I have a wonderful quilt top almost finished for my newest great great niece. Actually, it’s been finished for a couple of months, waiting for me to figure out how to do eyes and mouths for the bunnies that grace the quilt. I’m very aware that it is inappropriate to sew on small buttons for the eyes, so that left me in a quandary. Should I try to do something with my sewing machine, or try to draw faces with permanent markers?
Well, I’m not much at drawing things. I’d hate to ruin a block that is already sewn into a quilt top. (Yeah….I know….I should have done the faces and THEN sew them together.) Everything about this quilt is a new experience for me. This is the first time I have ever tried my hand at machine applique, including trying Stitch Witchery and Heat and Bond and other types of sticky things. I’ve learned to use a blanket stitch, and learned that I might want to consider putting the stitch into proportion with the pattern I’m making.
Today, I spent about three hours at my sewing machine trying to see if I could sew eyes or a wink, and a smile, or at least a mouth. I’d choose a design and sew it. Then I’d alter either the length or the width and run it again. At that point I’d mark the design number and the changes. And then I’d make some more changes.
(I think my new sewing machine can make waffles, but I haven’t found that button yet.)
I took time to read through the manual. It’s large and not very well written, but I did find a magic button that elongates a pattern, and that was just what I needed! I practiced a bit, and think I’m ready. Now, should all the mouths and winks be in black, or white?
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Thank God for all these babies who have joined my family. I learn new things with each quilt I make for them.