I wanted to show you something I finished up last weekend. You know that Amanda Herring,The Quilted Fish, is coming out with a new fabric line called Delighted! It may already be available in stores near you....I know I saw it at my LQS the other day (which made me really happy, because they haven't been carrying Amanda's fabric in the past...it's good to know my nagging didn't go unheard!).
Well, one of the pieces of fabric in this line is a bunting panel. I showed it to you here, if you want to see it.
Here is the bunting I made with it. I made it for Amanda. She's having a launch party in Utah for her fabrics and needed some buntings. This went out to her in the mail the other day. Hope you like it, Amanda!
(Aside: How do you like the new clothesline Papa Pea built for us? I love it! You can see our sorry garden in the background. I can't shoot the other way, because then you see the back of our shed, which is where Papa Pea hangs his ladders and stores some equipment. So, that's the only downside....not a super great place for photography!)
Here are some close up shots. You can see I did machine embroidery and spelled out the word "Delighted" for her. Because the buntings are sort of busy, I was worried the letters would get lost in all the pattern. So, I looked for an embroidery font that had some applique behind it. I had a vision of what I wanted and went hunting around on the Internet. I found the PERFECT alphabet at Bunnycup Embroidery. (It's called Button Applique Alphabet. Click here to go to the alphabet font.) It was EXACTLY what I had envisioned, was only $20, and was available for immediate download. Then, when I went to check out, the computer told me that in September, the special was "buy one, get one free!" Score! So, I got another font, too, for free! (The sale is still on if you want to skip on over there!) Yippee Skippee! I used some of my fat quarters that Amanda sent me for the background of the applique. She has some really nice blender fabrics that read solid that were perfect for this application. I put the more busy, yet still beautiful, bunting panels on the ends.
By the way, I found the stitch quality on these designs to be excellent. They even provide a double row of stitching around the applique to guide your cutting. I liked that, because I could trim really close to the stitching line with ease. I really enjoyed stitching out these fonts!
I embroidered all the letters before I cut out the "flags." If you so this, just be careful that none of the excess fabric gets caught under your embroidery hoop and sewn down. Ask me how I know. Shoot! I had to rip one out because of that, and doing so left a teeny tiny hole in the fabric that the E was on. Well, that became an opportunity for creative embellishment...hence, the bow. I wanted to make sure to get some glue on that hole so it didn't grow.
After I did the embroidery, I removed the stabilizer and I did iron some fusible interfacing (lightweight) on the back of each flag, just to give the fabric a bit more body. I sewed some backing fabric on (see below) and left a small hole for turning along the top. I pressed nicely, with a good bit of steam, and I folded a piece of 7/8" ribbon over the top seam and sewed it on for the stringer.
(The light was better this way, so I flipped the bunting around for these photos. You can see what I mean about the tools stored behind the shed now.) I thought the end flags needed somethign extra, so I put some hot fix crystals on them...just for a little bling.
I didn't want to use up all my fat quarters of the fabric Amanda sent me for the backs of these, so I just picked up some cute turquoise fabric to use on the back. I think it worked out great. It wasn't hard to find fabric to match, because the colors are all so great on these.
I am really loving the slightly "retro" look of these fabrics and colors. I already have an idea for a Christmas present for Sweet Pea with these fabrics. Are you loving them, too?
Well, then, why don't you play along with me? All of us designers are helping Amanda launch her new fabric. I decided I'm going to do my launch online. Come back very soon for details on that...It involves a make-and-take project, so you won't want to miss that!
Life is really busy around here. October is crazy for me, and the craziness has already begun! Hope you are all doing well!
Until next time,