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.
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
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Life in Scrapatch
Tuesday, January 22nd
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilts by Joanne
That Fabric Feeling
Two Maker Chicks
Wednesday, January 23
Quilt in a not-Shell
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Cynthia's Creating Ark
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Homespun Hannah's Blog
Thursday, January 24
Seams to be Sew
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.