Sunday, December 31, 2017

Elastic 101 and How To Use It!

I just watched this Threads video about the different types of elastic and how to use each one.  This was a very informative video.   I thought I would share it with anyone who would like to watch it.



Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas Quilt!!

Well, as you know, I received the Janome 15,000 Quilt Maker for Christmas.  I have been using it for about two months now and I absolutely love this machine.  The software that comes with this  is just amazing.  I learn something new about this machine everyday.

  I haven't made a quilt for quite a long time.  I decided to make the designs in the center that I used on the quilt with the software called HorizonLink.  The sewing machine has WIFI so I can get on my computer or i-pad anywhere in the house and send designs to my machine which is upstairs in my sewing room.  This is just so handy.  It also has software called AcuMonitor which will show my design being sewed out while I am in another room of the house.  I was baking during Christmas prep and could watch my sewing machine sew while baking cookies.

Here is the design that I created using HorizonLink.  It gave my Christmas quilt more of a star effect and I sewed it out with gold thread which really adds to the beauty. 

I had to learn how to get these designs centered all around the quilt edge and have them equally spaced.  This was tricky, but since then, I learned of a fantastic trick from a fellow Janome friend which I think will make things easier.  I haven't tried it yet, so I can't explain it to you.  I had to line up two designs and bring then exactly together so they look like they were one continuous design.  How I handled this was easy.  I sewed out the first design.  Then I had my second design brought up on the sewing machine screen.  I would jump the machine up one stitch of the new design and then I could use my up and down arrow keys to line this first stitch exactly where I wanted it to sew.  Then the design would sew exactly where I needed it.  Now, you might know that quilting is not my first love, so I don't quilt as much as probably some of my followers.  You may have tricks you can teach me.  My first love is garment sewing and right now I am trying to take off a few pounds, so I don't want to make any new clothes for another month or so.  This is why I started with a quilt.  I have some knots where I joined the two designs together, so if anyone knows how to handle this differently, please let me know.  It shows up more in the picture than on the quilt.


























The finished quilt turned out nice.  My pictures are not the greatest.  I took  them with my  phone instead of getting out my camera.  Hope they show up for you.  I hope you all had a very Blessed        Christmas!!!


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Snow Globe Design!


Have you seen this cute little snow globe design that you can sew out?  This was actually just a design to sew onto a shirt or purse.  I decided to make it for my niece and I sewed it out onto white felt.  You add large sequin snowflakes on top of the design and then sew a piece of clear plastic on top of that.  When you shake it the snowflakes dance around just like a snow globe.  I attached a piece of rose-colored fleece to the back of the design with her name on it because I wanted it to be an ornament that I could attach to a present.  Then I cut it out.  I didn't like the way that looked, so I sewed a diamond machine embroidery around the edges.  It came out cute.  I think she will like it.

Here is a picture of the design that I sewed around the edges.  Actually, the design is cuter than the picture.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Cute Christmas Tags!!











http://www.emblibrary.com/EL/Products.aspx?Catalog=Emblibrary&ProductID=X0288

I saw these tags on Emblibrary.com and loved them.  They are very detailed when you sew them out.  I have three made and they are very cute.  I didn't write names on the back.   I am just going to attach one to each special present and let it dangle like an ornament.  That way they can be passed around for years.

The first one I sewed out was the Santa tag.  They recommend that you sew them out on material and I followed the directions to a tee.  You cut out the exact shape of the tag and spray temporary spray and lay it on your hooped stabilizer.  Then when you are almost finished sewing the design, you stop and remove the hoop, turn it over and add the other cut to size material to the bottom of the hoop with temporary adhesive and finish sewing the design.  When I had it all sewed out, it sews onto a piece of tear away stabilizer.  Next, I took it out of the hoop and tore off the tearaway stabilizer, I had all these little hairs of white stabilizer showing.  The design looked good all except for the edges where I had to tear it.  I wasn't very happy with that because I thought that just ruined the whole design.  I then tried to resew the edge of the design myself to cover up the stabilizer hairs and now it just looks ok.  Remember, I am the perfectionist.  

Then I thought to myself why don't I try this with felt and just sew out the design and then trim around the edges close to the sewing. What I did for the ones that I sewed out on felt, was I sewed out the top layer with the design totally, I did not cut out the exact shape, just a section of felt.  I unhooped it and sandwiched another layer of the felt to the back, also not cut to the shape and then I sewed the front and back layers together around the design on the edge.  Then I trimmed the felt with my curve scissors as close as I wanted it.  I think these are much cuter.  Now, if you wanted to add a name to the back, you could do this before you add the two sides together. I added the link for the designs just in case anyone is interested in them.  They come in lots of different shapes and sized tags.  Very cute!! This turned out perfect.  I love the other two that I have finished.  After I sewed them and trimmed the edges, I gave them a steam with a pressing cloth and they are just so cute!  They are stiff because the stabilizer is inside the design and a little bit puffy.  

Do you like them??