Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Technique Tuesday with Benartex Fabrics and Giveaway

The Dori Collection by Benartex
Contest is over: Sharon of Phoenix, Arizona won the fat quarter bundle of Dori fabrics. Congratulations, Sharon!

New fabrics to play with. I revisited a pattern I designed last year for another Benartex Collection which appeared in the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine Issue 5. Come with me to the Sew in Love with Fabric Blog (Benartex) to see what I made with these.

Here's a sneak peek:
Is that a curve? Do you really want me to sew a curved seam?
Yes, I show you how to not only sew a curved seam but how to fussy cut a beautiful flower:

Oooh! What a lovely flower. How do I get it in the center of that circle?
Here's my giveaway: 4 fat quarters in the blue fabrics:
4 Fat Quarters from the Dori Collection
Just leave a comment for me here. Tell me you've visited the Benartex blog to see my tutorial and your HONEST thoughts about piecing curved patches. If you are not a Blogger, you must leave your email or you come through as a no-reply blogger and you aren't eligible to win. Contest is over midnight Sunday, November 17.

So, go visit the Sew in Love with Fabric blog today to see how I cut and sewed this block and turned it into a larger quilt. Don't be afraid - these curves are easy and I show a few tricks to ensure accuracy.

I love the happiness of this fabric collection, don't you?

98 comments:

  1. I was really curious as to how you were going to get those small circles into the bigger one. Well done. You may call it busy, but I am a fan of quilts with many fabrics.

    Those blues are really yummy.

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  2. You always have something neat to show us. Honestly, circles aren't that hard to me; they just take extra work. I like the sewing with interfacing and turning right side out!
    I'd love some of the flower print that you fussy cut, too!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. THanks for your tutorial - piecing curves scares me, but I am going to tackle it..next year!

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    1. I have never done circles, but your tutorial makes it look easy. I love when someone (like you) inspires me to try new things. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  4. Wow, that's so pretty! I love how you've used 8 different fabrics, looks fantastic!
    I must admit, I haven't tried curves yet, and am quite scared of them! I'm in a swap group, and this months block has curves in, so this has come at a fab time!
    You make it sound fairly easy in your tutorial, so I'll have this open when trying curves - thanks. :-)

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  5. Wow, you have inspired me! They look a little more advanced than where I'm at, but your tutorial has given me the confidence!

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  6. Thank you so much for that awesome tutorial!! I have always wanted to try this but was too afraid. Now I think I will attempt it after seeing that it's not as scary to do as I thought!! Thanks also for the fabulous giveaway!!! :)

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  7. I love curved piecing and this makes it even easier. I love the bright fabrics you used

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  8. Wow, thank you for the tutorial. I did some NYB blocks and the curves were always a biiig thing. But your tuto makes me wanna try again some curves. Thanks so much!

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  9. I get the Benartex blog in my email. What a great tutorial you had on it. I have not tried make curved quilts. I might now after seeing you do it.
    thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. I loved your tutorial of those scary curves. I really need to give them a try. Thanks!

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  11. haven't tried circles yet, but your tut makes it look easy, that's good. lol

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  12. I have done curved piecing once, and it went well

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  13. I visited your tutorial and well done. I don't do a lot of curve or circle work, but this is how I was taught to do them.

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  14. Like the tutorial. I just recently did a whole quilt in curves, and at first was scared. It really wasn't as bad as I thought. It just takes extra time in the cutting. Alot of extra time lol!

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  15. I did read your tutorial. Even though I've pieced many New York Beauties, I still shy away from piecing curved blocks. And I prefer inset circles versus the appliqué ones. That's just my preference.

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  16. I have always been intimidated by sewing curves but you have given me some great tipos in your tutorial... I think I can be successful, thank you!

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  17. I am a newbie to curves - I WISH I could muster the courage to make a quilt with circles and presto - your tutorial gives me some hope!! Pretty cool how you did those centers. GORGEOUS fabrics :)

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  18. Nice tutorial. Need to try it. I think it would make an excellent and unusual frame for embroidery.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  19. I loved your Benartex tutorial!
    Curves terrify me but I'd love to try your methods!!

