folded fancies l PROJECT 8 into regular kite shapes, as shown in Take the needle through the midpoint of one starred side, as in Fig Place the needle back down at the centre of the block so that it pulls the midpoint of the edge to the centre ( Stitch a couple of firm stitches through all layers at the centre to anchor it into place. Repeat this with the mid- points of the other two starred sides ( Finish off on the back and run the thread into the layers before cutting it off. Fig 14. 11. 10 Repeat to make all three (3) folded shapes for the bell design in this way. Fig 12). 11 At this stage, stitch a bead or sequin at the centre of each folded shape, stitching through all the layers to keep the bead secure. Finish off the stitching on the back of the folded shape. Fig 13). Fig 16 Assembling the bell 12 Cut an 8in length of ribbon for the hanging loop for the small bell (10in for the larger bell). Fold this in half and stitch the two ends firmly to the back of one of the folded shapes as near to one of the outer corners as possible ( ‘A’ together. To do this, place one (1) shape onto the other with right sides facing and corners matching. Sew several small stitches firmly through each set of corners to hold them together. Add a bead at each of these joined places. Fig 15). Fig 11 15 Now, pull the units up by the loop into a bell shape. Join together the points marked ‘B’ in to keep the bell shape in position. Add a bead at each of these joined places. Fig 17 Fig 12 Fig 15 13 Take all three (3) folded shapes and arrange them together, right side up, with points touching at the centre, as in The point with the ribbon loop stitched on should be at the centre. To join the centre points together, leave the shape with the loop until last. Join the two shapes without the ribbon loop together at the centre, stitching firmly at the exact centre from the back of the shapes with several small stitches through the matching corners. Open the stitched shapes out flat and join the third shape with the ribbon loop to it at the centre of the unit in the same way. Make sure the loop is pulled through to the right side of the folded shapes as you stitch them together. Fig 16. Fig 13 9 Now you have a 3D flower shape. Use the blades of a small pair of scissors pushed gently between the layers of the folded sections to smooth and flatten the folded areas Fig 17 16 To make the clapper for the bell, cut a 5in length of narrow ribbon for the small bell (9in for the larger bell). Thread this through the loop on the bell/ bead and match the two (2) ends of the ribbon together. Turn the ornament inside out (a test for the strength of your earlier stitching!) and stitch the two ends of ribbon firmly to the centre of the joined units of the bell. Finally turn the bell back right side out and it’s all done! 14 Place the unit flat, as in Stitch the three points marked Fig 17. Fig 14 42 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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