I have seen and pinned many raw edge applique designs recently - the kind where you stick your fabric down, then set your machine to free motion quilting (without the quilt) and stitch round the edges and add details free-hand. At least that's how I figured it worked. Last Friday I drummed up the courage to have a go.
Pencils: minimal colour/shape decisions for the fabrics (and using some scraps), and simple shapes to outline. And I have to say, I'm pretty chuffed with this first attempt. Just as soon as I get some bright coloured zips, this will become a pencil case for my nephew (who last weekend was pretty put out that his sister's crayons were in the same pencil case as his pencils...)
Tonight none of my existing projects appealed so I announced I was going to have a play, pulled whatever fabrics were to hand and had another go: a tea cup was floating round in my head and my new Cotton and Steel fabric makes a very nice one, I think.
I showed it to my mother-in-law, who was sewing hexies on the sofa, and she asked for a Beach Hut for a friend's birthday. I was on a roll... so I made a beach hut!
My head is now full of other ideas I want to play with. I've also bought a set of alphabet stamps to add into the mix! But I wasn't brave enough to try them out this evening!
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