This week was time for smaller projects. I had the chance to spend some time in Ocean Pines Maryland earlier in the week with an embroidery group. I invited two friends of mine to come along, and they were welcomed and felt that the time was well spent.
Every time I go, I learn something about hooping, alignment, stabilizing etc. The group leader, Anna, is a wealth of knowledge. I was able to do a little “show & tell” of the project I did the last time I attended. We had embroidered “crab bibs”, and I finished the sewing in the interim. These are “full size adult bibs”; which I will gift to some friends at Christmas.
The bibs are 2 layers of fabric, so should help keep the clothing underneath clean while those wonderful blue crabs are consumed. I kept a paper pattern of the bib, in case I want to make them again.
This was a fun summer time project.
As I got ready for this weeks gathering, I decided I would go for a fall theme. I had downloaded this great, free (this month only) design from Embroidery Library -Autumn Elegance Deer #M15361, 12464 stitches. (Size is 3.87″x 3.18″). The shirt is a golden brown, and I decided to go a bit lighter with the body of the deer so it didn’t get lost on the shirt.
I love “FINISHING” a project when I start something new. Now, I just need for the Fall weather to settle in….after next week. I took with me another long sleeve t-shirt, in red. I never got it stitched, but it is ready to go with stabilizer already on. I am hoping to get a design loaded in and have it stitched out this weekend.
My other project this week was the log cabin cross banner. I have it finished, ready to gift. I used my “oops” blocks on the back of the banner. I thought it would be fun to include them. I quilted it with “glow in the dark” white thread (40wt Superior) on the front, and silver bottom line (60 wt Superior) in the bobbin. After I finished quilting, binding, labeling and a hanging sleeve, I ran it through the washer & dryer, and while still damp, I blocked it to make sure it squared up nicely. (Yes, that binding is Susie’s Magic Binding. I went scrappy on the yellow flange!)
I use one of those old fashioned folding cardboard cutting boards and use the lines to keep things square, along with my 6×24 ruler and my 12×12 ruler for the corners. I like to block it, because I know it is going to hang and I want it square. The cardboard cutting board is on the floor and my pins go through the cardboard, the carpet and into the wood under the rug. I set a floor fan to blow across the project so it dries completely overnight.
Here is a peak at the label I made on my embroidery machine. I like to fuse it to the back of the quilt, and catch 2 edges under binding. The other two sides get hand stitched.
I did a hanging sleeve that will hold up to a 4″ rod. I like to put the sleeve on before I do the binding, so it is nicely held under the binding edge. Of course, the sides and bottom of the sleeve are hand stitched down.
Other fun stuff this week include making bags for the food bank to use over the holidays, when they pass out large items (like turkeys). I’ve finished 2, and have 3 more cut out and ready to sew. I am using donated upholstery / decorator fabric which is VERY sturdy. They are also very colorful bags! I hope to have all 5 ready when I go to Helping Hands Quilt Guild on Monday evening.
What are your weekend plans?? I hope you have a chance to do a little sewing and enjoy your hobbies.