Last year I stitched a couple of alphabet hexies from a pattern by Fiona Ransley (Designs by Fee)...
My intent was to use them in gifts for two of my daughters, but when we moved house they were packed away, and sadly, forgotten.
When I launched my 2014 challenge - "Moment to Shine" - it was with the intent to try and use fabrics, threads, notions, stitcheries and blocks that I already had on hand, so with Kezzie's birthday this month it was time to unpack her K and give it some style and a moment to shine!
I had these two thin canvas boards, 8" x 10" each...
...and I thought wouldn't they be perfect as the base of a small pinboard that could be displayed on Kezzie's fridge?
All I did was cut a piece of fabric 4 inches larger than the canvas board, fuse a leftover scrap of medium-weight Pellon behind it, and quilt wavy lines down it's length.
Then I sewed the "K" hexie onto the middle top section of the fabric.
I wrapped the fabric around one of the canvas boards, and used masking tape to secure the raw edges of the fabric to the back of the board, and also to stabilise the fabric before I whip-stitched the front and back fabric sections together down the sides of the board.
Next step was to measure a length of red bobble trim so that it was 2 inches longer than the canvas was wide. I folded the trim around the lower left and right edges of the canvas and sewed the ends into the fabric fold at the back.
Final step was to heat my hot glue gun and use the glue to fuse the second canvas board behind my fabric one. I was generous with the glue across the middle and sides, but had to work fast.
I pressed the two canvas boards together with my hands for about 4 or 5 minutes, then added a little more glue down the side edges, pushing it into the join with a silicone glue tool.
A couple of magnets were glued to the back, a button sewn to the centre of the bobble trim, and a couple of little wooden pegs added...
So simple, and so darn cute!
You could add any stitchery you like to the front, or what about a sweet quilt block?
In fact, if you have some gorgeous fabric you'd like to show off, why not just use that?
Simple ideas like this can take you in so many creative directions.
I've been very busy behind the scenes with two quilt tops finished in the last few days.
One is for my own magazine (hopefully ready before we say goodbye to July!) and the other is for next February's issue of Homespun magazine.
No peeks, sorry.
But I can show you what my sweet Sophie has been doing while I've been busy...
What a life.