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September 13, 2017
More Success Stories! from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

I have some Miscellaneous success stories and I have Machine Embroidery Success Stories!

Awesome work everyone!









remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

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September 8, 2017
Yep, I Have Been Sewing from 120 Blocks

And using my machine to embroider! I mentioned the two Quinceañera pillows. I have gotten as far as getting the designs finalized and one of the fabric squares for a pillow actually embroidered. I just have the bigger pillow to embroider and then some fancy assembly. I’m hoping to get those finished by the end …

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September 3, 2017
Anniversary Gift from Creating Chaos

Back in March I shared some textile art I had created based on a Workshop on the Web workshop and inspired by some Dorset buttons I had made.  Here's a reminder....


My daughter Clare loved it so I decided to make another for her wedding anniversary and as they were decorating their bedroom at the time, I made it in shades of yellow and grey to match their new room.    The anniversary has now been and gone so I can share it with the world!

The background was once again made using strips of different papers and as Clare ...

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August 31, 2017
Prayers and Another Border from Ravelly1

I have been praying for my fellow Texan down south. I live more toward central Texas so we've only gotten around 10" of rain over the course of several days. 
We've spoken to several relatives who are weathering the rainstorm. They are in good spirits & dry for the time being.
The photo isn't great but I've placed a border on this quilt top. It's one of my donation quilts.
I decided to embroider these praying hands on a t-towel for our church's fellowship hall. It really feels good to be getting in some sort ...

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August 7, 2017
Motivational Monday - progress report from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It was a whirlwind weekend and so nice to work WITHOUT a pressing deadline.  That's what happens when you plan. Or more likely there just weren't any major deadlines happening at this time.

It was another instance where that comperized long arm should would have come in handy as at one point, I had the long arm, the embroidery machine and the sewing  machine going at the same time. The embroidery machine was quite fine to run on it's own, but a little difficult to sew and quilt at the same time!

So what did I get ...

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August 1, 2017
August Journal Quilt from Creating Chaos

Working ahead of myself on this year's Journal Quilts although I've nearly caught myself up so I'd better get working on the rest!

This month's quilt has once again been inspired by the Hibiscus flower.   This time I paper pieced the flower using a pentagon shape as Hibiscus have five petals.   The flowers were then applied and stitched to the background which was a piece of my own dyed fabric.   I machined stitched the centres of each flower and machine quilted the background with more pentagon shapes and stems of leaves.




 


      


   

Hopefully this will give a ...

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July 25, 2017
A quickie table runner from Pointless Quilter

Well, not so quick if you consider that I did the actual machine embroidery in March.  But I did finish this table runner this past week.


This machine embroidery was done in sections and then each section sewn together matching the 'thread' that unites all the gingerbread men.  This was a pattern by Jana Davidson  through Turnberry Lane patterns called Ginger Garland.  Their sample was burgundy and brown scrappy but I found this gingerbread fabric and thought it was adorable and perfect for this.

I'm working on my Halloween Machine Embroidery blocks now.  Designing as I go.  Should prove ...

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July 11, 2017
Brother PE770 embroidery project for beginners- Cord Keeper from Crafty Gemini

brother-pe770 tutorial by crafty gemini{Disclaimer: This post may include affiliate links for products I use and love. Thanks for your support.}

I’m back! I’m determined to get back to blogging. I can hardly believe it’s almost been a year since my last blog post. AHHH! My apologies.
Unfortunately, making videos, designing projects and fabric collections, traveling and homeschooling two young kids gets in the way of writing blog posts. But, here I am. Planning to write short and sweet blog posts that will make it more manageable & sustainable for me to maintain.

So, I’m back with a new machine embroidery ...

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June 22, 2017
Three Generation Wedding Dress Wall Hangings for Meg from Mary Manson Quilts


Meg wanted two quilted wall hangings made from her dress, her mother's dress, and her grandmother's dress.  Her dress had a full satin skirt, which we used for both quilt tops. Her grandmother loved roses, so the quilted feather design in the outer borders included roses. She also wanted a celtic design, so a triple celtic heart was embroidered in the center of both quilts.


Meg's dress had a lace jacket. The center of her quilt was made from the bodice of the jacket. The pearl heart in the center was made from her headpiece, and the ...

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May 29, 2017
Ding Batt from McCall's Quilting

Do you remember “All in the Family,” the television show from the 1970s? One of the main characters, Archie Bunker, often called his wife a dingbat. The expression remains in my vocabulary and, in fact, became the name of my most recent finish. I spelled it a bit differently but here’s the story of my quilt.

This (below, left) is Ding Batt. I made it from silk dupioni for an upcoming issue of Creative Machine Embroidery. Silk dupioni is such a luxurious fabric. I really enjoy working with it.

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Ding Batt

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The Center Medallion

The machine-embroidered designs are in ...

