One of my BFF’s loves ladybugs and I when I saw this on Pinterest I knew I had to attempt it – an applique ladybug table center piece. Thanks to pre-selected fat quarter sets picking out the fabrics was easy, the back is a pre-quilted pre-batted black and white paisley print. I happened upon a ladybug party invitation which was the perfect template for the ladybug. After a trial run I discovered the black fabric I picked out was too flimsy for the head and antenna so I found a thicker fabric and that made it much sturdier.
Two parts of this project were a challenge for me – getting the corner blocks sewn in properly (my seam ripper got a workout after I realized my first mistake) and the ladybug applique. Thank goodness for YouTube videos on appliqueing! I did a practice run which was helpful to say the least. I wanted to prevent the sides of the ladybug from lifting and because I didn’t quilt the whole piece it needed something to hold the middle down. So I experimented with some stitches on my sewing machine and found this scalloped one –
I was really happy with the effect! I learned when using one of these automatic stitches you need to let the machine do the work and not hurry it along, you can see a few scallop stitches that are not as dense as the others where I pulled the fabric too quickly (patience ladybug!!). I will definitely experiment more with the stitches on the machine now that I have some confidence.
My next project is my Halloween costume which I am SUPER excited about and will be posting about soon!