Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Anything Holder

This is my anything holder--you can use it for sewing supplies, art supplies, or anything else you might want. It unfolds and inside is three-inch-wide elastic sewn with slots for keeping your supplies. This was the project for the All About Machine Embroidery program at my Bernina dealer. I found the elastic at Hancock's and it has a frilly top--really neat elastic! The design is from OESD's Rose of Sharon Collection. The Bernina USA website has one of these designs to download right now. It was fun to make and would be a great gift for someone who sews.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's Wild!flowers Again

These are the six embroidered blocks that are in Wild!flowers by Smith Street Designs. I first saw this quilt in an Arizona quiltshop. It is the first embroidery quilt that I truly fell in love with on sight. You can see my quilt here. Tomorrow at the local quilt shop I will be teaching the techniques needed to make this quilt to a class of seven. I know they will really like making this quilt and lead them on a non-stop journey into embroidery.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Floral Visions

This is the Floral Visions quilt that I am working on. It is Crafter's Collection #1 from OESD although I can't find it on the website. I purchased mine at my Bernina dealer. The quilt has nine blocks and five of those are finished. The center block is over-sized and flows into the sashing. OESD has a thread kit for this design, but I have a floral I am using for the border that has purples and a smattering of blue. So my colors are different. I want to see if I would like this as a bigger quilt.

The Christmas Collection from OESD is now available at your dealer. The first set has tree decorations including a beautiful angel. I have not seen the other sets.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Design Wall Monday

I know this is not a wall, but I could not get it to stick to the wall because it was so heavy. The ABC quilt still needs a final border. This quilt is "shocking" red and can cause red dots to appear before your eyes!! I am so glad to have this almost complete. I want to work on a quilt called Floral Visions that I will embroider on my new 830. Happy sewing week!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

ABC Update

The 26 alphabet blocks and the 4 corner blocks are finished. Photos of blocks on my design wall are cumbersome to take because it is right below my stairway. I can't get all of the blocks or take the picture from in front of the blocks. So you get the idea. I do have the sashing cut and have two horizontal rows sewn. This is a busy quilt!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Design Wall Monday

This is Redwork ABC by The Stitch Connection.
The embroidery has been completed for all of the blocks. Now I am sewing the piecing around each of the blocks. I only have 16 more blocks to go! This is my second redwork quilt this summer. I think the next one will have to be bluework or greenwork because I am a bit tired of seeing red. My new 830 and I are getting to know each other as we work on this quilt.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Canada and Alaska Rivers

The streams in Canada and Alaska were very interesting. If the river came from a glacier, it was usually a milky gray. The color comes from the ground-up rock and sediment that is produced as the glacier moves. But some streams are an amazing blue-green that is almost beyond description. This water comes from inside the glacier where the oxygen has been squeezed from it. Then there were streams that were clear and usually came from snow melt. Streams came in all sizes but most of there were huge. My camera just did not catch the true essence of the streams.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

My New Baby

This is my new Bernina 830! I picked it up last Thursday. Bob, of Bob's Bernina, had a retirement party on Saturday and then was going on a trip to Pennsylvania. So I picked it up before he left the store. His plans include working at the store a couple of days a week. I know a lot of people trust him to work on their machines. Mona is the new ower and has her sister, Rose, working at the store. They also are planning to enlarge the store with a classroom next door. It will be fun to have classes with plenty of room.

My friend in Amarillo just purchased a Bernina 630. She is falling in love with her new machine. We plan to do some power sewing soon.

I am sorry to have been off-line so long, but my modem was not working when I got home. So a phone call to the fix-it place was supposed to have one in my hands in 3 to 5 days. It took three more phone calls and 9 days to finally get on-line. Thanks for your patience because my ran out for a while.