Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Day at the Zoo

These are the first five designs from A Day at the Zoo by Smith Street Designs.  Smith Street's Wildflowers quilt was the first embroidery quilt I completed.  I saw it in Arizona and immediately purchased the pattern.  I have since completed several of their quilts.  I saw A Day at the Zoo in their booth at Houston and really liked it.  There is also a collection of textured fabrics that can be used with the pattern.  Of course, I had to have that also. The pattern includes snakes and I don't think they will be part of my quilt.  We'll see what happens.

Monday, January 22, 2018


The Wednesday Embroidery Group decided to stitch softies at our meeting in February.  So I thought I better check to see if this is easy and if I would like making them.  The designs are from Momma MC Designs and they come in different sizes and formats.  These are made entirely from fleece. The teddy bears are made in one hooping and the giraffe in two hoopings. The teddy bear eyes, ears, and nose area are embroidery stitches as are the details on the giraffe. The smaller softies are about 6 1/2 inches and the larger one is about 8 1/2 inches.  The small ones can be made in a 5X7 hoop. Well, they are easy to make and highly addictive as you can see. There are many, many designs available from Etsy.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Christmas Reading Pillow

This is the reading pillow that I gifted to my college granddaughter who LOVES to read.  Reading pillows are the latest rage in the field of machine embroidery.  There are oodles of sayings and designs found in etsy shops that can be downloaded almost immediately. The girl on the books is from Jazzy Zebra on etsy.  I think the words are also from her but with so much looking and shopping, I am somewhat fuzzy about that.  I backed the book pocket with fusible fleece before embroidering.  The rest of the fabric is back with a lightweight fusible.  There is a zipper in the back but most of the pillows are made by overlapping in the pocket.  The pillow was completed with my serger. The fabric is amazing from Artisan Spirit Expressions by Northcott.  I used a very large panel.  My granddaughter was thrilled with the gift!!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Under my Needle

This Santa Claus is being stitched on a red table runner.  The design is titled Guilded Christmas from Anita Goodesign.  There are many great designs in the collection.  A surprise gift for a secret sister!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Elephant Parade

This cute quilt is washed and dried and ready to give to our local quilt guild for their quilts for kids project.  I found the patterns on a blog called sewfreshquilts.  In 2015 she used the patterns for a quilt along. Lorna designs cute animals patterns that are pieced. The Wednesday Sewing Group agreed to make some blocks and gave them to me to finish. The quilt approximately 50" x 52".  The backing is a soft lavender flannel.  Thank you Lorna and the Wednesday Sewing Group.  The Elephant Parade is officially in the finished category.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Llama Vest

My new llama vest!!  I started with a white vest that I purchased online for less than $20.  Then ice-dyed it with dry fiber reactive dyes in chartreuse, peach, and glacier blue.  The chartreuse ended up being more of a mustard color but it is interesting.  The result was much brighter than I liked, so I threw it into the washer with some bleach and made it a little lighter. Then the embroidery started with Anita Goodesign's Llamas. I used a plethora of Isacord thread colors and many metallics I have collected through the years. I am extremely pleased with the result and am anxiously waiting for a place to wear it.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Deanne's Sewing Machine

Nine friends and I just returned from a trip to Paducah for the Quilt Show.  We had three ladies in the group who had never been to the show and that is always fun. We saw Eleanor Burns at her hour show that previewed her new quilts.  Then we saw her again at a small gathering on Friday evening where she answered questions and talked about her life adventures.  We shopped in old town Paducah, visited Kirchoff's Deli three times, checked out the Quilt Museum, stopped at the Rotary Building, spent money at Hancock's of Paducah, ate at Patty's, shopped the vendors in the convention center and dome, and saw the quilt display and winners.  I ate strawberries and ice cream from the Boy Scout.  I was going to share the bowl with a friend but it disappeared before I could share. LOL

Deanne stayed with me for a day of sewing before heading to Paducah and then stayed an extra day when we returned on Saturday.  It was snowing in Amarillo, so her son suggested she wait to come home.  Sunday was another sewing day as we made this zipper bag.  The pattern comes from Disorderly Threads on Etsy.

It has been a fun week with nine quilting friends.  We shared a ten-person cabin in the Kentucky Lakes area.  Looking forward to the next time.