Happy Monday, dear friends!!
I hope you are staying cool where you are!!!
It will be a hot week here in Arizona.....
106 and 107 degrees.....HOT!!!
It's funny how 90 feels so much cooler now!!!
Does anyone want to trade???
I really felt a bit drained after my recent penny rug project
so decided I needed a bit of a break!!!
It didn't last very long!!!
My first project is an applique piece!
I have wanted to make an applique piece for some time
and while looking around for a pattern,
I suddenly decided to try my Butter Mold Heart pattern!
When I originally made it, I had punch needle and rug hooking in mind, so only suggested those in the pattern but have come up with a way to make it into an applique pattern!
It you have already purchased it and want to make an applique out of it,
please feel free to do so!
Here is how I made mine!!
Take your pattern provided and go to any print shop!
I went to Office Max!
Ask them to print it DOUBLE the size!
You can see the difference with the original size on top!
You could also use this size for a small rug or mat
or if you wanted a larger rug,
you could probably TRIPLE the size!!
They were very helpful and worked with me!!
I had a large piece of black coat wool to use as the background and measured out the proper size from the dimensions of my new pattern!
I took a large piece of FREEZER PAPER, and traced over the design with a small Sharpie pen
and then cut each piece out and ironed it (shiny side down) to the proper colors of wool I chose!
I tried to match the colors as closely to the original as possible
because I love these colors!
Feel free to choose your favorites!!
The colors in this photo are pretty close to how they really look!
This is the fabric I have chosen to finish the back!!
I just love it!!
What do you think?
I also decided to stitch the small hearts to the big hearts first before pinning everything in place!!
I'm looking forward to getting started on my applique piece later today!
If this looks like something you might be interested in and you would like to purchase my pattern, please see the sidebar on my blog!
It is available in my Picture Trail Selling Shoppe!
My second project is another penny rug!!
When I cut out all of those pennies for my other rug, I also cut out lots of other ones
and had some others already cut, so when you have LOTS of pennies........
You make another penny rug!!!
This one will be a bit different than my last one and not quite so large!
The colors are brown, beige, dark cream, and barn red!
This rug will have pennies for the backing rather than a fabric foundation!! I love making these
as you sew each penny together using the back pennies!
These are not completely stitched together yet,
but you get the idea!!
I've made a number of these and they hold up really well!!
If you haven't yet tried your hand at making one,
why not try one today??
I hope you are enjoying some kind of hand work project and if so,
would love to have you share what you are up to!!!
There is just something so fulfilling and satisfying about using our hands to create!!!
Wishing you a day filled with Projects that make your hands busy and your heart sing~