Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tomato Block


After spending the day making tomato sauce from beautiful tomatoes I plucked from the garden, I decided to make a tomato block. This block is raw edge applique~

Tomato Block ~ 1 square 10~1/2  inches for background 
(I chose a tomato print by Debbie Mumm)
                           ~Square 10 inch scrap of mottled reddish pink                                    fabric with paper back fusible applied
                            ~Small scrap green print with paper backed                                       fusible applied
                            ~decorative threads for machine applique

 Print out provided pattern and place pattern on paper side of fabric, draw tomatoes onto reddish fabric, and stems onto green.
Cut out and peel off paper.
Place in position using my block as a guide.
Iron in place.
Use coordinating decorative thread and machine applique in place.





Fresh lovely tomatoes I picked from the garden.



I use a chinois to extract all the goodness from the tomatoes. I use this as a base for my sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                I add crushed tomatoes,paste, garlic, fresh basil, parsley, and oregano.
Then I can the sauce in a hot water bath.
This way we can enjoy this sauce all winter long!
                                                                                             


Tomato and Stem patterns
Print out full page


Any questions contact me at seastar42@msn.com 
Thanks for looking!
Damsel


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunflower Block


Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers! They are so big and bright...they just make me smile!

Just print out the following templates and cut out.
This block is done using raw edge applique.
I used three fabrics, I chose batiks. One background fabric and two for the sunflower.
Cut a 10-1/2 inch square for background.
Iron on paper back fusible to wrong side of the flower fabrics, draw on paper side and cut out.
Lay #1 right side up centered on background.
Lay #2 right side up on top of #1 turning to get the petal placement you want.
Place center on top and press to secure all the layers.
Stitch edges down using your favorite stitch!



These are some Beautiful Sunflowers from my garden; after they are done blooming, I throw the seed heads out for the birds to snack on! 














Sunflower Pattern





Thank you for your time and if you have any questions or comments let me know!  Damsel

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flip Flop Ocean Quilt

My Brother asked me to make a queen size quilt for him and his wife for their Beach Condo in Maine. They wanted Flip Flops on it and and various sea-life and I spent quite a few months making it with all my projects going on but finally hand delivered it to him! They were thrilled with it! It looks really great with all the decorations they had custom made!


The Beautiful Painting above the bed is by Artist Jacqui Hawk https://www.facebook.com/JacquiHawkArt?ref=br_rs