This is another of the projects on my list of eight for the first quarter finish-along. There are 13 shells and two shark's teeth in the runner. The pattern leaves a lot to be desired as far as method goes, but the design is great. Batiks are perfect for the shells' variance in colour. This one is called a Turk's cap. Who knew. They are quite plentiful along the southeastern shores of the Gulf coast. Love the white sugar sand that fell out of one!
here so I won't go into much detail other than to show you the difference in three washaway markers. I traced the shell pattern onto the wrong side of the batik, and used 3 different ones I have. I've laid each marker over the line I drew with it so you can see the difference. I was quite surprised just how much thicker the Mark-B-Gone line was! There is no discernible difference between the Chako or the Water Erasable one (which I bought form Leah Day). The only issue with the two über-fine ones is that at first the line is almost non-existent, but it darkens within a few seconds. The urge is to go over it a few times, but there really is no need. It really is a fine line.
|A view of the back; you can see how much the Mark-B-Gone bleeds through!|
I did finish the kitty mats for the Humane Society. I ended up with three! I'd planned on making two, but miscounted squares needed and had half of another one done, so a third was born.
Here they are before washing:
|Isn't that stripe fabric just wild?|
Here are the backs:
Recognize the houndstooth?! Leftover backing fabric from Shamrock. All that now remains is a couple of strips. Why is there a chunk out of the backing in the bottom mat? I needed one more rectangle (two squares) for the front, so I pieced in a little extra of the other squares fabric.
|Rocco in his favourite spot|
|Washed and cuddly|
|One of Naala's visits to my sewing room with one of her babies, Rudy. Rocco killed all his. Naala still has all four, although Bird is sadly missing most of her stuffing!|