When I stumbled on this wonderful pattern "Vintage Tin" from Crabapple Hill, I knew I had to make it for someone special for Christmas. Now my big issue, was there was no where near enough time to get it done, by the time I found the pattern! What to do, What to do??
Hummm... free motion quilting, I have always loved that. Wonder if I could just free motion stitch the design.
I picked up a great tip awhile back. By cutting a dissoluble stabilizer in sheets that would fit thru my printer, I could actually scan and print the design directly onto it, saving myself from having to trace the design out. Adhering it to the front of my fabric allows me to stitch just like normal. The added plus is that it gives you extra stability, so hooping really isn't necessary. Once it's all done, a quick soak in water makes all the stabilizer disappear. That is just about the greatest tip, I have ever used. Not only a time saver, but I don't have to worry about mis-tracing anything. :-)
I did use a heavy quilting thread for my top thread, so it would show up better, since I was not going to be hand embroidering it. I do a lot of jumping around. It's much easier for me to trim out of the jump threads, than stop and start all the time.
Here are some of the blocks...
You can see that it isn't quite the same as hand embroidery...
But it certainly is an option that works!
Especially if you are in a real time crunch!
I do love the detail of this pattern. So many little things that any car guy would pick up on, for sure!
and a great stash buster for the quilter!
Can there be a better combo?
And to top it all off, this fun little label is included with the pattern.
I put this on my longarm once it was done and ran a simple little pantograph over it all.
It's not for the purest for sure, but in a pinch, it worked out well.
Thank goodness, my guys are not connoisseurs, they wouldn't notice or appreciate all the hand work that went into it anyway! LOL!!
Let the holidays begin.
Wishing you all the very Merriest of Christmas's and a Happy New Year!