8/27/15

Pedal to the Medal Machine Embroidery and Quilting

I do so love and appreciate hand quilting and hand embroidery, and I have done quite a lot of both in the years of being a needle and thread enthusiast.

However, I have an affliction I call FastFinishItist that often results in hand done not getting done...sometimes for years!

Lucky for me I have sewing machines that accommodate my pedal to the metal need for speed.  Especially now, when I am dashing through my 'Stashes' getting ready for September First Saturday Booth.

  I am enjoying making 'Small Quilts'.  For one thing, they are the perfect medication for FastFinishItist even if handwork is involved.  Like stitching down the binding on this machine quilted Four Patch of 1930's reproduction fabrics.  To give it a bit more 1930's look, I machine embroidered a floral vine in the sashing.
The embroidery was done as the blocks and rows were sashed together.  This design is a built in decorative stitch on my Janome 6600 Quilter.  Here are a few 'Tips' to ensure your embroidery lays flat and the stitch color is continuous and smooth:
*Cut-A-Way Stablizer...place on back of sashing strip (same size as strip to eliminate seam bulk. 
*Embroidery Thread...use a rayon embroidery thread.  It has a pretty shine and stitches evenly.
*Tension...reduce your TOP tension.  I go from 5 to 4.  This allows your bobbin to pull the embroidery thread to the back and eliminates the dot on top.
I'm getting ready to machine quilt this table topper which has four blocks machine embroidered in a hoop.  Now this embroidery really is a FastFinishItis Fix.  It has three color changes and well over 1000 stitches and takes about 10 minutes to stitch out.  I'll be back with more of this small quilt tomorrow.  Yep, I plan to have it finished by then. 
Hooray for 21st Century Sewing Technology!

 

8/23/15

More HoopLa with Simple Pleasures Embroidery

In 1984 a stitcher named Lora spent a good deal of time embroidering the floral-hearts design and expertly stitched the words "Simple Pleasures are Life's Treasures".  Years later Lora's hooped needlework found it's way into my collection.  For several years it hung on the wall or was displayed for sale in one Junktique Booth or another.  Finally it came to rest in a basket of vintage embroidery. 
 While I am in the HoopLa mode, I decided to give Lora's Simple Treasure a more fitting frame.  So, out of the vintage lace and doily bag came a perfectly fitted mauve lace doily and piece of very vintage lace edging....just the right aging color to match Lora's embroidery.
Thank-you Lora for stitching your name and date (top left of center) on this "Life's Treasure"
It has given me hours of Simple Pleasure.
I hope it will do the same for someone at my September First Saturday Booth.

8/22/15

Scottie Hexies, Hoops and Loops

Along with the YoYo Fest and the Clean Out Binge I found a stash of Hexie Blocks.  I won't go into the number of Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilts I have made or try and count the hundreds of hexagons I have stamped, paper pieced, cut, put together, sorted and put away for....I don't what!  I guess for this 'Scotty Hoop and Loop' wall hanging. 
Here are a few shots of the 'Details' with vintage buttons.
 
And the FINISHED front and back! 
Done two weeks before September's First Saturday Booth Show! 
Now back to the YoYo's! 

8/20/15

Couching Stitched YoYo Sampler

There is a YoYo Fest going on in my Sewing Studio.
 As usual, my 'OverDoNess' has hit a YoYoHigh,
Now there are a total of 4 smallish YoYo quilts waiting in the wings to be stitched.
Here is 1930's YoYo and More Galore!
Matter of Facts and Figuring
*Pink Background...machine quilted sample/practice piece...basket full of these...useful now!
*2 squares of 1930's pieced scraps...never throw away vintage scraps...you never know!!!
*1 large layered YoYo with button topper...already made for another project...Yay!
*2 small layered YoYo's with button topper...already made for another project...perfect!
*assortment of small YoYo's...coordinated with 1930's scraps. 
*2 pieces of vintage doilies...these were cut from a piece that was falling apart...couching keeps it together.
*embroidery floss - stitching with coordinating colors...want the stitches to show, but not glaringly.
*basting fabric glue to hold pieces in place while stitching...so much quicker and easier than pins.
Work In Progress...but not forever...gotta finish for September 5th First Saturday Booth!
The other THREE as well...no time for too much 'OverDoNess"
Yikes!!!

8/18/15

Super YoYo Maker

Believe it or not, I never ever wanted to make a YoYo quilt.  The main reason was cutting out all those circles and then hand stitching them to form the YoYo.  Too slow and too many to make a quilt of any size.  Not for me.  However, I was not adverse to collecting YoYo's made by someone else.
The someone else turned out to be a Super YoYo maker who made them to keep her hands busy while she talked about her life as a quilter back in the day.  I kept her supplied with fabric and thread and she kept me supplied with wonderful stories and lots of YoYo's.  Many were bundled in neat little packages and sold in my Quilt Shop.  My 90 year old YoYo Maker was so proud to be able to still earn her way doing what she loved....sewing/quilting. 
And I am please to be making my first YoYo quilt with YoYo's made by Yolanda.  I am in the process of stitching the binding and when that is done, I plan to do some embroidery around the YoYo's and add some buttons.  I think Yolanda would be proud of our partnership in this YoYo quilt....even if it is only 18 inches by 22 inches.

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