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Archive for February 2012

February is almost over and I have several unfinished projects lying around. Well maybe more than several. I have started too many things and had projects for customers that had to be done first and students, so not much got done.

This lunch bag got finished because I am offering this as a class so needed the sample done.

This is from the book One Yard Wonders. I changed a couple of things like adding the outside pocket and the handle. I moved the inside pocket from the back to the side so it could hold utensils. I used scraps from making my Guild Bag so I now have a matching lunch bag for those guild activities that involve lunch.

Speaking of Guild activities, a bunch of us got together last Thursday for a One-Day Retreat. This is a great time to start a new project. I had saved a Moda jelly roll called A Little Romance. Have you heard of Bed Runners? I got a book from Clothide titled Bed Runners and decided the jelly roll would be prefect for it. Actually, there was enough to make two of them. Here is a picture of half of the center section. 

I got a dark purple fabric for the border and one of them, will have a sashing of squares made from the leftover pieces from the jelly roll. The backing for them will be a an oriental floral print. I am very excited about this project. One will go on my bed and the other will be sold on Etsy. The batting will be silk. I have never used silk but it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Can’t wait to try it.

The boucle skirt is still waiting to be hemmed and the oriental quilt is still waiting for stitch-in-the-ditch and binding. Plus I need to get the tax stuff ready for the accountant. Next week will be fun!

Hubby and I are going out to dinner tonight. Hope you all have some nice plans for tonight also!

Whew was that a process. It didn’t help that I came down with a cold either. This afternoon I finished the last embroidery stitch out. But the last one did not get done smoothly. The design stitches the character first then stitches the word. I knew the bobbin was low but thought it would make it to the end. It ran out on the bottom curve of the last ‘s’ in Happiness.  Luckily it is not too much of a problem to get it back to that spot after changing the bobbin and finish.

These are the other 3 designs I used.

I am also working on a couple projects out of a book I recently bought. I will post about them soon. Also there are a couple Etsy shops being put together. As soon as they are up and running I will post about them. In the meantime, I need to figure out how I will bind the quilt and the skirt still needs to be hemmed. Plus I have a couple jobs for clients to do. Busy Busy!

I got the last of the stitch-in-the-ditch done and started the embroidery. This will be a long process. Each embroidery takes about 40 minutes to stitch out. Plus there is a couple minutes to set the center point in the block and then center the hoop.  There are 4 different designs and each will be embroidered 5 times. One design is all done and I have completed the first of the next design. Although I think I will just do each vertical row. It is not a big deal to switch designs each time.

This is the first design:

The thread is rayon with a polyester bobbin thread. This takes alot of bobbin thread. If you can help it, don’t let the bobbin run out in the middle of the embroidery. I am loving the effect.

The other thing I figured out the hard way, is to not let the quilt hang over the edge of the table. Make sure the machine can move freely. It paused and waited for me to take the tension out of the quilt by bunching it up on the table around the machine.

It will be awhile before the embroidery is done. While it was working I finished hemming a Christmas tablecloth. Still need to hem the pencil skirt and to start on the jacket that goes with the skirt. Resolutions are marching on!

Got the quilt top done and sandwiched with white cotton batting and a white print backing fabric. Did stitch-in-the-ditch on all vertical seams and two of the five horizontal ones, this afternoon.

The yellow notes on the white blocks denote which of the four embroidery designs is to be put in that block. That means each design will appear five times on the quilt.

I haven’t decide what to do on the 9 patch blocks. Probably more stitch-in-the-ditch. I am very grateful for the 11″ bed on the Horizon 7700. So much easier to work on a queen size quilt.