking, Cutting and Basting Shapes, using the template plastic, trace the outline of the redbird on the fabric of your choice.
Place tick lines/marks on your fabric where the top and the bottom of the mask will border the red face of the cardinal. This will help with mask alignment in a later step. Be sure to mark the lines on the INSIDE of the face (the outside edge will be trimmed away).
As outlined in Teardrops of Love Part 1: Tools -- I used a Sewline Fabric Lead in Pink to trace the redbird on the grunge fabric, skipping over the area where the mask and beak will be positioned.
After tracing around the perimeter of the template for your redbird, mask and beak, cut around the traced lines leaving appx 1/4 inch allowance to turn under. Don't worry if you leave more than that, you can always trim as you go.Teardrops of Love Part 2: Marking, Cutting and Basting Shapes, baste the Redbird to the background fabric. I started stitching just above the upper tick mark and worked my way around the Redbird to the bottom tick mark.
I used a running stitch to travel along the raw edge that will not be turned under. This helps keep the fabric stable when you stitch the next layer over it.
Don't travel too close to the edge as you will be turning the black mask fabric under here and you don't want your running stitch in the way of that.
Now, grab that template, position it over the redbird, and align it with the traced lines on the mask to aid in positioning the mask. You can see from the image below that it fits fairly well -- just be sure it also aligns with the tick marks under the black fabric. The turn or traced line on the mask should be resting on the tick mark you made on the redbird.
The mask should include markings where the beak will be positioned.
You can see I used black thread for sewing the mask. Rule of thumb: Try to match thread to the color of the applique piece you're stitching, not the color of the background.
Teardrops of Love Part 3: Long Edges and Easy Turns
Pin in place.
You may notice that I broke the Rule of Thumb when sewing the beak -- I did not have any thread the correct color so I stuck with the black (which really wasn't so smart). Best to try to match the color of the applique piece - and if you can't exactly match go darker (but not as dark as black (?What was I thinking ?)).
Moda Bake Shop Flickr group.
Also remember you can download the PDF version of Redbird and Berries is available as a free download from My Craftsy Store.
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Have a wonderful weekend all -- I need to get some rest as we're sledding with the grandchildren tomorrow (oops - today - oh my!!).