I am so pleased to be hopping along with the “Polar Bear Plunge” blog hop. Joan of Moosestash Quilting is a great host and her sewing suggestions said: “Bears, blue, or anything cold”. Well, in my neck of the woods (New England) there are people who swim in the water all year long. I can barely get my toes in Casco Bay in the summer, let alone thinking about taking a plunge in the winter. No plunging for me!
After thinking for a while, I decided that since my apartment door is happy with mini-quilts or mug rugs, that is what I would make. I love snowflakes and recently Kari Schell of On Point Quilters did a snowflake series. She has a tutorial in her newsletter for foundation pieced snowflakes and Electric Quilt has one for using wreathmaker. Both are great places to learn more.
The more ornate one is a snowflake from Cricut Design space. And, yes, I cut all my snowflakes on my Cricut Maker*. It was pretty simple and worked on the first try. That being said you could easily fuse a piece of fabric and fold and cut like we did when we were kids. Forgot how??? If you did I thought I would link to a little tutorial from Michaels.
I was careful pressing the snowflakes, using a piece of release paper (from the fusible) to keep any stray bits off my iron. Once they were pressed onto the background. I “pillow-cased” the quilt. Pillow-casing means that you layer the front and back facing each other on top of the batting. You then sew all around, leaving a space open about 3″, and then turn it inside out. I then stitched all around the edge, about 1/8″ away from the edge, in order to close the opening.
Since it is a wall hanging, I decided that I was not going around each applique piece. I also decided to use some sparkly thread (Sulky Holoshimmer™ in Silver) with straight stitches and snowflakes!
I combined two stitches, the straight stitch and an asterisk/snowflake (#305 on my Bernina 570). Now, I would sew straight and have programmed the snowflake to only do one snowflake at a time. If you look closely, someone else was occasionally in charge as you will see two snowflakes in a row. Operator error? or like the weather, the sewing machine was showing me I was not entirely in charge. Nonetheless, this turned out to be so fun with a little bit of sparkle. I can’t wait to put it on our apartment door this weekend! I don’t like snow, but this kind of snow I am very, very happy with.
My machine liked this thread, as did I. Here is what Sulky says about Holoshimmer™*:
Brilliantly reflective Sulky Holoshimmer™ Metallic Thread is a thin, flat, ribbon-like, (holographic) foil that is laminated with polyester, which makes it amazingly reflective so you can add the ultimate sparkle to all of your decorative projects.
I purchased mine a while ago, and was very pleased with my first experience. I know that these shiny threads come in handy for holiday projects, too.
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The weather cooperated and gave us a little snow, perfect for this photoshoot.
8″ x 14″
Snowflakes from various sources
In Other News…
I am hosting two linky parties this week. One is for my Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd. It always runs from the 22nd to the end of the month. If you have a tip or tutorial for this month, please join in the party and there is a bonus in that a chance to win prizes. The link is here.
Tomorrow, I am hosting TGIFF, so get ready to share your finishes. Just return to my blog – it runs from 6 pm EDT (or UTC-05) Thursday through Saturday Midnight EDT.
Coming up on the blog:
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd (2/22)
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