Other techniques have their positive and negative points. And sometimes it's fun to experiment with another technique. I decided to do My Whimsical Quilt Garden pattern using a machine applique technique, where you cut all the templates first from freezer paper. So a bit of prep work required before you even really start looking at fabrics. This is why this project has sat in a drawer for months on end - I just needed to get the next block prepped. And it's not even really that bad... a bit of a Nike moment - Just Do It!
The way that I transfer my pattern onto my freezer paper is that I don't. I start with a photocopy of the pattern layout and a piece of freezer paper big enough to fit behind the design (do you need your template reversed or the same as the original - with freezer paper having different sides, I need to use it with the shiny side down). If you are doing several blocks using the same design - easy - layer your freezer paper upto 6 layers deep. Next using a stapler put a staple into each design shape - put a few in on bigger areas or long skinny ones that might shift as you cut. If you can't reach into the centre of the design with your stapler - leave those ones until you have cut some of the outer pieces away, and then staple the internal ones.
|Staples added - couldn't reach the centre of the flower or the upper|
part of the stem, so came back and stapled those later.
|Showing the cuts to allow access to the internal shapes|
Can you use this transferring technique for other things other than freezer paper machine applique? I don't see why not, although to date I haven't tried anything. I think it would be good for transferring images to cardboard templates where you can't see through them and they don't really run through printers very well. Also for some of the weird things you end up having to make with/for your kids (I'm thinking arts and crafts projects here). I'm sure there are other applications too.