It is that auspicious day!
Today I must submit my entry for the all-Canadian Fabric Spot Scrap Challenge to Rachel over at Stitched in Color. And if you were wondering what mysterious thing I was making the other day, wonder no more! Here it is just under the wire... I'm going to call it "The Scrappy Lily Bowl and Plate"... I think that works as a name, don't you?
Um, so let me think... The rules, if you recall, were: (1) to use some portion of the eight fabric scraps provided in the bundle and one more fabric if we liked, and (2) to have the thing ready by today. So check and check, if you please!
Each of them - both the lily bowl and the lily plate - use all eight fabrics. If you've ever made a Dresden plate block, you'll notice that this is a slightly modified, 3-dimensional version of it. Here's the simple step-by-step just for you!
Tutorial: Scrappy Lily Bowl and Plate
You will need:
- several fabric scraps
- batting and/or interfacing (I used what I had around but a lovely medium-weight interfacing might work just as well)
- matching thread
- templates and paper
- scissors or rotary cutter
- cutting mat
- sewing machine (with regular presser foot)
- straight pins
Note: I'm showing you how to make the plate but the bowl is created in exactly the same way.
Step 1: Download the templates available HERE. Cut them out. Cut 2 paper versions of Template 3 (hexagons). Note: Don't mix and match the plate and bowl templates or you'll wind up with some wonked-out bowls.
Step 2: Cut out the fabric and batting/interfacing as shown in the following photo. For the two fabric hexagons, add roughly 1/4" (6mm) of fabric all around the edge of the template before cutting.
For both sets of six Template 1 fabric pieces, do the following: (1) Take a piece. (2) Fold it in half along the length, right sides together. (3) Machine-sew along the top straight edge. (4) Flip the raw edges in. (5) Press the seam down so that it is aligned with the middle of the piece as shown.
(6) Now with only six of the Template 1 fabric pieces, place a Template 2 batting or interfacing piece snug inside each.
The six batting-filled pieces with make the inside of the plate/bowl, while the other pieces will be the outside.
Step 4: Once you've prepared all six batting-filled pieces, sew them right-sides together along a raw side edge, two at a time.
Step 5: In this project's case, I have back-tacked at the top edge of my stitching line to reinforce that top joint.
Note: Whenever possible, I like to save time and thread by chain-stitching pairs of items together.
Step 7: Stack the two stars wrong-sides together. Align their edges and pin.
Step 8: Hand stitch around the perimeter with a whipstitch.
Step 9: Here I added a few lines of echo-quilting around the perimeter of the plate/bowl. I used my regular presser foot for this.
Prepare the two fabric hexagon centers: one for the inside of the bowl/plate and one for the outside.
HERE's a beautiful demonstration of how-to prepare hexagons by Sunshine's Creations. Follow the first 10 photos in the matrix only for the two hexagons you'll need for your plate and bowl.
Step 11: Place the batting-filled hexagon on the bottom of the plate/bowl and hand-stitch it in place. Repeat Step 11 for the second hexagon, stitching it to the inside bottom of the plate/bowl. I tried my very best to align the points of the hexagon with the seams in the plate/bowl.
Happy happy Canada Day to you!