This pattern caught my eye when I first saw it mentioned on the TQS web-site. Then I didn't think about it for awhile until they offered it up at a sale price as a kit with the fabric included. On impulse, about a year ago, I bought the kit and it sat in the basket of "things I want to make someday".
Sometimes you just have to wait for inspiration and "rediscovery" to hit. While cleaning up and puttering about a bit, I came across the pattern and the fabrics and they called out "Make me!". So I got out the cutting mat, the other supplies like fusible fleece, and set myself up at the dining room table to begin. And all was good and moving along until..........
I sewed two wrong sides together. So I picked up my trusty Alex Anderson 4-in-1 Tool and did a bit of frog stitching.....rip-it, rip-it, rip-it. The 4-in-1 Tool never leaves my side when I'm sewing. I use it for all kinds of things. It's a wonderful tool Alex and the fact that it doesn't roll around is the best idea ever.
On to the project. A few more steps along the way............
|Give credit where credit is due.|
|An extra sturdy strap is a good idea. I added a little stabilizer.|
Now it was time for leaves.....lots of leaves......60 to be exact. They all need to be cut out and fused. But in my typical fashion I didn't fully read the steps so I ended up with the Heat N Bond on the fabric before I had traced anything. The fabric was so dark that even a light table wouldn't work for tracing. I stewed for awhile and then came up with a solution. I photo-copied the leaf patterns and stuck the pages down on the Heat N Bond with double stick tape and then cut out the leaves. Worked beautifully. Caught up on a little recorded T.V. while cutting.
I'm so clever. I kept patting myself on the back for solving this possible insurmountable problem. I have a feeling that I am not the first person to do this. LOL
On to leaves.....many, many leaves............60 leaves.
|OOPS! Back to frog stitching.|
|Add the vines using satin stitching.|
I was totally determined to follow the directions. I quilted and quilted and quilted. And then I began to put it all together.
Here it is! Isn't it cute! It has a magnet closure and lots of sturdy inside pockets. I love it but I will not make another one with leaves. I might make another one with the basic pattern but NO leaves, not even less than 60.