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  20. I feel much more confident about tackling curves now. I will get out my "fuglies" to practice on. Love the fabrics you have used. there may be some shopping going on.

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  21. I have always been afraid to try curves, but your tutorial is easy to follow and makes sewing curves look not so scary. Thanks!

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  23. Your method for making a fussy cut center circle looks good. And I'm so impressed that your circle is so nice and smooth on the edges after turning and pressing -- I have trouble sometimes getting mine to not look bumpy. Love the way you set the blocks too, very clever!

    Oops, I had to delete my comment and add this -- when you say include your email if you are not a Blogger, I'm confused. I don't have my own blog so don't consider myself a blogger, but I have a Blogger account for reading blogs and my profile shows my email. I wouldn't think I would come through as no-reply, but your statement made me unsure, so here it is: jklmengland at windstream dot net

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  24. The tut is great and I have to admit that I sort of run from curves. This makes it look do-able and it also make a great looking quilt. Thanks so much!

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  25. The tutorial looks good.
    24Tangent@gmail.com

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  26. Gorgeousness. I visited their blog first..lol.. I love the circles and the fabrics are great.

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  27. Thanks for the tutorial, I find that curves are not as hard as they look.

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  28. I have not tried curved piecing yet, but with your tutorial it seems really easy, far easier than inserting a sleeve in a blouse or dress. Thanks for sharing and for the chance!

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  29. I think this is a fabulous pattern. Love the way the quilts turned out!

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  30. A little too advanced for me, but cool result, something I can hope to grow into! :)

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  31. I found you via the Benartex blog. Your tutorial was great. I have done some curved piecing with Drunkard's Path rulers, but only once. Would love to try my hand at your pattern. Thanks for the opportunity to win those fabrics, in my favorite color!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  32. Your tutorial seems really easy to follow. I honestly don't think sewing curves looks all that complicated (but then again, I haven't tried it yet so what do I know)!

    Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting

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  33. This summer I took a class on curved piecing and it was a lot of work, but the result was lovely! I'm glad I learned the technique. I'm ready to try something else with curves soon. Your tutorial is very helpful. yoyopattycakes@hotmail.com

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  34. thank you so much for the tutorial. I love how you fussy cut those centers and I am inspired to do some curved piecing.

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  35. I saw your tutorial on the Sew in Love (with Fabric) blog. I like how you simplified sewing the curve. I'm still wary of sewing curves, even though I don't use a steam iron to press, I still manage to stretch the fabric. Those fat quarters look great, I like the soft blues. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  36. Wow Debby, you made it look so easy. I have a New York beauty that I dare to try now.

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  37. I've only made 4 small drunkards path blocks, but I have a pattern with circles that I want to try. I like the way your technique works and I will try it. I can never seem to get my circles perfectly round, they always look oval. I will have to keep trying. :-) thanks for the great tutorial.

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  38. I haven't worked with curves..but this is a great tutorial and will try it..thank you

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  39. I've done curves while sewing clothing, but never for a quilt... still too scared! I like quick projects - quick, straight cuts with my rotary cutter :)

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  40. I started sewing clothes before I started quilting, so curves never scared me. Great directions! Pinning the straight edges is very important!

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  41. I have never tried circles before and the curved seams seemed daunting! After reading your tutorial, it doesn't seem so foreign so maybe I will try it! I love the Dori fabric...maybe because I have a niece named Dori! Thanks for the great tute!

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  42. The Tutorial Made It Look Easy, But I Hate Curves, Even On Clothing. If Only Humans Were Built With Right Angles! I Subscribe To The Benartex Blog And Facebook And Also Get The Preview Packs. They Are So Handy!

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  43. The Tutorial Made It Look Easy, But I Hate Curves, Even On Clothing. If Only Humans Were Built With Right Angles! I Subscribe To The Benartex Blog And Facebook And Also Get The Preview Packs. They Are So Handy!

