Stash Busters With Cheryl Arkison

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Quilting | Comments

Follow along as contemporary quilter Cheryl Arkison, instructor of the Craftsy class Inset & Appliqué Circles by Machine, creates a template from freezer paper and uses machine appliqué to create a fresh, bold block.

Watch as Cheryl brings her beautiful block to life:

Making your own block:

Step 1: Press fabric.

Step 2: Sketch out your block.

Step 3: Use freezer paper to create your template.

Step 4: Iron freezer paper onto the wrong side of the fabric.

Step 5: Trim your fabrics, remembering to include your seam allowance.

Step 6: Stitch around the edges.

Step 7: Turn edges under and iron.

Step 8: Audition your block.

Step 9: Remove freezer paper.

Step 10: Machine appliqué.

Step 11: Trim your block.

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  1. Yan says:

    How do you remove the freezer after stitching around the edge? Does the stitching not catch the paper?

  2. Yan says:

    Sorry, I meant the freezer paper.

    1. Noelle says:

      I’ve used this technique in the past. After sewing the circles onto the background, turn the block over and either make a small snip and pull the freezer paper out through the slit or trim all the extra background fabric off around the circle and then pull the freezer paper off. Yes, the stitching can catch the paper, but depending on the stitch you use, it won’t catch much and should tear off easily. I use a blind hem stitch or a blanket stitch.

    2. pepper says:

      if you watch again as she stitches, the stitching line is about 1/4 inch from the paper. Use that line of thread to gather in the excess fabric to the back, then iron. The paper is then removed, applique is re-ironed, and then attached