It’s FINALLY starting to cool off here and starting to feel like fall!! Last night we had a beautiful Shabbos dinner (complete with our knobby gourds)…
…and the afternoons are perfect for lazing around with the doggies on the porch!
But I digress…
This month is Meghan’s in my VQB. She gave us lots of leeway and some really bright, modern Christmas fabrics. I am slightly in love with wonky stars, so I went with those. I used The SillyBooDilly’s Wonky Star Tutorial in three different sizes (1.5″, 2″ and 2.5″) instead of her 4.5″ squares.
The first one was impossibly small…with much yelling and a little burning of fingers with the iron on those ridiculously tiny seams. After that one though, I got the hang of it. It is also entirely possible that I had the “hang” of it when I did the first one, it was just too small to be affected by my “skills.”
I really wanted to set one of the stars on point, but no matter which one I turned or which way I turned it, it never looked quite right. So, I went with a straight setting. I got the stars all together and embroidered the word “sparkle” in the top corner. ONE of these days I will learn to embroider BEFORE I finish a project! I never think that far ahead. For those of you who are wondering why embroidering needs to come first, think about how a hoop would fit in that corner….circle gets the square…or not. It just makes the entire process more complicated than it has to be.
I twisted in a silver strand with the red for the big “S” and left the rest of the letters plain red. I also wrestled three sparkly stars out of that silver thread. Every time I pick it up to use it I think about how pretty it is and that I should use it more often. After sewing though, I always remember why I don’t use it-that thread is a pain in the tush! Lucky for Meghan, I’m forgetful and entranced by sparkles!
She also wanted a siggy block. Again, she was very open with her instructions. Basically…decorate. I traced three different sized spools of thread to make the bubbles and fused them down with Steam-a-Seam2.
That’s all for now; I hope you like them, Meghan! They’ll be winging their way back to you on Monday.