Thursday, August 31, 2017

Summer Retreat 2017

Earlier this month, we had another annual summer retreat for our Northern Virginia chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  I secured our venue at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA.  Three days of nothing but sewing fun with like-minded friends.  Sounds awesome, right!?!

We had a very large space again.  We were able to give everyone two tables for their workstation - set up like an "L".  Four "L" workstations are grouped together to form a pod.  We even had one 5-worktation pod.  These pods were scattered around the room.

A view of our space from up above.

I brought a few projects to complete over the 2.5 days.  I finished 1.5 of them.  I was glad to get the work done that I did.  (Blog posts on these projects coming soon!)
My workstation setup and working.

There was a bright separate room on the far side that we used for cutting tables.  Iron stations were set up along each wall.  There was a smaller room in the back which we designated as the Fitting Room - complete with a long mirror and a platform on which to stand.

A panographic-view of our retreat space this year.

Our retreats are fun and you can come in as early as you'd like to work on your projects, and you may stay as late as you desire as well.  Myself, and a few other Midnight-Stitchers, were the last to leave that Saturday evening.
Midnight Stitchers!

For the enjoyment of our retreat attendees, there is even a 1-minute video of our retreat weekend.  They are always so much fun!

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Happy Stitching!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Christmas in July Santa's Ride Bowl

My second Christmas in July project.  Started in July, finished in early August.


This a a free standing lace bowl from BFC Creations called Santa's Ride.  This is an expensive set for an embroidery design, but it seems to be 70% off a couple times a year.  So if you like it, just wait for a sale price before paying full price.

I made it in the largest size they have.  It is very stitch intensive as it is viewable on both sides so top and bobbin thread must match.  They stitched out very nicely.

I think the panel with Santa is my favorite.  Loved the bright colors.

All panels stitched out as well as the bottom panel.  I rinsed the Santa panel first, which makes the color look a shade darer than the others.  Then I read the directions which indicated that the bowl should be stitched first, before rinsing the stabilizer out.  Should have read all the instructions, but it wasn't a big deal.
All panels stitched out

The panels are joined using a regular zig zag stitch with matching thread on the sewing machine.


Each side panel is attached to the bottom panel first, then attached to its side neighbors.

One done you have a big floppy bowl.  ðŸ˜„
I rinsed the entire bowl under the faucet and draped it over a towel over a small lamp. Let that dry completely.

I sprayed a bit of Best Press and ironed it smooth once it was dry.

Ready for Christmas!

Happy Stitching!


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Christmas in July angel

I tried to get a couple of Christmas-themed projects completed in July.  Finished one on the last day of July, and the other completed shortly thereafter. It has just taken me a while to share it here. :)



First up was a 3-dimensional free standing lace and organza angel.  This design is from emblibrary.  I used Madiera Viscose (rayon) thread in the top and bobbin for a high sheen.

The design is done as several free standing lace designs.  A layer of organza is added to the front and the back of the wash-away stabilizer during embroidery.


The organza is cut to size using  a template ahead of time, and may not always cover all of a FSL piece. I had a bit of an issue with the organza not always catching under the tack-down stitches.  This resulted in it being pulled away from the edges after washing away the stabilizer.
Organza pulled away from edges.
To remedy this, I found it better to cut the organza pieces slightly larger than the template  and just trim it after being tacked down.

The pieces looked so pretty as they were being stitched!

These designs were stitch intensive and I was happy to see the smiley face when done. 🙂

Emblibrary has printed instructions here for doing this design, as well as stitching the pieces together.  I stitched as much as I could by machine, then the final pieces by hand.  Love the way it came together. 👼🏼

Happy Stitching!


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Young Etsy Seller

A few months ago, my daughter had an idea to make a pillow from a photograph she took of our Shadow.  She had so much fun doing it that she wanted to make more.  I created a listing on Etsy on her behalf.

She has had several orders, and I love to see her working on them.  She is my young Etsy Seller.  Here she is stitching a pillow of a pug/terrier mix named Marvin.  He looks so cute!

Concentrating!

So cute!

Happy Stitching!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

First Place at the Fair

Our county fair began this week.  I have never entered my work into any type of judging before, but was so very happy to see my Golden Tapestry with a blue ribbon on it this morning.  ðŸ˜Š  That has made my day!  You can see my work and progress on this Anita Goodesign tapestry through several posts here.

Loudoun County Fair 2017 - Blue Ribbon


 Just a few other quick projects done lately...

Made a few mug rugs.  This one with the sewing machine is for me.  I have it in front of my machine and I use it as a tool mat while I work.  The in-the-hoop embroidery design came rom Appliqué Corner, and the sewing notion fabric came from JoAnn's.



I made a couple mug rugs for two ladies at the conference center who are working with me to plan our annual sewing guild's summer retreat.  This in-the-hoop embroidery design is free from Sweet Pea Embroidery Designs group on Facebook.  I edited it a bit to remove the name and flower that was on it, and personalize the name and add a different flower.


I found a cute tag on Pinterest to go along with a mug rug, just in case the recipient has never heard of one before.  I typed them up and printed on card stock and tied it to a goody bag.
Ready to go.  Explanation tag included. :)


My neighbor asked that I personalize a blanket for her nephew going off to college.  She brought me a nice twin-size Land's End fleece blanket.  She wanted a large monogram in the center, and the college name in the corners.  I found a large circle monogram font that goes up to 7.5" from The Itch 2 Stitch.  Also from a large Times Roman font on Etsy from Digitizing With Love.  Both stitched out nicely.
The circle monogram is a large 7.5" diameter.

I monogrammed a soft minky baby blanket from Target, and made a few in-the-hoop fuzzy bunnies to go along with a baby gift.    The bunny designs came from Artistic Threadworks on Etsy.



Made a few more zipper cases to give as simple gifts.  These are by Anita Goodesign and are their small (the zebra one) and large rectangle bags with a lining.  Along with a coordinating tissue pack cover for the larger bags.




That's about it for now.  Still have a Christmas in July in mind, but July is ending soon.  Hope to start it this week anyway.

Happy Stitching!


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