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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.

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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.

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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″)

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Izz

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October 25, 2015 · 11:52 AM

Sunflowers and Quick Stitch

Hi everyone, I thought that was a good title for a cold February day. But actually that’s what I’ve been working on and I hope everyone else has had a great week of stitching too. I’ve been as busy as a bee in a sunflower patch 🙂 and was burning the midnight oil to get the latest project done. I had a little trouble deciding on how I wanted these sets of placemats to look. I knew the designs I wanted to use but it was the arranging on the fabric that had me stumped. I think the best when I’m knitting and its not a wonder why some of the socks I knit aren’t 6 feet long lol But like all good inspirational ideas, they just pop in my head lol.

Sunflower set

Sunflower set

This is what I came up with for the bright beautiful sunflower designs. I used a large spray on the right side of the place mat, its about 9″ long and a sunflower circle design for the toaster cover.

The sunflowers are stitched on a navy and tan gingham . Since the fabric is a light polyester I used a medium weight tear a away backing and I always use spray on temporary fabric adhesive. When assembling, I used thin quilt batting and a solid navy for the under side of the placemats and inside the toaster cover. I used a light tan prairie cloth to make a bit of binding and the piping. I even threw in a couple of bread clothes from extra fabric I had in my stash.

serged edges

serged edges

I like to serge the layers of the toaster cover together before I sew them. This holds everything in place while assembling the pieces.

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Primitive Rooster set

Next was the black and white gingham set, assembled in much the same way. I used a primitive rooster design on a small panel and sewed the gingham around it. The design on the toaster cover was meant to be a colourful vintage design but I stitched all the blocks in the same colour (dark charcoal) .I used a solid black fabric for the  piping and on the backs of the placemats and inside the toaster.

Once I got started with the embroidery machine I just kept going, pulling out scraps for sew outs and well you know how it goes. 🙂 I’ve been wanting to try something of a logo just for fun and I came up with a few variations using purchased design and the Hyperfont program with the embroidery machine.

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logo and needle

logo with needle and thread

logo with needle and thread

I tried a couple of them out on an old T shirt I have just for that purpose and then on a piece of denim. Myself I like the logo with the needle and thread at the front the best.

logo and thread

logo and thread

          Although the spool of thread is really cool, it makes the design area too big.

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DeeDee

While I had the T shirt in hand a tried a couple more new designs. I love the girl flying with the bird. It’s called “flight of fancy” from Urban Threads. But I’m going to rename it DeeDee for sentimental  reasons and stitch it onto another shirt 😉

T Shirt bling

T Shirt bling

Then there is this fun design for the front of a T shirt. I think a little young for me lol but it is cute. I tried it on a white T too. Just things I wear around the house lol

Primitive sampler

Primitive sampler

The next sew out was a new design from another site that I don’t usually buy from but I liked the primitive country theme and have a couple of people in mind who may like it. I was very pleased about the results. It looks like its hand sewn, very neat. And it’s looks quite good on the tan prairie cloth.

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Words Of Love Pillow II

I love it when my fav sites have sales, because I bought some airy and lacey designs. One was this heart shaped words. I wanted to stitch on something different and looked through my stash and found this lovely flannel left over from a chenille blanket.

words pillow hooping

words pillow hooping

Using tear a away backing I got it hooped up and picked 3 colours I thought looked nice with the flannel. Brought the heart design on up the screen of my laptop and click send to machine ! This is such a great program and embroidery machine. The program displays each block you are about to stitch. And you can change the colours on screen to give you an idea of what the finished project will look like. This design took and 30 to 45 minutes, I wasn’t watching the clock closely :), it’s not recommended to use hobby embroidery machine at top speed. So I set the speed for medium, it really depends on what kind of design you are stitching and the fabric you are stitching on.

( note to self to work on a post about machine embroidery 101 😉  )

Words Of Love Pillow

Words Of Love Pillow

Finished results ! I cut the fabric in the shape of a heart and sewed it together that way. Actually I’m not 100% happy with it :). I should have made it into a neat 12 inch accent pillow but it’s done and I hope the recipient likes it.

Oh I’m not finished yet! I hope you got your cup of tea for this post lol

lace and tiny bird

lace and tiny bird

When I purchased the heart and words design I found this adorable doily design. It’s stitched in 3 colour blocks. I wanted make something to match the the chenille blanket I made for my daughter so again I went through my stash and there was a piece just big enough for what I wanted to make. This was a single design, in the program I can copy and paste to get two doilies, I resized the second one so it would fit in the hooping area. I love making accent pillows, they are the right size to cuddle with and read a good book and the tiny bird pillow should make a cute shelf sitter.

bird pillow

bird pillow

I think the embroidery machine got a very good work out this past week or so and I think I’m as bad  about buying embroidery designs as I am about buying yarn and fabric lol so you have a good idea what I have to choose from when it comes time to do more stitching lol.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my show and tell and
Thank you so much for dropping by….happy stitching. Izz

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February 3, 2014 · 5:03 PM

After The Christmas Rush

Hello everyone, I hope the holidays were good to everyone. I got all the decorations put away and things back in their place. It always looks dull in the house after the holiday clean up, but then I head to the sewing room where there is always lots of colour 🙂   Sewing and knitting always warms the soul and body and its a good thing, because we have had a few days of very bitter cold here. -35 this morning with a wind chill of -42 brrrrrr . do not go out side unless you really have to 😦  Sew I will busy myself in the sewing room….and getting caught up on posts and reading. Here’s what I was up to ….

I was making our kids place mats to set the Christmas table. Choosing fabrics and designs for them is a challenge for me every year, unless they pick something special out. I usually pick a few Christmas fabrics while I’m at the fabric shop and decide what I am going to do with them once I get home.  I do admit I was stumped this year on arranging the fabrics and starting texting N for help. I love the new phones lol

Take a pic and send and more texting. It was fun. We figured out the arrangements and  all I had to do was start cutting fabric and piecing together. I had a couple of pieces left over since their colour scheme wasn’t working with the others, but I have great plans for them still 🙂

The first set are fun stripes, with matching square coasters these are for J&J. Its so nice when the patterns come together. Its like having writers block and then it hits you..lol

Stripe Placemat

Stripe Placemat

4 Stripe Placemats

4 Stripe Placemats

Stripe Coasters

Stripe Coasters

The patch work placemats were for my design assistant N 😉 with a centre piece for the table. I added 4 machine embroidered blocks to set off the corner patches. I assembled all the blocks first, then hooped the off white blocks for embroidery. This gave me more fabric  to work with and I found it easier. Nothing fancy for the quilting department, just a criss cross to hold it all in place.

Patchwork placemats

Patchwork placemats

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Embroidered Patchwork Centrepiece

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4 Patchwork Placemats

And for J&T I know how much they love the country rustic theme I put this bright fabric from my stash to good use. Along with 2 different size pot holders or hot mats. they are lined with heat resistant batting so fingers should stay safe.

Rustic Santa

Rustic Santa

Rustic Santa Pot Holders

Rustic Santa Pot Holders

4 Rustic Santa Placemats

4 Rustic Santa Placemats

And for Momma? Well I had just enough time before the big day to stitch up some new placemats for our holiday table. I took lots of photos and wanted to do a bit of a tutorial. That’s for another post 🙂 Stay tuned … thanks for dropping by Have a Great day and Happy Crafting

Izz

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January 5, 2014 · 10:11 AM