machine embroidery

Finish #2 for April............

I finally have another finish for April.  It was a month of sidetracks but fun ones so I'm not complaining.  This little quilt is 33" x 43.75" and I will keep this one.  I have a few favorite baby quilts that I keep, the rest I gift.  The fabric is all Aunt Grace's reproduction 1930s.  The embroidery is done on my embroidery machine and the designs were from Cactus Punch many years ago.

Basting and more triangle squares.........

Last night I sewed enough triangle squares to make 5 blocks.  Each pile is either 8 alike or 4 alike.  If I don't like some of the combinations when I lay out the blocks I can always make a few more that will work.

I didn't have much ambition yesterday with the barometric pressure change.  We didn't get much rain during the day.  It sounds like the big rain is coming on Saturday and Sunday.
I also started hand basting the redwork baby quilt I pieced in February.  I will ditch quilt between rows of blocks in both directions and also the diagonals along the triangles.  Then I will decide the rest of the quilting.

Good sewing day.........

While my friends were here yesterday I sewed the redwork quilt top.  It is 33.5" x 44.5" so one width of fabric is plenty for a back.  How nice to not have to press 5-6 yards of fabric and seam them together.

I quilted this tablerunner several years ago and it has been waiting for binding.  I finally cut it and sewed it on last night.

These placemats are even older, quilted a long time ago.  I wanted to use the same black with gold metallic stars for the binding but I couldn't find the small piece that was leftover.  Then I would find the binding fabric and couldn't find the placemats.  This went on for years.....and finally one day I found both the placemats and the binding fabric and I could finish them.
The fabric on the back has gold metallic on it too. 

It was a good day to sew since it turned cold for one day.  We are expecting 60 degrees on Saturday through Monday.  I plan on trimming bushes over the weekend.  I always want to do the trimming before they leaf out and it is usually too cold in the winter to do it.


I pieced quarter square triangles and did a layout that gives the impression of on point blocks.

A NO REPLY commenter wanted to know where I got the redwork designs.  They are an old Cactus Punch package from the late 1990s.

Then I turned the quarter square triangle blocks one turn to the right.

I decided this is the better of the two layouts with the limited contrast between the two darker red 30's reproduction fabrics.

This is a better photo of the colors in the prints.  Since the redwork blocks are one way designs it made sense to use the Lily of the Valley one way design for the plain squares.

My two friends are coming over to sew today so I hope to work on this project.

I have some more blooms in the inside garden.  There are 2 orange blooms and a bud close together on this one.

There was one more bud on the champagne color cactus and it bloomed yesterday too.

Embroidery and rows of tumblers.............

I hadn't used my embroidery machine since December and I want to make a child's quilt with the red 30s reproduction fabrics.  I embroidered 12 blocks yesterday and trimmed them to 5.5".  Now I have to design the quilt.


Yesterday I also finished making the first 2 rows of 3" tumblers and while watching TV last night I sewed 2 more rows and got all 4 rows sewn together. 

I haven't pressed them yet.  I hope I can cut some of the larger tumbler shapes today and sew a couple rows of them too.

I have the next 2 rows of 27 tumblers laid out so maybe I'll get them sewn too.  It is supposed to be bitterly cold today so it should be a good cutting and sewing day.

A give away....if you have an embroidery machine.......

I had seen Lapel Stick on several other blogs and they were hosting a giveaway for it.  I contacted the company and they sent me some samples.  I would like to share with other machine embroiderers today.  I had been looking for a nice glue stick that didn't leave a residue in the area around the stitching, and also one that didn't gum up my scissors when trimming.
I loaded this old Amazing Designs pattern on my memory stick and brought it to my machine.  Here I am preparing to sew the outline of the birdhouse.  It was stitched once on the green fabric to show me the location and to give me an idea how large to cut the applique fabric.  I used the Lapel Stick glue to hold the fabric in place.
After stitching the bird house outline, I gently lifted the edges of the birdhouse fabric and trimmed close to the stitching line.

