Thursday, February 28, 2013

I've got EQ Stitch!

My EQ Stitch arrived in the mail!  I'm very excited and can't wait to get it installed and try it out.


Look for some future posts on how it goes!

Happy Stitching!

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Funday - Organized Scrappy BOM - Block 4

Kathleen getting started.

My friend Kathleen and I got together for our Funday today.  We had a shorter amount of time, but I did complete block 4 from WebFabric's Organized Scrappy BOM for February.

My half-square triangles, all chain stitched together.

Block 4 is by Primitive Gatherings.  This one went well for me, except for the last row.  I tried to adjust it, but was getting frustrated, so I decided to let it be for now.  Maybe I'll try to get those points aligned  just right later. :-)

Scrappy Organized Block 4

This month has another block (#5).   There is a new local quilt group forming that I will try next week. It is called the Queen Bee Quilting Club.  It is not a guild, and will not cost anything to join.  It is just an evening get-together to spend some time quilting with others (of all skill levels) who enjoy the same.  I'll save Block 5 for that evening.

I'm sharing this at my Funday Monday this week.  What are you working on??


Happy Stitching!!

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Funday Monday Linky Party 6!


WELCOME to our sixth Funday Monday of 2013!

Little History...
This past fall, my friend Kathleen (I mention her a lot on this blog) and I made a commitment to get together once a week for crafting.  We chose Mondays to be our day to craft, and we call them "Funday Mondays".    I always have more fun when I stitch with a friend, so I thought I would have a linky party so we can have everyone join in and share something.

So...
Please join in and share a link to your post of what's new with you.  Anything family-friendly would be great!  I just ask that you link to a specific post in your blog (not your whole blog).

This party is open Monday - Friday this week, so that gives us plenty of time to come back and share.

Grab my button if you like:

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

FNSI - Zenspirations Embroidery


For my Friday Night Sew-In, I got to play with the Zenspirations Patterned Monograms by Joanne Fink.  The set includes 146 designs:
  • Thirty-six letters and digits 3" size in a single color
  • Thirty-six letters and digits 3" size in an open color fill
  • Thirty-six letters and digits 6" size in a single color
  • Thirty-six letters and digits 6" size in an open color fill
  • Two frames for 3" letters in single color design.
I embroidered several store-bought blank items that I had in my stash...

First up was a thick-insulated tote.  I tried a 3" 'K' for my friend, Kathleen.  I found the open design of this font did not work well for this thick material.  Some of the stitches in the beginning of the design would become loose as subsequent adjacent lines were stitched, thus compressing the insulation, and loosening the nearby (beginning) stitches.  I hope that makes sense, the way I tried to explain it.  The result was not as crisp-looking as one would hope.

Monogram on a thick-insulated lunch tote.  Not happy with result.

So I then tried embroidering on another lunch tote, that has a thinner insulation layer.  This one worked much better, and I like the result.   I put an "L" on this one for my friend, Lorine.
Embroidery in progress on a slim lunch-tote. 

Finished monogram on a slim-insulation lunch tote.  Better results!

I embroidered the circle frame on a child-size apron with a 3" color-filled initial for DD3.

Frame embroidery in progress.

Initial and circle frame on a child's apron.

I embroidered a 3" initial in a single teal color and used a coordinating variegated thread with the frame embroidery on a black zipper-tote.



 



I love the zen-inspired frame designs.

DD2 wanted a tote so I took a medium-size cream denim tote and embroidered a large 6" color-fill letter.

I turn the tote bag inside-out to do the embroidery on the outside panel.

6" letter with color-fill.  Nice and crisp.

Finally, I tried the zen-monograms on a can cozy.  This one was for me and is a single-color 3" letter.

A can cozy for my many diet sodas.  

Overall, I love the look of this monogram set.  The letters are clean, sharp, stitch out fairly quickly.  The frame designs are fun to do and coordinate well.

Happy Stitching!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Will You EQ Stitch?

I just saw that Electric Quilt company has come out with a plugin for EQ7 called EQ Stitch.  It allows you to digitize your drawn designs for your embroidery machine.  While I'm not new to embroidery, digitizing is something new for me.  This product looks exciting!


This software will allow you to create machine appliqué and quilting designs so can embroider them on your quilts.



