So once again we had a snow day. I went into my sewing room and decided to clean out my fused scraps.
I dumped it out and divided them up by color, and threw out all the little pieces that were not worth keeping.
I was rewarded by some pieces that I cut up and put away. I love when that happens!
I happened to have some very stiff interfacing, the kind you would use to make a fabric post card. I pieced a background together and quilted it with some straight lines. I did not use a backing that will go on last to hide all those stitches.
I laid out my design and took a picture of it. Next I took away everything but the stems and leaves.
I quilted the stems first.
The leaves were next. Just simple quilting.
For the vase I quilted it along the edge, not shown here.
Referring to my picture I laid out the petals and fused them down.
Again pretty simple quilting. A trick I will share with you.....for the petals the center is going to be covered up with a round piece of fabric. I start and stop my stitching there because it will not show. It also makes it easy to go to the next petal.
This picture shows that better.
Now all those starts and stops are covered up!
When all the quilting is complete I square up the piece.
Instead of making a sleeve to hang it I am making the triangle corners. Cut a 3" square and press it diagonally, wrong sides together.
It will look like this. You may want to adjust the size depending on the size of your quilt.
Fuse on a backing and place the triangles on the upper corners as shown. Be sure you have them at the top and not the bottom. Go ahead ask me how I know that!
To finish the edges, I decided to run a zig zag stitch in a variegated pink thread. I went around twice to give it enough heft. I felt like a binding was too much and it is an art type quilt, so you can do what you want.
I went out with my husband to do a couple of plows today, just to get out of the house.
It is not for the faint of heart! This is a very rural driveway and we were sliding all over the place! I was good and kept my mouth shut. While we are sliding, Bob's phone starts ringing and all of a sudden there is smoke coming out of the place where you plug things in on the dash. I felt like we were the 2 Stooges trying to plow a drive way. It was a plug that turns on the safety flashers and strobe lights that went bad. Tomorrow is snow and ice, I think I will stay home and sew.