I would like to thank SARAH for hosting the 12 Days Hop again this year. If you haven't had a chance, please visit the prior days and continue to follow along for some wonderful inspiration, idea, and tutorials shared. AND there are a number of give aways.
When Sarah approached us for sign-ups, I immediately knew I wanted to revisit a project and technique from way back in 2012. Some improv with a bit of a twist. This miniature was made for a swap and now resides in Australia. Since our seasons are opposits, I went with colorful, modern Christma Trees. The fun is in the finishing.
First I had to drag out the under the bed tote of Christmas fabrics. Now this was a challange for me, as I really do not like to work with seasonal frabrics. Why do I have so much? Gifted to me and my SIL loves the really sparkly prints for this season.
What did I pull out - just a baggy of squares and a swirly white on white. Add some organza and scraps of Steam A Seam lite. Oh, a backing and binding choice from the larger scraps, add a scrap piece of batt as well.
Simple supplies are what are needed.
I actually reccommend using netting or tulle for this as it is delicate and translucent, yet much easier to work with than organza.
I fused a few of the pre-cut squares with the scraps of Steam A Seam. Then grabbed my scissors and just made improve cuts.
Just a simple little snowy scene. This would be a fun kid's project as well.
Once you are happy with your placement, just hot press those piece down good and secure.
I layered back, batt, and top and using my walking foot, did just a few wiggle lines to hold in place. As the net,tulle, and organza are not pin friendly - this helped to secure this a bit for the final over-lay quilting part.
I just pinned around the outer most part of the organza. As you can see, it changes the look of the piece so you may want to take a few fabric swatches to the fabric shop to lay the net or tulle over to see how it plays for your project final look.
It is recommended to use a smaller needle or microtex needle as well as a thinner thread - I used a microtex needle with a poly thread.
I chose to use my walking foot for quilting, but you can FMQ - just know things have a lot of slip.
I used corner hangers and attached the binding to the back.
Then flip binding to the front and machine stitch down. I like to use the corner hangers and this type of binding method on miniatures. You can add your favorite type of hanger and use your own method to bind.
The translucient organza was difficult to get a good photo without the super shine, but it gives you an idea of how it gives a little more pop to your piece. Don't be afraid to play.
I, also, have a give away
A lovely panel
And three half yard cuts of coordinating fabrics.
Just be sure I have way to contact you.
Open until July 26th.
The Hop List has been updated with some changes:
Saturday, July 14th
Joy @ Days Filled With Joy
Selina @ Selina Quilts
Sunday, July 15th
Joanne @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic
Monday, July 16th
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels & Eats
Tuesday, July 17th
Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts
Mary @ Made by Marney
Wednesday, July 18th
Cindy @ Stitchin' At Home
Karrin @ Karrin's Crazy World
Thursday, July 19th
Christina @ Christina's Handicrafts
Sherry @ Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Danice @ Homespun Hannah
Friday, July 20th
Kristi @ Confessions of A Fabric Addict
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts
Saturday, July 21st
Marian @ Seams To Be Sew
Meloney @ Mel's Quilting Blog
Sunday, July 22nd
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail
Monday, July 23rd
Brenda @ Songbird Designs
Amy @ Sea of Estrogen
Bonnie @ In Stitches With Bonnie
Tuesday, July 24th
Kathy @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Summer @ Summer Lee Quilts
Wednesday, July 25th
Susan @ Quilt Fabrication