I have had so much fun on this little project. And it really IS small, just a tabletopper!
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Let me go back a few days....
I used my Accuquilt GoBaby to cut out the pieces to make shamrocks -- using the heart die for them. I love my cutter -- I cranked out these pieces in under five minutes! Talk about instant gratification!
You can cut three different sizes of hearts from the one heart die....see up there? I drew around the edges of the hearts with a permanent paint pen, to show myself where they were. Then I can pile my fabric on top of just one of the hearts and get three identical pieces to make a shamrock! I ironed the Heat n Bond Lite on before running it through the GoBaby! and it cut perfectly!
Turn the handle.....
Then peel and place and iron.....ready to stitch! Well, almost.....gotta put them in their places.
And I got this pile of scraps already fused with Heat n Bond Lite, to cut the stems from, for the shamrocks!
Once that was done, I ironed them down. At the last moment, I decided some little hearts that I cut freehand from the orange dot fabric would be perfect accompaniment for the shamrocks. I just pinned those down to stay until I free motion quilted. I figured I would stitch them down at that time.
I enjoyed quilting this, nothing fancy, just echo quilting around the shapes.
There's one of the hearts, stitched in place.
Now my topper is ready for binding! I think that orange dot will be perfect -- check this out:
I'll be back soon and show you the finish....for now, I'm off to celebrate! Yes, it is St. Paddy's day -- but it's also the day that Mr. Snoodles and I will celebrate our fortieth anniversary!
Can't imagine that we'd forget our anniversary -- the whole world celebrates with us! Heehee!
Not only is it National Craft Month, but our newest sponsor, Thermoweb, is having an awesome party!
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I love my Thermoweb Heat n Bond Lite -- use it all the time -- and I'd like for you to try it out, too! I have great results with my applique, and it sews beautifully.
It's just sturdy enough to give the thinnest fabrics the body needed for me to buttonhole stitch around them....and it's light enough to seemingly disappear after the project is done! (And it cuts beautifully in my Accuquilt Go!Baby, too!)
I've a project ongoing and I wanted to give you a sneak peek:
(We'll have clear instructions and photos next time.... the hints are "green" and "Irish." Oh, I made it too easy, didn't I?)
Click on that linkie and join me, OK? Let's applique!
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It's Spelling Bee Saturday again!
Howdy, ya'll! Welcome back to the Lilypad!
We're happy to be participating in the Fat Quarter Shop Spelling Bee hop!
Now, right here at the start, they tell me I need to let you know...... there will be links in this post (like that photo up there) that are called affiliate links! If you click on one, it will whisk you away through cyberspace to our sponsor -- but don't get scared! It's painless! (The tiny amount of commission that I earn if you purchase something is painless, too, and doesn't raise your price even one penny!!)
Now that we have that out of the way, let's look at today's project!
You may recall that we are working with these lovely fabrics:
And that I have the "help" of these boyz, when they are not diving in my buttons....
...or making lassos from my trims.....gotta play cowboys and round up those steers, don't ya know?
I'd like to introduce those of you who've not visited before, to our little world..... Here in the corner of our sewing room is a recent project that we helped tell everyone about....the Jelly Roll Railway pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop.
Here are my faithful sewing companions. Nora is my circa 1950 sewing machine, and the lovely lamp beside here is named Emmy, for the Mary Engelbreit decorations on her!
Now, I hope that you are sewing along with us, because I think Spelling Bee is the best book from Lori at Bee In My Bonnet yet!! Sew much fun!
There, in all its glory, is my lower case "r"!! It went together very easily, with the clear instructions in the book. Like I said before, I love how the book lies flat, even with the pages turned back to your selected letter:
I can think of so many cute projects for these letters....and the other patterns in the book are inspiring, too...
Are ya ready? In that picture above, you can see all the parts of my lil owl friend, all cut out and ready to roll.... you can see the thought process behind this lil guy's creation and links to pattern possibilities at this post.
You can see the stripe is for the main body, and for the back, and will also be used for the pocket on the front. I thought the eyes would sparkle better against that blue dot fabric, and the yellow is going to make a pop as the feet and the beak.
