Thursday, March 14, 2019

So What's New

It's been a busy few weeks in my sewing room.  Still waiting for the new table for my embroidery machine but that hasn't slowed me down one little bit.

I have been diligently working on my piece for the All About Strings blog hop coming up the week of the 25th of this month.  Just some of the strings I have been using.

In and around those projects I have been doing some embroidery for Easter.  I got a great bunny embroidery pattern by Brenda at Song Bird Designs

I've tested him on a couple of mug rugs and have requests for a couple of placemats which I hope to get to in the next week or so.

I have a friend who asked for a small gift for a charity auction for which she is the coordinator.  I again used the sweet bunny, this time for the front of a basket. I made several FSL Easter ornaments and will add Chocolates just before her event in mid April.

We will be having a new arrival in the family this summer and I thought I'd give a Burp Cloth a try. My local quilt shop has monthly Kimberbell classes.  I saw this little fella and had to have him.

My quilt guild had a baby shower for a local organization that supports unwed moms and families in need with very small children.  I contributed these 5 quickie receiving blankets made using the Missouri Star Quilt tutorial with fabric donated by other members of the group.

Then I saw these adorable little bears on Kreative Kiwi Embroidery I just had to make a couple and then make them sleeping bags.

The shower was a great success.  I play with a wonderfully generous group of ladies.  They filled 10 cafeteria type tables with goods ranging from quilts, diapers, onseies, toys and games for kids 5 and under and on and on.

So just one more fun photo. Its  of my girls who are feeling neglected of late.  They have a bed in my sewing room but have now taken to napping in the living room with the dad where they get a little bit more attention than I have been showing them since the Machine arrived in December. Don't they look deprived. tee, hee

Well that brings me up to date excluding the upcoming hop. You'll just have to come back on the 25th to see those happenings.  Hope to see you then.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Show Your Wings - Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to my day of the Show Your Wings Blog Hop.

So many choices to make for this hop.  All we needed to do was pick a wing any wing and get creative in a quilty way.

My brain and my embroidery machine were in their glory.  I had taken a class in January to learn a few of the fun things embroidery machines are capable of.  It just so happened that a lot of the class work was centered around winged things.

I'm just a little partial to the bees but not enough to make as many more as needed for a project.  I could have done as intended and made a pillow but that was a little too busy for my tastes.

Then I had an idea, how about finding an airplane design for play time on the machine. 

I found this lovely, simple, winged jet in a couple of sizes.  I wanted to keep it simple.  Just planes is 2 sizes.  The real problem would be how to set them.
The planes were all done from fabric scraps found in my various scrap bins. 

I was lucky enough to find the perfect background fabric at a local quilt shop. I then just did some really basic white sashing.  I tried it without the sashing but the skys were looking like an accident waiting to happen.

Just a simple white with gray circles for a backing with a red, white and blue star binding.

A little bit better view of the planes.

This quilt is intended for this years Hands To Help Comfort Quilt Challenge.

Including this photo just so you could see how well the background fabric matches the real world.

Well that's all I have to offer this go round.  Thanks for stopping by and thanks to those of you who have the time to leave a comment.  I do hope you have the time to visit with all of the other creators of winged things this week, I'm including a list so you can find them all.

Thank you Carol  over at Just Let Me Quilt for coordinating this amazing event.

Check out all the amazing bloggers who are participating:

February 18

February 19

February 20

February 21

Monday, February 18, 2019

Dust off a Quilt Book Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the   Dust Off A Quilt Book   Blog Hop.  Thanks go out to Bea over at Beaquilter for the idea and the organization behind this event.  The point of this hop as most of you know was to find a quilt book, an old quilt book and dust it off and make something from it.

I had no trouble finding this book. It was one of several stored in a box in my garage since we moved to Florida 4 years ago.  The issue was to figure out what I wanted to make from it. The book has a copyright of 2002.  I did make this cutie as a wall hanging when I first got the book.

You need to trust me on that since I can't locate it in my Easter storage bin at the moment.

