Thursday, September 16, 2021

What to do?

A local friend has been seeing all of my embroidery sew-outs online.  She asked this "What are you going to do with all of those?  Are you just doing them to see if you can?"     Now, y'all know that I don't like to waste anything, which is why I am overrun with scraps.  So of course all of the good ones will be put to good use.  I decided on a plan  for the ones based on my faux stained glass piece.   That required one more embroidery being sewn out.  (No, I really didn't mind it.)   Then I trimmed them all to 4.5" and cut some black squares to go with them.  I made a nine-patch block from all these pieces. 

I love using black, but I declare that every bit of lint and thread wants to stick to it. 
This fun 9-patch will become a pillow top. 

Meanwhile,  I used the horse idea and redesigned it in an alternate version.  I wanted to use
some textured stitches for the horse's mane.  Here is how it worked out.

I have no doubts about what I want to do with this one. 
It will become part of the cover of a quilted notebook.
My quilted notebooks have sold well for me.
Those with horses have consistently sold out. 
So, it is an easy decision. 

Now I have to come up with a new design idea to digitize. 



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Stay Creative 


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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Three Versions - And Puzzle Finish

Someone mentioned that I am "having too much fun" with the embroidery digitizing.  I don't know that you can have "too much fun" as long as no one else is being hindered or hurt.  But I am having a LOT of fun with it.   I am still having a blast with the "stained glass" design.  I did a third variation, and I love them all. 

Here is number three:

I love the textures in the satin stitches.  And I love the designs in the other areas.  I changed the colors for this sew-out just for fun. Blues, lavender, pink and burgundy make a lovely color scheme. I considered using four colors of blue and making it monochromatic, but I wanted to really see any possible "oops" places.   I don't see any.....so Yay. 

Here are all three versions together:

I would love to know which is your favorite, and why. (think design, not color scheme.)  I think I know which I like best.....but maybe not. Two of the three are saved as stitch files. I accidentally overwrote one of them, but I think I can re-create it. 

Mom and I worked our brains and our fingers and finished the puzzle.  
Of course, I had left my phone at home and had to take this picture with Mom's little flip phone.  Ha ha.  We have another puzzle waiting - as soon as Mom is ready to start the next one. 

And here is an embroidery design I am working on.   I have sewn two stitch-outs but there are still some problem areas to fix.  The design is a nice one, even if it does take a while to stitch. 




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Monday, September 13, 2021

Update - Embroidery and Puzzle

There is something I have to confess.  I am having a great time using the Embrilliance Stitch Artist embroidery creation software.   I have been saving my files so that as I get better, I can adjust them to make them better. There is a lot of learning happening as I am going along.   Fortunately the company has a number of videos that I have been able to watch as I work on my skills. 

I took the embroidery that I did of the stained glass design and edited it to resequence some of the sewing order.  I also changed some of the stitch types to make it sew out a bit more quickly. I love being able to adapt it to my preferences.  


You may notice that the colors are a bit different than the original.  If you have an embroidery machine, you should know that it is color-blind.  You can use the colors that you want - rather than what the digitizer chose.  The digital file still shows the corners as a yellow/gold thread.  But a nice rich pink worked well with the heart motif that I used for those stitches. 

The blue "wavy" sections now are outlined with a solid line making that section a bit bolder.   
I could easily change this file and make any or all of the sections applique.  But to be honest, I don't love doing applique on the embroidery machine. 

Meanwhile, back at Mom's,  we have been working diligently on the Flights of Fancy  puzzle. Here is where it was when I left. 


One or maybe two more days and it should be complete.   You would think it should be easy to find those "single" pieces  - but we are still trying hard to fill in those spaces. That large open space is all the girl's dress and bedspread.  That part may be the real challenge in completing the puzzle. And did you notice that the big open space is similar to the shape of the state of Texas?   That made me laugh. 

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Embroidery and Puzzle Progress

While trying to decide on a design to digitize for my embroidery machine,  I came across the graphic for a faux stained glass piece that I created for a theatre production.   One of my good friends in the quilting/blogging world used the design (with my permission) to create a pillow. I loved her pillow.  And that pushed me to use the design for embroidery, too.  

Here is the graphic design- 

I see some errors in this image.  That could account for some of the problem I had with the digitization.  

Here is the sewn out design - 

I did take some liberties with the image and changed a few things.  And I played with types of stitches. 
Yes, I see things that need corrected or added, but I have paid for designs that didn't sew out as well. So, I am still pretty proud of this. 

Mom and I are still working on the puzzle, here is the latest photo.  However, there is a lot more than this done now.  I just didn't take another photo. 




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