Monday, November 30, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
We were assigned in my beyond basics quilting class to sew blocks with a flower and butterfly--I asked to sew instead blocks to fit my Valentine theme and because hand appliqué does not sound fun to me. Luckily, I experienced fusible web before with my Amy Butler big dots pillows. I don't have a blanket stitch on my Babylock Maria, and so I used the zig zag to anchor my text and heart (which I sewed improvisationally:) And since I'm didn't hand appliqué my heart and in the spirit of hand sewing, I will embellish and embroider it crazy quilt style with "x"s and "o"s and chain and herringbone stitches. I love 'em. One block (and the most difficult one to piece)--Drunkard's Path--to go!
A couple years ago I bought this pink Sarah Jane family tree panel, hoping to sew a quilt for my pregnant niece--but it's pink and the baby born was Rhys. But now she just had a daughter and so I mailed her the family tree and had her indicate what names she wanted me to embroider. Yesterday I stitched silver and pink/silver and dark pink pinwheel patches (wished I had used a charcoal gray with the dark pink to match hues but perfect translates into NOT DONE)for an outer border. I luckily discovered maroon fabric in my stash and cut 2.5" wide strips for an inner border. This is a fun project:)
Monday, November 9, 2015
I checked out from the public library, Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched with Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy by Rashida Coleman-Hale. I just introduced my assistant to crafting by hooking her up with an embroidery project, and so today after work I decided to get a head-start on holiday gift-giving by making her an embroidery kit. I used a utility fabric instead of linen and lined and bound it with 2 different fat quarter fabrics, and attached lavender suede cords. I also stamped it (too much, me thinks) and embroidered her name on it. I bought embroidery thread in her favorite colors, embroidery scissors and stuck some pins. I was going to put in a very small embroidery hoop and a panel for another embroidery project but I'm too eager to give it to her.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
I was so enthralled by my fat quarters that I forgot to use background fabric (Candyland). It's okay I'll just rip out those plum corners and triangles and replace them with pink. But golly do I like that purple.