Sunday, December 30, 2012

Embroidered Baby Nunu Blankets

My sister asked if I could embroider a couple of baby Nunu blankets she purchased as a baby-shower gift for a co-worker who is expecting twins.  I wasn't sure how I could do these cute blankets as the material is a soft, heavily-textured rosette fabric.  I thought maybe I would monogram the baby initial on an ear.

We gave it a try on the fabric, and it came out OK!

I hooped tear-away stabilizer, and used a bit of temporary spray-adhesive to secure it, along with a basting stitch around name.  I added a  water-soluble film on top to keep the stitches on top of the fabric.  We picked a silver thread to match the current stitching on the bunny's face.

This photo isn't the best, but the embroidery came out quite adorable!  So glad it worked!

Happy Stitching!!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Warm Wishes for a happy holiday season for you.
From Sylvia & family

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Puppy Love! ♥

Two days with our new puppy Shadow, and we are in love!

This puppy will not be suffering from lack of attention, that is for sure as the whole family cannot get enough of him.  :-)

Extreme close-up of one tired pup.

It is so nice to have a dog in the house again.  He is a sweet one too.

Have a Happy Day!

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Friday, December 21, 2012

HMS Logo Vests Done

I finished the Ha'Penny Montessori logo on adult-sized vests this week.  They are a gift to the school's staff and teachers from its Director.  I had to wait until today to post a photo just to make sure I didn't blow the surprise.   They'll give the teachers extra warmth when needed.

Happy Stitching!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Embroidered Quilt Labels & Shirts

My Funday Monday today consisted of getting needed tasks completed.

Embroidering a logo on a knit shirt.
I have a case of apparel I need to embroider that is due this week for someone.  I also had a couple of shirts that have been overdue to return as well.  I have a tutorial on how I embroider on a knit shirt here.
Removing the topping off of the embroidery on a vest.
My Funday Friend, Kathleen, made a cute teacher's Christmas gift pencil cup for her son's teacher.  Then she completed the binding on a quilt for her nephew born last week on 12/12/12.  How cool is that birthdate??

Kathleen's baby quilt for her new nephew.

A couple of quilts are being given as gifts this Christmas, so I embroidered a label for Kathleen, and also embroidered a label for DD2 Americana quilt.

Kathleen has a fondness for hand-stitching, so we kept the barter where I machine-stitch for her, and she'll hand-stitch for me.  In this case, I did machine-embroider for her label, and she attached the label for DD2's quilt.

Kathleen attached the label to her Jelly Roll 1600 Race quilt that we did at a workshop last spring.  This is the same quilt I did my first quilting on with my Sweet 16.  She is giving this one to her ailing mother-in-law.
Kathleen's completed Jelly Roll 1600 quilt

Label for DD2's quilt
My 11 year-old DD2 had created this Americana-theme quilt as a gift earlier this year.  It is now ready to send to her cousin in Germany for Christmas.  I'll bring it to the post office first thing in the morning.

DD2's completed Americana quilt.

So we had a good Funday and got plenty done.  To top it off Kathleen gave me a little Christmas gift of a ceramic trinket box in a vintage sewing machine design.  Awesome!  My little gift to her wasn't nearly so craft-inspired, but that's OK too.  :-)
Trinket box from my Funday Friend
Happy Stitching!

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Pencil Cup Teacher Gift

Kathleen's Pencil Cup gift for her son's teacher.
My friend Kathleen brought the supplies over for Funday today to make this cute pencil cup for her son's 4th grade teacher.  I can't take any credit for actually making this item, but since she doesn't blog her stuff, I can take credit for snapping the photos of this craft to share with you.  :-)  

How To Make the Pencil Cup:

Supplies for decorating cup.
Supplies Used:
  • 2 boxes (20 each) yellow #2 pencils
  • wood letter initials
  • paint for letter initials
  • inexpensive pencil cup (this one came from Walmart)
  • ribbon to tie around center
  • glue gun
  • styrofoam ball, glass marbles (see UPDATE below)

Paint the letters and set aside to dry.

Use glue gun to glue pencils around the cup.

After all pencils are glued, mark a line at level where ribbon is desired.

Measure and cut ribbon.  Use glue gun to adhere ribbon to cup.
Pencil cup with pencils and ribbon added.
Glue the painted letters to ribbon.

Dec. 19, 2012  UPDATE:   I was in my daughter's kindergarten classroom today where I noticed the original pencil cup that inspired Kathleen's cup.  I noticed that the pens and pencils stick out the top of the tall pencil cup.

The original inspiration.  Notice the pencils stick out the top?
I took an up-close look at it and saw that there was a sytrofoam ball and glass marbles added inside to elevate the bottom of the inside of the cup.   This way the pens and pencils don't get lost inside this tall cup.  How clever.
There is a styrofoam ball and glass marbles inside the up to elevate the bottom of it.
So, don't forget this final part to make this cup perfect!

All done!

Cute and useful gift for a teacher.

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Funday Monday!

It's Funday Monday!!

Last week's top hit was Kitty-Ears: Bohemian Braids Tutorial.  Thanks for sharing Carolynn!!

Let's see what you have going on this week!  Please link up your current project.   This linky party is open through Friday.

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Funday Mondays will return in 2013.
Happy Stitching!

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Meet Shadow

We surprised the kids with a visit to the breeder to pick a new puppy for Christmas.  This little guy was chosen and named Shadow.  He is a Sheltie breed, like our Lucky, but with different coloring.  He is as sweet as can be, and will be ready to join our family on Friday, when he becomes 8 weeks old.  We are eagerly anticipating his arrival!

