I’m beginning to lay down my basic shapes of roughly cut fabric. My mini design wall consists of a piece of white terry cloth wrapped and taped around a large artist’s clipboard. It’s totally portable!
I’ll refer to my rough drawing as a placement guide.
Cutting out the base fabrics comes first: the blue sky fabric (the full size of the picture), the foreground path piece and a small blue patch of water. The second layer is the group of buildings. The third layer will be the foreground shrubs. The final pieces to cut will be the small embellishing shapes of doors, windows, flowers and other accents.
When cutting shapes, I don’t worry too much about sticking to the original sketch, so no tracing of templates is necessary. I like trying to make improvements as I go along. Choosing fabrics is a lengthy but fun process.
Gluing and fusing begins. All the pieces are almost in position, on the mini design wall. I’ve decided to use a fabric glue stick for all but the tiniest pieces, mainly because fusible web creates a stiffer-looking end result.
Next: Trimming the picture edges and considering border fabrics!