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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Ruler Keeper

This is the Ruler Keeper I made from a pattern of the same name by Cabbage Rose. I added three embroidery designs because this is a project for Bernina's Software Inspirations. The fabric is cotton duck in a gray color. There is a plastic hangar inserted in the top space and I have not stitched it closed as the pattern suggested.  You can make this project is a few hours. I really like this project and intend to use it.The pattern can be ordered from Mea Bernina.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Burp Cloths

The burp cloths are made with the OESD's Noah's Ark Designs.  I did modify each design slightly by deleting the partner so I only had one animal to applique.  They are really cute, easy, quick and fun. Some new mommy is going to love them.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Dyeing Project

I shopped in stores and online for a gold lacy top to go with this denim jacket and just could not find what I envisioned.  So I looked for a lace top and found this ivory colored one.  I had recently been to a workday with friends where different dyeing techniques were shown.  So I got out my Dye-na-flow dyes and mixed some colors.  I finally got just the shade I wanted.  It is much tooo yellow in the photo, but really it is more of a beige/gold.  It is close to the shade of the thread.  I dabbed the color on with a sponge brush and then let it dry.  This is the look that I wanted and I am happy with the result.  Thanks to my friends for the lessons.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Wednesday Sewing Group

These are photos that Kathy Delaney took Wednesday of the sewing group in action at the Overbrook Quilt Connection.  Vernis had tons of fleece and so she invited others to add to her stash.  We had four sergers going and made fleece blankets for charity.  We started around 10 a.m. and by the middle of the afternoon we had finished 31 blankets for a local women's shelter and 10 dog beds for the Humane Society.  It was a great day with great stitching friends. Thanks to all who helped with the effort.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This is What I am Doing!

One of my stitching friends is also an artist and pattern designer. She has a barn quilt that is beautiful.  She designed redwork-type barns and wanted them digitized so that she could sell the embroidery patterns.  This has been a year-long adventure that has had many twists and turns.  Needless to say the original digitizer has left her with designs that are less than perfect.  So we have been spending time working on the designs and then stitching them to make sure they are correct.  Well the designs finish at approximately 12" X 16", so this takes lots of time, stabilizer, and fabric.  Hopefully this will be complete by the first of October.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jeans Jacket IV

Early this year, I was part of a jeans jacket challenge.  Our group had seen one in Paducah that we loved.  We found out that it was purchased at Chico's.  So we decided that in April 2016 we would all show the jacket that we had embellished.  I became a bit obsessed with the challenge and had so many ideas that so far I haven't found a stopping point.

This jacket is the fourth one I have finished--although it needs a little more work.  The design is called Garden Grace from OESD (#12633).  I loved all of the designs and wanted a big medallion for the back of the jacket. There were plenty of different sized designs so that a large grouping could be designed. I didn't know if the embroidery would stitch correctly over the seams on the back, but for the most part it is great.  I do have some loops on the seams.  I put one line of decoration on the front and decided it really needed the second one on each side.  I really am pleased with it and will wear it.  Not I just need a shirt the right color.