For our road trip to southern California, I prepared a few pieces of hand sewing that I could work on in the car. As long as it's a straight highway, like Highway 5, I can sew in the car.
I found this image on Pinterest. I really liked the design of the blocks, and thought this would be a fun way to use up some purple-ish fabric that I have.
There was no pattern or diagram, so I had to make my own. This is my first attempt at drawing the design. I decided on 12 1/2" blocks, and below is the left-hand side of the block. It took a little experimenting to get the right size for the petals and leaf.
Here I refined the drawing so that I could make templates.
I made templates from double layers of freezer paper. I made a cutting template and a separate actual-size template.
Below is where I am using spray starch and a make-up sponge brush to press down the edges of the leaves. I didn't have a proper brush when I started, so I was using a Q-tip for an applicator. Of course, that became fuzzy after a bit and was unusable. But they're cheap, and they do have two tips on one handle! Then I decided to try a makeup-applicator. It seemed to work well, but then it, too broke down after not too long. I guess it's not intended for this purpose!
|Spray starch in the can's lid.|
Here are several finished pressed petals. They look a little like small canoes, don't you think?!?
Or maybe pea pods!?!
Here is my test square. I have lots of this purple batik fabric: different "dye patterns" but the same colors. I sewed the purple to a few different yellow fabrics that I had in my stash to make the background for the flowers.
I glued down the stem and petals for the appliqué and that worked fairly well. But there was a definite presence of glue! Maybe I was a little heavy-handed.
This close-up shows the purple fabric showing through the paler yellow fabric of the flower petals. I took care of that by using a scissors to trim out the back purple fabric. That went pretty well, until I snipped a hole in one of the yellow petals! AAARRRGGGGGHHHHHH! I think excess glue on the petals made it too hard to separate the petal fabric from the purple background fabric, which aided in my snipping the petal fabric.
I can fix this by removing that damaged petal and sewing on a replacement. So the whole block is not wasted.
Now I have about 16 blocks all ready to take with me in the car. I have used pins instead of glue. On this test block, I hadn't yet added the green leaf to the stem, or the light green circle to the center of the flower.