|Source of photo: Paddling Experts blog|
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I took a class with internationally recognized quilt designer Kathleen Loomis a few years back. She taught us how to do free-hand cutting, saying she used a template twice and didn't like it. Here are her two rules regarding textile art:
1. Work on a design wall.
2. Press well. (If you can't get a seam to lie perfectly flat, rip it out and re-sew it, because otherwise you'll have permanent bubbles and bumps.) An item can only stand one serious pressing, for which you must have a hard surface underneath. The floor will do and has the advantage of being always available.
Incidentally, Kathleen Loomis has a website as well as a brilliant blog, which is always a pleasure to wander through.
Also incidentally, I have two irons, a Black & Decker Digital Evolution, which is weighty and works really well on seams, and a Panasonic NI-C78SR, which is my favorite iron ever. It offers the technology irons have needed ever since steam was invented: a removable water tank. Rather than bringing the spouted cup to the iron and spilling water all over the ironing board, one pushes a button, lifts off the water tank, and takes it to the faucet to be filled. Brilliant. I don't know why every iron doesn't include this feature.