It's my day! whoo hooo
For the past couple of weeks I have been busy preparing for a fun blog hop over at Madame Samms which is being hosted by the fabulous Christine - here is my take on dresden plate:
sorry trying to get an arty shot in so you can see my snow covered wishing well out on my front lawn but it didn't turn out the best! Anyway as soon as I tried a dresden plate last June I saw it's potential for being a cog, and being rather partial to cogs I knew I had to make some. I practised with some left over spotty material I had from a blog hop last September and cast them to one side. When I saw this blog hop I knew it was the push I needed to finally get them finished. I planned to make a whole new bunch of grey and blue cogs but when I had made three I realised that they went nicely with the spotty ones I had previously made so I put them all together on one quilt to save leaving them on a WIP pile for even longer!
To make the different sizes of cogs I put a dresden plate template into photoshop and resized it three times, printed them out and then laminated them. When cutting out the bits for each plate (20 for each one) I cut 10 full size and then trimmed off either 3/4" or 1" off the other ten and pieced them together accordingly.
When done I then quilted the cogs onto a piece of cog material that I picked up in California last year:
it was bought a whim (told you I like cogs!) and I had no idea what I was going to use it for until this hop when I just used it as a plain back - I haven't measured it but I bought a yard and it's almost square (seems to have gone a bit wonky after cutting although I did use my big mat and ruler - think it's because I trimmed it down after quilting around the cogs as the material on the other side frayed like anything so I left cutting it until I was ready to bind it). I used a left over green material to bind it so all materials have been found in my stash for this quilt - what a bargain!
Anyway I have then had another bash at free motion quilting:
hope you can see all my little cogs there! honestly doesn't it take an age - two days plus just to do all these fmq cogs. For these I die cut out lots of three different sized cogs in paper and then pinned about 10 at a time on the quilt and sewed around their edges. I would be grateful for any feedback on whether this is a good way to go about free motion quilting or whether I should invest in one of those pens with the ink that disappears and then draw them on first? I must admit I did have sore fingers from lots of pin pricks and also there is a spot of blood somewhere on the quilt (in my eyes though you know you are a true crafter if you have a cut or a burn somewhere about your person! or even go to collect the children from school with inky fingers and glitter all over your hair! which happens to me frequently! tee hee).
Hope you like my take on the dresden plate - for a whole other bunch of fabulous sewers please check out these links for today's showcasers:
Rosemary B @ “that Other Blog”
Sunshine Girl (you are here)
For a full list of all the other quilters taking part please see Christine's blog above.
Thanks for looking - Cogging on from Solihull