My heart has only existed as a line so far. I’d like to see it as a bolder form and a little larger today.
Decide on a size and cut a piece of fabric 2-4″ larger than that, for your background. Fuse a square of fabric that you want to be your heart. It only needs to be a tiny bit larger than the size you’d like your heart. I prefer paper backed fusible for this, since I can do my drawing right on the paper side.
Start with your line drawing heart again. Draw along side your original line, as though you were echo quilting. Follow the line all around to make a closed shape. It might take a little fiddling, as you can see from my drawing. Since I don’t want to get confused about where to cut and I don’t want to spend forever making a heart shape, when I am happy with my lines, I simply fill in the shape with a highlighter.
Start anywhere and cut out your shape. You have a continous line to follow, and with the curves and spirals, it can look like a confusing mess when you are done!
This is what you have after cutting–a heart shape left in the fused square and a nice thick heart to fuse to your background.
When you pick it up to place it on your background, it will look like a piece of spaghetti, but take your time and smooth it down into shape and then fuse!
Remember, I always make my background square 2-4″ larger than I think I want my finished piece to be. That fits my style of ‘eyeballing’ the placement and then measuring for the final positioning.
Here’s my first method of edge finishing…I like to fold the background fabric over my interfacing and I use fusible seam tape along the edge. It’s a nice, neat finish.
Ready to go–starting with any machine stitching that I want to do.
Simple, useable–too plain for me! I will add beads to this and maybe some embroidery, too.
There are more variations running around my brain, but I have a couple of busy days ahead. I’ll be back to these explorations as soon as I can!