It has been kind of hot and muggy here the past couple of days, and no air conditioning. boohoo! So I kept cool by sewing up these fun houndstooth squares for Emily. Such beautiful fabrics and such an easy pattern with a big wow effect. This quilt is really going to be fun to see all finished up.
It was upright when I uploaded it!
Emily- I loved this. Everything you touch turns to gold and I enjoyed this pattern. I need a new project to work on so I might just be a copy cat AGAIN and start one for myself. Maybe even the same fabrics. Because I don't fall in love with my projects as much as I do yours. :)
I hope you like it, Amy!
I noticed while taking the picture that the base is slightly slanted. I am up for a re-do if you'd like me to give it a second shot. I thought it was perfectly straight before I started sewing. :)
Okay, I am super excited about this block, mostly because I engineered it myself simply by looking at many other blocks on the internet, and incorporating all the different aspects I liked from them individually, into one perfect-for-me block.
First I will be sending everyone either a green 10.5 inch square block, as pictured here, or a red square block, along with a wooden "stand" already cut to the correct measurements.
You will also receive a paper template for the correct size circle needed to make the globe part of the block. Please choose a Christmas design that looks like it could be a scene in a snow globe, or at least the closest you've got, as I did here and fussy cut it so that what remains will look slightly grounded and not like it is floating in air.
Iron on fusible adhesive to the back of both the circle and the wooden stand fabric. I have found that I don't really need to cover the entire piece of fabric, just enough so that it stays where I want it until I am ready to sew it all down on the background piece.
When positioning the fabric it is important to remember that these blocks will eventually be sewn together. Leave room for the adjoining seam, on both the top and bottom of the globe. Also, try and get the circle centered in the middle of the two sides as well as possible. You can even use a ruler if that will help. Place the circle down first, and then place the wooden stand over it, making sure that both sides of the stand are exactly even with the sides of the globe. We don't want our globes to spring a leak! :)
Then sew all around the globe using white thread and a zig zag stitch. My settings on my machine were with a 2.7 width and a .50 length. Then use the same settings, but brown thread, to stitch all around the stand. And that's it, you are done!
I can't decide on if I should embroider snowflakes around the background fabric, sew some iridescent sequins on to the circles to make it look like glitter in the globes, or both. Any thoughts?
Thank you so much ladies! I am really excited to make this for my mom. She used to have quite a lovely snow globe collection, amassed over several years. And then one fateful night, the shelf they were displayed on got knocked pretty hard by the shoulder of a teenage boy creeping home in the night and they all came crashing down. She has never tried to replace them, but really loves remembering them. I thought this would be a good, unbreakable substitute! :)