Here are the two wings....four pieces were cut, and I quickly spray-basted some Warm and Natural batting to one side, then sewed right-sides together and turned out. The openings on the left side are where I turned it out. Pressed a bit, then sewed lines to make it look a lil more "wingy." This bad boy is not really supposed to look like an owl in the wild -- kinda stylized or cartoonish, if you ask me. (After all, how many striped owls with blue polka dot wings have YOU seen?)
The feet were prepped in much the same way, right sides together, clip the curves (you recall that from home-ec classes, no?), and turn right sides out. These will be lightly stuffed with polyfil later on.
Now, a word to the wise, here, on clipping the curves. You want to use the tips of your scissors to clip about every quarter inch on tight curves, less on milder curves. Hear that? The tips of the scissors:
Please do NOT use the main part of the scissor blades, like so:
It's WAY TOO EASY to cut right through your stitching. Yep. Shhhhhh. Don't ask. Ahem. Moving along, let's work on the body....
You can see that I cut out a blue piece and simply laid it over the stripe, then ran a line of straight stitching to secure it. Also, the arrow marks where I stitched to hold the blue and the striped fabric together at the top. That will be helpful when we put the body together in a few minutes.
Here is a better look at the stitching along that edge. You can also see here that I've pinned the front pocket to the body. Remember that Pepper Cory video that I told you about? I learned a trick there....I have always pinned from the outside toward the inside until now.....she made it a point (pun intended!) to pin from the inside of the project. That way if I forget and a pin makes it under my needle, there's less chance of an accident, since the skinny end can be more easily pushed aside and gone past. Cool! Even an old codger like me can learn something new!
Couldn't help myself; at this point, I stuck a remote in the pocket just to see! You may be able to see that line of stitching in the middle. Here is a better look:
I folded the fabric in the middle and creased it with my finger, then ran a line of stitching up and then back down to the bottom edge....I think dividing the pocket into two sections will make the remotes stay upright in the pocket when we are done!
Remember I mentioned a pouch of pellets? The kinda heavy ones, like in the plushies that sit where you flomp 'em down.... that's it up there. I eye-balled the measurements, and made it to fit snugly in the bottom of Mr. Owl, and (gasp!) didn't even turn it right side out.....just filled it and sewed it shut. It won't be seen....no need to get fancy here.
I laid out the eyes and eyelids a couple of times, and experimented with having his eyes look in different directions. I also wanted to make certain he had a contented, if not happy, look. You know how important placement is, on that front. You can get a scowl as an expression, if you aren't careful! (Grin) Went to my more modern machine to buttonhole stitch those....after that, took the beak that was lightly stuffed with fiber, and stitched from the underneath to attach to the face.
At this point, you will put the front and back of the body together, with the wings inside, so that their raw edges are caught in the seam (sorry, I should have photo'd that step) and stitch carefully around. I've marked where I started and stopped, leaving an opening for stuffing the bird.
See that stitching? It will make the finished corner look like this:
...and that will help him sit up nicely. Now you are ready to stuff him with polyfil. I really packed it in there at the bottom, to give him a nice base. And he is pretty full the rest of the way up, too. I packed stuffing into the "ears" and then finally closed the opening on the side. Here he is from the back, after stitching the opening shut:
I stitched on buttons for his eyes, and attached his feet with tiny stitches. Also, I ran a stitch or two through his wingtips and attached them to the front of the pocket.
Ready for the reveal? Here he is!
Be. Still. My. Heart. I think I'm in love. He's adorable! I think I heard a "SQUEEE!" from across the interwebs - y'all like him, too? (Grin)
You will have to excuse me; I was so excited with how he turned out, that I went crazy taking pictures.....
Just look at that face!
Here he is, doing his job, holding the remote so we can find it easily!
I hope that if you decide to make this lil guy, you will post pictures! And I hope you enjoyed this process as much as I did!
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Starting a new project!! It will be a combination of just sewing and some quilting, too.... my pals Nora and Emmy will be getting into the act.
