Small, Smaller, Smallest …. Arrives Today At Seams To Be Sew…

Small, Smaller, Smallest at Just Let Me QuiltSo, 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.

Shamrock MugRugsNow 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. πŸ™‚

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.

Shamrock Closeup 2and

Shamrock Closeup 1

On my 4-inch shamrocks, I left a little edge on the outside so that the fabric will eventually fringe. I love Fringe. πŸ™‚

So you might be asking yourself, what did she make?

Shamrock Window HangersI 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. πŸ™‚

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.

You can download that here.

Please remember, do not use mobile type devices, or ipads and kindle type products to download. Wait to grab this pattern when you’re on a laptop or desktop. 

Please note, this pattern is available for a limited time. This pattern will be free until Monday, March 19, 2018 – Free pattern has expired.

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.

Thursday, March 8

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 |

Have A Great Day!

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39 Responses to Small, Smaller, Smallest …. Arrives Today At Seams To Be Sew…

  1. Corrie says:

    Such a creative idea! I need to do more for St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Corrie says:

    Such a creative idea! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Colette says:

    Great idea, and love the fabrics you got to play with.

  4. Shelley says:

    Thank youforthe cute project!

  5. Martina says:

    What a cute idea and they look lovely!

  6. Carol O says:

    They are so cute, thank you for sharing.

  7. Diane says:

    Thank you for the cute shamrocks. I am excited to have the svg to try out on my cricut!

  8. Sharon+Aurora says:

    Thank you for sharing these cute shamrocks!

  9. Beth T. says:

    Thanks for sharing your clever project. You always put so much thought and effort into everything you do and it shows.

  10. Kathy+h says:

    Great shamrocks. Thanks for the pattern too.

  11. Susan+Spiers says:

    Thank you so much, this is just too cute!

  12. sandra pipitone says:

    these are so cute even IF I’m not Irish! thanks

  13. Mary Furber says:

    Thanks, Marian. Great little project.

  14. Kim says:

    These shamrocks are so fun an festive!

  15. Renee says:

    What a fun project!

  16. Thunder says:

    The best… Small, smaller, smallest design I have seen !!

  17. How sweet it is. Thanks Marian they are Beautiful

  18. Susan says:

    Thanks so much, Marian. Those are the cutest little shamrocks ever! What a clever way to decorate, and I could make other things for other times of the year. Love it!

  19. Mary chevalier says:

    How sweet it is.Thanks Marian .The are beautiful.

  20. Marilyn says:

    This was so fun to see small, smaller, and smallest ideas. I got some great ideas. Thank you

  21. Kathy E. says:

    Very fun project for St. Paddy’s Day coming up! They are very cute!

  22. Tini says:

    Thank you, this is very cute

  23. A great idea. Something a little different.

  24. Sherry says:

    That is such an original idea. I love your shamrocks!

  25. Susan+the+Farm+Quilter says:

    What a cute way to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day! Love your quilting on all of them!

  26. selina says:

    What a wonderful idea, or several ideas for these great shamrocks. I don’t have windows where I could hang your finished piece, but the mug rug version appeals to the Irish tea drinker in me.

  27. Susan says:

    What a cute project, just in time for St Pat’s!

  28. Patty says:

    Very cute!

  29. LJ_tulip2 says:

    What lovely window hangers. I love decorating for the holidays and something in my windows is a great option as I don’t have lots of surface display space. Thanks, Marian.

  30. Carla says:

    Aren’t these the cutest. I need to do a little touch of Irish around here. Thanks for inspiring Marian! You always have the cutest patterns and great info.

  31. Joan says:

    Those are just too darn cute. What a fun idea!!!

  32. mary says:

    Those would really make a nice splash of color for the holiday.

  33. Carol S. says:

    St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays so I’m loving your shamrocks! Your quilting looks amazing on each one and adding suction cups to the back is a great idea. Thanks so much for hopping with us and sharing those cute, cute shamrocks! :O)

  34. Mary Ann Maciel says:

    I bet they look great hanging in your window. I really like the dimension you achieved by layering them. Well done. Thanks so much for sharing.

  35. Wow, I am impressed with your shamrocks! Really pretty and very creative! I think anyone who sees them will enjoy them.

  36. Dorian says:

    What great shamrocks! Well done.

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