One of the features that I like it that it can digitize any TrueType font on your computer.  I do a lot of monograming.  I own a couple of monograming software packages (BES and Monogram Wizard Plus), and with these, you need to purchase additional fonts to embroider them.  To be able to digitize any font you already type with on your computer seems like a great feature in EQ Stitch.



EQ7 is required to run this software.  Since I have EQ7, and with the EQ Stitch introductory price at $149, this is something I think I may be purchasing.  What do you think?  If you have EQ7, and an embroidery machine, will you be purchasing EQ Stitch?

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Funday Monday Linky Party 5


WELCOME to another Funday Monday of 2013!

Hope you can join in and share!

Little History...
This past fall, my friend Kathleen (I mention her a lot on this blog) and I made a commitment to get together once a week for crafting.  We chose Mondays to be our day to craft, and we call them "Funday Mondays".    I always have more fun when I stitch with a friend, so I thought I would have a linky party so we can have everyone join in and share something.

So...
Please join in and share a link to your post of what's new with you.  Anything family-friendly would be great!  I just ask that you link to a specific post in your blog (not your whole blog).

This party is open Monday - Friday this week, so that gives us plenty of time to come back and share.

Grab my button if you like:

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No Sew Quilt Board

I was shopping online on amazon, and I needed just a little something more to qualify for the Free Shipping.  I searched for quilting stuff and found this little No-Sew Quilt Board by Artsi2 for $6.75.  I didn't know what it was, but it looked interesting enough so I got it.

A No-Sew Quilt Block - Something new to try.



Here are the contents of the quilt kit.

The instructions contain links to their website with demo videos.  I did watch the videos a couple of times, and they were very useful.

The instructions are simple.  Take off a pattern piece of the design, one at a time, starting at the center. The exposed area of the board is sticky.


Remove a paper section.

Use the paper pattern piece to cut a piece of fabric, allowing 1/8" border around the shape.


Use the paper shape to cut the fabric piece.

Finger-press the piece onto the sticky board.

Use a blunt punching tool to tuck the edges of the fabric into the pre-cut slits.  Since I don't have a punch tool, the instructions say you can use the back side of a seam ripper as well.  That is what I used and it worked fine.

I didn't have the punch tool, but the back of a seam-ripper works great too.

First piece in!
Continue with each section of the board.

Center-star in place.  Perfect points!!

The instructions for the outer border pieces were a little unclear.  The fabric wraps around the edge to the back, and needs to be glued down. This is where I went back to watch the demo video.

Done!
The kit came with a white foam backing piece for a clean finish in the back.

The border material wraps around the edges for a more finished look.

This was an easy project, and it didn't take too long either.  It even came with a little hanger so I can hang up the board right away.   Since I used scraps for this block from a quilt that now sits in our family room, this little guy is going to hang in the family room too.

I may look into getting a larger board next time!   DD1 wants to try one too.  She says she likes that she wouldn't have to worry about sewing perfect seams for this project.  lol  

Happy Stitching!!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Temptation

Oh my!  Look what is inside my front door.  As my DD1 said, "That's A LOT of cookies!".  47 cases actually, which equals 564 boxes of yummy, delicious Girl Scout cookies.  Lots of temptations!  My favorites are Samoas, but the most ordered cookie for this batch was the always favorite Thin Mints.  Which is your favorite?

Would you like some Girl Scout cookies??

These are the orders for two of my girls' troops.  Thank goodness we have a meeting today with the older girls, so at least they can take their boxes out of here. 

These are the boxes that I need to sort next. They contain merchandise donated to the scouts from the JoAnn store..  This is going to take a while.  :-)


 I've got shirts to embroider first.  Better get busy.  Have a great Tuesday!

Happy Stitching!

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Funday Monday Linky Party 4


WELCOME to another Funday Monday 2013!

This week has not left me with much time for creative crafting.  Just more logos to embroider for the Montessori school.  Also got to embroider a track jacket for another mom.


I will be focusing on Girls Scouts this week.  Our older girls have another meeting where we'll be cooking with locally grown foods. We also have our troops' cookies in for pickup Monday.  My home will be filled with about 50 cases of yummy cookies!!  I'll need to sort and organize them for the girls to pick up.
Girl Scout Cookies are here this week!

I also have a very large donation for the Girl Scouts from JoAnns that I need to sort and organize.  I always enjoy this job.

I would love to see your projects.  Please share away!

