There were many questions over the vinyl overlay method so I thought I would break it down step by step as I was working. Hopefully it will seem as though you are looking over my shoulder as I work.
I am ready to add more pieces to applique. If you look at where I have marked the photo, I will line up my vinyl overlay’s horizontal and vertical marks to these marks on my background. Originally I folded the background fabric into quarters; Then I mark outside of the block’s finished borders with a pencil ‘hash’ mark indicated by the circles. They failed to show up well enough in this photo.
I have placed the vinyl overlay over the background now. I will start lining it up with the background fabric by first matching the center marks and pin.
I will continue to line up by matching the outside horizontal hash marks and pin on each side. I am also checking that the horizontal placement lines on my overlay follow the fold marks on my background fabric.
Now I will do the same for the vertical placement marks.
Because this is a smaller design, I will also pin the corners.
Now I am ready to start placing my applique pieces in the appropriate position. I have marked around my templates and cut my seam allowance. I keep the freezer paper on until the last moment so I know what number it is and I don’t get confused. I will peel the template off before I place it under the overlay.
Now I will un-pin a section of the overlay (this is why I added more securing pins) and slip my piece under the overlay and position. I use a six inch (15.24cm) long and very thin skewer to move my pieces into position under the overlay. It is much harder to do if I use my hands and fingers. They are too clumsy. The skewer makes it a breeze and provides easy and accurate placement.
Once the piece is aligned properly under the overlay, I peel back the unpinned portion and GENTLY with a feather touch of my fingertips so I do not shift the piece, pin it down to the background.
The piece is now pinned in place securely.
Next I lay my overlay back over and re-check the placement with my hash marks lined up again. If all looks good, I move on to the next piece. If not, I will un-pin and adjust the position.
I have adjusted my overlay securing pins again so I can peel back this portion of my overlay to place and pin the next applique piece.
Once again, check that after pinning, the piece lines up correctly.
Once my pieces for this round are pinned in place, I can remove the overlay and start stitching. When these pieces are finished being stitched down, I will prepare the next set of pieces (that I can stitch without problems) and go back to my overlay and go through the same steps.
My blog host server has had some major downloading issues, especially today. It only has taken me six hours to create this post. Ask me if I am grumpy.