Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Christmas in July No-Sew Quilt Magic

I took along a no-sew quilt project of our annual beach week vacation.  We traveled again to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and stayed in Nags Head.  It was beautiful weather for just about all of the week, so it was hard to find time to justify staying inside to craft.  But I found time early morning and late evening.  :)

I've had this Nativity Quilt Magic craft for over a year, and didn't get to it for last Christmas, so I decided to get a jump on this holiday season and bring it along as my project.

The project is simple enough.  All you need is a pair of scissors and a blunt (non-sharp!) edge like a butter knife, or a tucking tool.  I've done a couple of these type of crafts.  (For the first one, I used the back side of a seam ripper as my tucking tool, and it worked fine.)  I have since purchased a small tucking tool which I like.

This project is easy to do:
Work in progress.
Cut out the paper pattern pieces and use them to cut the corresponding fabrics.  Tuck each piece into the board as you go.

Paper pattern piece cut.

Fabric cut with pattern.  Also cut the "give" lines around curves.

Use a blunt-edge blade to tuck the fabric into the pattern board slots.

Tuck all around.

Bottom piece all tucked in.

Repeat the same for each pattern piece until the board is finished.
Brown fabrics tucked in.
All fabrics done:
All finished.

I really liked how this craft turned out.  This Quilt Magic brand, has a thin soft foam layer on top of the core board.  I prefer that it gives a bit of a cushion and soft touch to the finished craft, as compared to the other Artsi2 brand I tried that does not have this layer. There are two other Quilt Magic Christmas panels that compliment this Nativity panel.  The Three Kings and The Good Shepherd.  I emailed Quilt Magic to confirm that the fabrics between the kits would match, as I've seen different fabrics used in the Nativity scene.  They did confirm that the other kits will have fabric matching to the one I already completed.  I just ordered them both and can't wait to get them.  Hope to get them done this year!  :)

Vacation photo to share:
Here is one of my favorite pics I was lucky to get on my cell phone last week:

Even got the bird to pose for my photo.  :)
Happy Stitching!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

That's me in the Jonome pic!

I was catching up on some blogs, and read Janome's post for the Sewing Escape weekends they are sponsoring.  Reading through the post, I recognized our group photo from the weekend event I attended.  But then I noticed their promotion image.  I recognized that girl in the photo.  Plus I see my name is on that machine.  :-)  I'm famous! - sorta - kinda- not really - no - but it was a fun surprise to see.

That's me in pink. :-)

To read Janome's post on their Sewing Escape weekend, click here.

Happy Stitching!

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

My visit to A Quilt in a Day!

Once school let out, we packed up the family and headed out west for a California family vacation.  We started in San Diego, and took our time driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco.  We stopped in several places along the route to take in the sites.  Before we left San Diego though, I took a little detour to San Marcos and visited Eleanor Burn's A Quilt in a Day Quilt Shop.  This location houses her quilt shop, hosts classes, processes her internet orders as well as hosts her show's recording studio.  For your viewing pleasure, here is a photo tour of her shop.

I tried to get a photo of Eleanor's entire space.

I arrived at opening time and was the first customer of the day.  The sales person, Chris, was very friendly and helpful, and she totally didn't mind if I snapped some pictures.  Here is what you see at the front of the shop.  Lots of fun quilting supplies and Eleanor's patterns.
View from front door.
Another view of the store front area.

Walk through the door-way opening and you are welcome into a large brightly-lit room full of fabrics.

Lots of fabric and quilts to admire.
To the near-right side of this room is another doorway.  This area holds the sale fabrics.  Behind the fabrics appears to be an order processing area.  Out of site of this photo in the back area is her video studio.
Sale Fabrics

A classroom space is in the back of the first fabric room.

Sale fabrics and a peek into the classroom.

A few of my favorite things...

A fun scrabble quilt on display.

I saw an advertisement for this Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clock recently.  Nice to see it on display.  This may have to go on my Wish List.

Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clock

So what did I find for myself you ask??  Just a few things I could fit in my suitcase for the flight home.  I picked up Eleanor's Braid in a Day pattern, along with batik fabrics to make the quilt in browns, blues and blacks.  Also found a few other goodies including a Quilt in a Day tee shirt, Quilt-theme Jar Candy, Quilt in a Day charm and their row-by-row pattern.

Eleanor was not at the shop on the morning of my visit.  Chris said Eleanor is doing well though.  :-) I have met Eleanor before, when she was in town to teach several few years ago.  Sorry I missed her on this visit.

One final photo to share is from California.  Here we are at Muir Woods Redwood Forest.  Those trees are amazing!
Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world!!

Happy Stitching!

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Many End of Year Embroidery Gifts

Summer is in full swing!  I had a mad dash in June to finish end of school year embroideries.  Our oldest child graduated from high school and is getting ready to head off to college in the fall.  Most embroideries were gifts for graduates.   So here is what has come out of my sewing room.  What have you worked on?

I made and embroidered several zipper cases for my daughter and her friends representing their intended college in school colors.  The inside lining has a nice pop of color.  One of my favorite little additions is my fabric labels I now sew inside my items.
Many Zipper Cases

Several quilted mirror & case sets.

A few more Stackers Bedside Pockets.

Several more monogramed tool bags.

See my previous post for more info on the toolbags and Stackers.

Monogrammed an outdoor blanket purchased on Costco.

Embroidering an apron for myself.
I am so looking forward to attending the Singer Featherweight Maintenance class taught by Nova Montgomery in Williamsburg this September.  I embroidered a black apron for myself for this class with the Singer Featherweight bed decal motif and my name.  :-)

Embroidered the business logo for my neighbor.

