So, it’s my day for this fun hop by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. When she first announced this, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had been thinking of what I could do for St. Patrick’s Day that is different from what I’ve seen done by others. When I think of St. Patrick’s Day I think of shamrocks, Leprechauns, rainbows, green… A pinch of green is all you need to avoid the pinch on St. Patrick’s Day, and so this year I am following that tradition with my project for this hop.
I like to pride myself on figuring out how to create things that I need for small projects I’ve made, such as purses, wallets, towel holders, key rings, etc… Today’s project is no different. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s perfect, I can’t imagine what it would be like to make the perfect project. I took what I’ve learned over the years from building projects in the hoop, but in reality, only one part of this project was done in the hoop. Learning how to digitize allows one to put the things they love to use. You can do things in a machine embroidery hoop that aren’t as easy to do by a normal sewing machine or should be done by hand. When I need an all-around design much like continuous line designs, I use my embroidery hoop, because a cross-hatching design or a spiral design can be done so much faster and easier and better in the hoop.
I knew when I took this on, I was going to create something that was dimensional, what I didn’t quite know yet, but I wanted something I could hang from my windows for St. Patrick’s Day… I love this holiday, there is nothing really special about it other than I just think it’s a fun day to celebrate… It’s always fun though to do a bit of decorating for any holiday, one doesn’t have to go overboard for a holiday, just showing you have some spirit of the season is enough to say hey, I have a personality!!
So, I created 3 shamrocks in 3 sizes. One in 6-inch, one in 4-inch, and one in 2-inch. I cut 2 of each size, I did not use any batting or fleece in this project because as you start doing all the sewing involved, it gets thick enough with all the thread. So the project becomes a little heavy which is what I was hoping would happen.
Now see, I could have just stopped here with my shamrocks, I mean really, the large 6-inch one is perfect as a mugrug, would easily fit a cup of coffee. The 4-inch shamrocks would be nice for coasters, and the small 2-inch for champagne glasses…. but .. I did not stop here. 🙂
Each of my shamrocks uses different stitchings on them. They all have a background stitch, such as the large ones with stippling, the 4-inch with cross-hatching, and the 2-inch uses a spiral effect, or in quilting known better as echoing, only the echo is on the inside instead of the outside of the applique shape and echoes the shape of the shamrock.
Here are some close-ups.
On my 4-inch shamrocks, I left a little edge on the outside so that the fabric will eventually fringe. I love Fringe. 🙂
So you might be asking yourself, what did she make?
I made Shamrock Window Hangers. At this point I simply needed to add the little round buttonhole on the top of the leaves, then I used Suction Cup Hooks on my window to hang them with. I did tie a ribbon to the buttonhole, so it was easier to hang them.
The shamrocks were attached together by simply adding the 4 buttonholes you see in the middle of the shamrock. They are there for decorative purposes only, but also to hold the 3 layers together.
All of the fabric used in this project is from Island Batik.
All of the thread used is from Aurifil.
To create the shamrocks, I used Electric Quilt‘s heart shape and edited it to create the shamrock. I love using the shapes in EQ. 🙂
I have created a How To Pattern for you that you can download from my Payhip store. It does include the SVG Cutting File for those of you with cutting machines.
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If you don’t know what suction cup hooks are, here is a sample of them on Amazon.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my project today.
Thanks To Carol at Just Let Me Quilt… I really had fun with this project and hope I represented Small, Smaller, Smallest well.
Here is the schedule for the rest for the other bloggers participating today.
| Sew Incredibly Crazy | What About Rheema? | Kwilty Pleasures | All Thingz Sewn |
| Ms P Designs USA | Ridge Top Quilt | Life in the Scrapatch | Seams To Be Sew |
| Blessings of Thread | Just Let Me Quilt |
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