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.
Last Saturday, Daisy had to go to the vet to have a 3.5- inch skin tear stitched. The repair was behind her left shoulder. When we got her home, she wanted to lick and lick. My DIL said that she needed a shirt. So away to the serger I went and now she has three shirts that she can wear. I used old t-shrts and serged dow the middle of the back and front. Then I serged from the neckline down the top of the sleeves. Cut off the area around the neck and the bottom and it is done. It would be more permanent if I had used a knit band on the neckline.She does not mind wearing the shirt but she does struggle to put it on and take it off. She looks so cute in her Daisy Wear.
Monday update: Yesterday and again this morning, Daisy figured out how to get her leg out of one sleeve. So after the shirt's daily washing, I added a band to the neck. After cutting the neck band from an old t-shirt, I made it a bit smaller, and then serged the neck band onto Daisy's shirt. So far it is working great.