Little History on Funday...
This past fall, my friend Kathleen (I mention her a lot on this blog) and I made a commitment to get together once a week for crafting.  We chose Mondays to be our day to craft, and we call them "Funday Mondays".    I always have more fun when I stitch with a friend, so I thought I would have a linky party so we can have everyone join in and share something.

So...
Please join in and share a link to your post of what's new with you.  Anything family-friendly would be great!  I just ask that you link to a specific post in your blog (not your whole blog).

This party is open Monday - Friday this week, so that gives us plenty of time to come back and share.

Grab my button if you like:

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Do you know what this really is?

I had brunch with a friend the other day, and she gave me this little vintage Singer statue.  She said she saw it at a shop, and thought of me.  It a cute little statue, and I love vintage Singers, so I loved this statue!  I told her I would have to share it here on my blog, so Thanks, Sunita!

Front

Back

I had it on the kitchen island when 12-year old DD2 came home from school.  She sees this little Singer on the counter, and before she even touches it she says "Ooooh, what a cute little bank!"  I was so surprised.  I asked her how she knew it was a bank, and she says matter-of-factly, "Well, what else could it be?"  You know what?  She was right.  There is a little slot under the sewing machine for coins, and the bottom of the statue has a plug for the coin access.

Isn't it funny how kids can see things for what they really are, and here my friend and I see a vintage Singer, and that was good enough?  I got a kick out of that.  I commend you too, if you knew right away it was a bank!

While I am showing off vintage Singer stuff, here is my necklace I picked up at local quilt show.  It is now one of my favorites!

Vintage Singer charm necklace

What are you working on this week?  I currently have a stack of shirts to embroider for the Montessori school.  I'd love to see what's your current project.  Share your post at Funday!

My stack of shirts to embroider.

And finally, I can't pass up an opportunity to share a couple recent puppy photos...

Shadow is now 3-1/2 months old.
Shadow was resting on my legs while I rested back in the easy chair.


Happy Stitching!!

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Funday Monday Linky Party 3


WELCOME to the third Funday Monday of 2013!

Little History...
This past fall, my friend Kathleen (I mention her a lot on this blog) and I made a commitment to get together once a week for crafting.  We chose Mondays to be our day to craft, and we call them "Funday Mondays".    I always have more fun when I stitch with a friend, so I thought I would have a linky party so we can have everyone join in and share something.

So...
Please join in and share a link to your post of what's new with you.  Anything family-friendly would be great!  I just ask that you link to a specific post in your blog (not your whole blog).

This party is open Monday - Friday this week, so that gives us plenty of time to come back and share.

Grab my button if you like:

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

FNWF - Embroidery & EQ7

I spent some time Friday night waiting on my computer.  It gets so slow sometimes.  I run Windows on my Mac for the embroidery and EQ software.  Sometimes I just makes me wait and wait for Windows to move along.  I dozed off while I was waiting, so I figured I would call it a night, and do some work on Saturday instead.  :-)

I embroidered a few dance duffle bags for a friend.  There are several girls named "Olivia" at this dance company so I added a cute little dragonfly accent after her name so this Olivia knows this bag is hers.  These bags are vinyl backed, so I did not want to poke extra holes in the fabric with a basting stitch to secure the fabric.  Instead, I hooped Baby Lock's Stick-Tear, Tear-Away stabilizer, and patted the duffle bag cover in place to secure it.  I then paid close attention while embroidering to make sure nothing shifted while under the needle.





I also finished the third (out of 4) EQ7 lessons from Quilt University's EQ7 Sampler class.

This lesson taught how to add an appliqué motif to your quilt, how to set quilting stencils on top of your  quilt, and then create a quilt label.

The appliqué started by choosing Simple Design - this Happy Face.  I then deleted the face parts and kept the remaining circle for my appliqué.  I guess that was to show how appliqués may be edited for your own needs.  That was certainly an interesting way to get a circle.

This appliqué was chosen for its circle shape. 

I recolored the circle with my fabric and placed them as the cornerstones of my sampler quilt.

My final finished EQ7 Sampler quilt.

Quilting stencils were added to the squares in the sashing.  A quilt label was created as a separate block made in a similar style to the quilt.

A block created as a quilt label.

The final lesson in this sampler class will show how to generate printouts from EQ7 for your blocks, appliqué, stencil, templates, cutting charts, fabric yardage, etc...

Hope you had a productive weekend too.

Happy Stitching!

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