Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwing out some inspiration.

The scrappy top is assembled.    I couldn't find a movie to watch, so I enlisted the aid of the Property Brothers.  Three episodes later, all the scrappy blocks were stitched into a top!  I gave it a good press today and waited for the afternoon shadows to take a photo.   I began this back in August---here is the post----  as a Let's Book It project.  Once quilted, this little throw at 60" will go on the donation stack.

  That meant I could play this afternoon........wonder what she had waiting to try?


I wanted to try stitching a winter bauble.....like a wall hanging I had seen on Pinterest.   So I thought I would experiment.  Instead of the pale blue, I tried the deep burgundy thread.
   First, I thought the technique was all about the quilting.....the colored bauble is really more of a thread sketching using quilting stitches.  It is tough to get good looking stitches, when you are working that small/close/teeny tiny and quilting through batting.  The back is so ugly that I would not let you see it.   Nope, this is not enjoyable for me.

  Second, I noticed a vast improvement in  the McTavishing stitches....I finally am getting the hang of it.  Those "c" stitches make all the difference!


  Third, I decided to try an inspiration of the original on Pinterest.  Beautiful red fabrics for the applique.....a couple of them were from a older charm pack of Christmas fabric.
  I think Christmas Baubles turned out good for a first try!  The shapes I found in EQ7.  I just played around with the sizes.  Light Heat and Bond for the fusible, and stitched with a zig-zag stitch.  This is only about 12" by 20"....a good size for a door banner.    A red binding and this one can be up before next month arrives.
   Wonder if I should try this in pale blues?  Someone stop me.....I need to buy fabrics for more of these!  

10 comments:

  1. I think McTavishing is a great background filler for these Christmas baubles. The new top is really pretty.

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  2. Very fun--and I think your McTavishing looks great!
    Hmmm, blue would be pretty. Am I being helpful? : )

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  3. I've looked at that quilt on pinterest so many times, it's really beautiful. Yes, I think blue would be perfect although the red is gorgeous and vibrant. Go buy some fabric, LOL.

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  4. I love the second one - makes the baubles just pop right out!

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  5. I agree with Sharon, the second one is lovely!

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  6. Love your scrappy donation quilt top. Awesome Christmas babbles.

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  7. Beautiful McTavishing and the red baubles are wonderful.

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  8. Really striking baubles yes lol they look superb!

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  9. Debbie, your Bauble pattern is beautiful and I can visualize it as a table runner as well. Such a striking fabric! Not a project for this year, but sounds like a winner for next year's gifts. Too many already in the works to start a new one. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
    lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  10. Your scrappy top looks great! I love what you did with the ornaments piece, the McT work really worked with them! What a great wall hanging to complement a decorated tree.

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