Friday, November 19, 2010

New York Giants Challenge - a kimekomi ornament DIY

One of my lovely repeat customers asked me to make a NY Giants ornament for her… “I’d love to!” I said.

So, I ordered the fabric and a few days later it arrived…. Wow! The Giants aren’t kidding…. Their logo is “GIANT” LOL and therein lays the challenge. How do I get that great big logo onto a 3” ball?

I decided to wrap the logo around the ball and quilt it using the Kimekomi style. The logo is about 13 1/2 centimeters long and the balls circumference is 24 centimeters. If I divided the logo into five 3cm panels, I could use 3 panels for the helmet.

I cut the inside of my pattern 3 cm at the widest point and also marked where the bottom line was in order to keep all the pieces straight. I would need two sections of fabric with the logo to allow for overlap.

I measured the 1st, 3rd and 5th panel from one logo and the 2nd and 4th panel from another. I did the same with the helmet, the 1st and 3rd panels from one logo and the middle one from another.

This gave me the eight panels I needed to complete the ball.

I cut out 8 panels of quilt batting that are cut the same size as the panels on the ball. They are like little orange slices.

Once everyting is cut out, I finished marking the panels on the ball and cut them out. This makes the edges rather rough, so I give them a lite sanding with some fine grain sandpaper to smooth them out.

I used a tacky glue to attach the batting panels to the ball and let it dry for a couple of hours. Then I began positioning the fabric panels into place. It was a bit of a challenge to keep the lines all matched up so that the logo would flow from one panel to the other… but I think it turned out really nice.

Here is the NY Giants ornament all color balanced and ready to show my customer.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Pink Present Giveaway 2010

Once again the cottages at Shabby Cottage Shops have out done themselves. This years giveaway is chalk full of truly gorgeous gifts!! It's easy to enter and O' so much fun. So, pour yourself a cup of java (or tea) relax and enjoy your stroll through the charming boutiques at Shabby cottage Shops.

My donation to the Pink Present is "Tea Party" an adorable handmade quilt ornament featuring the sweetest little girls all dressed up and serving tea. Tea pots and tea cups on an ecru background add a touch of whimsy and delicate pearls lead up to a lace and ribbon bow.