No-bias Technique for Stained Glass Quilts
Ok! These sections have been fused, and they are ready to be trimmed. Notice that I have brought my original pattern back over. The reason? It will serve as my placement quide. As I trim each and every section, I will place it back onto the original pattern.
Here you see that all of the yellow sections have been placed back onto the original pattern. Notice that they are still turned so the paper side is up and the fabric side is down. They were traced this way, so if you want them to “fit,” they need to remain — with the paper side up.
Now, all of the sections have been trimmed, and placed back onto the original pattern. By placing them in this manner, you can tell at a glance that all pieces are there, and that they are all turned in the right direction.
You are about to begin placing your colored fabric sections down onto your black silhouette.
BE SURE YOU KEEP THE PAPER BACKING FUSED ONTO THE BLACK LAYER!!!
WITHOUT REMOVING THE PAPER BACKING from ANY of the pieces, place the sections – RIGHT SIDE UP – onto the black silhouette. It is important to note that when the pieces are turned over, the arrow on the back of the piece should remain pointed UP toward the top of the project. Also, you will now need to keep in mind that your finished project will be a mirror image of the original pattern. So, when you lift a trimmed section straight up, flip it over from left to right, and place it down onto the black layer, you will be lifting it from the left and placing it down on the right.
Notice that when you are half way finished with placing your pieces, this is how both parts should look.
At this point, the colored sections are approximately where they belong, but they need to be adjusted. Do NOT worry about adjusting them at this point, because you are about to need to lift each one up and remove the paper from the back of it. In removing the paper, you will expose the glue that will be placed down onto the black layer. Again, just place them in their approximate positions, and don’t worry about fussing with their placement until they are ALL in place.