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Step-by-Step Sew Easy Instructions
- Place first fabric strip right-side up on paper foundation. Strips should extend off foundation’s edge. Place second strip right-side down over first strip, aligning long edge, and sew.
- Lay central patch right-side up on foundation. Lay second patch right-side down, aligning it with edge of central patch. Sew through all layers, using a ¼” seam allowance.
- Open out second patch, and press. Add next patch along edge, then sew and press open.
- Continue adding strips clockwise until foundation is covered, alternating sizes and shapes as desired.
- To square up, turn unit foundation-side up. Trim excess fabric even with edges of foundation, or use fussy-cut windows to determine finished unit.
- Keep it crazy! The end unit doesn’t have to be square. If using paper foundation, tear out paper. If using leave-in foundation, you’re ready to go!
Products used: Martelli’s Color-Contrasting Cutting Mat, Martelli’s 45mm Ergonomic Rotary Cutter, Martelli’s No-Slip Square Templates and Fussy-Cut Set, Martelli’s wool pressing pad, and Martelli’s Advantage Work Station. For a complete catalog of Martelli notions, as well as useful how-to videos, visit them here. Other products include Aurifil 40wt. cotton thread (fuchsia), glasshead pins, printer paper, travel iron, starch Machine featured is the performance icon™ by PFAFF®. To find a retailer near you, visit PFAFF.com. Fabrics from Garden Glory collection by Maja Ronnback and Abstract Collage collection by Ampersand, both for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.
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