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Pillow Talk

Happy Wednesday!

The second session of the Embroidery Extreme class was an eye opening experience for me — I learned how to take my editing skills to the next level. I definitely have a new respect for those that digitize embroidery designs to sell — it’s much harder and time consuming than I thought it would be.

We spend our time in class using Embroidery software on our laptops, and do the stitch outs at home. Our assignment for session 2 was to find Valentine Day home decor word art pillows. We had to choose something we could re-create using designs we already owned.

Pillow 1 – XOXO. I edited parts of 4 different purchased designs to create the one design. I LOVE it 🙂 Amazing right?

XOXO Love Pillow

Pillow 2 – Together Forever — three different purchased designs edited to create the one design

You Me Together Forever Pillow

Pillow 3 – Hugs and Kisses- no editing on this. It is a purchased design. This was my first attempt at improv piecing. Definitely fun for me!

Improv Hugs Kisses Pillow

Design Frame – we also learned how to take a single design and turn it into a monogram frame. I tested it on a kitchen towel.

February 2019 Kitchen Set

The machine I usually use for piecing is having problems. It’s 19 years old so I will be replacing it soon. In the meantime I’m using one of my embroidery machines for sewing. I’m learning how to use it — I tried the echo quilting foot on this mug rug – overtime I’ll get better, it was fun trying something new.

Heart Mug Rug – Echo Quilting

I also started a couple new projects:

Batik heart table runner for my daughter.

Scrap Red Batik Heart Runner

Scroll Heart Nine Patch Quilt: Yes, the hearts are machine embroidered applique. I used an ombre fabric for the hearts. I used some of the original Mama Said Sew fabrics and the Volume II Mama Said Sew fabrics by Sweetwater for Moda for this quilt.

Scroll Heart Nine Patch WIP

Linking to Linky Tuesday with Free Motion By The River.

Happy Stitching 🙂

Holiday Mini Quilts – Day 2

Happy New Year!

Today is a work day…company is gone so I’m stripping beds, taking down decorations and overall house cleaning! My Santa kids were super generous this year giving me a robotic vacuum cleaner. I’m so impressed with how well it cleans and most importantly saves time 🙂

2018 made me realize that I am a small project quilter. I enjoy making items I can use right away or give to family and friends. On my bucket list I do have making hubby and I queen sized bed quilt and having it professionally quilted! In the mean time I will stick with the small stuff 🙂

Today I’d like to share a few more of the mini quilts with embroidery that I made during December.

I added craft magnets to the back of these mug rugs to hang on the refrigerator. The “Ho Ho Ho” design was purchased from Planet Applique, the Merry Christmas design is a combo of designs purchased from Five Star Fonts and Itch to Stitch, both were edited by me to make the mug rugs.

Christmas 2018 Mug Rug Magnets

Snack mats – I’m not much of baker but I do make really good brownies! Hubby and I like to have snacks during TV time in the evenings. I digitized the machine applique letters using software, but was inspired by a design I saw on Etsy.

Christmas 2018 Snack Mats

We have a dedicated coffee counter in the kitchen. I made a little runner for that area. Embroidery designs purchased from Embroidery Library.

Christmas 2018 Coffee Mat

Small wall quilt I used for a guest bathroom. Chevron tree applique design purchased from Planet Applique.

Christmas 2018 Chevron Tree Mini Quilt

Same design — one I framed one I gave as a gift. Applique design purchased from Linnie Pinnie.

In my opinion you can never have too many pillows! The two embroidery designs shown I purchased from Embroidery Library. The quilt above the pillow I made in 2017. Matches perfectly! Pillow on the left is 14 x 14 inches , pillow on the right 12 x 16 inches.

I used this tutorial to make the gnome block from Sew Can She. The block finishes at 12 x 12 inches. I added borders to fit a 14 inch pillow form. The quilt shown is the supersized hash tag quilt I made using 2 Kate Spain Joy charm pack two years ago.

