Mini CQ Barrette

Barbara Blankenship 2005

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It isn't always easy to come up with new and unique ideas for gifts. I wanted to make something special for our wonderful editor, Nora Creeach. I asked my dear friend and fellow staff member, Gwen Frazier, for suggestions and she mentioned a barrette. The light bulbs started to go off and I couldn't wait to get to the store and buy one of those wide plastic ones.

I cut out a piece of muslin a little larger than the barrette and began to crazy quilt in miniature. When you're doing something that small it's important to press after each piece added. When that was complete I stitched it to a piece of buckram cut to the same size.

Embellishing was my next step and I used narrow silk ribbon embroidery and beads to complete the piece. Using Fabri-Tac glue, I attached the embellished piece to the plastic and trimmed around the edges. I left it to dry overnight.

To seal the raw edges I used a beaded picot stitch. The barrette is a very easy project and can be completed in several days. Attached is a picture of Nora's barrette.

Nora's Barette

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