Some times, finishing goes smoothly. Other times, it burns more than a flash. I had no problems tracing a heart, centering, sewing the backing.
But that damn cleavage always is an issue with me. It's fine until the stuffing enters. All worked out in the end but it was a real test. I passed.
Finished the heart using my usual method of just folding paper and cutting a heart shape until it fits. Real technical. I hate measuring.
Once it's close, I hold it up to the light and pin
into place, trace on the backside with a Frixion pen. I always leave a decent allowance since I can sew it closer if need be.
Instead of leaving a side opening, I sewed around the entire heart and used my envelope method for the back. Because of the fricking cleavage, I seamed a short section at the top and the very bottom instead of having two halves. Pressed the seam allowance in and clipped the excess.
I used the 1" thick quilt batting cut to shape, decided to add another layer of it, then steamed. Carol of http://stitchingdream.blogspot.com/ wrote about her favorite bagged fill and once I bought it, there was no going back. She recommended Touch of Silk and I love it. Never thought there would be a difference but there is. I steam and smash the fill until I get the density I want which would always flatten, almost melt, the batting. This brand will condense the fill and give a nice feel, but doesn't harden like the other. In fact, you could actually remove it and pull it apart to re-fluff it, even after steaming. The quilt batting (yardage type) worked well so I didn't use this product for the heart, but do for a lot of finishes.
So what's next? Another small sampler? Or heart? Not sure, but I am certainly loving my new bench. Magnifiers, tools, and baskets with projects, all hidden but handy.
Have a good weekend!
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