Showing posts with label embroidery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label embroidery. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

WIP It Up!

I have been diligently working to finish up my WIPs/UFOs over the past two months. I'm still not caught up, but I now think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

For my Leah Day homework this week, I was able to incorporate it into a quilt (Expanding Possibilities) that I'm trying to complete. I probably prefer stitching regular paisley, but I love the look of pointy paisley.


 This quilt is just about twin sized, so somewhat large and heavy. So my question for Leah this week is; Do you still recommend the Gidget II sewing tables? I haven't seen them on your shop website for a while now, which I realize could be a purely business decision on your part. I hope that this is an appropriate question to ask, but Christmas is coming! ;) 

This week I finished up some smaller projects and worked on a few more - YAHOO!
Sew Cal Gal FMQ challenge for June - binding done!

Table runner from last week's homework - binding done!

Sew Cal Gal's September FMQ challenge - done!

Embroidered the missing two blocks for my library quilt.

 I was very bad, I ordered some fabric for my next (after all of these projects are done) quilt. I'm REALLY looking forward to starting something new, but I NEED to finish up these last four projects!

My stats for the week:
In-process: (4)
Purple heart wall hanging ( needs borders, backing, quilting and binding)
Expanding Possibilities quilt (Continue to quilt)
Storybook quilt # 2 - All embroidery is done
Geneva Public Library quilt - join and quilt (maybe make a block or two to even it out)

New projects: (0)

Finished (2)
Flip and sew orange table runner - done.
Sew Cal Gal June FMQ Challenge - done.

I'm linking up with  Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday and The Free Motion Quilting Project for QAL Wednesday



WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Free Motion Quilt Along

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Pat

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dusting Off My Embroidery Machine

One of the main reason I got my Pfaff (in JULY) was so that I could set up my Babylock to just embroider. So I guess it was time to dust off my embroidery machine, set it up, and get stitching.


Miss Ellie can now sit here, ready and waiting anytime I want to embroider, without having to break her down from regular quilting and set her up for embroidery.

I got the last two blocks for my library quilt, embroidered and pieced. Now I just need to quilt and join the blocks. I think I may see light at the end of this tunnel (I hope it's not a train or a librarian trying to "shhhhh" me!)  ;)

I'm linking up with Plum and June for Let's Get Acquainted and Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday!


Plum and June



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Pat

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Storybook Quilt Progress

It feels good to get back into a rhythm, after the crazy holiday season. I missed linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday (it really keeps my on track).  I started working on two  matching twin sized quilts after Christmas, trying to use up some "orphaned" blocks. I'm pretty happy with how the first quilt is turning out.





I feel like I need one more embroidered block. I love the design process. Anyway here are my stats for the week.

In-process: (5)
Hip to be Square FMQ sampler (still at 14 out of 30 blocks quilted)
Purple heart wall hanging ( needs borders, backing, quilting and binding)
Expanding Possibilities quilt (needs backing, quilting and binding)
Storybook quilt # 1 -  Blocks are being pieced
Storybook quilt # 2 - Embroidered blocks waiting to be pieced

New projects in the cue to start: (3)
FLMQG solids challenge crib quilt (Not started)
New Wave quilt (not started)
Friend's baby quilt - fabric picked out!


Finished (0)

I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!




WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


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Pat

Monday, January 2, 2012

I Will Tell You A Story!

How good is your imagination? Can you tell a story? Let me help you a little bit.
I know, but doesn't every fairy tail start this way?

There lived a smart and crafty Princess, but she was lonely.

Her Fairy Godmother knew of a charming, intelligent (nerdy) Prince in a nearby neighborhood. (Don't we all need a Fairy Godmother?)

The Prince was very lonely, because he had lost he first princess to a terrible disease. So the fairy godmother introduced the Princess and the Prince.

After a whirlwind courtship, they were married and lived happily ever after (at least 10+ years and counting)!

Okay, so it's still a work in process!

I have to say, I'm really enjoying making these quilts. 

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Pat

Friday, December 30, 2011

Every Story Needs a Happily Ever After!

To go along with "Once Upon A Time", I now have "Happily Ever After". I'm doing everything double since I'm making two twin sized quilts for two adorable little girls. I have quite a few more embroidery blocks and each one takes over an hour to do. I like the results so far, so I think it will be worth the time!
Embroidery Library design

While organizing my ample fabric stash I found these great purples. ( a mire fraction of purple stash)

This is my favorite!

Fairy Frost! How can I not put this in the quilts???

I like this one too!
I was also organizing my stash yesterday. Since my whirlwind Christmas sewing frenzy, my stash looks like the Tasmanian Devil has visited my sewing area. When I'm all done, I will show pictures.


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Pat

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Try New Things (TNT) Thursday: Problem Solving

TNT Thursday is a great way to take a risk (to succeed brilliantly or fail spectacularly) and/or to solve problems. I'm fairly new to (seriously addictive) quilting and machine embroidery, since I inherited my machines and stash a little over a year ago. Many times I hear or dream up something I think would be cool in a quilt, only to find out the devil is in the details. Yesterday's post, I showed were I was trying to embroider "Once Upon a Time" only to have serious puckers and tucks in the block. It is a very "dense" design and I had enlarged it to go in the biggest hoop I have (7" x14").
First attempt at machine embroidering this large "dense" design
Added a basting line in Embird (embroidery software)

Added an additional layer of stabilizer

Note to self: set the basting line farther from design or it will be stitched over. (Not the end of the world, but it would be easier to remove when done)

Still a bit wavy, but no puckers or tucks.

