At one point I was considering jampacking all-things-Indiana into a checkerboard layout; as in, sixteen snippets of Indiana-isms, each in its own 1.5" square package. (I do have an affinity for tiny piecing, after all!) Because really, there's so much to choose from! Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home, Hoosiers and basketball, home to Raggedy Anne, James Dean, and the publisher of The Saturday Evening Post; a small town in Indiana even stakes a claim to the former "Circus Capital of America." What's not to love about all that?
But at the end of the day, I decided on something a little more, shall we say, straightforward... simply in LOVE:
Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE symbol embossed on a checkered flag (a nod to the ever-popular Indy 500, which just celebrated its 98th running this past weekend). A big shout out to my friend Amanda who encouraged me to use our state's abbreviation rather than the full name ;o) To mix things up, I jotted it down in lowercase cursive, and then used a gray perle cotton that my friend Heather gave me. (Aren't creative friends the best?)
And because I couldn't make just one, I also started a little red, white and blue tribute...
American LOVElies. Which are soon to be joined by the full spectrum of colors, as I couldn't resist cutting into all 50 hues that AMB sent my way!
Want to make one, too? Great! The only special items you'll need are template plastic, your paper-backed adhesive of choice (I used Therm O Web HeatnBond Ultra), and the 5.5" LOVE template,
Here you can see my various stages of progress:
reverse LOVE template (bottom right) | traced+pressed LOVE emblems (left) | (partially) cut out LOVE (top right)
The quick (as can be) and dirty for a 6" block:
Using 2" squares, piece two sixteen patches, pressing seams open as you go. One of these will be for the LOVE lettering, and the other for the background. Then, after creating a plastic template of the LOVE symbol, use it to trace the *mirrored* lettering onto the paper side of the adhesive. Loosely trim around the symbol, leaving a little room beyond the letter lines (you'll cut more precisely once it's fully bonded to the fabric). Next, center the adhesive on the *wrong side* of the sixteen patch (the one you made specifically for the lettering), and press according to the setting instructions. Once it's secure, carefully cut out the symbol and then remove the paper. Finally, overlay and line up the checkered LOVE symbol on the background block, press to secure, and channel your inner Casey York and finish the applique in your method of choice!
|The block will finish at 6" x 12"|
Edited to add: Congrats to No. 63 Carmen N.!