|the completed rosette|
I use a water-soluble pen to trace my paper shape onto my fabric. I then find the repeat in the fabric design, and trace the next 9 exactly the same. Using about a 3/8" seam allowance, I hand cut around my traced shapes. I'm old-school about this part. Some choose to rotary cut these; I don't trust myself to keep from cutting into the next shape!
Fussy-cutting is definitely wasteful. For this reason, I pick and choose certain elements in each cog to use this technique. I do enjoy the designs I'm able to produce!
I glue-baste my paper shapes. I use a water-soluble glue pen with a thin cartridge to keep from gluing too much of my paper shape. I then fold and clip the prepared shape. I love using Wonder Clips!
One thing I try to do when sewing a fussy-cut piece is look to see that the fabric design matches up when right-sides are together (RST). Everything to the right of my needle (see above) looks good here.
I then add the yellow diamonds around the center star. Now the blue fussy-cut pieces are ready to be joined, but I have a few layouts to choose from. That's another part I love about fussy-cutting fabrics! There are several ways I can arrange the exact same pieces to make a different look.
These stars. They are so tedious and tiny! Love them, or hate them? Either way, they truly give this quilt its unique look. I assemble mine one unit at a time, and then sew the connector diamonds in between to make a partial wreath.
This rosette is complete and ready to add into the quilt.
I then check the quilt schematic to make sure about placement.
At this point, my quilt top is getting weighted from all the paper pieces that are still in place. I've only removed maybe 1/3 of them to date. I find that laying it out on my kitchen table helps to disperse the weight as I sew the cog into place.
And there we have it! All nestled in its permanent home with its vivacious neighbors. On to the next...