| Here is a little idea that will give an easy punch to your crazy quilts and
any other project: use your elementary school talent for making snowflakes!!
You will get fabulous outline results for motifs, and you can make them any size
you want or need. Start a little larger than what you need for a space, and
keep cutting it down until it fits where you want it. Or cut it large, it's
easier yet; draw around it on a piece of paper and reduce it on your
Fold paper in straight strips and cut across the folds to get an original
design for your seams. I either use a marking pencil to trace the design
onto my fabric, or trace the designs onto tissue paper, baste it to my
project, and stitch. I've provided pictures of a few designs after cutting
the paper, and a little "after" work of one design done three ways for you
to see how I make use of them. If you haven't guessed by now, I have a short
attention span and like things simple. This method saves me the time of
always having to search a book or in getting too caught up in perfection. My
goal is to have things look pretty when I'm finished but, at least I get it
Additions: You can take the same general design and add other stitches
and dimension as you desire just by outlining the initial cut out design on
paper first, and then add the designs that you can build from that. You can do
the enhanced design on tissue paper again if this will help to get your
additions placed evenly. Add flowers to be embroidered in threads or silk
ribbon, along with beads, charms, buttons, etc. as the final touch.
I use a lot of templates. Some I buy, some I make, and some designs are
accomplished by using everyday things like lids and other household items
that have a shape I like.
My new blog and website are now ready and I hope you will drop by often!!
I'm excited to be back and sharing my ideas.