Thursday, September 23, 2021

About Time!

The title refers to two different reasons that this is "about time."   First of all it is "about time" that I post a new blog post. I have been playing with the embroidery software learning new things and have not really had anything to show for it yet. (okay one thing, at the end of this post.)

It is also "about time" that I work on this UFO again.  You see, this quilt top was started in 2014.  Yes, that is right seven years ago.  Yikes!  It is about time that I do something with it.  I had three panels- each was a different length.  So today, I made a couple of pieces to make them all the same length. 
I will say "sorry for the bad photo" before I show it. With no design wall - and no place for one - I have to make do.  I use the bed and then stand on something...in this case right on the bed... to take the photo. 

The three panels are laid out horizontally.   The fabrics are from three men's shirts that I wore over the years.  The shirts were 100% cotton, so perfect for quilt fabric.  The colorful fabrics are from Colorways by Vicki Welsh. However, they are her "waste" fabrics that I won in a giveaway.  Vicki hand dyes some beautiful fabrics.  

Each of the panels will be backed and quilted separately then joined in the quilt as you go method that I have used on many quilts.  You can read about how I learned the method from a book by Marguerita McManus in the post here

I think this will make a lovely lap/snuggle quilt.  I may even use some machine embroidery quilting on it.  You see, I learned to digitize edge to edge quilting designs. The fact is, I need to learn how to use them a bit better.  Here is my sample sew-out which is done on cheap acrylic felt. (cheaper than using cotton fabric and either stabilizers or batting.)




Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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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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Stay Creative 


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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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Stay Creative 


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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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Stay Creative 


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