Saturday, January 24, 2015

Machine embroidery luggage tags

Downloaded a luggage tag in the hoop design from www.emblibrary.com.  This took me a lot longer than it should have.  First I combined all the stitching color - well, duh, that eliminates the stops to add the backing, etc  And I wanted the clear plastic back as well to slip an address card in if they choose.  These are perfect size to fit in with the gift card in the bride box.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cricut Bride

This was a Cricut design and is perfect to hold a gift card.  Could even be a bit smaller than I made it. 

Starting Christmas in January

Machine Embroidery OESD Christmas Collection 2008.  I just love this little pain in the rear.  It's hours of stitching, but you can set it up and leave it.  I had never done applique before on the machine.  Should have looked for threads to trim BEFORE I washed out the stabilizer.  Putting it together, I'd push a buttonette through and another would come out.  Still not quite sure it's together right.  But I do love it.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Checkers, anyone?

Long sob story involving red sharpies, some spilled bleach, and a little alcohol followed by tea. But good nuf for checkers. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

And yet more quilting


Scarlett's quilt is finished!  I free motioned the pink much more densely, and decided for the strips to just do three squiggly lines down them - and that alone was difficult enough for long strips.  Free motion quilting in blocks of the quilt was much easier for me than doing these long strips. This is it on a king size bed, but her bed is a full size.  And so I tell Scarlett, you call me after you sleep under it one night to tell me how much you love it, okay?  And the dear four-year-old says, What if I don't? 

And the checkerboard table topper is ready for layering and quilting.  On this I used the method I saw on Pinterest to iron pieces onto interfacing and sew rows, and I'm very happy with the results.  My points would have been way off without this method.  All the interfacing I've used comes in 20" width, which is exactly the size I needed to end up as a 16" square.  The diameter of the table is about 35" and it should be much easier to play with free motion quilting on a small size as this.

Monday, December 29, 2014

More quilts



I've sort of been on a quilt kick!  The first of these, red, white and black, started just because Joann's had a flannel sale - even though I had sworn off rag quilts with the last one I made a couple years ago.  That snipping is a killer.  Thinking about it again, it's actually Six's fault.  She started it by making beautiful fall-colored flannel rag quilts for her boys.

And then I saw the flag quilt and decided my brother might like that for Christmas.  So I snipped away.  Seemed to go faster.  This last quilt is for Scarlett and is a full-size quilt for her bed. I plan on free motion quilting the top, and I hope I have the fortitude to do it.  It's awkward to maneuver such a big piece.  The center of the flower was made by piling snips and scraps of all the pieces of fabric between two pieces of water-soluble stabilizer and just stitching nilly-willy.  When it's sufficiently stitched, wash away the stabilizer, and there you have your new fabric.  I downloaded a petal shape from the internet and cut out petals of fabric and interfacing and stitched so the fusible interfacing was on the outside.  I pressed it down to hold firmly in place while I stitched them in place.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Monday, November 03, 2014

Sewing room redo

With a little help from my organizer friend, I managed to get through the fabric.  She suggested rolling all the soft fabrics and stacking in a box.  I can now lay my fingers on any piece of fabric without pulling everything from the shelf and dumping on the floor - my old system.  I love it!  The bookcases are from Target, $17 each.  So nice to have all the books in one place.  The table is Ikea's Norden gateleg table that folds down to about 12 inches!  I put it on casters that I saw on another blog out there - I think it was Cozee.  And for some reason, I added a huge table to the mix and now have way more room than I did without it.  Scarlett has three drawers stocked with craft stuff to keep her busy out there too.  I decided to protect the table with a piece of flannel-backed vinyl cloth I had on hand.  I wish the pictures did it justice.  I'm very happy!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Great Pumpkin

Christmas is Coming

And in this house we knit.  And now I see the mistake!  ah.  Nice.  This was made on the Brother KH930 with the help of instructions on Ravelry.  I plan on a string of these hanging from the mantel, different designs, different sizes.  We'll see what we end up with!  I input the design from Selbuvotten book, designs for gloves or mittens.  And the ball was from the Dollar Store - gaudy, red, ornament that I ripped as much off as possible.  Michael's wanted $4.99 per 5-inch styrofoam ball.  Even with a coupon for 50% off, it's too much.  Really, I'd like to pay less than $1 for a piece of styrofoam!

Fall is here

Scarlett has been asking to make donuts, and we finally managed it.  She was in heaven.  Sugar, sprinkles...  We made them gluten free, and really, they didn't taste too bad.  Tons of recipes on Pinterest

We ordered the pan from Amazon, but Michaels has it as well.




This was something I saw online and had to try!  Merely leaving that center piece in the orange, putting some olive oil in the orange, and voila, a self-wicked candle.  I've been burning this on and off in the mornings for over a week.
The little witch was being a little witchy - she did NOT want her picture taken. This is her backup costume for Halloween.  First up is still unhemmed - a Frozen dress.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Shrinky Dinkin

Double sided. I actually prefer the feel and thickness the no 6 plastic to go container buttons. But you can't photo on those. 

Friday, October 03, 2014

Picture Knitting and Shrinking Plastic

Img2Track is too much fun:  http://daviworks.com/

There are lots of ways to get your knitting machine to knit pictures, but for me, this was the easiest.  I'm attempting to make new pillows from old movie posters for the den.  I'm hoping to make Audrey Hepburn - either Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany's.  I'm using yarn from Michaels, Woolike, which is so reasonable.


I got up too early today and ended up on a site making shrinky dink buttons! Well, I have a lot of little plastic containers in the garage from the days when I'd take cookies to my jobs (boy, is that over).  So I quickly hand cut a few irregular circles, punched holes, and sort of copied their designs a bit, baked them up, and Voila!  Too cute.  And if you sand the plastic first, it makes it more white than clear like the little heart below.  http://scissorspaperwok.com/2011/07/18/how-to-make-clothing-buttons-from-shrink-plastic/  I think Scarlett and I will have a great time playing with jewelry making this weekend!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Santa Fe Dreaming

Carol Sunday has a lovely pattern out called Santa Fe.  I can't afford those kits!  But anyway, I'll just fake up something with my knitting machine and hopefully end up with the "feel" of it.  I was trying to get away without having to purchase any yarns and just fill in with scraps I have, but I decided that turquoise/mottle denim sock yarn may not work.  I'm probably going to do a very subdued version of a fake Santa Fe with mostly greys and natural color.

And another little project was a little clothesline laundry basket for a set of dryer balls for a buddy of mine.  I think it turned out adorable.





Saturday, July 19, 2014

Another clothesline bag

I love these bags!  They're fast, easy, and cheap. I dyed the clothesline a couple years ago and just got around to stitching it up. 

Monday, July 07, 2014

Polka dots

More sweet embroidery

Machine embroidery design from http://www.oregonpatchworks.com/collections.php?id=AVT   Too many color changes.  I combined some colors to save some time.

Romper for Scarlett.