I had a hard time deciding what technique to use for the numbers on my advent quilt for the Countdown to Christmas Quilt Along over at Better Off Thread. I thought about doing reverse applique, a technique I came across in a neat book a little while ago called Pretty in Patchwork Holiday. Really liked this book by the way, but I felt that the reverse applique would take too long. Then I wanted to use my fabric scraps and do "regular" applique, but I didn't want to iron a bunch of Wonder Under. That lead me to wool felt for the numbers. I figured I could just cut them out and do a quick stitch around the edge.
Plus, I felt that using solid colors would be a better contrast against the patterned pocket backgrounds. I got some really great wool felt from Kindall Krafts on Etsy. Great prices, fast shipping, and wonderful product! On top of all that, the felt was so cutely packaged with a super sweet felt flower clip....loved it! I was, however, a little worried about the colors matching, but I got lucky because they were all pretty perfect matches, except the blue was a little off....but still works!
As you can see, I haven't had a chance to sew all of the numbers down yet, however I am hoping that it will help increase the contrast on some of the pockets. For example, pocket 14 was a tough one because the presents print is pretty bold and the green numbers have a hard time popping out....again I hope that stitching around the numbers will help a bit.
For the numbers, I used a font called Glasket, which I believe I downloaded from a website, like fonts.com or something like that a while ago. I liked it a lot because it had an art deco kind of feel to it and well, I am a sucker for anything art deco! I used Microsoft Word and typed the numbers at a size of 260, then formatted the font to outline only and printed 0 through 9. I used template plastic over the print out and traced the numbers, then cut the numbers out of the template plastic. Using the number templates, I traced outlines onto the wool felt and then cut them out, and voila....
Anyway, at least I got all of the numbers cut out...yay! I need to keep
chugging along and get this project together. Thanks for checking it
out. Hopefully, I will have more to show you soon!