At our August guild meetings we have a pot luck dinner for members and their families and a challange with prizes that go to the ones voted the best. This year it was a 16 inch square mini quilt, that would be used on our mini quilt display that is displayed monthly through out the area to retirement homes and other facilities.
I decided to make this little piece I had taken a picture of it and stashed it away in my binder of future to make ideas. Simple appliqués and some hand stitching on their little bodies and button eyes.
I like the results, just some pulling the thread ends to the back tying them and hiding them in the batting. I do not like machine knotting them as it leaves a big lump on the back.
Then green stems, flowers and leaves. Great use of all those fancy stitches on my machine that one rarely uses. I was really impressed with how well they worked for me.
And a finish! Well not completely, but just a bit of quilting on the borders and binding it, adding a sleeve and label. But, lots of fun to make.Our praying mantis babies are growing up. A few weeks ago we had one little guy just barely an inch. Yesterday my husband found another, but double or more in size. This guy looks to be maybe three inches long. It dropped by to visit, so we quickly snapped a photo and transferred it to one of our mini citrus trees.