Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Easter Gnome

Easter weekend is just around the corner. March has just flown by. It's hard to believe that a year ago we went into Covid lockdown and hubby started working from home. We have developed a nice work routine over the last year. I lost my office to hubby but I have enjoyed working from the kitchen table and watching the birds and walkers as they go by. I have also enjoyed having lunch with hubby everyday. He went into work yesterday and the house was too quite. So lockdown has been a blessing in disguise. Oh, enough of me bathering on.... let me show you another sweet gnome! An Easter gnome! Isn't it sweet? I love the light colors and whimsical design. The pattern is written up for a mug rug. It's quick and easy and a great design for a beginner to applique. It has some nice easy shapes.

I traced two sets of everything onto the paper side of the fusible web. (I'm going to make two Easter gnomes.) I then ironed the fusible web to the backside of my fabric.

I then cut all the shapes out using my applique scissors.

Following the design placement page, peel off the paper and arrange the pieces onto the 8 1/2" x 10" background fabric and then iron in place. You can see some of the designs overlap to create the gnome.
I then layer the backing, batting and mug rug top together to make a mini quilt sandwich. This way, my applique stitching will also serve as quilting all at the same time. I am also using white thread to go around all of the raw edges. After I'm done stitching the buttonhole stitch around everything I do a little more quilting on the background.

A floral binding is a nice finish to my Easter Gnome mug rug.

I couldn't stop at making one, I also ironed an Easter Gnome onto a tea towel for in my kitchen.
I lined the bottom edge of the gnome's beard with the bottom edge of the tea towel.
I love it! I draped it over the door to one of my cabinets. 

It's a fun mug rug to stitch up, I bet you even have fabric in your stash that you could use!

~ Easter Gnome ~

This sweet gnome can be found in the Etsy Shop and also in the Quilt Doodle Website as a PDF instant download. I hope that you enjoy the design and find a chance to do some stitching. On a side note, tomorrow the new block comes out for the Woodland BOM, so watch out for that. On Monday, my Mondays With Marcus project comes out. Make sure to visit the website for the FREE pattern download and make sure to visit and like the Mondays with Marcus Facebook page for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Wishing you a happy spring! My chives are starting to peek up, I'm thinking of clipping some for an omelet for lunch. 

Happy quilting!
Cindy and Belvedere

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