I'm happy with the painting and I'm ready for the next step. I'm going to put some fusible webbing on the back (a heat sensitive glue that adheres fabric together when pressed with a hot iron), and carry the whole thing to my cutting table.
I took a deep breath and cut the whole thing up into 1.5" squares! I'm just kidding about the deep breath. This isn't scary to me anymore, but the first time I did it, I thought I might be crazy!
Because this piece had to be a specific size, I started with the outside edges. I worked on my pressing surface so I wouldn't have to move the "unglued" piece. I placed, squinted at the placement, and moved pieces around until I was happy with the arrangement. The pieces are cohesive, because they all come from one painting! I don't try to line them up perfectly, I like the imperfection of the squares.
Finally, I layer and machine stitch the piece together. I would never rely on fusible to hold work together with out stitching.
A note about the photos in this series of blogs: These are not high quality photos. I wish they were better. The purpose of this series was to give an idea of how I do things. This is a learning curve, and just like any other learning curve, I will get better with time and experience!
It is important for me to say that "I did it anyway!" That's part of getting things done. I used to wait until something was perfect, now I just "git 'er done!" I am still striving to do my best, but I'm not making myself crazy over it.
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