Thursday, March 30, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Are You Using Your Embroidery Stabilizer Scrap Pieces?

   As a maker of quilts from watching my ancestors use scrap fabrics and old clothing to make quilts, I do not like to buy yardage to make quilts.  I'm a scrap user.
   Consequently, when I do machine embroidery, I cannot stand to throw away a large piece of stabilizer with a hole in the center. That is SO wasteful to me.
    I presented this idea back in 2012

Reusing Embroidery Tearaway Stabilizer

Thought it was time to revisit the idea for those that haven't been around my blog much as of late.

*A Tuesday Teaser*

After some of the larger pieces are trimmed, they just aren't wide enough for the frame. 
 Adding another piece to the side, allows the frame to grab onto something.
When using tearaway stabilizer, I find the zig zag stitch works best.
A single stitch tends to tear when framing.
This is something I do on my little machine, while the embroidery machine is doing its thing.
Although I have embroidered over the stitch lines and it worked ok,
I'd rather not, because of the extra thickness.
It is usually pretty easy to work around the seam lines and holes.
This idea sure has made my stabilizer go a lot further.

Another idea for using scrap stabilizer

Embroidery Stabilizer Scrap Use Tip


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Monday, March 27, 2017

Memory Mon 44 ~ Saying Good-Bye Winter 2017

 It's time to say Good-bye to Cocoa Beach, Florida for now as the winter comes to an end.
It's been a memorable 3 months.
Next year?

Thanks to the FREE program

 Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo & other alterations to pictures.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sun Best ~ Sand Crane @ the Movies

 Look what we found in the parking lot at the movies the other day!
@ Melbourne, Florida, USA
 He/She was still there when we came out.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Quilt Shot Block ~ Quilter's Real Life by Joyce Young

Seen @ Highland's Quilt Guild Show
Sebring, Florida, USA 
 You could stand for quiet some time to "read" this quilt.
Not only are the characters a hoot,
but the little things she added make it even more interesting.
Great job Joyce.

You might like to check out other "Quilt Block Shots"
one the Quilt link above or HERE.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #82 ~ Street Cleaners

It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.
It's a part of the ecosystem.
 We should think these guys for doing their job?
Think about it!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Reinforcing Straps with the "X" Stitch

*A Tuesday Teaser*

When adding a strap to a large bag,
the stitching starts under the bag on one side of the handle,
goes up to make the "X" as shown on the purple note,
and back down the other side to the bottom.
The rest of the handle is stitched as shown.

I used this method on the Song Book Bag shown last week.
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 Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo
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