Christmas 2018 Gnome Pillow

For those of you who only have a 4 x 4 embroidery hoop – coasters are a quick gift to make. The tree coasters match the place mats I made for my daughter. I digitized the tree and holly designs .

I will stop now for today….come back tomorrow I still have more to show you!

Linking to Linky Tuesday with Freemotion by the River.

Again, Happy New Year! I wish all of my quilting friends many blessings and lots of creative energy for 2019!

Accessories Can Be Necessities

Happy Wednesday!

Hubby plays softball on Tuesday and Friday’s in a league for seniors while I work. Yesterday he called to let me know he and another player were injured during the game and on their way to the hospital. Injuries were minor but wanted to be on the safe side.

Later he texted me asking if we had a heating pad, the doctor suggested he alternate using a heating pad and ice pack for his groin injury.

I found our heating pad. I’m sure I purchased the heating pad 20 years ago! The cover was a bit raggedy and unattractive to say the least. I wanted to spruce it up before he got home 🙂 Any excuse to sew works for me!

After measuring the original cover I created a quick sketch to make a replacement. Below is what I came up with. Final Size 12.5 x 15 inches.

Heating Pad Front

Heating Pad Back

  • Using seven (7) 2.5 inch x WOF I created a strip set
  • Cut the strip set in half – approximately 21 inches
  • I cut one of the half pieces into 2.5 inch segments
  • Sew the 2.5 inch segments back together alternating ends to create the patchwork
  • Once I reached my desired size – I stitched the patchwork piece to the remaining half strip set along the sides
  • Created a lining (same size as previous step) using flannel then inserted into the patchwork piece
  • Created a half inch facing around the top
  • Added a snap
  • Voila – finished – 30 minutes at best
  • I took the scraps and made a cord cover.

I have a small craft table in my sewing room and I struggle with keeping the tools I use frequently organized and handy. A few years ago I made makeup brush organizers that roll up and tie with ribbon as gifts for my daughters friends and thought something in that format would work for me.

I’m happy with how this turned out as well.

Sewing Tool Organizer

Sewing Tool Organizer closed

Did you notice the butter knife? It’s my point turner!

Granted neither one of these two projects are original but it was terrific just creating the pattern myself and bringing them to life 🙂

What accessories have you created that become necessities?

Happy Sewing and Quilting!

UFO Update

Happy Thursday!

I’m slowly working on finishing some of the quicker items on my UFO list. I am truly enjoying being semi – retired 🙂  I work on Etsy orders in the morning and if hubby and I don’t have errands I can work on quilting projects in the afternoon while he plays golf! So far it’s working great…

First I want to introduce you to my first grandchild — Evelyn.  Isn’t she a cutie?!!  She looks beautiful on the charm pack bear paw quilt I made for her!

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I’m calling the quilt below Rustic Christmas. When Joann Fabrics introduced their premium cotton line I purchased quarter yard pieces of several prints.  Rustic Christmas is made with 7 fabrics from one of their Christmas collections. I love the deep reds and greens — so warm and inviting! I often struggle with what to do with big prints – since I only had quarter yard cuts I had the brilliant idea of just sewing them all together.

The quilt measures 42 x 63. Very simple straight line quilting echoing the seams. I machine stitched the binding. Thankfully my local JoAnn’s still had fabric available that I was able to use for the backing. This quilt will be perfect for my office couch this Christmas!

rustic christmas quilt

rustic christmas quilt

rustic christmas backing

rustic christmas backing

close up of each of the prints I used. The Reindeer fabric is my favorite 🙂

 

We have friends visiting from Maryland so I made a gift for them for the Easter Season.  You know how much I love to mix in a little embroidery with my quilting! The designs I used were purchased from Embroidery Library. I used Sulky Rayon threads for the embroidery and quilting– it was a perfect match! The banner measures 12 x 21 inches.

I love florals — this blue and cream is beautiful!

Easter Banner

Easter Banner

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banner cu

banner backing

banner backing

 

Until next time – Happy Quilting and Sewing

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