Welcome To My Day on the IB Use it Up Hop…

Island Batik Use It Up Blog Hop

Island Batik Use It Up Blog HopToday I’ve chosen to make a small project for this hop. It is a machine embroidery in the hoop design using Island Batiks and fleece.

The design is created entirely in the hoop except for the small buttons and bows you use to attach the add-ons. I didn’t make the addons because I intend to create my own which I just haven’t had the time to do as yet, but the project is done and ready for them to be done, so when I have some time I’ll get them done. 

I’ve also created a little tutorial today for you on working with batiks when you applique. This doesn’t apply just to machine embroidery, it applies also to normal applique techniques. I hope you will enjoy it.

When you are working with batik fabric, there are some cool features of the fabric that you don’t get with normal cotton. Continue reading

Small, Smaller, Smallest …. Arrives Today At Seams To Be Sew…

Small, Smaller, Smallest at Just Let Me Quilt

Small, Smaller, Smallest at Just Let Me QuiltSo, it’s my day for this fun hop by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. When she first announced this, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had been thinking of what I could do for St. Patrick’s Day that is different from what I’ve seen done by others. When I think of St. Patrick’s Day I think of shamrocks, Leprechauns, rainbows, green… A pinch of green is all you need to avoid the pinch on St. Patrick’s Day, and so this year I am following that tradition with my project for this hop.

I like to pride myself on figuring out how to create things that I need for small projects I’ve made, such as purses, wallets, towel holders, key rings, etc… Today’s project is no different. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s perfect, I can’t imagine what it would be like to make the perfect project. I took what I’ve learned over the years from building projects in the hoop, but in reality, only one part of this project was done in the hoop. Learning how to digitize allows one to put the things they love to use. You can do things in a machine embroidery hoop that aren’t as easy to do by a normal sewing machine or should be done by hand.  When I need an all-around design much like continuous line designs, I use my embroidery hoop, because a cross-hatching design or a spiral design can be done so much faster and easier and better in the hoop.

Continue reading

It’s a Beautiful Day For Opposites Today…

stbs-Opposites_Attract

stbs-Opposites_AttractToday is my day on the Opposites Attract Blog Hop. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the various blogs participating and have really enjoyed all the projects the bloggers have come up with. Doing limited colors has always been difficult for me, I am so use to working with many many colors in my quilts that when it comes to limiting my color range, I just seem to get lost…

So when doing this blog hop, I really had to think about what I could do, and it went round and round in my mind, I’d get one idea, and try to implement it, and I would end up with more colors than I was to have.

I’d then move on to another idea, and same thing, I’d get bogged down again in many colors.

Continue reading

Adding Machine Embroidery Designs To Quilt Layouts In EQ7..

Adding Embroidery To Quilts-small

Adding Embroidery To Quilts-smallToday, I have a new tutorial for Electric Quilt, and the 10th lesson, I’ve added this year for EQ, making it now 37 lessons on EQ itself that are now offered here at Seams To Be Sew.

This year, I am participating in a one day event each month with QuiltShop Gal and other bloggers for the day, posting something about EQ, whether it’s a lesson, or something created in EQ, we’re all doing something.

You can find my other EQ lessons here.

Links To references used in the video are:

Learning EQ 7 Facebook Group
Kreative Kiwi
Skeldale House
Embroidery Library

PicPick (screen capturing software) Continue reading

Halloween Haunts – My Day To Be Haunted

Frankie

Halloween Haunts 2015Well it is my day to show you my projects. I pretty much kept it simple this year. I had a larger project planned, but coming off of EQ Seasons also, I just didn’t have time to even implement it.

Instead I chose to create something I didn’t have any of.. and that is some Halloween Mugrugs. I know many of you have tons of them, but I’m still just starting on my quest to collect them. It was only earlier this year that I made my first few mugrugs. However I used purchased designs for those, this time I just created my own from some designs I already had, and some new ones.. 

So here is what I’ve been up to…

Continue reading

Have A Latte Starts Here…

Have A Latte I’ve been looking forward to this blog hop since I first signed up for it. I absolutely LOVE coffee, with my cream and my Equal.. I’m set to go. I am not a one cup coffee drinker, or just a two, I don’t do caffeine free coffees either. I drink easily a pot of coffee a day. We have a Kuerig and I have my first cup with the Kuerig first thing in the morning while I set the coffee pot to brew. My favorite coffee is Donut House Coffee, but I’m also fond of Folgers Black Silk. Continue reading