I will probably cut the block down and add borders. It will help with the waviness and soften the design.
Preparation is the key to successful machine embroidery, and probably a lot of other tasks. But the big takeaway here is if you don't try new things, take a risk, you can never succeed brilliantly!

I'm linking up with the wonderful Melissa at Happy Quilting for Try New Things (TNT) Thursday.






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Pat

Friday, December 16, 2011

Semi-Homemade: Do the little Christmas Gifts Ever End!

Do any of you ever get the feeling that because you make stuff, people expect something homemade from you? I don't necessarily mean family, but co-workers, hairdresser, postman, etc. Do I just make myself feel that I can never do enough?

Today at work we are having a luncheon (all chipping in for pizza and wings). Then we do the round robin of gift giving. Everyone brings in a little gift (usually $5.00 or less) all wrapped, then we pull numbers and select a gift from the table. Of course this was all last minute. So, I went to my stash and found these two orphaned placemats.

The placemats were store bought, but embroidered at home i.e. Semi-homemade. Is this a lame grab bag gift? I think I'm suffering from Making Christmas overload!

I am SEW looking forward to getting back to making quilts in the new year.

Color Me Quilty!

Pat

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

WIP Wednesday # 8: Finally Some Finishes

Yes, I finished my Cubic Rhythm quilt this week! Yippee, Skippee! I also finish 2 dog mats for my step-daughter's little princesses Rosie and Violet! Sew, not a bad week!
Approx. 63" x 63"


Traditional feathers

"Hooked" feathers

Batting was a bamboo/organic cotton blend.

Binding was the same as the last border. I used the glue instead of pin trick to machine stitch the binding. The back was a extra wide wild  batik (to hide some of my not so lovely stitching)
Although there are a few oops, I'm pretty happy with the quilting (first time I quilted a quilt).

Dog mats made from 2 fat quarters, machine embroidered, FMQed and bound.
So the stats for the week:

In-process: (4)
Hip to be Square FMQ sampler (still at 14 out of 30 blocks quilted)
Purple heart wall hanging (nope)
Expanding Possibilities quilt (nope)
Turtle pillow - (need to quilt and assemble).

New projects in the cue to start: (3)
FLMQG solids challenge crib quilt (Not started)
New Wave quilt (not started)
Friend's baby quilt - fabric picked out!

Projects completed this week: (3)
Cubic Rhythm quilt completed!!!!
2 dog mats completed.


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Pat

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Pillow Top

I decided I needed a change from cranking out Christmas stockings, so I switched over to a pillow (still a Christmas present). I had embroidered the turtle the other day, so it was quite easy to throw some borders on. My friends, whose present it is, love bright colors and I thought that the turtle fabric was just perfect.
Embroidery Library design




I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving, I do love to cook, but I'm really looking forward to a long weekend sewing. I'm hoping to cross off a whole lot of Christmas projects. (I just have to stop to pick-up some batting, I'm running very low.)

I'm linking up with A Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday! Click on the button to hop on over to see what everyone else is up to today!




Fresh Poppy Design


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Pat

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WIP Wednesday #5: Fabric Therapy

What a crazy week! My big, fancy machine broke last Wednesday night! Ugh! Now, I do have a back-up machine that is pretty nice, but the harp space and embroidery is limited.
Baby Lock Esante
So to soothe my nerves, since there is a 3 week backlog to get my Ellegante back, I decided that maybe a little fabric therapy was in order. I have been eying Valori Wells Wrenly since it came out. I just had to get some, so I bought a couple of charm packs.

I have a baby quilt I need to make for a friend due in March. I was thinking about pairing it with some of my hand-dyed fabric.

I thought that the green/blue color way would look good with the dyed fabric, but I was pleasantly surprised how much I like the reds and pinks with it. Okay, I feel better now!

I still got a fair bit accomplished this week, since my friend Jean came to my rescue and let me embroider 17 Christmas stocking cuffs and several other projects on her machine.

So the stats for the week:

In-process: (6)
Hip to be Square FMQ sampler (still at 14 out of 30 blocks quilted)
Cubic Rhythm ( still 1/4 quilted)
Table runner (nope)
Purple heart wall hanging (nope)
Expanding Possibilities quilt (nope)
Free-Motion practice samples (Pine Needles - linked up at Fluffy Sheep Quilting)
17 Christmas Stockings - (10 of them started this week! All cuff embroidered, 8 linings completed. Need to assemble)

New projects in the cue to start: (3)
7 Christmas Stockings - stockings part completed on all 7, 2 cuffs embroidered. Need to make the lining and assemble.
FLMQG solids challenge crib quilt (Not started)
New Wave quilt (not started)
Friend's baby quilt - fabric picked out!

Projects completed this week: (0)

I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!



WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Color Me Quilty!

Pat