Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Last day to enter, oodles of tiny circles and Stars in the Loft

Today is the last day to enter the draw for a copy of Mimi Kirchner's Tiny World Make-Do Pincushion. It is a great pattern and I've been having loads of fun making pincushions like this one! To enter go here and just leave a comment! For an extra chance to win follow me on Bloglovin!

So here is where I'm at with Love Entwined. The plumes are almost all stitched down.

I spent a couple of hours cutting and making oodles of tiny circles....48 of them!

They will be appliquéd to the red plumes. Here you can see the circles positioned on the plumes. I'm thinking the gold looks a little drab and lacking.

How about if I put another little circle in the centre of each gold oak leaf? I think that looks a little better but what do you think?

Once that is done I've got sixteen fussy little hearts to stitch down. I'm considering back basting appliqué rather than freezer paper or needle turn.

Finally Hancock's of Paducah is having a show and tell where you can vote for your favourite quilt. I've entered Stars in the Loft. If you would like to vote for it or just see all of the lovely quilts go here.  You don't need a Facebook account to see the quilts or to vote. To view the quilts click on the "Vote" button. There are quilts with hundreds of votes and mine is nowhere near that number and that's okay. I just wanted to find a way to share my quilt with more people.

If you would like to read a bit more about the story of Stars in the Loft you can read it herehere and here! It took me years to find out who made the quilt. In fact the quilt had been finished for many years before I found the original. I also found other versions of the quilt!

That's it for today. It is time to sew down some little circles I think! Until I post again, happy sewing!


  1. Your Love Entwined is looking lovely, I like the dots inside the gold shapes too, it sort of finishes it off doesn't it?


    1. That's what I thought too! The plumes will look so detailed with the little circles and that made the oak leaves look boring! Looks like I'll have to make a few more circles!

  2. yes I like the dots too!
    What is back basting appliqué please? you knew I'd ask, didn't you :-)

    1. Hi Kath - re back basting applique, you draw your design on the wrong side of the fabric. You place your applique fabric on the right side making sure that it covers the area where the applique will go. You baste on the drawn line with small stitches. When it is entirely basted you turn it to the right side and trim the excess fabric leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. You remove a little basting at a time and turn under the edge of the applique piece and stitch it down as you go! There are some great tutorials out there on this method if you are interested!