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Southwestern Circles Throw

Combine hard lines and soft curves as well as machine piecing and appliquéing methods in a batik throw. Fabrics are hand-dyed batiks from the Enchanted Journey Batiks collection by Patricia Lueker and Southwest Decoratives for Avlyn.

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Prepare Appliqués


1. Lay heat-resistant template plastic over patterns A and B. Trace each pattern once onto plastic. Cut out shapes on drawn lines, making sure to include the 1/4" seam allowance at ends of Pattern A, to make templates.

2. Place a template right side down on wrong side of fabric indicated in cutting instructions and trace. Cut out appliqué shape, adding a scant 1/4" seam allowance to curved edges.

3. Spray a small amount of starch into a dish. Place template-topped appliqué piece on a pressing surface covered with a tea towel or muslin. Dip a cotton swab in starch and moisten seam allowance of appliqué piece (Diagram 1).

4. Using tip of a hot dry iron, turn seam allowance over edge of template and press until fabric is dry. Press entire curved seam allowances in the same manner, adding starch as necessary and ensuring fabric is pressed taut against template. For A arcs, clip inner curve as necessary and do not press under seam allowances on ends. For B circles, you may wish to hand-stitch small running stitches 1/8" from the edges and pull them up to gather the fabric around the template before starching; this helps evenly distribute the bulk.

5. Turn the appliqué over and press it from the right side; remove template.

6. Repeat steps 2–5 to cut and prepare the number of appliqué pieces indicated in cutting instructions.

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