Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Selvage Postcard

One of my listserves is having a postcard exchange and this is my interpretation of using "green" materials. The background is made from selvages that I have saved since I have started reading the selvage blog. The selvage background starts with the brown dirt, proceeds through the grass and flower garden before ending with the sky. The flower is embroidered from The Stitch Connection's Bloomin' Flowers CD. I love this flower because it has a 3D center formed by using water soluble bobbin thread. The fuzzy border is fun fur that has been couched onto the card. Making fabric postcards and receiving them is great fun!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sneak Peak of More Wild!flowers

This beautiful machine embroidery applique is a pincushion cactus from More Wild!flowers from Smith Street Designs. This photo is of my stitchout and is not copied from the website. The other really beautiful flower in this quilt is the California poppy. Really, all of the flowers are beautiful, but the cactus and poppy are just outstanding.
I have the body of the quilt finished. Now to get 292 half square triangles completed for a border.
My first embroidery quilt was the first Wildflowers quilt by Smith Street. I saw a finished sample at a quilt shop in Arizona and fell in love with it. Now I have enough embroidery quilts completed to develop a program about them. There are many stitchers who have embroidery modules who have never used them. Get those modules hooked up to your machine and have great fun!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Busy Monday

Tuesday was a fun day for me. I presented a program for the Manhattan Quilt Guild about embroidery quilts. I had to raid the Overbrook Quilt Connection of the samples that I have made for them. Making embroidery quilts is making a big statement in the quilting world. It has always been part of quilting but now machine embroidery is making it bigger and bigger. The program was well received--especially by those with embroidery modules for their machines.
In the afternoon, I taught a workshop covering making a casserole carrier or a sewing machine apron. Dee is shown in the picture working on the binding for her sewing machine apron. The apron fits under your machine and has pockets for holding sewing notions. It is especially nice to use when attending a workshop. The red fabric in the picture is Dee's casserole carrier. It is so easy to make and can be folded when not being used.