Saturday, July 19, 2014

Some Beach Embroidery

We're getting ready for our annual group trip with friends from our college days.  This is my 20th consecutive trip with these guys!  Twenty years ago, we were all single and no kids.  Time has passed and we've all grown in many ways.  Our group this year is 11 adults and 12 growing kids.    

I wanted to embroider a little something for everyone this trip.  Thought a cooler bag would be handy at the beach, so I picked up these 12-Can Cooler bags at Five Below.



 My crafty daughter helped design the embroidery using Brother Embroidery Lettering Software.

I used a stick-and-tear-away stabilizer in the hoop, and placed the bag so the top could fit under the needle and stick in place.   The cooler has thick insulation so you have to watch it to sure the embroidery stitches without a problem. 

First bag done.

I did go through a few embroidery needles as they would occasionally break during this stitching.  But, I was able to complete all of the bags. Each bag took about 45 minutes to stitch.

A Cooler for All!


close-up

While I was in embroidery-mode, I pulled out a large, plain, quilted blanket I picked up on clearance a while back.   I had wanted to personalize this for ourselves to use at the beach or wherever.  So we got that design done. My daughter helped design this one too.  We used the Brother software again to get the lettering in a circle-format.

I used a Badgemaster heavy-weight water-soluble stabilizer in the hoop for this project.  Did a basting stitch around the design first to hold the blanket to the stabilizer as well.




I'm ready for the beach!!  Now I just have to pack.  :-)

Happy Stitching!


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

International Quilt Festival Chicago 2014

I was with my family for vacation in Chicago a few weeks ago.  The 2014 International Quilt Festival/Chicago was being held the same week we were in town.    I made a point to take a morning off to visit the show.




The show was huge and amazing!

I forgot to bring my real camera, so had to settle for using my cell phone.  The pics don't do the quilts justice.

Here are some of my favorite quilts on display:
Forest of Life

Gorsuch Family Quilt Circa 1840 Revisited
I aspire to do a Baltimore quilt one day. Hope it will look this good. 
 
First Baltimore

Nourish the Body, Nourish the Soul

Bless My Sweet Home


My favorite vendors too:

HandiQuilter had a huge booth. Demo of Sweet 16 in a new HQ Hideaway table.


A familiar face!  Carly Mul from my local quilt shop, WebFabrics, was at the show too!


I spent a several hours at the show, but it wasn't enough time to visit all of the exhibits.  I did enjoy the time I could spend there.  

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Friday, July 4, 2014

New Sewing Room!

Well, the room itself isn't new, but it has new floors, and since I was starting with an empty room, the room layout was updated too.
Ahhh, a blank slate to start with.

I pulled out my sewing room grid which I saved from last time to play with the layout.    My sewing room is long and narrow with a center door and a slanted ceiling on the right half of the room.

Based on several rearrangement trials, my favorite spot for the cutting table is centered so that it is accessible from all four sides, so I moved it away from the window and wall.

I recently inherited a sewing desk (and many other sewing items) from a friend's mom.  The sewing desk expands to over 6' in length, so I am limited on where I placed it.   I decided to go with this room layout...


Let me show you around!

My favorite position for the cutting table is centered with accessibility on all four sides.  I also like having the room's only window fully visible.

This left corner hasn't changed much.  The tall dresser (former baby changer) is still on this wall with the TV/DVR on top.  I keep it on this side of the room because I have a full-ceiling height on that wall.  The iron shelf pulls out to make it double wide and convenient for pressing.

There is a small black file cabinet in the back, and small white sewing desk on the other side of the tall dresser.  The desk is folded down now, but can be wheeled around and opened up if and when needed.  On top of it, is an open box of scissors and cutters, plus a portable ott light and small cutting mat.

The back wall is covered in a grey flannel fabric for my design wall.  The small storage closet is on the back wall as well.

My sit-down long-arm Sweet 16 is next to the window and my Duetta sewing/embroidery machine is adjacent on a 6' folding table.

On the low-ceiling back-wall is a child's chifforobe.  It was an old and worn-out family antique when it was given to us when we started our family years ago.  I had it restored and it came back beautiful.  Now that our kids no longer use it for their clothes, I use if for my project stash and supplies.


The sewing desk is in the right corner of the room.  I have my Singer 160 set up on it, but will need to move it aside if I want or need to use the display monitor (in the corner) with my laptop.


I tried to get a panoramic photo of my room, as viewed from the doorway in the center of the long wall.



I love, love, love having the hard floors in this room.  I like having carpet in the bedrooms of our home, but this room warrants a hard floor.  It will be easy to clean and care for, and safer as well.  The room is so neat and organized at the moment.  It is motivating!

Thanks for touring my sewing room!!

Happy Stitching

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Sewing Room Floors

We were replacing the flooring in our home, and this room had a blue carpet.  We thought it best to put a hard floor down so that the pins and needles that drop don't get lost in the carpet, only to be discovered once someone steps on them.

The room looks strange when it was emptied, and the old carpet torn up.  The first pics were from my cell-phone and were a bit blurry...
Old flooring torn out.

It was easier to leave this table in the room, than try to squeeze through the door.

So I switched to a real camera for a better shot...
View from hallway towards Sewing Room.

Making Progress!

The flooring we chose for this room is a wood laminate Natural Values II by Shaw Floors in the Abbey Hickory color.

Finishing Touches..


Done!!

 Since I was starting with an empty room again, I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to rearrange (again) this space.  I also want to declutter as I move things back in.  I will post the new sewing room pics too.

Happy Stitching!!

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