I learned to sew when I was about ten years old, after watching my mother sew clothing on a sewing machine that my father gave her. Later I got my own Singer sewing machine, a black featherweight, and it sewed like butter! That was the inspiration for our new Featherweight Sewing machine stamp, which we're using today.
Quilt Square - with Trim
Prewashed* muslin square - 9x9 inches
Blending cloth for the trim - I used a dark green
Thread for quilting - Green and Lavender
Fabric inks (in ink pots) - Gold, Light Fern (Fern plus White), Iris, Light Iris (Iris plus White), and Black
Card stock - two 5.5-inch squares and one 2.5-inch square
*Prewash without using fabric softener.
Take the muslin square and fold it four times in sequence: horizontally, vertically, and diagonally twice. You will end up with an almost indiscernible X and + on the fabric. This is to help you line up the your shapes when you smudge inks (in the next step) but it won't interfere with your stamping.
Take the larger card stock square and position it squarely inside the muslin square. Take the Gold foam from its ink pot and smudge outside of the card stock area. Let this dry a little (you can iron in between ink applications or wait until the end) and then place the second 5.5-inch square in the diagonal position before smudging with Light Fern ink.
Next, stamp the Featherweight Sewing Machine in Black ink (I stamped this stamp in the four corners of the diagonal square and in the center). Stamp "happiness" along the border, using Black ink.
Stamp the border using the following stamps and inks:
Stamp the Leaves stamp in Light Fern.
Stamp the centerpiece:
Stamp the Leaves in Light Fern ink.
Now the stamping is done!
Now it's time to quilt the piece and to add the trim. Here, I've used two different colors of thread to create a more interesting piece. I've also used the shapes I made with the ink smudges in the first step as vignettes to quilt. It makes for some interesting shapes!
Once you have stamped the panel, fold the paper and crop it... like this:
See the three sewing machines that appear at the very top of the folded card? I wanted the featured sewing machine to be the focal point instead of the eye getting all confused. So I decided to cover up the top portion of the card, using some black card stock trimmed with the Gold Paint Pen.
So what do you think? Just enter your comment in the comment section below for a chance to win the 3-inch "happiness" sentiment stamp. Today's winner* is Steph, who will be receiving the 1.5-inch "love life" sentiment stamp set from last week's blog. Congratulations, Steph!
Until next week, Happy Stamping from Susan and rest of the gang at Rubber Stamp Tapestry!
*Winners, you must contact us with your mailing address within four weeks to claim your prize!