I hope to inspire and entertain you with a lot of sewing and a little of everything else!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thank You Veterans!

Well, it's not Veteran's Day, but a friend of ours is retiring from the Air Force tomorrow. We have been invited to the ceremony and a picnic afterwards, so it will be a fun day. I thought a personalized wall hanging would be a good gift. Here's what I came up with:
The embroidered center has patriotic components from Sew Weird's Vintage Military set. The border is 3" half-square triangles. Here's a close-up of the embroidery:
I really, really like this embroidery. I love the stripes on the flags. Can you tell I used metallic thread for the flagpoles? The eagle is really attractive, too. I just like the lightness of this design, rather than the usual "fill" designs. The lettering is Embird Alphabet 23. 
Everything I used for this was "stash"! I even got this embroidery set free for submitting a photo a long time ago. Many of the fabrics were from my Quilt Guild auctions or fat quarters I won. The backing was from a July 4 dress I made Rosie a LONG time ago!
I hope he likes it!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Block Bonanza part 3: Funky Faces!

I have enjoyed sharing the Block Bonanza Quilts with you. Today I am featuring Ellen's Funky Faces Quilt! This was the most challenging block I made, but also the most fun.

This first block is just so awesome. The quilt had mostly women's faces (and 2 children), so the last person to make a block made a man. Isn't this block just perfect!!??

I love the curly hair, the mustache, the winking eye!

I'm sure you remember seeing the block I did: Andy's face. Unfortunately after I digitized this, all of my embroidery files disappeared. Poof! I had a back-up disk, but this was too recently done to have been backed up, so I lost it.

Here are all of the blocks together. What a fun wall-hanging this will be!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Ella's Ballerina Bubble

Happy 4th of July! Hope you had a good old-fashioned, patriotic family holiday. We had about 30 people here for a cookout in the pouring rain! It was fun anyway!
Today we got to see our little buddy Ella. I was able to quickly machine embroider a knit bubble for her. Her Mom was great to try it on so I could get pictures!

I started with this soft green knit bubble from Martha Pullen. I got it at one of their super sales and I sure wish I had bought more! This is a size 2. The knit is wonderful and the front is a faux-dress, so there is a layer of soft knit behind the embroidery.
The back is just the elastic legs, but the front has the little dress overlay. Snaps at the back and crotch will make it easy to get dressed.
The design is the 4x4 faux-smocked ballerinas by Just Sew Pretty. I left off one of the borders to make it simpler. I think it's a cute little girl design.

Ella likes her new bubble and it looks so cute!!