Friday, September 27, 2013
Coffee Cozy projects are so much fun. I've made these by cutting out the pattern and sewing on the Singer, but this particular Cozy is one of my favorite processes: In The Hoop. Like the zippered purse posted prior to this one, all I need to do is take my 6x10 embroidery hoop and place some tear away stablilizer in it. Into the machine it goes, and the first step, the ITH design sews an outline of where the fabrics go. The first layer comprises of a thinner batting, and the top fabric. The second step is to sew around the shape to anchor the main design. Then the quilting process begins and it finishes in a snap. The last two steps is to put in the button hoop (I use the little elastic bands for pig tails), lay down the back fabric and the machine sews around the shape 2 times, leaving a small area that allows me to turn the fabrics right side out. Voila. All I have to do is remove the fabrics from the hoop, remove the stabilizer, trim and turn right side out. Add a button and it's done.. And it's cute. It's so much fun to change the fabrics because I feel like I am doing it all brand new.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
When I work on my Brother Innovis2500 Embroidery Machine, I sit totally mesmerized at each step. Doing embroidery designs for totes, quilts, tee shirts are a snap. Next comes applique embroidery where you use fabric pieces that are individually added to the design with satin stitches. I am always a wee bit nervous when I start one of these but they fall together easily so long as you pay close attention to the messages that come up on my embroidery machine screen. . My machine has a nice large digital screen that goes thru each step with a very clear picture and instructions. I just purchase a little CD that has about 30 animal faces that are appliqued and embroideried and I can see a baby quilt being made very soon.
Now to the task below. I love making gifties and the little zippered purse is just that. I bought an online design from http://www.charmingstation.com/. This lady had an awesome step to step youtube video and I absolutely had to try this myself. So ...here it is...
Step #1 is to put tear away stabilizer in the hoop. In this design I used a 5x7 hoop. Here you see the 3 various sizes of fabrics (for the upper and lower parts as well as the back of the purse) , the spools of thread and a long long zipper that can be cut to the necessary size. I started out using an 8 inch zipper and I ruined 3 attempts, and broke 3 needles. The larger the zipper, the better, and I had a difficult time realizing that in the end result the zipper can easily be resized in the sewing process. I am using a 12 inch zipper in the 5x7 purses.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Macintosh The Great Gecko Hunter
My friend Brad (who runs a wonderful Historic Phoenix site) has the cutest little doxie named Macintosh (Brad has a Mac computer, so there ya go). Macintosh loves to hunt down the geckos in Brad's yard, and she is always on patrol. It's a funny thing to hear about because my friends Judi and Greg had two doxies who Gecko Hunt and my sweet Springer Spaniel Brig used to be on Gecko Patrol all the time. Just for a while, I stepped away from my sewing rant and pulled out my Cricut to make a little sign just for Macintosh. The cute doxie and the "huntin' dog" were cut from my Paper Pups cart, and the Geckos were cut from Life Is A Beach. I put in my Cricut markers and used Base Camp to print out the titles.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Oh my, these are precious little ones.
My son's high school friend Kathleen is very active in a local Rescue Group for dogs and cats and they take 3 at a time from the kill list at the Human Society and Shelters. When Kathleen posts these darling little fur babies, my heart goes out to each to have a wonderful much deserved forever home. Kathleen says they all will go to a forever home, and they are kept in loving foster homes until that happens. The dogs were wearing dog bandanas with the Adopt Me message, and she asked if I would like to do about 40 for the group. YESSSSSSS, I squealed. I love catching projects as they fly overhead and this is such a worthwhile endeavor, as that. I tried the triangle doggy bandana style, but it appears that when the bandana is tied around the dog's neck the embroidery work is not showing as it should. So I went to the drawing board and I came up with a bib design. Three sizes for the large, medium and small dogs. Kathleen came and picked these up yesterday. Today she will feature two of the dogs at one of the PetSmart stores in an adjoining city. One of the dogs, she tells me, is a boxer and I was on the verge of being interested just as Riley The Cat leapt into my arms and said NOOOOOO.
Thanks for stopping by. I know I have become a naysay blogger lately but I assure you I am busy and not sitting by the pool eating bon bons. Stay well, my visitors.