Sunday, June 9, 2013

Patchwork Please! Sew-along #1

For several months I've been anticipating the start of a new sew-along.  Last year I participated in the Zakka sew-along, and this year Lindsey and Debbie and organized another one to sew along with Ayumi's book Patchwork, Please!  This book features 19 projects.  We are once again, completing one project each week.  I'll see how I do at keeping up!

The first project is called "Bell Pepper Coasters."  Here they are...
Since I used three different colors, and had to change the thread for each color, I decided to make several sets using the "assembly line" method.  Following is my journey through the peppers!

First thread -- white -- sew all center pieces.  I loved this "kitcheny" fabric so decided to use it for all the coasters. 
Next thread -- Red -- love those dots!
At this point I made a batting, backing, top "sandwich."  My fellow blogger, Amy,  suggested using freezer paper for her templates.  I tried this and it works great!  As she suggested I pressed the template to my fabric and then sewed right along the edge of the paper piece.  This was so much easier than tracing on the fabric. Thanks, Amy!

Three red peppers... waiting for their finish.

Next thread -- Green -- "Birdie", the pin cushion is checking them out!

3 red peppers + 3 green peppers = ???

Final thread -- Yellow -- Birdie is not too sure about these.  They look a bit pale!

3 red peppers + 3 green peppers + 3 pale yellow peppers  = a stir fry???

Here they are -- the final product.  I made a little bag to hold them in.  
I just realized I missed a step!  Oh, no... I'm not going to tell you what it is, though.  :)
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  1. Did you miss the top stitching or the wadding? I think I should have used two layers of wadding to give them more 'umph'. I love your green peppers best - they are great!!

  2. Your little peppers are so sweet...pun intended. It's so nice of Birdie to help you out while you are stitching away. I just bought some of the Kitchen print, too, and I think it will be great for lots of items from this book! BTW...look at that cute little bag you have, labeled Bell Pepper Coasters. It's adorable!

  3. Very cute. I love the little bag you made to keep them in, like a fabric "paper" lunch bag.