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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

One Block and Other Things I Do

I haven't done much sewing for the past week or so, but I finally got to make one of my qal blocks, the easy one:)  This is Quilt Doodle Doodle's May block, the Fir Tree.

So that's done, but the I have a challenging paper piecing block to make for the Sew Kitschy qal and I plan to tackle that tomorrow.

What I spent today making is not a quilting project but does fall into the craft category.  The Sodality I belong to at my parish gives Miraculous Medals to the children making their First Communion.  This is how I make them.

The medals come from the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal.  We get them like the one on the left.  The first thing I do is add a split jump ring.  For me, that's the hardest part.  I use a pinch nose plier to make it easier.  

I cut 3" strips of satin ribbon using pinking shears and thread it through the split ring.
Today I needed 24 medals.
I take these to the sewing machine and sew the ends together, right sides facing.
All of my medals sewn up.
Then I turn the ribbon right side out.

Now I glue the ribbons to pin backs, using a good glue.  The only tricky part is keeping the front ribbon free of glue.

Once all of the pin backs are glued and dried, the next step is to attach them to a card, insert them into a plastic envelope and that's it.  
I print on cardstock, cut them up and then punch holes in the card to hold the pin.

It's a nice gift for the students.
Definitely worth the work.

More parish work tomorrow morning but hopefully sewing in the afternoon. 
God Bless!


Vroomans' Quilts said...

A beautiful crafty project - but time consuming. Love how your row came out

Susan Smith said...

Great block at top and such a lovely idea for their first communions. Well done for all your work and effort. Take care.

Sheila said...

Great block Joanna and what a lovely gesture for you to make these charms for the students of first communion , I am sure they will be so proud to wear them . Great work !

Sharon said...

I agree with Susan that this is a perfect idea for a First Communion. I wish I would have seen this blog two weeks prior when I needed a gift for a little girl making her First Communion.

Dolores said...

The medals are so nice with your 'little extra.' I like your blocks too.