I’m super excited to have been invited to take part in the Summer Swimwear Tour hosted by Ajaire, Jess and Saskia. I don’t own too many swimwear patterns so it was fun to be able to choose a new pattern to try out. I had already purchased the women’s version of the Swim and Surf shorts pattern by Gracious Threads and decided to make the girl’s version for Silly Bean.
When I saw the digital stamp that Deb‘s friend Elena of Just Me Prints created especially for our tour, I fell in love. It’s so cute! So I just had to buy it!
Problem is though that I don’t really make cards.
So I decided to attempt to turn it into a free motion appliqué!
As you can see I forgot to flip the image before printing it out so my flamingo is pointing in the opposite direction.. Oops #1!
Oops #2: I can’t find the picture I took of how I traced out all the pieces. Basically though I traced out each item separately and extended the edges slightly so that pieces would overlap. I traced the outer edge of the flamingo and girl as one piece on a white fabric (helps with placement) and then traced the flamingo separately onto the floral, and did the same with the rest of the parts of the girl. (In case you’ve never done FMA before, you trace the shapes onto a fusible adhesive like Heat n Bond).
Oops #3: Normally you’re supposed to stitch down each element before fusing on a piece over top of it. So I did all my stitching at the end when at the very least I should have stitched the flamingo body onto the background before adding the water and other elements over top.
Oops #5: I forgot that her face would be tiny and impossible to stitch on machine. I think I will take out the stitches and try my luck at handstitching her face.
Well, I really like how she turned out! (Other than the face…) I’ve been debating the last few days about what I was going to do with her and my husband had a great idea! Make a quilt!! I have to make a lot more appliqué pieces now though and when I have enough I will put it together.
It’ll be awhile…. But I didn’t want to applique it to a dress for one of my girls and have them outgrow the dress in a week.
So now I’m off to check out Just Me Prints‘ shop to see if there’s another digital stamp that I want to try to FMA-ize!
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