The next step in assembling the Crop Circles blocks is to sew your four sets of wedges together. I set my paired fabrics for the wedges next to the machine and chain stitched them together, first in eight pairs of two.
Then in four sets of four.
Last, attach that fifth wedge on each of your four sections.
Pressing seams open has never been easier since I discovered the technique of heavily pre-starching my fabric before cutting and sewing. I am a BIG fan of this technique and will absolutely be doing it in the future.
Now, here comes the tricky bit. I was in a complete frazzle trying to figure out how to turn that upper raw edge under a perfect quarter inch. I messed about with template plastic, and trying to iron around it. I played with double layers of freezer paper, I tried more starch. Ugh. Made a mess, burned my fingers, wasted template plastic (to say nothing of time).
So, when in doubt, go to the experts. I emailed my friend Thelma Cupcake, who made the test pattern on the cover of the Crop Circles pattern. "Thelma, how on earth did you get those edges to turn over so perfectly?" She emailed me right back and told me what she did. You may be as surprised as I was.
She said she top stitched a quarter inch away from the raw edge. When she pressed it under, it went down evenly and neatly all along that curve of the top stitching.
Honest to Pete. That is it.
That one little tip is definitely worth the price of admission, I tell you. It worked like magic. Not just once, but with every single wedge I have done so far.
Tomorrow I will share my method of making really good circles for the appliquéd center.