Rubber Stamps and Free Motion

Every year I make a Valentine card for Dave. This year I was having trouble coming up with an idea. I started going through my supplies and saw my rubber stamps I rarely use. Why not use rubber stamps and free motion?

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I grabbed a piece of my dyed fabric and a rubber stamp.

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I wanted to add a little color to the center of the flowers, so I fussy cut some yellow fabric.

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I glued down the yellow pieces with Sobo.

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I added the batting and traced around the card using a Frixion pen.

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Now it’s time to head to the sewing machine. I free-motion stitched around the flowers.

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When I finished that, I stitched down the circles starting in the middle.

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Now it was time to add the Love stamp. I had two places I could have stamped it, but decided on the lower left. Also, I knew the piece was a little too large for the card, and leaving the top blank gave me room to cut.

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Once it’s stamped, then it’s back to the machine to sew.

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I’m done except for cutting and sewing the edges.

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Now to cut to fit the card.

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The last step is to zigzag around the piece. Using Sobo glue I attached it to the card.

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I still need to practice my zigzagging! Here is a close up of the piece.

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Meanwhile,¬† Martha, and her daughter Jillian were coming home for a visit, and we’d be getting together Valentine’s Day morning to catch up. Just the day before I saw this great video by Jess OklaRoots on how to make Itty Bitty Boxy bags. Smaller is always harder to make, but these bags went together pretty fast. I used a piece of the cat fabric I bought to use as accents for the Sew Powerful purses I’ll be making soon.

I added some chocolates for the occasion. They turned out so cute. Not sure I’ll be making more in the future, but if you have some kiddos around, I think they’d love them.

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I’m getting ready to do some sewing. I have a need to rearrange my studio. I’ve found when I’m following a video on the computer, it’s difficult because the part of the table I’m using is too far away. So I need to move stuff around to be closer, and even considering moving my large table to the dye studio in the garage, and move a couple of those smaller tables in here. Right now I only use half of the table and the rest is piled high with stuff that should be put away, or cats are laying on it!!

Thanks for dropping by. Have a great weekend!