More new dies from Memory Box! I'm so excited!!! Some of them are new DEEP EDGE dies which will cut up to six (yes, 6!) layers of fabric at once! I knew when I saw the MOUNTAIN VILLAGE HOUSES 30106 that I would create a mini-quilt that could also be used as a tree ornament.
The finished project:
- batik fabrics (I cut from 5" charm squares) for the sky background and all of the die cuts (I chose batiks for this project because they cut crisply and don't fray easily and the fabric glue works well to secure the fabrics together.)
- SewLine fabric glue pen
- sewing machine; blanket stitch and straight stitch (I used white thread because that's what was already threaded in my machine. Another time I'll try a variegated one or a color that blends better with the fabrics for a different look.)
- felt for the final backing; ribbon for the hanger
- STITCHED MOUNTAINS die 99890 NEW!
- EVERGREEN HILLSIDE SLOPE die 99888 NEW!
- GENTLE STITCHED LANDSCAPES set of three dies 99896 NEW!
- MOUNTAIN VILLAGE HOUSES set of eight dies No. 30106 NEW!
- Choose a batik square for the background sky. Die cut the Stitched Mountains from a green batik and the snow caps from white. Glue the snow caps onto the mountains with fabric glue and glue the base of the mountains to the sky fabric.
- Die cut the Evergreen Hillside Slope from a darker green batik. Glue it to the mountains.
- Die cut one of the Gentle Stitched Landscapes from a large piece of snowy batik fabric and glue it over the bottom of the Evergreen Hillside Slope. This piece has to be large enough for all of the houses you will use.
- Die cut a bunch of houses and their roofs from a variety of batiks. Place them where you'd like them. (I even flipped some of my houses.) Use a little fabric glue to hold them in place. (I decided not to add all of the little windows and doors for this project.)
- Even up the edges of your panel and place it on a piece of felt a little bit larger all around. Use your sewing machine to quilt it. I used a blanket stitch all the way around the outside edges first and then went back and used a straight stitch to make all of the vertical lines. Then I sewed all of the horizontal lines. This stitching really secures all of the small pieces.
- To finish, add a ribbon to serve as the hanger.
- The final dimensions of my piece: 5 1/4" W X 7 1/4" L.
This second one is actually the prototype I started first.
The base is gray felt with mountains, snow (which is almost completely covered by the houses) and trees also from felt. The green trees really shredded because I used an inexpensive craft felt instead of a good quality felt. The houses and roofs are cut from a variety of cottons and homespun. I used fabric glue to put it together and then set it aside to work on the other one. I think I like it better now that it is quilted even though the green trees are wonky.
Because I cut so many houses and roofs at once, I have lots more to mix and match for another fabric project! All of these new dies can also be used with paper and I can't wait to craft some cards using these same dies to make more mountain villages.
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and ... Happy Crafting!