For Farmer in the Dell this month there are a number of circles you need to make for the tractor applique block. This is an easy method to make sure your circles turn out smooth and perfect.
To REALLY make the Perfect Circle it is ideal to buy circle templates that are different sizes and use those (you can find them at our quilting store!). The next best option is to make your own out of cardboard, which is what I did.
1. Trace your pattern on to freezer paper. Usually you can do this by just setting your freezer paper on top of your pattern and tracing away. Make sure you trace your lines as smooth as possible.
6. Cut out your fabric circles, leaving at least 1/4″ (mine was closer to 1/2″ but that was a little too much) fabric around the freezer paper.7. Pull off your freezer paper template. With a knotted thread, sew a large basting running stitch by hand around the edge of your circle. Set your cardboard circle in the center and pull your basting stitch tight.
8. Paint your edges with spray starch (spray some in the lid of your starch and generously coat the folded over fabric with a paint brush). Iron, pulling your basting stitch tight if you can while ironing.
That should help make your tractor wheel’s smooth circles!