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Archive for the month “October, 2016”

Happy Halloween

Growing up I wasn’t a big fan of Halloween – I’m not into scary things.  When my kids were small their dad had trick or treating duties.  If he wasn’t available I would take them to organized church events that had costume guidelines.. Yeah yeah I’m boring.

Eventually I got over my “Halloween Fear” and embraced it was only one day. I do love the orange/ black colors of Halloween and tend to decorate with those colors in mind.

Below are a few of the items I made for my home to celebrate Halloween 🙂

Throw  coin quilt for my couch, I used one charm pack – Midnight Masquerade.

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Midnight Masquerade Coin Quilt

Various Pillows:

  • Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun : front made completely with my embroidery machine
  • Chevron and plus pillow more walking foot quilting practice
  • Colorado block — two color pillow to emphasis the pinwheel center also quilted with my walking foot

 

 

Coasters:

  • coasters using the Missouri Star Quilt Company Periwinkle template
  • tutorial  if you want to make your own
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Periwinkle Template Coasters

Table Toppers:

  • Granny Square table topper made using 5 inch charm squares
  • Midnight Masquerade Dresden — one charm pack
  • Half Hexie Table Runner — another Missouri Star Quilt Tutorial
  • Quilt As You Go (QAYG) table runner

 

And lastly a little something for the front door!

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Boo Star Door Hanger

 

 

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Hello Fall

It’s the end of October, time to pull out my GO BLUE Michigan sweatshirts! We’ve had a couple of chilly days here in MD.

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors of the leaves as they fall to the ground – the deep hues of orange, yellow, green and red are so comforting.

Fall is synonymous with football in our house — my son played football for University of Michigan beginning in 2006 and graduated in 2010.  We still follow the team as if he were still playing!

Gotta have some quilty goodness to go along with football — right??

I made this supersized maple leaf quilt last year. Not really large enough to snuggle under but perfect to throw over my legs while watching games on TV and/or reading.

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Maple Leaf Throw

Quilt Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Quilt Size: 50×50
  • Fabric: Stash
  • Quilting: Straight Line using walking foot on my Babylock Ellisimo Gold

I practiced more walking foot quilting with pillows to match the quilt.  The yellow/gold pillow I used a decorative stitch from my machine, the burgundy pillow, I marked a large X and echoed each quadrant. It was my first time using a chalk pencil — I didn’t test it — and it didn’t come out until several washes later.

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2015 maple pillows

 

I love the maple leaf quilt block.  It is a very beginner friendly block — you learn how to make half square triangles (HST), trimming to size and stitching them together so that you don’t lose the points.  The floor rug below was my first attempt — lots, lots of mistakes. Finished is better than perfect right? 🙂

2015-maple-rug

If you are interested in seeing a great video tutorial for creating the maple leaf quilt block, check out Amanda from 3and3Quarters.

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Welcome

Thanks for stopping by my online journal.  From the time I was eight years old I’ve been a garment seamstress. My mom, grandmother, and aunts had a hand in teaching me.  I attended a Catholic High School, Fridays were the only day we didn’t have to wear our uniform — believe me there weren’t many Fridays that I didn’t wear a new outfit that I had made!

I was shopping at a JoAnn Fabric Store looking for supplies to alter a prom dress for the daughter of a good friend and stumbled upon a machine embroidery demo. OMG I was hooked and as they say the rest is history.

I opened Embroidered Treasures an Etsy shop selling handmade and personalized baby bibs, burps, and bodysuits. As my business grew I needed to buy an additional embroidery machine, we purchased a Babylock Ellisimo from a local quilt shop.  The shop offered a free beginning quilters class with the purchase of the machine. I have always admired quilts but never thought I’d ever want to make one myself.  I had visions of my grandmother and aunts getting together to hand quilt and thought how could that possibly be fun?!!

The quilting classes completely changed my opinion.  I love the idea that you can cut up fabric — stitch it back together to create art–AMAZING.

I started my first quilt in 2010– I combined machine embroidery with patchwork — never finished it– still have it and happy to share it with you.  Lots of mistakes but we all had to start somewhere 🙂

first quilt

first quilt

baby quilt 2010

baby quilt 2010

 

 

 

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