When Leanne and Gail, the creative talent behind made4bug, first approached me to review their Calico Jack and Fishnet Bonnie Free Motion Applique Pattern my mind filled with a plethora of awe-inspiring ideas.
While I'm comfortable with free-motion quilting, at a beginner level, I have never tried free-motion applique. I've seen a lot of very funky designs floating around and always thought it'd be something I'd look at 'one day', but never really got around to it. After reading this pattern though, I knew it was something I needed to do. I was dreaming up skirts, dresses, bags, quilts, cushions. You name it, I was going to free-motion it. Unfortunately, my threenager caught wind of my plan and had other ideas...but more on that soon.
Firstly, the pattern is really well written. It's very easy to follow and there are some great hints and tips. It's labelled with a difficulty level of Intermediate, which seems appropriate to me as the technique can take a little getting used to, but don't let that stop you from jumping in and giving it a red hot go (seriously, what's the worst that can happen?). There are even some practice templates included, which are great for increasing your comfort level before tackling your pirate.
I really love how you can complete this project from scraps. It means you're less afraid of making mistakes, but also allows you to add some gorgeous designs to projects without breaking the bank.
|All my itty bitty pieces ready to go|
|All fused up and ready to sew|
Here's a back view of my progress. It just looked too cute not to share.
|It's neater than the front.|
I don't really mind. It was actually kinda fun playing pirates today.
|Finished pirate dolls.|
What do you think? Do you have a little pirate that would love one of their own?