Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Embroidered Gifts and Projects...

Been busy doing smaller projects the last couple of months.  Here are some pics for ideas and inspiration...

First up, I monogrammed some outdoor blankets for graduation and birthday gifts.  I picked these Lightspeed brand up at my local Costco, but Amazon has them as well.  These blankets are sturdy and have a flap that is perfect for monogramming.  I used a sticky stabilizer and supported the blanket as it stitched on the machine.

I love my black backpack that I monogramed last winter, that I picked up a white one at Target for the summer.  I say my backpack has now been upgraded from Target to Tarjay.  😀  The Intertwined monogram font on this backpack and the above blanket came from The Itch 2 Stitch.

A local teacher asked me to monogram a couple of basketball bags.  The team name was already stitched on the bag.  Was able to fit the last name on the pocket flap and the player's number on the top of the bag.  I used the Athletic Block font from Rivermill Embroidery.

For Teacher Appreciation, my daughter gave her teachers monogrammed insulated lunch bags, purchased at Five-Below.

For a new baby boy.  Monogrammed a blanket purchased from Target, and made the bear to go with it.

For a 1-year old battling liver cancer, another bear and a small liver cancer-color ribbon tea light.

My collection of zipper bags this year is from Anita Gooddesign.  These bags are done using their Zipper Bags 1,2,3 collection.   What is nice is that there are a variety of quilting designs to choose from for these bags.  I must say, the AG written instructions for these bags is hard to follow.  I did enough of these bags that I got a system down to complete these bags without much difficulty.  I will have to write this up for a future post.  These bags are for recent graduates and my daughter's Girl Scout leaders.  The Maryland university logo I digitized myself.  The Towson university logo I found online.

Another favorite graduation gift is monogrammed tool bags.  Such a practical and handy gift to give and receive.  These red Durabuilt tool bags are available at the local Target store for $20.  To monogram them on your flatbed machine, simply turn the bag inside out, use sticky stabilizer, and baste the monogram.  Support the bag while it stitches to make sure the needle area is clear.  See second photo below.

And finally, just before our American the Beautiful family vacation, I made luggage handle wraps for all of our checked luggage.  They are simple quilted squares with cam snaps for closure.  Made it easy to identify our bags on the carousel.  ✈️

Happy Stitching!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

America the Beautiful 2017

Hi!  Have you had a good start to your summer? Taking a break from stitching for just one post...

Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, CA
We just returned from a family vacation to start off our summer.  We took the family out west to see several of our nation's National Parks and iconic sites.   We don't have many years left with all our kids to vacation together before the oldest will be off on her own.  I wanted to share some of my favorite shots from our America the Beautiful Tour 2017:

Our kids looking out Taft Point, Yosemite National Park, CA

Hubby and I at Taft Point.  7500' elevation. Yosemite National Park, CA

Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, CA

Junction View, Kings Canyon National Park, CA

Hiking down Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park

Giant Sequoia tree, Sequoia National Park, CA

Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah

Hiking to Angel's Peak, Zion National Park, Utah

North Rim Grand Canyon, AZ

Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ

Rafting on the Colorado River, Page, AZ

Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ
The only sewing-related thing I did on vacation was collect some souvenir thimbles from the places we visited.   I started buying them a couple of years ago on one of our vacations.  They are not always available, so I like to buy them when I see them.  My collection at home is growing.
My souvenir thimble collection.

Until next year's vacation...
Parasailing on Lake Tahoe, CA

Vacation is done  Back to reality...

Happy Stitching!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Fabric Grain Cheat Sheet

Need a Fabric Grain Cheat Sheet?  I do.

Seems like I've been looking up "Warp" and "Weft" more times recently when following patterns.  I can never remember which is Length of Grain or Cross Grain, and which has more stretch.  So I looked it all up one more time and recorded it down on a sample piece of fabric.  It is now tacked up next to my cutting area for easy reference.

So if you want to make your own, or print this one for a reference, here is my cheat sheet for fabric grain.  😃

Happy Stitching!

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