Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Funny - Flunked Feathers

As much as I tried, I could not produce a decent feather sample for the February lesson in SewCalGal's FreeMotion Quilt Challenge:




But, I did try to accomplish Diane Gaudynski's Feathers.  I don't think I was very successful at all.  I would say I'm a preschooler in the school of feathers.  I think mine look like alien fingers.  My problem is that I can not create a feather starting at the bottom and sewing up.  As much as I try, my brain can't connect to the hands to make them smoothly sew them out.  Here's the results.  Too Funny but really original.


I promised myself I would continue to try the feathers.  I may need to adapt the instructions to my OCD way of having to start at the top of a feather and wrap to the bottom.  But, I did complete the February challenge on the last day of the month!  Happy Leap Day and now you can feel great about yourself by saying... damn... my feathers are better than that.  My kid can do better than that!  Again, Happy Leap Day!

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~*~Trish~*~

Saturday, February 25, 2012

AccuQuilt Hearts to Clover Tea Towel

I decided to use my hearts die for a four leaf clover design.  I cut out the hearts using my Go Baby and then the stem is from another die.  I also cut matching forms of steam a seam 2 fusible web.  I fused the applique down and then added two fabric ruffles at the bottom of the tea towel.  I've had these flower sack tea towels for a long time and I've been itching to use them. 

To finish it off, I added a two layers of matching fabric ruffles to the bottom of the towel.  I then added a  folded piece of fabric to the top of the top ruffle to hide the gathers.  I think it's missing a little bit of something but I'm happy to have some more of the Irish in the house for the upcoming St. Patrick's day!


Let me know if you are interested in step by step instructions.
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~*~Trish~*~

Monday, February 20, 2012

Kiss Me, I'm Irish Embroidery File

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 I completed a few more prototypes for my embroidery file that I used for my mug rug instructions.   I finally gave up on the lip liner for my embroidered lips.  I just could not get it on straight.  However, I did get the letters to stitch out sooo much better.  My second try, they stitched out so well, it took an hour to stitch out the design.  LOL

So, here is the 3rd stitch out.  Only took 30 minutes.  I only tested it out on the .jef file format.  I have included several different file types in the .zip file available for download.  They are:  dst, exp, hus, jef, pcs, pes, shv, vip, vp3, and xxx.  It did not save to the .sew format since it said it was outside the hoop size.  Also, please keep in mind that I have not tested all the other different formats so, I would test it out first.


I use MediaFire for my downloads.  Here is a link to download the zip file that includes all the embroidery formats and the layout pdf.
Please let me know how you make out with the file.  It's nice size for a mug rug.   The final file fished at 4.45 in length and 4 inches in height.  It would probably look great on a child's shirt or even on a hand towel too!

Enjoy!!

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~*~Trish~*~

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Irish Mug Rug Prototype Completed

I embroidered my digital design today and created a Mug Rug for my coffee.  The size of the embroidery file was 5" wide by 4" tall.  I ended up making the size of the mug rug to be 6" wide by 5" tall.  At first I thought the size would be too big, but now I love it.  I don't have to be soo careful with my cup of coffee to make sure it is on the rug.


I will share the file sometime later this weekend but wanted to try another prototype to fix some issues I came across.   I also decided to remove the green outline to the lips.  I changed it back to red.

I started with the threads and background fabric.  I decided to make my mug rug black to hide all the coffee stains that will probably come in the future.  You see, this is what my area next to my laptop usually looks like after a morning of 3+ cups of coffee.

Once I had the black scrap of fabric, I found the perfect shades of Kelly Green and Red thread to go with the design file.  I never use the thread colors in the file.  I manually find the shades I want and then assign them to the areas of the design on my embroidery machine.  I used a sticky back stabilizer and just pressed the black fabric scrap on it.  I made the black fabric large enough to be cut back to my chosen size once the design is stitched.


The embroidery file was stitched out and I saw some minor issues.  One of the issues made me chuckle.  It seems my lip liner was on crooked.  It was way to high.  Don't we always put our lip liner on crooked?  That's why I don't wear it.  Also, the font stitch out was not the cleanest.  But, I'm OK with that as well.  I snipped several areas of stray threads.  I'm saying this because I want you to know the stitch out is not super professional.  I'm not a full time digitizer.


 Once the embroidery file was stitched, I cut the fabric to size and created the standard quilt sandwich.  I then machine stitched on some premade moda binding with the sewing machine all around.  It was not perfect but I made it work.  I didn't want to have to sew the binding by hand on the back.

