Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Merry Christmas to me..

Merry Christmas and Happy Valentine's Day, Happy Birthday and anniversary.. I'm not sure how many celebration days this is for, but I'm THRILLED!

TA DA! Meet Ellie. A BabyLock Ellisimo.

At a family reunion this summer my sister-in-law showed me some things she had embroidered with her new machine, and I was bitten by the embroidery bug! I started checking out machines and reading reviews and being shocked by how much they cost...  At first I told my husband that I could find something for around $300 - LOL! He watched as I researched more and more machines until I settled on this one. It had so many happy users who left glowing reviews everywhere that I decided I could be happy too. Thank you Ebay for helping me find my dream machine for a third of the cost of a  new one - and with all the upgrades. It arrived this morning and many of the little doo-hickeys that come with machines were still sealed in plastic and had never been used.

It did take me about half an hour to wind a bobbin and thread my machine, because I was double checking myself on everything and opening things and exploring...

But look what I made!

Now I have a new dilemma. Here is the view (through the machine) of all the stuff that comes with it. Where am I going to put all this? Do I need a bigger sewing room now???

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014


I bought seven yards of this beautiful fabric for the back of my Zig Zag quilt. Lovely paisley print.  I came home and washed and pressed it. What did I find? A white blotch every 24 inches. There is no other white on this fabric, just black, grey and WHITE BLOTCHES.

Every 24 inches across the whole SEVEN yards! Let me assure you that it shows up much more in person than it does in these pictures!

I love this fabric, but the whole bolt is flawed at my LQS. So I sent an email to Henry Glass & Co. Do you think they will respond?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Sweet Baby Boy!

Just wanted to share my happy news! I'm a grandma again!!

 Meet little Matthew, named after his dad, and his beautiful mother, Wendy.

Did I mention that I love being a grandma?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Pillow

Isn't this beautiful applique? Before you think I'm bragging about myself, let me assure you that I'm bragging about someone else. Who would it be, but my amazing quilting friend? About a year ago she gave me this block, I think she said she thought it would look nice with my brown couches. So I hung it up in my quilting room and have stared at it many times, wondering how in the world to quilt it and not ruin the look of her perfect applique work. I finally decided NOT to ruin it (whew!) and make it into a pillow for the couch.
I put a border fabric around it to make it big enough for my pillow form. I found a fall piece in that tote of fabric my son found at a garage sale for $5 (thanks, son!). It has just the right colors in it. Then I picked a dark brown for the back, it will just blend right in with my couch and not distract from this pretty fall pillow!
I made the "envelope" style of pillowcover, over lapping two pieces that are doubled and sewing all the way around the edges.
I made it 1/2 " bigger than the pillow form - but my son, who works in an upholstery shop, informed me that they make pillow covers smaller than the pillow forms so that they are nice and plump and you have to fight to get the pillows in there! Who knew? Too bad he didn't say that BEFORE I finished this.

Oh well, at least I didn't have to fight to get the pillow in!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

All Boy Baby Quilt

We are expecting a new baby boy (my grandson) at our house! Of course I made him a quilt!

I went with a car theme, found some fabric called "Peak Hour" by Riley Blake.

I decided I wasn't "in the mood" to do a lot of applique, so this was perfect fabric! Aren't these cars adorable? I just stipple quilted it all over...

This was the first time I have 
quilted minky, and I can't say that I liked it much! There was so much drag as I was quilting, it made my arms and back sore!

I love the binding! Stripes are almost as wonderful as polka dots!

I decided while I was at it I would make a diaper bag...

I used a pattern 
here. Look at all the handy pockets...

Pockets are great on a diaper bag.

So here is what I took to the baby shower. OK, I'm ready for that baby!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Finished Barn Quilt

I'm finally getting around to posting about my finished barn quilt, although it has been hanging on my wall for over a month. Life gets busy!

I really like how this turned out, I love my barns! I've been wanting to make this for a while, I'm so glad it is finished!