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May 3, 2017
Teacher Gifts Revisited: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Minky Baby Quilt from Cheeky Cognoscenti

So my fellow quilt blogging friend Val's Archives Linky Party theme for this week is teacher gifts.   Rather than link up an archived post, I'm doing a new, separate post today because the post I wrote about this project when I finished it back in 2010 was eaten by the Blogger Goblins or accidentally deleted or something.  Let me start out by saying that my goal today is BREVITY.  My last blog post ran on much longer than anyone could possibly have felt like reading it.  Hopefully I can manage to be concise this time!  And now, without ...

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April 30, 2017
Finish #2 for April............ from Exuberant Color

I finally have another finish for April.  It was a month of sidetracks but fun ones so I'm not complaining.  This little quilt is 33" x 43.75" and I will keep this one.  I have a few favorite baby quilts that I keep, the rest I gift.  The fabric is all Aunt Grace's reproduction 1930s.  The embroidery is done on my embroidery machine and the designs were from Cactus Punch many years ago.

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April 28, 2017
Machine embroidery using rayon thread makes for a very pretty make up case from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you how to make a journal cover with thread painting using WonderFil  Rayon threads. All week I’ve been playing with these threads to do thread painting and machine embroidery. Today I’m sharing a tutorial for an easy zippered cosmetic bag.

There are times when we hunt for a little gift to give to a friend, so it’s always nice to find a quick and easy pattern to make yourself. These great little bags can be made any size and with any fabric to meet your needs. Make some ahead of time and ...

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April 27, 2017
Basting and more triangle squares......... from Exuberant Color

Last night I sewed enough triangle squares to make 5 blocks.  Each pile is either 8 alike or 4 alike.  If I don't like some of the combinations when I lay out the blocks I can always make a few more that will work.

I didn't have much ambition yesterday with the barometric pressure change.  We didn't get much rain during the day.  It sounds like the big rain is coming on Saturday and Sunday.
 
I also started hand basting the redwork baby quilt I pieced in February.  I will ditch quilt between rows of blocks in ...

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April 5, 2017
Lunch Box Quilts Trunk Show from Bear Patch Quilting

If you are familiar with Lunch Box Quilts, you might already have used one of their designs for machine embroidery and applique.  If not, we have a special treat for you!


Lunch Box Quilts has loaned us large collection of their samples, and we have them on display during April.  We have already been re-ordering some of the design CD's, they are just that popular!  Some of our talented Bernina employees have already used these designs for samples displayed in the Sew Center.  But this trunk show is wonderful because there are a lot of designs that we just ...

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March 28, 2017
Quilt and Pillow for Paulette from Mary Manson Quilts


Paulette wanted a quilt for her daughter, who is getting married this summer and a pillow for herself. What a great idea, a pillow so she could still have a remembrance of her wedding, once she gave the quilt to her daughter!

The dress was made of a nice taffeta fabric with a beautiful embellished bodice, and trim and lace around the hem. 

The center of the quilt is a circle made from the l trim on the dress, with embroidered names and date in the center, and feather quilting.  The inner border is fabric with a lace overlay, quilted ...

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March 26, 2017
Using Dorset Buttons from Creating Chaos

I've made some of the Dorset Buttons from the kit I bought last month and have used them as the starting point for a new piece of work.

I've signed up for Maggie Grey's Workshop on the Web and one of the workshops in the latest issue was by Isobel Moore.  Do check her work on her website - here   As the workshops are all available only for subscription I won't give any details, but it is a mixture of painted paper, fibres, fabrics, machine and hand stitching, plus any embellishments you wish to use.


  

  




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February 25, 2017
It's all New to Me! from Celtic Thistle Stitches

Welcome to February's New to Me Link Party.

If you have been spending your time avoiding storms, floods or snowdrifts or whatever passes for bad weather in your neck of the woods, perhaps you have also had an opportunity to try something new to keep yourself occupied whilst the weather does its worst. If so, you are in the right place! The monthly New to Me link party is where we celebrate together the successes and failures of trying something for the first time. We all know that sometimes things don't quite go to plan and that practise ...

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February 16, 2017
Good sewing day......... from Exuberant Color

While my friends were here yesterday I sewed the redwork quilt top.  It is 33.5" x 44.5" so one width of fabric is plenty for a back.  How nice to not have to press 5-6 yards of fabric and seam them together.




I quilted this tablerunner several years ago and it has been waiting for binding.  I finally cut it and sewed it on last night.



These placemats are even older, quilted a long time ago.  I wanted to use the same black with gold metallic stars for the binding but I couldn't find the small piece ...

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February 15, 2017
Redwork....... from Exuberant Color

I pieced quarter square triangles and did a layout that gives the impression of on point blocks.

A NO REPLY commenter wanted to know where I got the redwork designs.  They are an old Cactus Punch package from the late 1990s.


Then I turned the quarter square triangle blocks one turn to the right.

I decided this is the better of the two layouts with the limited contrast between the two darker red 30's reproduction fabrics.



This is a better photo of the colors in the prints.  Since the redwork blocks are one way designs it made sense to ...

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