Now the machine is doing a tacking zig zag around the perimeter of the birdhouse.

The birdhouse stitching is all completed and the bird has been straight stitched and is being trimmed.

I wish I would have had some of this lapel stick when I was shopping one day and lost a button when trying on clothes.  Not one store had a safety pin that I could borrow.  Remember the good old days when they pinned price tags on garments?

My giveaway today is just for people who own embroidery machines and want to try the Lapel Stick for applique.  Tomorrow I will have a giveaway for everyone.  In your giveaway entry comment tell me whether you have done any applique with your embroidery machine.  If you are a NO REPLY you are automatically disqualified unless you leave your email address in your comment using AT instead of @ and DOT instead of a period.

I will choose a winner at midnight tonight.
Giveaway closed Midnight 9/29/14

Another gift and die cutting............

I spent the morning yesterday doing the machine embroidery on 4 dish towels for the ladies in the apartments at the mission that our church helps support.  We don't know anything about the ladies so it is hard to get them anything personal.  A new dishtowel and dishcloths always brighten my day so I hope it will brighten theirs.
In the afternoon I started cleaning up an area of the basement and cut a lot of scraps with my die cutter.  This is the 1 1/2" square die.

I store the squares in this Snapware container.  I'm not sure where I bought this one.  The top 2 layers are open and the bottom layer is divided.

There are lids on the two sections of the bottom layer.

There are 2" squares and 1 1/2" squares in it.  When it gets too full to hold any more I'll come up with a project for them.

An interesting day.......

I had promised a friend to let her use my embroidery machine at my house and since I had to stay home waiting for the plumbing and heating guys, it was a perfect day for it yesterday.  She got here about 15 minutes ahead of the guys.  Her embroidery machine is about 18 years old and it isn't easy to do lettering with it.  The guys bled the air out of the line and then discovered that the bleeder was leaking.  That meant draining the boiler and the whole line, replacing the bleeder, filling the boiler and the line with water and then opening every bleeder in the whole house.  This meant moving every room......again.....third time in 14 months.  They were finally done at 1 p.m.
Meanwhile mid morning my friend had to leave and pick up grandchildren and babysit for 4 hours so she came back in the middle of the afternoon to finish the names on the sweatshirt.  By evening I wasn't ready to dive into a big project so I finished 3 bottle/can cozies that I found partially made in a pile I was cleaning up in the basement earlier while the guys were here.  (Click on tutorials on right side bar and cozy tutorial is the second one). Today I have to get serious about some edge finishes on the 2 wonky quilts.

I needed a change....

My poor embroidery machine has been neglected for a couple months so I embroidered a couple squares for a quilt.  Dad wasn't doing well when I visited him and that makes for a down day.  He didn't recognize me and was having some kind of problem with his legs.  He was really out of it the whole time I was there.  It is ups and downs all the time, a really good day and then a horrible day.  I hope I'm not just seeing a preview of what I'll be like in my old age.

On the quilting scene, I got another 2 rows of H's ditch quilted so I can put the binding on now and I will call it a finish for 2011 even though I'll probably have a few more H's left to quilt around.

Binding done and the fun (NOT) begins........

The photo didn't turn out very good so I'll try again today.  This is a quilt I have been working on for over 3 years for the sewing machine store.  It is finally finished and ready to take for show and tell to their embroidery club tomorrow.  I finished hand sewing the binding last night.
The fun, or not so much fun really starts today.  I have a hot water heat system in my house, original in this 1953 house and it has never needed repair until recently.  The last couple years the pump has made some pretty loud thumps as it froze up but I was always able to get it going again by oiling it.  The problem is that the oil is leaking out to the floor and it finally is so bad I needed to do something about it.  Since there is no shut off valve they have to bleed the entire line, opening little doors on the baseboard heat IN EVERY ROOM.  OMG do I have a lot of stuff to move so they can get to them.........................