Here it is on my sewing table, the quilting all finished. I did a large cross hatch on the middle,

and a small cross hatch around the outside. I don't know why this picture came up sideways, it looks right on my computer. Spooky!

The back makes me smile! My son went to a garage sale, and brought me home a big tote of fabric that he got for $5. In it was this blue and white ticking with cows! What a perfect back for my little wall hanging!

Here it is! I came up with a new way to hang quilts on my wall so I don't have to keep putting new holes in it every time I change what is hanging there. What do you think?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Things I love about my Horizon 8900

I was in a sewing machine store the other day, poking around. Ya have to stay on top of things so ya know what's out there, right?

Whew, thankfully I did NOT find anything I liked better than my own machine here at home.  I decided to write a post about why I like my machine so much.

One of the first things that comes to mind is how easy it is to change the walking feet (Acufeed is what Janome calls it). The bigger part of the foot that has the actual upper feed dogs on it stays in the machine, and I can just slide the feet on and off to change between the regular foot, 1/4 ", open toe or stitch in the ditch foot. Handy dandy!

Also, I like how it has buttons on the front that take me right to my favorite stitches. When I put on my 1/4" foot, I just push a button and it moves my needle to the correct position and lowers my stitch length to 1.8.

I like the choices of FMQ feet that came with my machine. Not only does it have the set of three feet with the open or closed toed metal feet and the clear dish shaped foot,

it also has a hopping foot. There are times when that just works better!

I'm happy to be able to change the plate without getting out my screw driver! I just push this little lever and it pops the plate up, then I can clean or change to the single hole plate or whatever I need to do and just snap the plate back in place.

I like this big foot pedal, it doesn't creep away from me like my smaller one did.

I like that the needle position is so easy to adjust and that it changes in very small increments so you can get it exactly where you want it. I like how solid my machine feels and that it sews 1000 spm, but I can set the speed so it won't go that fast when I don't want it to! There are all kinds of little things that I don't even think about until I sit in front of another machine, and then I think, "What, no needle threader or thread cutter???"

Friday, July 11, 2014

Barn Quilt Top

I'm finished with the top for my Barn Quilt-OK, obviously not a quilt, but a wall hanging.
When I saw the fabric I used for the border, I knew it was made for my barn quilt, doesn't it make you think "Barn!"?

The blue gingham just makes me happy and I wanted something between the barn border and the blocks so the reds weren't all next to each other.
Now the final dilemma. How do I quilt it? I laid out some thread like I'm doing a diagonal cross hatch, but I'm not sure. My FMQ is mostly feathers and flowers and swirls, not what I want this time! What do you think?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Barn Quilt Blocks

I'm so excited to show you what I've been working on - no not my laundry or anything like that. I have designed my own barn quilt blocks! Let me tell you how this came about.
Lori Holt, over at Bee In My Bonnet was my inspiration, she designed some barn blocks and had a sew along. I loved the idea, but I wanted my barns to look a little different. It stuck in the back of my brain until I finally got around to sketching something out one day...
I wanted another view of the barn, so...
Now I had a side view and a front view. I made up one of each of the blocks. I loved that first one, but the second one just wasn't right.
 It just looks boring and I decided the brown just wasn't right. So I decided to change the door and try to applique a roof on...
That was much better, but I didn't like how the roof was kind of wobbly looking. Argh.
EQ7 to the rescue! I entered both of my blocks in my program so I could print out foundation pieces to sew together. What do you think?
Here is the other block. I really like how they turned out! I made two of each and kept the wobbly roofed one to make into a pillow for my couch.
I made a mirror version of this block. I'm going to put them in a square with sashing and corner blocks...
I made this mess in my sewing room. I needed some red vines to tide me through the frustrating parts, but when I made the last block it only took 1 1/2 hours from when I printed the foundation pieces until I picked off the paper and pressed my finished block! Whew, just wait, I think I'm gonna like this one!

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