Monday, March 6, 2017

Elvis HIghtop In-the-Hoop Zippered Bag

Elvis shows his face in this hightop tennis shoe.  This is a project that is almost entirely in the hoop, including the zipper. The bag is fully lined, has thin batting, and has no visible seams on the inside. I did change the star in the original design to an "S" for the person receiving this bag.The directions are excellent and I only had to stitch the lining closed with hand sewing. The zippered bag is approximately 5.5" x 7.5" and can be ordered from Disorderly Threads. She has many other designs but I only purchased the tennis shoe and the sewing machine. It was a fun project.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Two Finishes

After being slow to get quilty things finished, I have a baby quilt, a barn quilt, and took a quilt and backing to my longarm quilter.  The barn quilt (a quilt block painted on a board) was completed last Saturday at a class.  The instructor had primed the square and drew the block on.  He showed us how to paint the block and helped whenever needed.  Less than four hours later, it was complete. I am anxious to get it hung.

The baby quilt is flannel and is a pattern called Quartered Stripes from Missouri Star Quilt Company. One of my quilt friends directed a class on this pattern.  The fabric is called Noah's Ark from Blank quilting.  The backing and binding is also flannel in a green-on-green polka dot. This pattern is not difficult if you are careful with the bias in the middle of each square.  The quilt measures 43" x 35".  Most people add a border print but I chose not to do that.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Barn Dance Quilt

Barn Dance quilt top is finished!!  This has been a long journey.  All of the barns are digitized for a top of the line embroidery machine.  The barns must be multi-hooped.  This set of designs was originally for hand embroidery.  After much fuss with a digitizer who did not know how to function with big designs, we had to finish the designs ourselves.  Barn Dance is available from Prairie's Edge Patchworks. My quilt background is manilla grunge and most of the other fabric is Kansas Troubles.  The quilt measures approximately 82"x102".  It will be a delight to have it quilted.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rare Bear

This is my unstuffed Rare Bear.  "There are over 15 million children in the US that suffer from a rare disease.  These children are often misdiagnosed and/or do not have medicines available for them.  30% of these children die before their 5th birthday."  Volunteers make one-of-a-kind bears for these children. Rare bears will have a serial number specifically made for a child in the Rare Bear Program. My bear is headed for California tomorrow to be stuffed and then complete his mission.  You can be a part of this effort by contacting the Rare Bear website: 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Nativity Story

Nativity Story is my latest project. The artwork is done by Krista Hamrick.  The embroidery design is Nativity Story from OESD.  The designs are a combination of applique with thread painting and thread alone.  There are about 46 different thread colors in the 26 tiles.  I am having it framed and hope to have it back by Christmas.

Friday, December 2, 2016

FSL 3D Angel

I love this angel!  It has three separate parts that must be stitched: the body, the skirt, and the wings.  Then they are put together to make one of the cutest angels I have seen.  I found it at Sew Crafty in the Christmas Spirit Pop-Up Store.  I could not wait to see how it looked.  Did I say "I love this angel!"

Friday, November 25, 2016

FSL Angels

I love these free standing lace angels.  I recently purchased the patterns from Nancy's Notions. Mea Bernina was decorating a tree for the Lawrence Festival of Trees and was using a red, white, and black design.  So I revised the patterns so that I could choose where the red, white and black would be.  The bottom middle angel also has silver metallic thread on the wings and middle section of the gown.  The metallic seems to stitch fine in my 10-needle Babylock, but I do stitch at a slower speed.  I use two layers of Wash-N-Gone from Pellon for the stabilizer.  It washes out quickly and leaves the design stiff. Angels make wonderful Christmas gifts.