It’s that time here again at Seams To Be Sew.. Welcome To Twas The Night Blog Hop, brought to us by Sew We Quilt and our cheerleader for this hop is Marlene. I can’t possibly imagine all the work Marlene had herself in for with this hop. Coordinating all those regions of the world, and making sure gifts would arrive in a timely fashion, but she did it with ease and finesse and was brilliant in her timely arrival of all emails. I loved how she checked in with us to be sure we’d sent and our packages had arrived as well. Just a huge amount of work, you were amazing Marlene. Thank you!! Lately, I have been doing more machine embroidery, as you can tell with my recent projects I’ve posted on my blog. I did the same for Wendy who was my person to send to. I enjoyed creating the items I sent her and My theme for what I sent, which I forgot to tell her was “My Favorite Things” and at Christmas, I definitely have some favorites of that time of the year. I hope you will stop by to see how she has displayed them.. WOW, she made them look far more beautiful than I did. They are also shown with credits at the bottom of this post. The person who sent me a gift was Marlene. Marlene sent me three projects, a beautiful tote bag, a zippered pouch, and a fabric box.
The three items all use the same fabric. I love this color of fabric, it’s vibrant and just speaks to me as to say, Use me, Use Me, I wanna be liked.. :o) hehe
All items are lined and the zippered pouch uses a technique I’ve never seen done before in a pouch with the zipper right at the top, and hidden like an invisible zipper does. I tried to capture this in the images, but had a difficult time doing so.
I think you can see what I mean better in this image above.
The fabric box shown above has an interesting technique also. I don’t remember if the original boxes I did earlier this year that were something like this had the tackdown, but Marlene has used a tack down stitch by hand onto the lining and fleece to allow the triangled flaps you would normally have inside the box just hangin about to be out of the way. I think it also helps to shape the box a bit more also. She had placed them so the each corner of the triangle is one to each side of the box.
same image, no red arrows I’m hoping you can see how the triangle flaps here lay in the box.
As to what I’ve been up to… I made quite a few different items that had to be shipped out and I totally forgot to take pictures of them, so with my main embroidery machine down and leaving myself to just my Viking, I made a bag. I literally make all my “wrapping” for gifts today via fabric gift bags. I know, it seems like I really limited myself to the possibilities with what I could make, and while I know I can make projects on a normal sewing machine, my head just wasn’t in it to do it for some reason and I had to come up with something quick to show for the blog hop today. So, I made a bag.
I make bags of all sizes and thoroughly enjoy doing it. A bag can be made in as little as ten minutes, or can take as long as an hour, just by what you do to it.
I’ve made a little tutorial on making quick bags and the different ideas one can incorporate when making them here.
I sent Wendy the following items:
I apologize for the blurriness of this photo, I just didn’t get a better image.
The gift tag is a design from Advanced Embroidery – by far and away one of my most favorite embroidery sites.
Their free standing lace designs sew out like a dream.
The Nativity Box, snowflake ornament cover and the gift bag are from Advanced Embroidery.
The basket, bell and nativity ornament are from S-Embroidery, another FSL site which I really love to shop at.
The Poinsettia TeaLight is from Ko-Design and while I have not purchased many designs from Ko, I really love their stitchouts also.
All of the projects I made for Wendy were created within a 36 hour time period. Just over a day, but the tealight takes quite a bit of time to stitch out as for me it had over 50,000 stitches for each cover, and you have to stitch 2 covers for the tealight.
The schedule for this hop is:
Thurs, Nov. 20
Have a great time, I know this is one I won’t miss seeing.
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