Time flies when you are having fun. I'm been testing out some photo frames I purchased from A time to stitch on the Janome MB-4. It's been lots of learning but fun.
Now I find that this new hobby has me searching the Internet for all the "free embroidery" files out there. There are sooo many, I could spend hours out there. Here's one of the frames I purchased. The flash on the camera washed it out some. I also graphically modified the last name to remove a few letters for publishing on the blog :-)
On the Janome embroidery machine, it comes with 10 fonts. I ordered some baby blankets and finished my first embroidered name.
I used wash away stabilizer but I'm not sure if I did it correctly. I placed it on the back and embroidered the name. Then I took a damp down towel to the stabilizer to remove. It came off, but left a large amount of sticky/stiff residue on the blanket.
I ended up having to wash the blanket. It finally fixed the sticky/stiff area but I'm hesitant to wash a blanket after it was embroidered for a gift. Any quick hints out there on how to cleanly remove the washable sizing without having to wash the whole item? Here's the blanket...
Here's what inspired this new embroidery hobby. I was working on a donation quilt for the doberman assistance network which rescues and places dobermans. When I had my friend Rachel embroider the center block. Over the last week, I've finished all the pieces to place together the quilt top. It has applique, embroidery and photo collages.
You can see, I finally (after several years) have given up on using straight pins to pin the quilt sandwich. I finally purchased some bent safety pins. Seemed to go rather quickly. We'll see how this goes trying to quilt the top. That's a lot of pins....
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