I'm grateful to so many of you faithful readers for the numerous suggestions about how to achieve my goal of making the Mexican paper cut-out decorations....with fabric.
Jane suggested craft felt.....which actually goes along with something I'd tried. I used National Non-Woven's Woolfelt. This product isn't as thick as the typical felted wool and it cuts cleanly, which craft felt often doesn't. But, neither held up to the process of cutting through folded edges. I considered cutting each motif individually, but ultimately, the look of this material does not coordinate with the quilt so I passed on this material as my solution.
Next....I moved onto the process I explained in my post yesterday.....with very unprofessional looking results.
Sue provided another great idea......to machine stitch the motif, rather than cutting them away.Brilliant......but yikes, I'm not that good at machine work....hummmm, now is the time I wish I'd have purchased the Bernina 830......I could load it up with stitches, walk away, and return with my problem solved!! I'm definitely keeping this idea in mind though.
Incidentally, originally I also considered stenciling motifs but worried the look was too country for my piece.
Here's what I came up with yesterday afternoon..... it's one layer of fabric, fused with paperbacked adhesive on the backside. I drew out a pattern onto the paper, and using a small, sharp embroidery scissors......carefully cut out the motifs. A paper punch was used for the circles.....apparently it's not sharp enough because 1/3 of each circle remained only barely pierced so I had to cut that portion out by hand.
It achieves the feel I want, but requires fusing (rather than hanging loose from a string).....maybe that's not the worst thing. I always find it difficult to make the break from a vision.....even when I know I must. The size of these pieces is another factor....they are only 4" x 5"......maybe I should have made a bigger quilt! I only need 4 to top off my design vision.....so I think I'll keep beating my head against my studio walls until I'm satisfied.
Karen K. Buckley's Perfect Circles came in handy......no more hunting for tiny round objects to trace around!!
There is also a larger version of this handy notion available......today I'm going to cut one more sample, varying the design before making my final decision.
Overnight I had a back-up plan......I may (heaven help me) piece 4 very small Mexican Star blocks to replace the fabric cut out motifs...... Stay tuned......