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Applique clock   Show and Tell

Started 4/11/21 by Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3); 1232 views.
Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

4/11/21

My quilt related applique clock is done and on the wall.  In honor of Judy K who gave me the pattern idea, I included a small color wheel.  Though while trying to sew a zigzag over the edges I remembered why I don't like fused raw edge applique so much.  My tendancy to want clean crisp edges led me to sew around twice and I think I made it even messier.  But hey, the total cost of this project was $2.50 for the canvas frame and $4.00 for the cheapy WAlmart clock that I took apart for the mechanism.  And an evening.  Not bad.  

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

4/11/21

What a delightful quilty clock!! And what a pleasant thing to hang on the wall of your sewing room.

I do not see any mess.

Midkid5

From: Midkid5

4/11/21

I think it look absolutely wonderful.  Love the color/ fabric combination.

Total understand the dislike of raw edge, but sometimes you just have to go with it.

Jo

Mishii

From: Mishii

4/11/21

Love this!  Might need to steal this idea. 

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Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

4/11/21

it was very easy.  I looked at several videos & blogs that were helpful, though there wasn't one particular. 

A couple of additional notes though.  The mechanisms at hobby lobby seemed a bit pricy and no better quality than just purchasing one of Walmarts and taking it apart - I used this one as I already had it.  It h ad 6 tiny screws to remove and then the mechanism was just a small friction clip - easy.  Taking the hands off required fingernails but I did modified it several times and they didn't bend but I was careful.

I also discovered you definitely will need to put some sort of support to keep the mechanism level & secure on the back, otherwise it droops and the hands rub the fabric.  One blog suggested a thin strip of wood which I used.  At first I just used hot glue thinking the mechanism was so light it would be ok, but it still sagged with the weight of the battery. 

I did not quilt mine, figuring the black fabric wouldn't show the quilting anyway. I used tear away stabilizer on the back to help with the zigzagging so it is pretty stiff.  I then stretched it over an inexpensive canvas frame from Hobby Lobby.

How fun. Very colorful and cheerful!

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)

4/14/21

Love it!  When I saw the fabrics you were going to use, I wondered.  Should have trusted you.  It looks great.  I misunderstood your post of where that multicolored diamond fabric was going to go.

Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

4/14/21

thanks Cathy.  I am discovering that the hands don't show up as well as I wish (old eyes).  I have some silver spray paint - I'm thinking of trying that but I'm a little nervous that they won't work as well if I do.  either that or I may get a different mechanism with brass colored hands.  I think I probably shouldn't have used the black checkered fabric.  But I've had it in my stash for years and never seem to get to use it though I love it.  Ah well.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

4/14/21

I agree that adding the weight of more paint might slow down the clock.

Could you find an inexpensive clock mechanism with white hands?  I found this artsy clock on Etsy some years ago and while it is not a precise to-the-exact-minute clock, it is good enough for my purpose in the sewing room  (As in, "Hey, it's time to think about fixing dinner."  stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes)  White hands are very visible at a quick glance  IMHO.

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