Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Sharpie to the rescue!


My daughter is going to a birthday party and of course that means I make a gift to give the birthday girl. I'm making a zip bag, with her name appliquéd on one side and a butterfly on the other. I'm going with 'rustic' looking zig zag appliqué and had the bright idea of using my lovely dark brown #4241 Aurifil 12wt thread for the body and antennae. It looks great but I was too daft to think of changing my bobbin thread so ended up with glaring bits of white thread:


Obviously I could have unpicked it and changed the bobbin thread but I'm too tired/lazy/busy for such sensible behaviour, so instead I coloured it in with a Sharpie.



Job done. I promise it looks better in real life! And I'm going with 'rustic' remember?! I have quilts to make people ;) Now lets hope I can finish it properly without resorting to cheating!

There are great free appliqué patterns here, including letters, numbers and instructions (that don't include the use of Sharpies!).


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18 comments:

  1. I so like your resourcefulness, your attitude and your practicality. Brilliant.

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  2. Very clever of you! Thanks for the link to applique patterns, there are some cute things on that page!

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  3. You're a clever Mum! Well done! I'm sure she'll be stoked and your daughter will enjoy giving it too!

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  4. It's brilliant-I'm sure the birthday girl will love it. So glad someone else forgets to change the bobbin thread as well. I must remember your tip about the colouring in! Alison xx

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  5. I love the Sharpie trick! I use that on occasion for other things, too. Most notably to cover up logos on items that I can cover up any other way! :)

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  6. So funny! I'm sure she will love the pouch. :-)

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  7. Love it, and think the sharpie was a genius move :)

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  8. Brilliant! Lucy, when I made Irish dance dresses for my daughter, the hems were satin stitched applique and often the stiffening would peek through. So....sharpies were the way to hide the stabilizer. Luckily, they come in almost every color!

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  9. Very clever- the gift recipient would probably not noticed or cared about the white bobbin thread- but you've got a rep to protect!

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  10. I think we've all cheated at one time or other. I used the same trick in my middle block of my medallion quilt. One of the tips of the purple star was 'missing' (i.e. I had not cut correctly for the FPP!) so I used a purple felt-tip to fill in. You cannot see it if you don't know it's there!

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  11. Well done Lucy, I learned the felt pen trick many yes ago from a very well known quilter.

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  12. Excellent save! Problem solved!

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  13. The clever sharpie trick saved the day!! I love the way your butterfly has a butterfly on it.

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  14. Sounds sensible to me! I'm saving that idea 😁

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  15. What a clever save. I'll have to remember that one.

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  16. brilliant! sharpies are the best. except when my kids get a hold of them. not so brilliant.

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