I found this pattern at Houston Quilt Market. Jana Davidson from Oklahoma was in the booth across the aisle from Prairie Edge Patchwork's booth where I was demonstrating a new technique. This is machine embroidery and the pattern also is available in hand embroidery. The pattern is called Smiley Tree.
These were designed by an embroidery friend who is a true artist. Some of the design falls outside the square and I loved that idea. I hooped some polymesh and started the machine. Then I added a layer of batting and felt on the top of the stabilizer and a layer of felt on the bottom of the stabilizer. After stitchout, I cut the polymesh around the squares and the designs. The polymesh holds the overhanging designs perfectly. I really love this idea!
These are just fun to make. They are mug rugs made with machine embroidery and triangles of pop cans. The needle goes through the aluminum quite easily when stitching the designs. It only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. Now I look at pop cans for the colors and not the contents...
Here are three of the designs that are part of the side borders of the Garden Nouveau quilt. I can about see the end of working on the borders. The borders take over 54 hours of embroidery work to complete. Since the borders are multi-hooped, it is very important to not make a mistake or it is start-over time. I am very happy to finally be at this point. I want to finish this project so I can start another one that is on the horizon.
Metro Hoops is ready to give to the quilter. I finished piecing it this afternoon. It goes together very quickly and the curves are simple to sew. It was fun to make this quilt. It will be the "tree skirt" for a Christmas tree in the Festival of Trees.
Just in case you think I haven't been busy! This is the first two rows of a quilt from the pattern "Metro Hoops" by Sew Kind of Wonderful. It uses the Quick Curve Ruler, QCR, which allows you to cut the curves perfectly from sewn-together strips of fabric. The curves are very easy to piece without pins. My only problem has come from the final step of squaring the blocks. The fabrics are from a Christmas grouping but I do not know its name. The fabric, pattern, and ruler can be purchased from Mea Bernina in Lawrence.