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Fall Finishes

Hello and welcome back. I’ve taken a bit of a leave of absence from sewing and blogging. We went through a big move earlier this summer and with all that’s involved in such a long move and waiting for furnishings to arrive, well I won’t bore you with the details lol but it does take a lot out of a body 🙂 Now with getting settled in…….to the sewing room that is…..because of course , that’s why we are here?! The walls have been painted and as you can see I am stuck with mint green shag like carpet until spring lol  thats when some decent flooring will go in..which means moving all the machines again arg.. lets not think about that right now LOL   and like I said I’m “getting” settled in  🙂   I have a little less space for sewing here in NS but that’s ok, it may help me use the fabric and yarn that I have on hand…to make room ….for more of course LOL Sew…let’s see what beautiful colours fall has brought our way. And by the way it is beautiful with the changing of colours.. the gorgeous reds and golds and browns..i love it.


One of the first projects I got into was stitching embroidery designs onto ready made placemats. The placemats were a great buy at $1.50 each ( Canadian funds) at the local bargain shop, that also sells fabric and yarn 🙂

I  don’t think I could make them that inexpensively myself..with that same type of fabric.. so here we go..I chose the design and colours I wanted to use on the dark gold fabric.


Using temporary spray adhesive on tear-away backing , I lined up the backing and placemat. The design is going to be close to the left side of the placemat. Its going to take the large hoop for this project. (6″X10″)


Since the fabric design has a waffle pattern, this makes it easier to line up and place the fabric in the hoop, but since I’m so close to the edge I secure the placement with a few straight pins through the placemat and backing. Which I keep a close eye on while the design is being stitch so the pins don’t get caught up with embroidery foot or hit by the needle. As you can see I have plenty of the backing on the outer edge of the hooped fabric which  really helps stabilize the project. The width of the placemat worked out pretty well, the edges cover the entire hooped area.


Now to start stitching..I picked a nice airy design and wanted to focus on adding dark fall colours rather than filling in.


Since my embroidery machine is a home crafting model it does not go at break neck speeds, I set the speed at mid way for the best quality stitching 🙂 It does get the job with excellent results and using a great quality design definitely helps.


And here we are, After about an hour of stitching and thread changes, clip all the thread ends and tear away the backing. Yes there is still backing within the stitched area on the back of the placemat. but who looks at the back ?? 😉 I stitched 3 others to make a set of 4 placemats. They are very washable and any pulling of the design can be eliminated with a press of the steam iron if you desire.


My next fall finish is a wool candle mat. Its a very easy project. I use felted wool but crafting felt would work too. I found some nice leaf templates on line and printed them out. I used heat and bond to adhere the leaves to the mat but a fabric glue or spray adhesive works too, just until you have the leaves stitched to the main mat. I stitch each leaf onto the mat free style and finished with a blanket stitch around the edge. Wool can take a good amount of steam pressing to get in back in shape after stitching and you’re ready for the candle.



It’s nice to be back in the sewing room and back to blogging, I have a lot of catching up to do but all in good time. Thank you for dropping in and I hope you have enjoyed my projects. Have a great day crafting at what ever makes you happy.




October 25, 2015 · 11:52 AM

Autumn In All its Colours

Hello and Welcome. As you can see I am playing catch up with my blogging. I have spent a couple of days at the computer writing and getting the photos ready for posting. Is it me or does everyone else suddenly look up from their computer and see that 2 hours have past by??  So much time I could be in the sewing room LOL  No wonder I begrudge planting myself here and writing LOL  Oh well , not like I’m going anywhere else but up to the sewing room. This season I think I will be taking a slower pace… yes..I have a big project ahead that I do not want to rush..no I’m not giving any hints ha ha. I also have a project that needs finishing..yes  The Lord’s Prayer Sampler…

So for today, and getting to the end of October, I thought I should post the autumn colours I have worked on..Now some of these are from last fall and I know, I hear the gasps out there in the crowd lol  I was so sure I had posted them before that I went looking for them…don’t you hate looking for something that won’t be found ?? So I’m going to lump all the autumn colours into one basket like a big piles of leaves … and please don’t get me going on leaves…mercy!  When we arrived back home after our visited in Nova Scotia , we had such a yard full of leaves on the ground, I thought the clean up was never going to end.

Let’s start with last years quilted centre pieces. The first one is about 42″ square, I like to use, as you can tell by now 🙂  a combination of patchwork and machine embroidery. The leaves on the corners and the circle of fall flowers are machine embroidered. At the time I managed a little free motion quilting in the larger fabric spaces.







This next one is a table runner with a cute country style bow and pumpkin. This pattern came from one of my quilting magazines. If my memory serves me correctly, its about 48″ long.



Also trying my hand/ machine at free motion quilting here and there on the runner.

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I was trying something new …for me anyway, the pattern name escapes me right now ??But getting the pieces sewn together and arranged was like putting a puzzle together. I rearranged them 3 times, lol third times a charm they say lol. And I made the table runner reversible. As you can see I tried my hand at free motion quilting on these with the help of my Bernina’s BSR foot. Now if I could just keep my hands steady I think I could do a better job ! Oh yes , these are this years sewing project , so I’m not completely behind …





I saw this cute idea on the web too. Mini pillows with crazy looking pumpkin heads on it, I made some with plaid fabric and some with up-cycled jeans and scraps of felted wool fabric and old buttons, I can never throw buttons away ! The plaid pumpkin heads (lol) are from this year’s crop! 🙂   They are great in a basket or for a shelf sitter.  They are about 4 1/2″ square when finished, its one of those things that you can make it any size you like.





A couple of pumpkin filagree hand towels for the kitchen.





This next one is a combination of the good old penny rugs that I love and machine embroidery. The leaf designs are very dense and the cotton fabric I tried a sew out on bunched up and just didn’t work out. Needless to say I didn’t complete the sew out. That’s when I came up with the idea to machine embroider onto the wool fabric.. its sturdy and has already been preshrunk. I stitched the leaves with words on first and filled in with leaves and acorns stitched on in a blanket stitch, typical for penny rug construction. I added “pennies to the edging. I made it so it would fit our hallway table.







Now from this years pumpkin crop sprang these Halloween treats! Just in time for the big night of ghost and goblins. Ok a little dramatic I know …. I’ve been at the computer way too long LOL

I’m showing you these wall hangings/ table centre pieces unfinished as they were the last thing I was sewing together before packing for the trip east. And once we arrived, well with all the hugs and how are you and look what I made for you, I didn’t get any finished pics.. But I’m sure you all have a great imagination and can invision these all sewn up with black spider and cob web fabric as backing and trim 🙂

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Here’s hoping you all have a Happy and safe Halloween. And don’t take any rotten apples !!!  🙂





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