Friday, January 26, 2018

Friday Finish!


This week I made a new piece, A BOM from The Little Red Hen, a new group on Facebook called Wooly Mysteries. There will be a new block each month and it is cat themed, my favorite subject to create.

I decided to do mine scrappy, using striped homespuns from my stash and old thrift wools. I added a mouth to mine, each one will be different but similar, since I do mine by hand and my hand has a mind of it's own, so that is what creates the personalities.

On this one I used green shades, the body is a men's jacket that I over dyed with a greenish blue, it got washed out in the photo.


I also got all my stockings prepped and ready to sew. I use freezer paper and decided to cut out the shape itself, before cutting the stocking. I was able to use the same piece for all five stockings, which is a nice way to save on freezer paper costs. What I did was, iron on the stocking shape, then I put it on the table to have a harder surface. I used my General's pencils to trace the design around the freezer paper, then removed that and cut out my stocking, 1/4" from the chalk line. It made it easier for me to judge the cut around the line. It also makes it easier to turn under, since you can use the lines as your turning edge. The pencil does make the line outside the original line, so you need to compensate for that, by turning the chalk line under, but it still works, even if your stockings are not the exact size.

This is with the white pencil, they also have them in colors, if you are working on light fabrics.


And this is how they look, when done, not perfect, but much better than my usual wonky applique. I will wait till I make the next three, before I decide placement. There is also a sashing and a middle section, so I think once separated they will look much better.

I hope  you all have a wonderful weekend and hopefully it will be warming up in your area. I am going to get out early to catch the tide and look for more beach glass. I have been collecting ideas for things to make for my beach room.


12 comments:

Lady Locust said...

I still love those stockings. Also, does Bean know that your favorite is cats? He might have something to say about that. 😊 Happy Friday.

Kate said...

The stockings are cute, Debbie.

acorn hollow said...

I always love your creations so much personality.
cathy

mary nielsen said...

That cat is sew cute!Just signed up for the BOM - couldn't resist. And the stockings? That might be the solution to my Christmas fabric stash.

Jacqueline said...

Cute cat.. I will check out the group. Thanks

Sandi said...

Love your stocking colour and fabric choices, they are going to be so fun.

Hope you have good weather for exploring this weekend. Have rain here with a chance of wet snow in higher elevations.

Saundra said...

Cute cat and stockings progress.

Karen said...

I hope to make the cat block sometime soon. I think it is very cute. And I look forward to the rest of the mystery blocks.

Allie-oops Designs said...

That kitty is too darling!!! Thanks for the link to the group, I just joined up. Love your stockings, so cheerful, and good tip about the pencils - I think I actually have a white one around here somewhere!
I saw a lady on tv the other night, I think she was on a game show [not really paying attention], she lives in California and walks the beach every day to collect sea glass - then she makes jewelry from it. The necklace she had on was gorgeous!

Christine said...

That applique cat is just adorable

kelley said...

love the cat block...of course! had to go sign up for the group too...we've had a few warmer days but not today...I'll be doing my taxes and baking brownies for a coworkers birthday tomorrow...

Fiona said...

I do love your cat ... the face has such character.... those stocking are looking great too
Hugz