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  44. The Tutorial Made It Look Easy, But I Hate Curves, Even On Clothing. If Only Humans Were Built With Right Angles! I Subscribe To The Benartex Blog And Facebook And Also Get The Preview Packs. They Are So Handy!

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  45. I've had difficulty with curves and circles. I can do them but they are trully not my favorites. I think the tutorial is terrific though. May have to give it a go again. And love the blues.
    jannypoo00@yahoo.com

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  46. I have never ventured into doing circles yet. Your tutorial may be just what I need to try making a fabric circle quilt. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  47. I don't do curves that often so always have to refresh a little when I do. Your tutorial is well written and would give anyone the confidence to tackle them. Thanks so much!

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  48. I think you just have to jump in and do circles and curves. After about 20 they aren't so bad but it's all in your head.

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  49. Once I purchased a Curvemaster foot I lost my fear of piecing curves!

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  50. Honestly,I think curves are unjustly accused as too hard. Tried some, don't hate them. Might even try curves & circles again. Thanks for your tips.

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  51. Your tutorial was great. I have never attempted curves but am definitely going to give it a try now. Thanks

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  52. Your tutorial was fantastic! I can't wait to give it a try. The fabrics you used were nothing less than perfect! Thanks for the lesson and giveaway!

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  53. Thanks for the tutorial. I like you freezer paper technique for the circles & you make sewing curves sound easy. Thanks.

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  54. I keep telling myself I can do this, but I don't. I really need to get into it!

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  55. Thanks for the tutorial. I liked your tip about pinning not only the corners on the curved piecing, but to pin the sides so there is no movement.

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  56. I have not done complete circles in quilting, but I have done curves as in Drunkards Path and in hand appliqueing. To me it is sewing as you would a garment where you have curves.

    Those blue fabrics are beautiful.

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  57. Thanks for the sweet giveaway Debby! I did see your tutorial and loved it - thanks so much for sharing!!! I've done circles and curves many times, but there's always more to learn! I liked using the freezer paper template to view the flower circle to be sure it would fit nicely in the center, and the trick of sewing just outside the circle to make it just a tiny bit larger than the hole. Just wondering, do you use any interfacing on the outside fabrics to stabilize them?

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  58. I love your fabrics and the tut is great. I'm not afraid of curves. I just pin a lot and sew slowly. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  59. My honest opinion about curves? I'm scared of them! I want to make a few quilts but they have curves in them so I don't try them.

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  60. I honestly was terrified of curves. I took a class on making a drunkards path quilt and they are not so bad. Still not my favorite to do but I know I can do them if I want.

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  61. I am a little afraid of curves at the moment. when life settles down I will be trying them. I saw your previous blog and honestly using freezer paper intimidates me a little because it doesn't seem sturdy enough. Just me I know. I guess being new has its dis-advantages. Thanks for the pretty fabric give a way.

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  62. I havent tried curves although I have seen your tutorial before, I love the love this fabric showed and how the circles show too. Piecing curves dont scare me really, I just havent gotten there yet.

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  63. I have never pieced anything curved...but you make it seem easy! Thanks for the chance to win such beautiful fabric. I LOVE blue and this fabric is just gorgeous!

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  64. Loved your tutorial and the resulting quilt , it is a very pretty busy , love those fabrics . Thanks so much for the pattern , I really want to try curves now ;-)

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  65. Thanks for the tutorial--I feel pretty good about sewing curves now, but I still am terrified when it comes to set in seams!

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  66. I have stayed away from curves, but I now think I might be able to do it. I like the arrangement of the four circle blocks in a quilt.

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  67. As a new quilter I haven't ventured in sewing curves yet. Your tutorial makes it look less scary so I will give it a try. Thank you for sharing! anglanouette at gmail dot com

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  68. Honestly? I would be willing to try, but fabric is so incredibly expensive here ($20+/meter) that I have been reluctant to waste any on practice or unsuccessful blocks.

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  69. Great tutorial. May not like to do them but it is necessary sometimes.