Happy Stitching!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Finished Jelly Roll 1600 Race Quilt

I finished quilting my Jelly Roll 1600 Race quilt for charity!  The fabric strips came from WebFabrics.  They offered a collection of 40 strips for $20, and when you return the finished quilt, you would receive your $20 back.  The quilts are being donated to charities in December.  I saw on FaceBook that they are starting to pack up the quilts, so I finally put the binding on last night.  I always seem to wait until the last minute to do these things.

One finished 1600 quilt.
I had made my quilt top this past spring, but it became another UFO until I could quilt it.  My friend, Kathleen, and I participated in a Jelly Roll 1600 Race to make this top.  If you haven't participated in one of these events, they are a lot of fun.   The strips are first sewn end-to-end to create a 1600-inch long strip.  Ends are placed together and sewn.  When end is reach, cut and repeat again for a total of five-times.  Each "lap" of sewing takes half the time since the seam is half the distance from before.  A race is started when everyone begins the first seam.  The winner is the one who completes the top first.

Watch this video on YouTube that shows fun example of a Jelly Roll 1600 race.

Jelly Roll 1600 workshop/race I participated in.
We're the last to arrive of course, so we are in the back of this room.
One strip of 1600 inches of fabric sewn together.

Carolyn Goins, a local quilt instructor, hosted one of these 1600 workshops.  This event was held in a windowless room in the basement of a building.  The funny part was that as soon as we started sewing, the power went out and we were in complete darkness.  It wasn't our fault - It was from a nearby utility transformer - so the whole local vicinity was without electricity.  Thank goodness for smart phones with flashlight apps!  Power came on about 30 minutes later, then we were good to go.

Kathleen & I sewing our Jelly Roll 1600.
I can't sew with shoes on.  Can you?

You can read Carolyn's blog post about this event here.

Last month, I used my Sweet 16 to practice an all-over stipple to quilt it.

Stitching binding to back of quilt.

Last night, I tried machine sewing the binding with my walking foot.  First the binding is stitched to the back of the quilt, then folded over the edge, and secured down on the front side of the quilt.  This, being my first time was a learning experience.  I used clear thread so the stitching would not stand out.  I'm glad I was able to try it out on this charity quilt first.  I rushed through this job as it was late and I was tired.  Next time I'll need to take it slower.

Close-up of front of quilt. Machine stitched.

Close-up of back of quilt.  Shows where machine stitched from front.

  Happy Stitching!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My FunDay Cross-stitch UFO

My Funday Monday involved an 11-hour bus ride home from Savannah, GA yesterday.  My Funday friend & scout co-leader, Kathleen, and I had accompanied our troop to visit the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of America.  The girls had been saving up their monies from selling cookies to pay for this trip.  Since 2012 is the 100-year anniversary of the Girl Scout organization, this was the perfect time to go.  If you are interested, you can read a write-up about our trip on our troop's blog here.

I didn't spend the entire bus ride working on this cross-stitch, but I did invest several good hours between the ride there and back working on this.  The thing about cross-stitch for me is that I'm not the fastest, so it still doesn't look like much progress, even after a few hours of work.

When I saw this cross-stitch kit, I really liked it.  I knew that it would be a UFO forever and hopefully be finished one day.  I started working on the brown while at the beach last summer.  It's been sitting and waiting, and this weekend I worked on the cream and other colors.  So here it is so far...
Can you tell what this is supposed to be?

This is what it wants to be when it grows up:

Needlework Shoppe - #023-0590 by Janlynn
Finished size 14" x 11"

This kit is called Needlework Shoppe and is kit #023-0590 by  Of course, the name of this shoppe on my finished cross-stitch will be "Sylvia's Stitches"!

Kathleen commented to me that she has never seen a needle-work scroll-frame like the one I am using.  Since this is a large finished cross-stitch, I have my fabric rolled smoothly on 18" rods.  I have had this frame set for a long long time.  In fact, the cross-stitch that I took out of the frame in order to put this Needlework Shoppe in, was a wedding UFO that I had started and never finished.  And we've been married over 15 years now.  I like using this scroll frame since it avoids hoop-burn and keeps my fabric straight and taught.

I found the instructions for my frame set.  It is called "E-Z Stitch" needlework frame manufactured by Tomorrow's Treasures in Woodinville, WA.  When I google the company and product now, it looks like the company has become American Dream Products.  They manufacture and sell a variety of needlework frames and notions.

My needlework frame set which I really like!

The set I is have is called the Starter Set Oak.  It comes with several bars and rods to make a variety of frames for 6", 12" and 18".  My frame set is older and is called the Webbing version, where I baste my fabric to the scroll rods initially.  They now offer a No Basting System, which I believe involves Velcro.  I don't know how the no-basting system works, but my original webbing version has been fine to work with.  You can find some of these frames online for less charge than retail price. This frame would make a great Christmas gift for someone.  :-)

Happy Stitching!!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

FunDay Monday Again

Happy Funday Monday Again!

Our first FunDay Monday was off to a good start last week, so we are back to try it again.

Let's see what you have going on this week!  Please link up your current project.  I'd love to see what you are working on.

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Happy Stitching!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Scouting in Savannah

My co-leader and I are with our Cadette & Senior Girl Scouts on trip to Savannah, GA this weekend. After riding 11 hours on a bus with other scouts, we have arrived! We will visit Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low's birthplace and tour Savannah this weekend. The girls have saved their cookie money over the years to pay for this. The weather should be nice and make for a great experience for our troop.

UPDATED on Monday 12/10/2012:  Back from our trip and had a great time.

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