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Charlotte's TIPS for working with 
STEAM-A-SEAM 2 while making a HARVEST MOON QUILT

        

Diane McGregor's simple pattern is my inspiration.  

  

I use Steam-A-Seam 2 double stick fusible web for this project.
If you are making the pattern more than once (& you probably will), trace the shapes onto stencil plastic.

There are just 4 different shapes.
Trace the wheat in pairs. Draw and cut them this way.  It will be easier to lay fabric pairs out later.

To make the moon stencil, trace the whole moon, but only cut the outer edge of one half.  Then draw the moon in two parts, rotating the curved edge to draw the whole circle.

All the parts will probably fit on one 9 x 12 sheet.  Separate the shapes depending on which appliqué fabric they will be stuck to. 

I only apply fusible web to the outside edge of the moon.  I use the area inside the circle to trace more shapes.

I only apply fusible web to the outside edge of the moon. I started doing this when I noticed that the moon seemed brighter without the dark background fabric underneath it.

The moon is the only shape that will be made from the "moon" fabric, so I must separate it from the others.  A small rotary cutter and small cutting mat that moves easily, make cutting easy.

I draw a second line approx. 1/4 inch inside the original line, and cut on that inside line.  Then I cut a smidge (1/16th - 1/8th inch?) away from the outside edge.

Steam-A-Seam 2 has paper on both sides.  Sometimes, while cutting apart the shapes, the papers start to buckle and separate.  This is ok, but just try to hold it together for a bit longer.  The next step will be to remove the paper that you did not draw on, leaving the sticky product attached to the paper with drawing.

When the design is satisfactorily arranged on the background fabric, iron it once with a hot iron.  You may want to protect your work with a press cloth.  The instructions call for steam, but I do not use steam and never fail to get a good fuse.

The beauty of Steam-A-Seam is that it never stops "sticking".  Unlike other fusible webs that can stick for a while, and then suddenly stop sticking when you apply too much heat (who knew?!), the fabric itself will burn before you can apply enough heat to ruin the sticky property of Steam-A-Seam.

 

Steam-A-Seam 2 has a double stick property.  This allows you to stick and reposition the shape before applying it permanently with a hot iron.  

However, I find that when working with these small shapes, the paper does not always stay attached well enough to accurately cut out the shapes.  

So, before I start cutting out these shapes, I use the edge of my iron to quickly touch the center of the shape to fuse in a very small area, the paper & product to appliqué fabric. This leaves most of the area as the product is designed to be used, "tacky" and able to stick and be repositioned while arranging the design on the background fabric.  

I position all the pieces and fuse.

Then I stitch the shapes that are on top of the moon, through just the background fabric.

 

I use a button-hole, or blanket stitch around the outside edge.  I use a straight stitch for the stem and the beards.  In these examples I am using Gutermann Silk Thread in the needle and Mettler cotton in the bobbin.

In this picture, the wheat on the moon has been stitched and I am about to layer the batting & backing.

To give the moon a bit more dimension, I apply an extra circle of batting underneath the moon only.  Then I layer the entire quilt with batting and backing before I stitch the rest of the project. 

I use a walking foot, which makes it easier to stitch through the multiple layers, which include one or two layers of batting, as along the edge of the moon.

This is what the back of the quilt looks like after it is all stitched.  This is an appliqué/quilt as you go project and quite satisfying!

Now that was easy!  I think I'll start another one!  LOL

 

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