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  70. Great tutorial. May not like to do them but it is necessary sometimes.

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  71. Great interview and excellent tute! I bet I could do curves! Love the quilt!

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  72. Very colorful, eye catching and to me alot of work doing the curve. I guess practice makes perfect. It sure does look nice.

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  73. Very Ingenious! What a good way to tackle the inside circle - thank you for sharing your method. I have done Drunkards Path before with not too much trouble as long as it wasn't tiny. I have been intimidated by full circles however!Definitely on my list now.

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  74. I've always been to spooked to try circles, but I watched your tutorial and it seems to be a lot less scary, so I amy jump in and try it. I love the fabrics,lots of possiblities..
    cheers
    maggie

    maggie,ine42@gmail.com

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  75. I've always been to spooked to try circles, but I watched your tutorial and it seems to be a lot less scary, so I amy jump in and try it. I love the fabrics,lots of possiblities..
    cheers
    maggie
    maggiemine42@gmaill.com

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  76. I love hand piecing curves and have machine pieced a few, but your tutorial is great! Makes me want to try it all again!

    Sandy A

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  77. I liked your tutorial. It was clear and I admit I like the challenge of curves, but only when I'm not in a hurry! I will try your technique as it seems a better way to get that fussy cut circle nice and round!

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  78. That's a great tut Debby...I made a drunkards path years ago, I don't remember if I thought it was hard or not...you make it looks easy peasy...now if you could make a y seam look easy !!!!

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  79. I did go visit the site, even left a comment. I'm intrigued by the idea of the complete circle and the curves, but I know from past experience, the curved part will be very tricky for me. Thanks for the chance to win those fabrics. I just love them.

    dezertsuz at gmail

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  80. I bookmarked the tut - interesting how you get the middle circle right in there. Would love to have some 'happy' floating around my sewing room!

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  81. I enjoyed the tutorial. I have done some curved piecing and I think the extra preparation makes it much easier.
    Thanks for the tutorial.

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  82. I have previously watched your tutorial and will watch it again, as it makes me feel brave enough to actually try some curved piecing!

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  83. Great tutorial on piecing curves. I don't make circular designs often but I really like this one.
    Well done!
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  84. Ooh - curves :o not one of my strengths - only just manage straight lines! That said your tutorial was really interesting to see & you made it look a lot easier than I imagine it. I think after a couple more views I may be brave enough to give it a little try :). Stefaniel2001@yahoo.co.uk

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  85. Really good tutorial. After my broken wrist is healed, and I'm done with hand therapy, I will try curved piecing!

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  86. How cool is that!! I've made a circle using fusible interfacing and you fuse it to the block. At first, I thought it was fusible interfacing and had to go back and re-read. You really do make sewing the curves look like a breeze. Thanks for the pattern, the tips, and the tut.

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  87. I wonder if my email showed up on my previous commment. If not, it's bulltulip at gmail dot com.

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  88. loved the tutorial thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  89. I've done quite a bit of curved piecing and it doesn't scare me anymore. But I've never combined colors in the wonderful way that you do. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  90. Went and saw your tutorial, great job and lovely is the fabric Dori! Nice job on fussy cutting he centers. I've sewn curves and circles before and have not had a problem. I love both in quilts and your's is beautiful!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. I'm a beginner in patchworking but I've already tried curves and circles once. For me it was not easy but I think I just need to practice it, because I like ivery much how it looks at the end. Thanks for your ideas on Benartex's page. And thanks for the chance!

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  92. I'm not as scared after reading your tutorial.

    nrbird (at) gmail (dot) com

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  93. Great tutorial! Have not sewn curves yet but before I do I'll reread your tutorial. This fabric does make me happy!

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  94. I tried curved piecing to make one block, it was cumbersome. I pinned like crazy and it still didn't come out right. I will give it another try. I really liked your tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

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  95. I visited the tutorial - you make it look easy! I find sewing curves a challenge. I've read that it works well to do it without pins, and holding the top fabric aloft until it goes under the foot, but it is tricky! Will have to try your method! thanks!

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