Thursday, March 7, 2013

So What's With Those Strips?

Okay, now I can show you part of what I was up to last night with the strips.


Easter eggs!  And this is pretty much all I can show you for now.  Oh, not because I'm being super secretive, but just because I haven't worked out much else yet.  I just knew I wanted Easter eggs in a project.  Will I applique them onto a square?  A long runner?  Hummm.  I haven't  a clue.  But I do have another stack of future egg strips there in the upper left corner of the photo.  Those didn't turn out quite as large, so they'll be smaller eggs--you can kind of see my two freezer paper templates.  I'll be making four more smaller eggs that may be added to these four large eggs or may be a smaller project on their own.

Do you want to know what I did to get this far?  Please feel free to make Easter eggs of your own!

First I cut those strips you saw last night.


To do that, I assembled some random pastel fabric scraps--a little less than fat quarters--and cut a strip or two off each.  To make an egg, I cut one center strip that measured 2" or 2-1/4" by about 5-1/2".  After that, I cut three more pairs of strips that varied in width but were all about 5-1/2" long.  The narrowest pair measured 1" and the widest pair measured 1-3/4".  I then pieced them together.  I've also added some ric rac trim down the center of each egg.  For now, I've just used applique glue to secure the trim, but when I quilt the piece, I'll sew the ric rac down by machine.

Finally, I cut an egg-shaped template out of freezer paper, ironed it to the back of a strip set, and trimmed the fabric edges so they were about 1/4" away from the paper all around.  I turned the edges under to the back and thread basted around the egg, stitching through the paper.  When I was done, I pressed the edges front and back, sprayed them with starch on the back, and pressed again until the egg and the paper were dry.  Then I removed the stitching, carefully peeled off the paper, and went on to the next egg.

Tomorrow night?  The egg saga continues.


10 comments:

Frances said...

You survived your "quilters block" in a very creative, seasonal way. ;~} Love your dancing chicken.

Anonymous said...

I love when your creative mind is spinning. Can't wait for the next chapter! Florence

Stephani in N. TX said...

I am an egg lover too, but my favorites are ceramic from my ceramic-days. Love your version, the colors just say Spring. They will be cute appliqued to a runner, or a pillow. Your creative juices are still on top Kim! Stephani in N. TX (Tomazec@aol.com)

Kim said...

Very cute!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love your "strip tease" Easter eggs idea! Thanks for sharing.
Launa

Synthia said...

I can hardly wait to see what happens next. I surely do love the start!!!

AnnieO said...

Really cute, Kim! I like the addition of the rick rack a lot.

Brenda said...

Can't wait to see if you turn this into a 12 inch quilt too.

Sinta Renee said...

You are always up to something festive and so cute too! I can't wait to see more!

Marei said...

Very cute idea. I'm seeing some eggs in my future!!