Have you seen the cute owl remote caddies that are on the interwebs and on Pinterest? I wanted to make one, so I scooted around and looked at all the different photos and the instructions. I'm gonna save you some time by posting some linkies here (plus that way I have given credit where credit is due, and we are all about that, here at the Lilypad!).
I just wasn't sure if any of these were just right for me. I wanted something smaller than the owl pillow looked, and I wanted to make certain that the remotes would stay put, too.
So...... I began to audition fabrics while I cogitated (that's a technical word, there) on how to design it.
Most of these are Quilters Candy fabrics, from our buddies at Connecting Threads....but y'all know me -- there's a scrap of my favorite designer, Mary Engelbreit, in there, too! (It's that polka dot at the bottom, in case you were wondering!)
And I printed out the pattern from that link I showed you, and began to cut out the pieces and consider the size....
I also was thinking about how this little guy would sit up. I got out my pellets and was thinking strongly about making a separate pouch for these, to go in the bottom of the owl before I stuffed it with polyfil.....that would help him sit firmly upright, and not fall over.
Once I cut out the four pieces of the pattern, I scooched (another technical term) the pieces together just a bit. See the arrows below?
That tweak will make him a bit smaller, more like an owl to sit on the couch, and less like an owl to be hugged....just sayin'.
I'll keep y'all updated as this moves forward -- why don't y'all make one right along with me?(Grin)
It's another Spelling Bee Saturday, and it's our turn!
We're over-the-moon excited to be a part of this blog hop, and we hope you enjoy your visit here!
I hope that you have gotten yourself a copy of Lori Holt's book, Spelling Bee -- if not, click through on that linkie and get one! Quick! (And yes, it's an affiliate link, which means I will get a very small commission at no extra charge to you....but it keeps the fun and merriment happening here at the Lilypad!)
And Be. Still. My. Heart. My favorite thread, Aurifil, has a set just for these projects! Check it out at that link, OK? (And you will love that tee shirt, too.....just sayin.)
We're always excited to have new fabrics arrive from the Fat Quarter Shop, too, so that we can pat and play with them! Look at these lovelies!
It's the "Everything but the Kitchen Sink" line by Yuko Hasegawa for RJR Fabrics!
You may choose something totally different.....you might like to try the Bella Solids at the Fat Quarter Shop instead. Make this project your own! Many of you have already made the acquaintance of our studio helpers, Padsworth the froggie and of course, his lil pal from down under, DragonDrop!
DragonDrop parachuted into our lives after our good friend in Australia, Mhairi, sent him across the sea to us!
The boyz are always ready for a fabric fest, and we lost no time unwrapping these adorable thirties reproduction prints.....
We thought you might like to see some of them up close and personal:
Thirties' orange flowers.....
Ya gotta have that bubblegum pink!
DragonDrop loves to play with the pieces once they're cut....
Padsworth is more organized, and arranges them by the instructions in the Spelling Bee book.
I have to admit, it does make it easier to follow along and grab the correct pieces!
Isn't that cute!! Always love Lori Holt's books, both because the instructions and pictures make the process super clear....
And because the spiral binding somehow lies flat when it's open to the page you want to look at! I appreciate that in a book! I hope you are enjoying these Saturday Spelling Bee parties, and that you will join us and try one of the many projects in the book. You will find 100 different blocks to try!
Scrappy is heavenly to me! Waste not, want not is one of my mantras! (Another one is "small projects are the bomb" and there are several small projects here for quick satisfaction!)
(This is one of the projects posted on the community page for the class.)
And here is the cool part -- are you ready for this? It's on sale!!!
I really am getting a lot out of these lessons, and I think you will enjoy it too! Whether you are a rookie or an ole-timer like me, Pepper has some great tips, and I love her laid back style!
(Another finished project from the class members.)
If you click on the link near the photo up there (the one with Pepper's smiling face), it will take you to Craftsy, and you can take advantage of the sale price! (It's less than fifteen bucks, that's a clue for ya!)
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