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Friday, January 18, 2008

Button Clusters

If you look closely at this block before I started stitching on it, there were some very sharp corners on it:

Umbrella Cellphone Pouch

I find harsh corners like this to be distracting and quite less than attractive. Button clusters are an excellent way to soften those areas:

Umbrella Cellphone Pouch

I used a mixture of new plastic buttons and a few antique glass buttons. I kept it simple. I didn't want the buttons to compete with the umbrella pin so I used white and cream colored buttons. They show up, but blend into the block.

Groups of 3 or 5 buttons work well together for small blocks like this. Choose buttons similiar in size, color and shape. Pick one to sew down first and then sew the remaining buttons down close to the first one. Overlapping them gives the impression of flowers in a garden. You can add a few tiny leaf beads or some crystals to give them the flower effect.

My next project will be this little cat doll. A gift for my mom for Valentine's Day:

Purple Cat Doll

Stay tuned to see more seam treatments from my upcoming book.


Allison Ann Aller said...

What a yummy block...

So you DO use a hoop! I never do, but probably should...

kim said...

Wow! I love your Umbrella cell phone pouch! And, I love the fabrics you've chosen for your next comfort kitty!


Judy S. said...

Thanks for the button tip! My stepmother just gave me a whole box of buttons. Is that umbrella pin actually pinned on or did you sew it?

Debra Spincic said...

Pam, I couldn't find your email address so am replying here. At present the only embroidery I sell are labels. If you or anyone wants a custom label for a quilt project, I can do those. That's it for my sales.

Kathy said...

Love your block, always do. What kind of fabrics do you use in your blocks? Thanks for the button tip.

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