Thursday, June 10, 2021

Thoughtful Thursday 174~ Making Wedding Veil Memories


One of my Grand Daughter's wedding is in a couple of weeks.
I have the pleasure and honor of hand stitching the beaded embroidery pieces onto her wedding veil.
So she's helping me create memories of her special moment in life.

She brought me the embroidered pieces on netting that I had to trim away.
That took about 4 days.

Now I'm hand stitching via the back side.
I'm using my white machine embroidery thread.
 The long stitches you see are transition stitches the embroider used.
I made mine smaller. Actually so hard to see that when I had to remove some to reposition,
it was hard to find the stitches.
Takes just over an hour for each piece.
I haven't counted but I'm thinking there are about 20 pieces.

I am doing this project on the couch,
but I can't really watch a detailed TV program.
It has to be one I can listen to.
Yesterday, I found an audio book on You Tube......... Piorot!

Using my narrow cutting mat to lay on my lap so I can see it better
and keep the netting flat.

I seem to use clips for everything other than the intended purpose.

I'm so enjoying the thoughts going through my mind during this rainy week.
Love you M.
Thinks for my Thoughtful Thursday.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Quilt Shot 134~ Hobby Horse


For my first great grand child!
I bought this magazine back in 1984.
Although, I never get rid of any quilt/sewing magazine/book I acquire, 
this one did have a quilt I had immediately put on my to do list when I saw it
 for someone,
but didn't know who.
That perfect someone is to arrive in a few weeks.
He's destined to be on a farm.
My first great grand child. Unreal.
Look at the very simple instructions.
That's all!
It uses squares,
but I had scraps to use and had to make them go as far as possible.

The saddle was embroidered.
I decided to make a block free hand style.
Folded/pressed block to create sewing guide lines.



Hand embroidered eye, mouth, nose.
Supposed to embroider the tail, but I didn't.
I used that embroidery hoop as a child.

Had enough scrap fabric to add a 2½ inch border.
Sandwich with a scrap piece large enough for backing,
and leftover batting.

Pinned a Leader Cloth to both sides so I could quilt up to the border.
I thought about tying the quilt with bright red yarn,
but decided to quilt it on my little Dream Frame.
Was able to load lengthwise and make complete pass.
My favorite way to baste is quilting pins poked through to a piece of fake rubber.
The fake rubber were pieces from a pair of cut up $ Tree flip flops.
Much easier for me to put in, take out as I quilt. 
Yes I have to take them out if in the way of the clamps.
Quilting safety pins are hard for me to handle.

The machine agreed with me that day and did some great quilting stitches.
Very little breakage or skipped stitches today.
A happy day of quilting done in one day.

However, big fancy Ms. Ellisimo did stitch on the binding,
but refused to not skip stitches when trying to finish the binding.
I was more in the mood for some handstitching on the binding,
than setting up Little Brother which has absolutely NO problem
doing the finishing stitching on binding.
Little Brother really puts fancy Ellisimo to shame.
Finished. So I thought.
This little quilt was made with scraps given to me.
The backing had to be turned sideways.
Perfect to go with a "Hobby Horse" quilt.
 For once, I didn't forget to add the label before I finished quilting.
I did quilt 2 rounds before I remembered to add it just in time.
 It is iron on, but I like the quilting stitched through it,
and I hand applique to make it more stable.

However, I just wasn't satisfied with the little horse not having a tail.
So the day before this quilt was given,
I hand appliqued a tail.
Now it's finished!


Saturday, May 22, 2021

Quilt Shot 133~ Laura's "Good Girl" Quilt

Our friend Laura had to move out of state.
So my friends Donna, Sheryl and Melissa and I got together and made blocks 
to make Laura a quilt.
The blocks were the "Wonky Log Cabin." 
Turns out 2 of the group enjoy this impromtu no measuring technique, 
and 2 wanted specific measurements.
I was fortunate to piece the blocks together to make the top
 and add the borders.

Then I passed the top onto Sheryl and her daughter, Melissa
who quilted it on the long arm.
Sheryl came up with the name for the quilt.

The backing was actually from the stash of fabrics Laura had given to me.
The border was from Sheryl and Melissa's Stash and they hand binded the quilt.
Yours truly made the label.
Sheryl had several leftover piano keys already made for me to put together for the second border..
We do pat ourselves on the back for being a great team that can suddenly put a quilt together.
This quilt went together in about 2 weeks.
We'll miss having Laura around here.
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