Monday, November 14, 2005


Xmas bells

A couple of weeks back I published a pic of a piece of unembellished CQ with shapes marked in green.
The template I used was for a Christmas bell.
I left the fabric whole while I added embellishment within the template lines.When finished I cut out the shapes leaving a 1/4 inch (roughly) seam allowance.
Once again using the template and similar seam allowance I cut a back for the bells and a stiffener(I used Timtex) slightly smaller than the front and backs.
With the Timtex placed between the fabrics(right sides together) I stitched 3/4 way around on the seam lines;trimmed at the curves and turned the bell right side out and hand stitched the gap closed.
A loop is to be added at the top,and------ding dong,merrily on high!
You can use whatever stiffener you prefer,even card;Or if you prefer plumper bells or hearts lightly stuff.

By the way I must confess to a very senior moment:
Having done so much Redwork lately, I was in a non-thinking mode when I used my water soluble green pen instead of my disappearing purple :-( Posted by Picasa
October 31 was when I "aired" the naked block with 3 bells marked on it,if you want to check there!
Hi Mauz, nice bells !! How did you do the holly?
The Holly leaves,belle?I just posted a diagram showing HOW!!!
I hope it helps :-)
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