We’re introducing dear daughter to Gilligan’s Island. This morning she watched the episode about the radioactive seeds that Gilligan found washed up on the island. She asked what radioactive means. You know, that is kind of tough to explain.
While thinking about the various vague notions I might have about radioactivity, I thought about glowing radioactive things (I did find out that radioactive things don’t glow on their own, that they must be mixed with some type of fluor in order to see a radioactive glow, blah blah blah, science-y things). Whilst thinking these not-so-deep, nor-very-clever thoughts, I thought of the latest round of Annabella fabric and the Blue Underground Studios‘ Renaissance pattern. You know, it kind of has a glow, and so I bring you Radioactive Renaissance:
I just love all of these acidy colors mixed with some black.
The wedgie wheels are finished with rick rack. I even used black rick rack on the smaller circles that are on black backgrounds. This amounts to the ultimate in laziness. So far, I have appliqued all of my wedgie circles, but haven’t been entirely pleased with the results. I decided to resort to a favorite rick rack trick this time. Maybe I’ll explore the six-minute circle method from Pieces Curves So Simple sometime in the future.
In the meantime, I thought I would try to illustrate this trick (yes, with black fabric, black rick rack and black thread–BRILLIANT!).
Here is the large circle with its rick rack edge:
In this case, I am using 11/16″ rick rack, but I also used 3/8″ with fine results. If you try this, a wider rick rack is probably better starting out.
So, take your circle and your rick rack to the sewing machine and lay the rick rack on the raw fabric edge ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CIRCLE so that the approximate middle of the rick rack is approximately on the 1/4″ seam line. Use a straight stitch to sew the rick rack to the top of the circle.
When you start sewing, leave about an inch of the rick rack unsewn at the beginning so that you can finagle it at the end. When you do get all the way around the circle to the end, try to figure out a tidy overlap that hopefully brings two ridges together. Fold one edge and lay the other raw edge on top of that fold (all of this happens on top, don’t fold anything under–sorry I don’t have a photo of this…) and finish stitching the rick rack.
OK, take the whole thing to your pressing surface and start to flip the rick rack to the back. Finger press a good portion of this, pulling out the rick rack edge as needed, and then press with your iron.
Work your way around the circle, folding the rick rack under and pressing on the top.
This is what the back looks like (it pretty much looks like the top did when you sewed the rick rack on the top, except now you have that brilliant finished edge hiding underneath):
Now, you’ll edge stitch the circle to your background:
I line up the inner opening of my 1/4″ foot with the finished edge of the circle.
And there you have it. Clear as mud, I’m sure.