When I opened the book I found the beginnings of this banner.  Never finished it and thought it might  be a good time to take it from UFO to finished, but not.  I'm just not a banner person and don't have any friends that are either.

 If anyone out there is interested let me know. The first person I hear from can have all of the pieces.

Next thought was to use my embroidery machine and make an applique from this design.  I spent hours playing at doing something I had no training in with a toy that I wasn't really sure could do what I wanted it to do. 

As I was running out of time I decided to go back to the old fashioned way of applique using heat and bond.

Then one last try and I got this far.  Not exactly what I wanted but close enough to be usable for a bag.  I was so excited that I completely finished the bag before I realized I never quilted it. I may go back and open a couple of seams and do some, or not.  But I did manage to get my goal of some machine embroidery into this hop.

Because I didn't know where the bag would end up I did use that piece I put together with Heat and Bond to make a sweet one hour basket.

I had also made an egg from the book, for testing, that I ended up making into a little draw string bag.

Thanks for stopping in and visiting. Please take the time to visit all of the sew very talented participants in this hop you'll be so glad you did. Here is the complete list for your convenience.

Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing

Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter
Theresa at bumbleberrystitches

Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew
Brenda at songbirddesigns

Monday, January 28, 2019

And the Winner Is

I have a winner for my FSL give away.  It's Brenda @ Songbird Designs .  I've already got her address and will get these sweeties out to her later this week.

Thank you to all who took the time to visit and to leave notes.  It was a great hop with so many great items now added to the To Do lists around the world.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Black & White Blog Hop with a little give away

Welcome to 2019 and the start of my Blog Hopping Year.  When Carla over at createinthesticks put out the notice that she was putting together a Black & White Blog Hop I was thrilled.  I happen to have a huge stash of Blacks, Whites and Grays.  I didn't have a real plan at the time but knew I would have no problems putting something together after the holidays passed.

And then came this little beauty. It is my first ever embroidery machine, it's the Baby Lock Solaris which hit the market in September.  I knew nothing about machine embroidery when I brought her home, as I've mentioned in my  previous post, the gal in the quilt shop told me to go home and play and not be afraid.  A day in I decided to use the Black & White hop as a great goal for this  adventures kick off.

So I set up my machine with a chunk of white fabric and a chunk of black fabric and a bunch of black and white thread and the games began.

This is the very first piece I ran.  It is my sister's name in a border.  Don't know what she'll what me to do with it but she's coming to town this week and I'm sure she'll have a plan.

Then I wanted to make her a zipper pouch with her initials surrounded by a niffty quilt pattern.  Well this is the first attempt.

Attempt #2 went much better, not exactly what I wanted but until I take a lesson I will consider it a success as it made a great pouch.

Sissie is the one who talked me into the machine so she will get the bulk of the test items whether she wants them or not.

Then I saw embroidery on ribbon and thought I'd give it a try, why not.  The ribbon is white, the lighting left a bit to be desired.

Then while spending hours on Pinterest and YouTube I came across  FSL ( free standing lace). I love these pieces.  I love them so much I want to share them with one of you who takes the time to comment on this post. 

And now one more item for this hop.  I have a friend who has "volunteered" to take samples of my test items and give them a home.  Actually she and her hubby each got samples as part of their Christmas gifts this year ( see previous post) Anyway this week I decided I would try my hand at a tee shirt. 

I had tried out this sweet cat pattern with no specific plan and since  it turned out well and I still had time to add it to this post I decided to do it on a black tee and add it in.

This is the shirt both without and 

with a body.  I have a lot to learn but feel I'm off to a good start.  

Yesterday I took a class on edge to edge quilting on an embroidery machine based on the book by Amelie Scott.  I see some potential there that I'm sure will show itself in an upcoming hop or two. Next week I start my official classes on using the machine to learn 16 different embroidery techniques, looking forward to it.

So to make sure I stay interested in my machine and not that it turns into another expensive passing fad in my life I have decided to use it for some part of every blog hop I participate in this year.  That would be 12+.