Another Costco find!  Large rolling duffle bags.  Monogrammed nicely!

Can you tell I love Costco?  Beach Towels from Costco now monogrammed.
University of Virginia "V" embroidered on a knit cap.

A Zipper Case for a Baltimore Oriole Fan.

All items finished in time.  Whew!

That's our girl!!

After graduation, I unplugged everything from the sewing room and we headed out to California for a family vacation!

Happy Stitching!


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

In The Hoop Cross-body Bag done in 4 Minutes

I really enjoy in-the-hoop projects.  They turn out great.  Look nice, and are always consistent in how they finish out.  I decided to have some fun the other day and record the actually process of making an in-the-hoop embroidery bag design.  Although they are not hard to do, they do take effort that some people may not realize.  In order to condense it down to something fun and reasonable to watch, I did it as a time-lapse.  Complete in four minutes.  Speed sewing at is finest.  :-)

I stitched a Cross Body Bag design from Embroidery Garden.  I stitched the 7" x 10" size bag.  It is nice for carrying just a few things and includes pockets for driver's license and credit cards.  The entire bag-making process is there in the video, starting with the cut fabric and ending with my completed bag.

So here is my very first You Tube video uploaded for your enjoyment!!

UPDATE:  I have been requested to remove the video of my working on this bag.   Plus other photos in older blog posts where I work on Embroidery Garden designs.  Apparently they want their designs to remain a mystery.  I am very disappointed with Embroidery Garden to say the least.  :-(   Good news is that they are plenty other embroidery companies to support.   

Happy Stitching (but not with Embroidery Garden)!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Sewing Escape Weekend

Sew much fun this weekend while attending the Sewing Escape retreat sponsored by Janome, Sew4Home and our local Sew Magarbo studio.

Our retreat was held at the National Conference Center, here in Leesburg, Virginia.  With it being so close to home, how could I not attend??  Friday night, Saturday all day, and half a day on Sunday of fun projects.  Everything was included, sewing machines, material and food!  I just had to bring myself.  Easy Peasy.

Friday night was a Mix, Make and Mingle as we made personal embroidered lanyards for our use this weekend.  Everyone got their own new Janome Skyline S7 sewing machine to use for the retreat.  For the embroidery needs, there were enough Janome Memory Craft 500E machines available for two people to share.

I spied one top-of-the-line Janome Memory Craft 1500 sewing & embroidery machine in the back row, so I definitely had to sit there!  Wow, that is a nice machine to work with.
Precious Lopez, our host from Sew Magarbo, welcomed us to the event.

Friday evening included a talk from Liz Johnson, Editor, from Sew4Home.  She shared insights on design color choice and fabric selection.
Liz Johnson, Sew4Home

Saturday morning's project started off with the tear-drop tote bag (free tote pattern here).  Janome Educators Erin Schlosser and Miriam Coffey were on-hand to guide us through their projects.  The project kit had the fabric already pre-cut for us which was an added bonus!
Each machine had a little chalkboard attached so you can claim and personalize it for the weekend.  :-) 

This tear-drop tote features a pleated design with embroidered 3D flower and leaves.  The interior is lined and has a zipper pocket as well.

Tear-drop Tote Finished

We pieced the patchwork pillow top and marked it for quilting on Saturday afternoon.  (The pattern for the patchwork pillow is here.)  Sunday morning we came back to sandwich and quilt the top, and then complete the pillow.  The cute little pom poms added some fun to this project.
Quilted, pom-pom trimmed pillow completed.

The last project for the weekend was a personalized zipper clutch (similar clutch pattern found here). This project is first started in the embroidery hoop and then construction completed with the sewing machine.

This bag used Pellon flex foam for the batting, which I had not used before.  I liked that it gave the bag some shape but was still flexible to the touch.

Overall this was a fun retreat that I would recommend if there is one in your area.  Nice, casual retreat with fun projects and relaxed sewcializing.  Perfect escape from this rainy weather we've been having.
Myself & Precious from Sew Magarbo.

Love this 3-D printed vintage sewing machine!

Happy Stitching!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

End of School Year Gift Ideas

It must be getting close to the end of the school year.  Seems like I'm busy making items and doing embroidery for teachers and grads - for myself and for friends.   Also doing some logo shirts too.  Been busy trying to get lots of them done.  Some of the embroidery requests for grads are great ideas!  I have to get some for my own  gift giving.  :-)

Just check out some of these items from my sewing room lately:

- Logo embroidery for a friend's BBQ business
- Girl Scout Trefoil quilted and embroidered mirror and bag set
- Personalized travel mugs
- Personalized quilted duffle bag

- Personalized mirror and bag set
- Montessori logo embroidery on jackets
- More BBQ logo embroidered shirts
- Monogrammed tote bags

- Personalized fuzzy dog stuffy
- Birth record stuffed bear
- Monogrammed sports bag
- Wrist-strap reusable zipper bags

- Monogrammed tool bags
- Monogrammed Stackers

The last picture is of two graduation gift ideas that I love.  The photo on the left is for monogrammed tool bags.  I didn't think I could get those under my embroidery needle, but turning them inside-out did work for them.  I really like how they turned out.  The red ones cost about $20 and were available at Target.  
Tool Bag set which I embroidered.

The other photo above is the small sized Stackers Bedside Pockets from the Container Store.  These are bedside pockets that tuck under a top mattress and hand down the side.  They hold cell phones and a book or magazine.  Great for lofted beds in the dorms where there is no room for a nightstand.

Bedside Stackers

Happy Stitching!

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