Stitch It And Gift It …. It’s a Snow Day….

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It would be perfect if it were snowing outside today, making my project perfect for the weather. As many of you know I LOVE snow. Winter is my favorite season of the year and I look forward to it from the moment Summer hits every year. 🙂 I’m cool with Fall and Spring because these are not traditionally warm/hot seasons, but Summer… no matter where I’ve lived it’s always too hot.

My project today is not quite finished, but I want to share it with you either way. It’s turning out so beautiful I can’t believe I didn’t think of doing something sooner. I really have wanted a Winter theme in my living room since I have to spend a few hours downstairs each day elevating my legs and feet. The doctors say it is really good to elevate during the day that it doesn’t work so well at night. Why they waited so long to tell me this I have no idea, but for the last 4 weeks, I’ve been up and down the stairs several times a day elevating my legs in the recliner for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Last year, I happened to find a digitizer on the web who creates really beautiful machine embroidery designs. I don’t stitch a lot of “fill” type designs anymore as I’ve mainly just switched to applique, embellishment, and continuous quilting lines. This lady tho offers a free alphabet letter a day and she normally has very lovely alphabets. You do have to buy 1 letter of the alphabet if you are wanting it, but the price is always discounted and worth it if you need the letter “e”.

Tattered Stitches is the site I am talking about. Recently Nicole has started designing some continuous line quilting designs. I purchased these as I thought they were really nice and they were fun. As I watched these wonderful designs, I loved how they stitched out. She does her designs a little differently than I do mine but all of them are secured at the start and the end and they run continuously. The biggest difference between hers and mine is that she uses a double run stitch and I normally use a single run stitch. I really like the double run, so think I’m going to add that to mine with a single run option also. I remember experimenting with double runs last year but didn’t really go anywhere with them. When you see these blocks below, I think you’ll see why I fell in love with the double run.

I did these on a dark blue background with a “cream” colored Aurifil 100% cotton thread. I couldn’t find my white thread, so I used the cream… I think it looks pretty close to white so it’s not too bad… But I think the designs just stand out so beautifully. The pictures really don’t do the finished quilting justice, as they are really beautiful. These were done in my machine embroidery hoop.

I’m planning to add a white sash to this and give it a “windowed” effect. I am hoping Nicole does 3 more blocks so I’ll have a total of 12 blocks, otherwise, I’ll just do the 9 blocks. If it turns out as nice as I think it will, I’ll be making more of them to give as gifts for Christmas.

Today’s Featured Bloggers Are:

Friday, November 15th
Today is the last day of this hop, if you haven’t been around to visit everyone, it’s time to sit in a chair and go see the other blogs participating. The Full schedule was posted here this past Saturday. You can also visit Creatin’ in the Sticks as Carla has posted daily and listed the blogs participating.
Because I was trying to finish Sunbonnet Sue and Sam In Florida this week, I didn’t get a free pattern made for this hop. So instead, I’ll offer a 25% off discount in my Payhip shop for those of you who have patterns you would like to have. Sale ends Monday, Nov 18, 2019
Use Coupon Code:  25OffSale-AtSTBS
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32 thoughts on “Stitch It And Gift It …. It’s a Snow Day….

  1. I think I like this better with the cream on blue than I would have white. It’s a great idea. I know you use the embroidery option for far more than embroidery on your machine! I hope your leg troubles are soon over.

  2. these are lovely. the cream thread is perfect. oh but these will be wonderful in a window setting. thanks for sharing and inspiring

  3. I’ve only been doing machine embroidery for just under a year. I love seeing ideas that I can apply to my projects. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful work.

  4. I hope that elevating your legs during is being helpful. Doctors aren’t always so forthcoming I have found out. Your embroidered blocks look beautiful. It will be great to see the finished quilt.

  5. The designs are really beautiful, Marian. Love the colors in them! If you have to sit somewhere, you may as well make it a nice place to be. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks, Marian, for the fun blog hop. I love your embroidered blocks. They will make into a wonderful Christmasy quilt.

  7. Thank you for another coupon. I used the one for the Florida boy. That picture was perfect since both my boys grew up here having to pick the oranges off the tree in January or before the 1st frost. I’ll use this coupon on something I missed.

  8. The designs are beautiful, thanks for the site info – there are definitely some good embroidery sites out there. Take care of yourself!

  9. Very nice designs! Now really wish I knew more about using my embroidery machine …. Thanks for sharing your project & talents with us.

    1. Agree, they are very quick to stitch out. While I stitched these out at the time I bought them, six of them were stitched out in about a 3 hour period of time. I usually prepare everything first, then it’s really easy to stitch them. I used a magnetic hoop also, which is so much nicer to use as you can just lay your batting down, put the magnets on the top and off you go stitching. No killing my hands trying to get the hoop to close properly. 🙂

  10. These are lovely! The double run does add an additional element of eye interest, doesn’t it?! I hope the new elevating program works in spades for you!! 🙂

  11. They are stunning and I think it looks pretty great with the colour of the quilting. It will look wonderful when it is all finished. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Susie xx

    1. Thanks, Susie, Yea I’m not the best at taking pictures, some of them I see turned out a bit blurry, but I think the effect for the double run is quite noticeable compared to a single run stitch. Thanks for dropping by today Susie.

  12. Love those designs. They will make a beautiful quilt and I think your thread choice is right on. What a great gift it will be. It’s always special to share your talents. Thank you for joining the hop, Marian. I hope you are feeling better with your new treatment of legs up.

    1. Thanks Carla, and thank you for hosting this hop. It was fun to come up with a project that I’m really loving. I hope it works also for my legs, these wounds are driving me batty, been almost a year now that I’ve been dealing with these issues.

  13. Wow, that is going to be a beautiful quilt!! Makes me want to learn how to use my embroidery machine so I can do more than just create labels for my quilts!

    1. Oh, you should… I think one really misses out if they have an embroidery arm and they are not using it to it’s fullest capacity. We pay a lot of money for having that extra feature, we should use it. 🙂

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