Sunday, May 31, 2009

Breast Cancer Blocks and Lime Green Calling

Breast Cancer Blocks

In addition to the applique block in the post below, I've been busy embroidering a few other breast cancer awareness blocks to place into a quilt that will be given away. I went on a hunt for unique and different breast cancer ribbon embroidery files and here's what I've found that I purchased from several embroidery sites such as emblibrary, dreamwestembroidery, and creativeconnectionsembroidery.

I also used tear away stabilizer for the first time. I love this stuff. I'm thinking it would be great being used for paper piecing as well. Look how easily it removed from the angels!

Lime Green Calling

I've always favored bright quilts using black as the background fabric. So, I have a bunch of different brights and black fabric. As I was working on the angel blocks above, I looked up at my stash and saw two fabrics close together that immediately caught my eye finally. It's some lime green flowered fabrics and black and white polka dot fabric. I know this is not everyone's cup of tea but I'm going to try and work with them.

So, it's off to my EQ6 software to try and come up with some type of quilt design using these two fabrics. I'll keep you posted.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Right Tools, Recycling and Return to Crafting

Using the Right Tools

It is amazing how much easier sewing/quilting can be when you find that perfect tool to do the job. I had been getting frustrated with working on machine applique embroidery. I just couldn't get close enough to trim the fabric.

I was looking for a pair of curved scissors and finally found the pair that I like and have finally worked for me!! And, they were 30% off to boot. The sale is still on as of this writing. I purchased mine from It makes it so easy to reach in close to the stitching and get the fabric lifted away and cut. Here's a photo of their profile and here is what I was able to do. So much cleaner applique.


I received a request to create a wall hanging from 4 shirts. When I received the shirts, it turned out that they were all made of a stretchy cotton. Each one needed backed extensively to cut down on the stretch and waves usually produced when trying to quilt with cotton knits.

The request was to use all the fabrics and make something with stars. We'll here's my interpretation of that request. It's just pinned to the backing so there is quilting yet to do! Each fabric holds special meaning to the person requesting the quilt! One was even a nightgown.

Return to Crafting

Well I think my routine has finally returned to crafting and sewing. Sometimes, life curves sidetrack you and your routine changes. I think things may be returning to normal so hopefully I'll be able to post more often now.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Paper Piecing, Paris, and Richard Petty

Paper Piecing

It's so great when all things come together and you finally figure out how to complete something you have been wanting to do. For me, that's paper piecing recently. The stars I see that are paper pieced are always so crisp and sharp. So, I finally started dabbling in paper piecing. I figured I would start out small and work on a pillow size layout.

I used regular printer paper and smaller stitches. The paper came off the back relatively easy. I was very surprised. I also added fabric photos to finish the memory pillow. I love the angles you can get on paper piecing. The way the blocks produce a circular design.


Also, we just got back from vacation in Las Vegas. We are not very big gamblers but love the variety of shows and things to do in the city. The prices I found when I was researching our trip were fantastic. We normally stay off the strip or at Harrah's. For a similar price this time, we were able to stay at the Bellagio. I think it is a little too fancy for my taste. The best part of the room was our view.

Every night we fell asleep to the best night light of all. The Eiffel tower from the Paris hotel. It was such a beautiful view. I hated to leave that view but it is sooo great to be back home.
Richard Petty

One new thing we did in Vegas this year was to ride along with a driver around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 165 mph. What a trip! Richard Petty has these driving experiences in many states. Email me if you want to know more.

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