|Dresden Plate table/candle mat|
I've had a desire to do more sewing of late, but am learning I need to carve out the time to do it and then guard that time because other things try to crowd it out. It helps to have a plan firmly in mind of what I want to do (ahead of time) and then plot out when to do that and nothing else. Saturday was my day for that.
|find this at JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts in the quilt tool supply area|
This pattern cried out to me several years ago so I bought it but didn't get around to trying it out until now. It's got 2 acrylic templates to use for cutting out 16 of the "fan blades" (as I like to call them), and a circle for the center. The acrylic templates had a protective brown paper adhered to them that was very hard to remove, so I soaked them in a pie plate of water and it was much easier. (not sure why the manufacturer did that and then instructed to remove it)
|sewing the 'fan blades' together|
If you are strict about using the 1/4-inch seam allowance as you assemble the fan blades, it comes out perfectly. I was delighted how easy this was. California Quilter, my next-door neighbor, suggested that I put a small iron beside my sewing machine so I can easily press every seam as I sew, which results in a much neater final project.
|finished on the left; in use on the right|
Of course (smile), you can't see much of my workmanship right now because I'm using it under a metal pumpkin to protect the breakfast table. (Pumpkin found at 40% off at Hobby Lobby last week) This little piece will also be perfect underneath a fat candle. It measures about 12 inches in diameter. I plan to make more for other seasons of the year.
Speaking of pumpkins ....
|the front porch of The Brown Bungalow|
Beloved brought home this pretty one from Walmart on Saturday. Since we live very far away from my brother-in-law's pumpkin patch, we have to buy ours. Actually, when we visited last month, I should have taken one then. Where was my brain?
It's been a good weekend here and a busy week lies ahead of us. If you'd like to share what you did this past weekend, leave a comment!
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,
do it with thy might ...