Hooray! It is finally time to plant the vegetable garden. The cooler crops like broccoli, carrots and cauliflower were planted a few weeks ago. Now, we can plant the tomatoes and peppers!
We're planting 12 heirloom beefsteak varieties and 8 roma-type sauce tomatoes.
While tenderly babysitting germinating seeds these past few weeks, I thought a gardening pillow for the front porch might be nice. At the last quilt trade show, I saw a couple of quilts with shading using color crayons. I finally had to try it; I like the muted/pastel look.
This is how I achieved the look on this pillow:
- Transfer pattern onto washed and ironed white linen by using a light box (or bright window) and sharp permanent marker
- Lightly color within the lines with wax crayons. Lighter is better! (otherwise you get choppy looking lines)
- Iron colored area of cloth between 2 paper towels; set iron on cotton and no steam.
- Color again over any areas to make darker. Iron again.
- Continue step 4 until the desired color and shading is achieved. I prefer a light look.
- Embroider all around the edges, following lines of pattern. I used 3 strands of floss.
Here is the pattern; feel free to use it for your own personal use. Click on the picture, then print it to the size you want.
|Pattern copyright Nancy E. Mink 2014; personal use only|
I used this on a pillow, as it will only get a light washing now and then. I don't think that I would color with crayons on something like a tea towel that would get many washings in hot water.
Quilt if you like, sew, stuff, and voila!
So...how does your garden grow?