The August Itty Bitty was a challenge for me, not in the way you would think. It was the most, uh, how shall I put this, plain of all the Itty Bitty’s. I really had a hard time transferring it into wool and I finally came up with an option that I loved!!! Wahoo! Below are links to all the tools I used to make this Itty Bitty…
- Itty Bitty Quilt book
- Wire Scalloped Single Stand
- Fabric Stack
- Roxanne Mini Blue Baste-It
- Embroidery Needle Threader
- Pigma Micron Marking Pen
- Omnigrid 6-1/2″ Square Ruler
I used all wool for this Itty Bitty following the pattern instruction for choosing fabrics except for the following: flannel was used for the backing, binding, and sleeve. The background was cut at 6-1/2″ square and I fused a woven interfacing to the back for stability. I also cut a 4″ square yellow, hand-dyed piece for the center of the leaf.
I didn’t want a square cut from the corner as in the traditional leaf block, so I used a saucer from the cupboard and cut a curved shape out of the corner. I measured 2″ down on each side to the saucer and with the rotary cutter, cut the curved shape out.
It worked great!
I picked out four other fabrics to make up the leaf. They were cut at 2″ and then cut once diagonally. I auditioned them and loved how it was taking shape! The stem was just a black 3/8″ wide piece. It’ll be trimmed later.
The handwork begins! First, the stem is stitched down and trimmed, then the leaf center. Handwork is my favorite part, and I used a blanket stitch throughout! Valdani size 12 variegated pearl cotton was the choice for thread. The main reason I use a fusible woven interfacing under the background wool is because it gets a lot of handling with all the needlework, and it was a concern the wool would get stretched out of shape. Wool is so soft and malleable.
The leaves were stitched down beginning with the side that touches the main part of the leaf to make sure there is no gap between them.
Now to stitch down the final two leaf points!
All stitched down!
The binding was stitched on with a little hanging sleeve. I didn’t quilt it as it just didn’t seem to need it.
Ta-da! Handsome, huh? I love it!!!
It displays so beautifully!