So if any of you have any incite or ideas or any thing that you think would benefit an embroidery newbie I'd be happy to hear about it.

So now I want to list all of the participants in this hop.  Those before me in case you missed them and those following so you don't miss them.  Wonderful Black and White ideas at every stop. I also want to thank Carla for taking on another one.  We all so appreciate the effort and the ongoing camaraderie thats been happening for so long.

Black & White Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, January 21st

Just Let Me Quilt
Needled Mom
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Life in Scrapatch
Bumbleberry Stitches
keepsake moments
Vroomans Quilts

Tuesday, January 22nd

MooseStash Quilting
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilts by Joanne
That Fabric Feeling
Songbird Designs
Two Maker Chicks

Wednesday, January 23

Selina Quilts
Quilt in a not-Shell
Patchwork Breeze
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Kathleen McMusing
Cynthia's Creating Ark
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Homespun Hannah's Blog

Thursday, January 24

Seams to be Sew
Storied Quilts
Kathy's Kwilts and More
Ms P Designs USA
Den syende himmel
Melva Loves Scraps
The Joyful Quilter
Creatin' in the Sticks

So I will pull a name from the list of comments on Sunday night for someone to receive 4 FSL (free standing lace) pieces. Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Catching Up - New Toy

First up on the list  would be this adorable baby quilt by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts . The pattern comes in this small size and a larger size that one has 6 giraffes of different heights. I finishsed this in October and never posted the finish.

 Then  The Tinkalong Pouch Sewing Pattern is for the 2 larger pouches, to get to the tiny one she suggests taking the smaller of the two patterns down to 65%, it works like a charm. This is what triggered the mini pouch frenzy from last month.

I was on a crocheted potholder kick as a filler gift for the holidays.  I think I made 4 sets and a couple of singles.

And then this happened.  It happened on December 13.  Things have not gotten back to normal yet. In fact it was good that the Christmas tree was up and pre lit when the machine arrived.  I didn't get around to putting ornaments on it until Christmas eve.
It's a Baby Lock Solaris Embroidery Machine.  I've never done machine embroidery before and if you had asked me at Thanksgiving if I ever planned on it I'd have said no.

My sister, who doesn't sew, (she can, she just does't need to cause she has me) talked me into it. I thought about it for a week and surveyed friends in 2 different guilds and went for it.

I got the machine at Sharkeys Sew and Vac in Wildwood, Fl.  They have a wonderful support staff and offer unlimited instruction with their machines.  As I was leaving the shop with the newest member to my family, Suzanne, who is fast becoming my new best friend aka embroidery instructor said to me "go home and play, do not be afraid".  Since it was going to be a whole week before I could coordinate our calanders to get basic instruction from her I went home and played.

Bless You Tube and Pinterest
Since this machine and it's twin the Luminaire by Brother has only been on the marked  since September and August specifics were a little bit tough to find but I managed the following embroidery trials

This was the beginning of a mug rug, before I grasped the concept of stabilizer.  Don't have a picture of the back but it has the stablizer on the outside of the backing tee hee

This was just too fun not to try.  It was to remind MJ that even though I was locked away in another room I was thinking about him, yeah.

This was a perfect attempt at scanning an imagine into the machine and sewing it out.

This was my first downloaded pattern. It is a gift card holder, front and back.

The red is the card pocket.

Meanwhile, once my sister saw that I could scan she sent me this picture of Mickey in a snowflake.

So I did an improve Christmas ornament

And then another roll of toilet paper.  Actually I did 2 rolls, one went to friends with a gift card tucked inside. 

The other thing I learned in the past couple of weeks is how to use was the wishlist on Santa's Amazon account.  He found it and pulled through, yep that's 64 spools of thread.

Thanks for making it this far.  Here is the last of the experimental stuff to post today.  

FSL (free standing lace).  Love it, love it, love it.

I am participating in the Black & White blog hop later this month with some more of my embroidery experiments. Hope to see you then.

If you have any ideas on anything that I should know about or places to go regarding my latest adventure please leave me a comment. I'd love to hear from you.