Yesterday, I managed to design the remaining 6 patterns for a new line, read all your comments about Honky Tonk music, help Jack and Abby make robot Valentine's day boxes, perform many domestic duties like cooking dinner and folding laundry and I still had time to create this card. I am like a creative girl on steroids!
Since I was kindly reprimanded for not providing a tutorial for the hex coasters (it is coming!) I was sure to take stepped photos for this project.
My first trick was to use a glue stick to adhere the underneath set of hearts where I wanted them. Just a dab will hold the paper in place as you sew without gumming up, or causing any problems for your sewing machine.
Don't glue down the top layer hearts though. We'll lift this layer to create dimension in our final step. For these hearts, you'll just place them on top and hold them carefully as you sew.
To stitch them down, start at the top of one heart and sew to the base. Leaving your needle down in the paper, lift the presser foot and turn the paper so that you can sew up the next heart. Don't forget to put the top layer heart in place before you start stitching... I almost did that a couple times!
When you get to the top of this heart, clip the threads. You'll have something like this.
Continue this process for your first flower, then stitch the stem. For the other two flowers, you will use that same technique once and then on the last, single petal lift and turn to position yourself to go right on down the stem.
Now you just need to clean up by erasing extra pencil lines, trimming threads, etc. Fold the petals of your top hearts like I mentioned earlier and stick this beauty to a card base (it would make a lovely canvas wall hanging too). I added a Tiny Text sentiment, but honestly, if you read some of the page I cut out, it's quite awesome in and of itself, "...stockbrokers, fat lawyers and large men don't have to be dumb!"
In other news, please leave your congratulations to our Honky Tonk winner, Pam Sohan who said, "YAY !!!!! Fingers crossed ! I totally adore this line!"
Pam, send your info to julie at cosmocricket dot com. Please put Honky Tonk Winner in the subject line and I'll make sure you get your prize.
Thanks for playing everyone and have a great weekend!