|rough hand stitching on the mini - before quilting|
In addition to sharing with you guys process steps and inspiration for a project, this blog does me a big turn by being a place to record details that I can go back to, again and again, particulary if I am trying to remember where I found a block or pattern, or if I'm struggling to remember how to use a special technique. I thought today I'd share some steps on the flower and bee quilting in these two little projects to save them for reference.
I'm a big fan of The Inbox Jaunt and love Lori's approach to doodling and how it can be used to make quilt motifs. I've been trying to doodle more and had great fun practicing bee shapes before even attempting to take needle and thread to the mug rug. I even googled how many wings bee's have and tried a technique Heather Ross recommends in her Creativebug class on fabric design.
Following that technique this is how I quilted my bee!
Knowing how amazing Lara is at applique, I thought my rough and ready approach could do with some backup, so I found some pretty co-ordinating scraps and made a more traditional pieced mug rug to go along with the first one.
Fiona @ Betsy Grey Crafts had a de-stash on instagram and I picked this teacup fabric for the backs!
I had fun quilting this one. A little bit of stitch in the ditch, some wavy lines, orange peel effect and a doodle flower!