Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
So what do you make for a friend who has a birthday and is moving away? How about a little wall hanging for her to remember you by! That's exactly what I did for a friend whose birthday was yesterday.
I started with an empty frame I had and gathered some fabric and batting scraps, pearl beads, white buttons and some pretty thread. Oh and my printer! I know what you're thinking, "why would she use a printer?" Well, for the letters of course! :-)
After I found a cute font on my computer, I typed out the word "friend" to get the patterns for my letters. I printed them out and then flipped the page over to trace onto fusible web (that way the letters would be correct once the fabric was applied).
Next, I fused the letters to my turquoise scraps, carefully cut them out and then fused them to the white piece of fabric. I centered the white fabric on the background piece of turquoise fabric and hand stitched it in place using a running stitch and a blue-green variegated thread.
Then, I put a thin piece of batting behind the turquoise fabric rectangle and trimmed it to match. Using a seed stitch and white thread, I "quilted" the batting and fabric together.
For the finishing touches, I stitched four white buttons to the corners using the same blue-green variegated thread from earlier, sewed the pearls in place on the curly-cue parts of the letters and did some detail back stitching to the letter "I".
Of course, if you try this, you can change the font, the word and the colors, but I hope it gives you an idea for a fun, easy, and meaningful gift!
Maybe even for yourself! :-)
Remember that quilt I started quite a while back called Pieceful Nights by Lori Smith? Well, I just finished the last two blocks for it and despite having LOTS of pieces they went together pretty easily. This time around, I was able to cut all of those little pieces using my new Quilt Cut 2 fabric cutting system! for those of you unfamiliar with the product, here's a picture:
I have only had my unit for a couple of weeks now and I'm still learning some of the "ins and outs", but I can tell you that it is fabulous! I was able to cut all of the pieces for the last two blocks easier, quicker and be more precise. What a great combination!
Here are some pictures I took while cutting out some of the pieces:
And here are the finished blocks! I still need to trim the threads, clip the dog ears and press them, but I couldn't wait to show you!
Even though a lot of "traditional" quilters use this cutting system, I plan on using it for my fiber art as well. So stay tuned for more pictures. In the mean time, if you are looking for a way to make your cutting more accurate and in my opinion, safer, consider the Quilt Cut 2. Their website has lots of great information and videos. I don't think you'll be disappointed!
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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