Sunday, September 19, 2021

Pillow with Embroidery

With the nice stained glass embroidery pieces working out so well, I needed to make them into a project. Thus the embroidered pillow was my solution.  I had made four of the design.  For a nine-patch,  I could have used four but five seemed more pleasing to me.  Thus I sewed out the fifth one.  I have already shown the nine-patch top, but now you can see what else I did to make it "more." 

The embroidery pieces are pretty dense so there was no way I was going to quilt over them.  I decided to digitize a simple swirl flower to use as the quilting in each of the four black patches.  With the top and batting basted together (no backing,) I hooped the piece to quilt each of the four sections. 

Then I took the quilt sandwich to my Juki and stitched straight lines to help hold the other portions in place.  I think that it looks really nice.  I do wish that I had added a border to make the pillow cover a bit bigger.  To fill the pillow, I had to make my own pillow form.  That was easier than I thought.  I simply cut two squares the size of the top and sewed them with an open gap on one side for stuffing.  I used some poly-fill that is made for "soft sculpture" to fill it.  Then I sewed that open edge closed with the machine. 

I don't think using the embroidery machine to quilt the black sections saved much time, but it certainly added to the consistency of the quilting design.  It is likely that I will use this technique for other things such as table runners and other smaller quilted items. 


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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Equine Sidestep

Perhaps you remember that I said that I would be using my horse embroidery sew-out as a notebook cover.  It seems that I learned something new and took a sidestep on that.  Instead of using the already sewn horse,  I wanted to try a new technique that allows me to make a two-color motif stitch frame.  

After working playing  working with the design for a while it looked good, so I took it to the machine to sew it.  After sewing it,  I sewed it into the outside cover for a notebook. 
Next up, I added batting and quilted the cover. 
Then I added all the other parts 
(even my label)
and sewed it all together. 

Front

Front and back


Inside - with a pocket and my label. 
These notebooks always turn out so well.  
That is why I love making them. 
Now I need to work on some other projects that are waiting for me. 


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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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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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