Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Charmingly Slapdash? Applique for the Time-Starved

This project was whirling around in my brain at around 4 a.m. this morning. I'm not sure if the results look homemade in a cool way, or in a sloppy way, but it was a new technique for me. Sort of a poor man's applique. (or woman-sewing-during-nap-time applique).

I really like tea/coffee images if they're modern and not sort of Victorian. I love the Kaffe Fassett rice bowls quilt, which reminds me of tea cups.

But today, I went for it. Just something to put my coffee mug on. Roughly modeled on the coasters I made from Bend-the-Rules Sewing pattern. They're really a little big for coasters, because I was thinking about a cup of coffee and a biscotti or toast and tea. I think I prefer the "tea cups" to the coffee mugs, just because there's something fun about the coasters.

I also tried my hand at writing with the sewing machine. Not great results, but at least I know I can do it. This whole sewing thing is really an exercise in learning through doing.

If I have time tomorrow, I might make a drawstring bag to keep them in.


Molly said...

love them! love the text, and this larger size completely makes sense. i use a potholder myself for just this purpose.

karyn said...

these are very charming! i love the hand-drawn look of the applique. it's really sweet. i have to make more time for these types of smaller projects which allow for lots of fun experimentation and quick satisfaction.

Grey Cottage Studio said...

It's funny you said you love the hand drawn look, because that's exactly what I did. I just drew it with washable marker and stiched over it.

Anonymous said...

Just stumbled onto your blog and I'm glad I can still comment...these coasters are BRILLIANT!! So beautiful but simple and pithy. Being coasters, I think it's the perfect way to use the 'rough-hewn' applique as they won't be washed as often as the tea towel that I tried it on. Wonderful fabric choices!
--Vicki K.