My March Stitch Along week 2
I have to admit, I'm rather enjoying this stitch along challenge. I wasn't sure which selection I would be working with until the very last minute. If you missed the post, it turned out to be Sea. I used the fabrics for my Sea theme and cut some strips using free-form rotary cutting. So much easier than lining up a ruler for accurate piecing. I intentionally made the cuts curvy.
Just as a reminder, if you missed the rules for this week you can find them here: March Week 2 rules.
Now I can carry on with this weekend's stitch along...
Since I like aqua colors with orange, I decided orange and white would make some nice contrasts so I selected just two fabrics, one of each.
Then I cut my batting and backing fabric, roughly 12" x 12". The great thing about these challenges is that I can use up my leftover batting scraps, you know all those sides you cut off when making a large quilt? These is ideal. My batting wasn't quite 12", but that's okay.
I began laying the strips across the batting. The curvy edges create the movement of the sea so I made sure any straight edges were covered and naturally, my strips were positioned from side to side.
I added more strips to cover the entire batting.
In fact, I'd cut enough strips to make two blocks. So I decided I might as well make two and went ahead by cutting another piece of batting and backing fabric.
As I finished layering the second block, I noticed a small gap between two strips where the batting was showing. I'm not sure you can see that well so I enlarged that section.
We don't want any of these gaps, but instead of adjusting all the strips again, I cut a narrower piece to cover it. This also mixes things up a bit by breaking the full lines. I added a second shorter section lower down too.
Now I have two Sea backgrounds ready. I'm liking this free-form designing!
Next it was time to decide on a simple object to add. The orange fabric gave me the idea of a Nemo fish. They are just so bright and colorful that it was the obvious choice. I sketched one roughly.
I used my sketch to draw the outlines onto fusible webbing and then press it onto the orange and white fabric. Of course, I needed to make two since I'd made to blocks. I made one reversed just for fun.
After cutting all the sections out, I removed the backing paper from the white sections only and pressed them in place on the fish. They are starting to look like Nemos!
However, as I looked at them, I wondered if they were a little small for the block. I'm kind of thinking two on a block look good. What do you think?
Of course, that would mean I need to make two more for the other block or make something different. How about you decide for me? Shall I put one or two Nemos per block?
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