Preparing Perfect Berries for AppliqueDo you have a favorite applique pattern that needs a circle or berry appliqued to it. If you're not keen on preparing a needle turn circle give this version a try:
Using Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles templates choose the 1/2 inch diameter template. If you don't own Perfect Circles, use the heavy piece of cardboard to cut a circle template.
- Cut 1" diameter fabric circles for berries -- A US Quarter (coin) works great to measure and cut a 1" circle.
- Once the 1 inch fabric circles are cut , hand sew a running stitch around the perimeter of the fabric circle - leaving approximately a 6" tail of thread attached to the fabric circle. Do not knot or cut the thread after you've finished the running stitch.
- Place a Perfect Circle or cardboard template in the center of the fabric. (Do not use template plastic unless it is heat resistant).
- Pull the thread taut around the Perfect Circle, drawing the fabric tight around the template.
- Place the unit right side down on the ironing surface, spray a bit of starch or sizing on the back side of the drawn fabric and place a medium heat, dry iron on the piece(s) until the circle/berry is completely dry (a minute or two depending on how much spray starch you use).
- Remove the iron, allow the berry and template to cool, then peel the edge of the fabric back to remove the template.
- Reshape the circle by pulling the thread taut again and press once more to set the circle.
- Knot the thread once the circle is as you desire
- Leave the thread attached to the circle and use it when you're attaching the circle to the background fabric.
Shown: A collection of berries: The Redbird and Berries Mini QUilt used appx 75 berries and included some berries made from the leftover Little Black Dress 2 mini-charms (not shown below).
Note: As originally documented in the Moda Bake Shop Redbird and Berries Mini Quilt Recipe posted Jan 24th, 2014 ~ Written by Karen L. Miller