And now, my morning coffee will look like this!  Hey, does that say I'm Irish or I'm Trish :-)  I want to stitch out the file again after a few tweeks and then I should have the file available by the end of the weekend for download.


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~*~Trish~*~

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mug Rug Pursuit

While I'm busy slowly sewing my strip quilt blocks.  I needed to start another project.  What can I say, nothing keeps my attention for long :-)  So, I decided I'm going to make a Mug Rug.  My goal is to make a design I can use for the end of February and beginning of March so It's going to be a green mug rug.  You never know, I might make this a series. 

I'm going to try two different designs.  One will be a shamrock and the other will have embroidery on it.  I'm in the design / development phase right now so come back and see the results tomorrow or Saturday.  Here's the embroidery file I created.  I'll have it available for free download as well.


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~*~Trish~*~

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Corny Cut Up Card

My ideas finally came together for this years Valentines Day card.  I need to add a little more in bling bling and ribbon on the edges and I'll be close to done.  Today I really went old school with glue and scissors.  I decided to make my message out of all the fonts in the sales papers today.  Here's where it ended up.  It was so refreshing to just relax and return to the basic items. 

and for the inside, here's what I came up with.  Luckily, DH knows I'm corny.


I added a few adjectives to the top inside of the card from all the sales papers such as handsome, huggie, strong, spectacular etc... That side we'll keep secret. 


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~*~Trish~*~

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Working on the Valentines Day Card

I've been trying to determine what I'm going to do with my Valentines Day card this year for the hubby.  It's the only thing we do, exchange cards.  He gets off easy and never needs to find me that "right" gift.  Only a card and I'm happy!  This year, I'm leaning towards adding origami hearts to my card.  I've been obsessed with making them lately.


Here is where you can find some great instructions on how to make these.  I've been making several of them but have misplaced my camera to show you the photos.  For my card, I'm thinking about placing several types of hearts on the front and going with something like... "Love takes on many forms...."  "Inside might be something like "I love our form the best"  I have some left over embroidered hearts to use as well.

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~*~Trish~*~

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

KCup Storage - Second Idea

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My second KCUP storage idea came in yesterday and I love it!  I bought it from Avon and it is an Easter Egg holder.  It won't be available until Campaign 6 which is the next book.  If you have an Avon Lady, check with them, if not, let me know and I can instruct you how to have one shipped to you.

I just changed the way the pieces went together to raise the bottom shelf and now I have a 3 tiered K Cup Holder that rotates for $9.  So, I'm assuming that any Easter egg holder should also fit KCups.  This will work a lot better than those $25+ holders out there.

Next step is to find some lamp finials to replace the Easter Bunny head.  If I can't find them, then I'll be making some extra tops for the holder.

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~*~Trish~*~

UPDATE: After a couple tries, I was able to find an extra household bolt that temporarily fit in the top to temporarily replace the bunny head until around Easter. In the meantime, I'll keep an eye out for a lamp finial that may fit to add a decorative top for non holidays. I'll have to touch it up with a little white paint to blend in.   I may create a quilted heart to cover the bunny head for Valentines Day. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Keurig Storage

I finally jumped on the Keurig bandwagon about a month or two ago.  I scour the sites looking for bargains on the KCups and have been able to find two good deals in the past were the KCups ended up being 26-30 cents a piece for different varieties.  I keep looking for more in the future.  I thought I would not use this machine that much but it has become my brewer of choice.

The other thing I kept looking for was a way to store the variety of flavors I have.  For about a month, I left them in their boxes and got one at a time.  Then I saw all the storage drawers, etc that were $25+ at different sites.  I'm too cheap to pay that for storage. 

I have finally found my storage bin for my KCups.  It was at Joanns this past week and was 40% off so it ended up being about $8.  It's a plastic bin with 3 layers.  The top layer is small for sugars and splenda storage.  In the bottom two areas, I can store 12/13 Kcups in each level.  They lock shut like a lock n lock storage unit.  


The great thing about the storage is that it can be decorated with a 2" strip of fabric on each of the bottom two levels.  I used Velcro to keep the strips on but my next colors will be added with a hot glue gun.  Only to be changed in the future when I tire of the color. I have to figure out a way to change the color of the handle as well.

I also ordered an Easter egg holder to see if it will hold the K-Cups as well.  My thoughts are that it will based on measurements.  If so, it will be a carousel type storage.  Can't wait until it comes in and it was just a few dollars as well.

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~*~Trish~*~

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Out Walking

With the beautiful January weather we have been having in the Central PA area, it's given us a chance to get the dogs out for a walk.  This means that Miss Mandy was able to walk using her new harness.  She did fantastic with it.  However, she is not a big fan of the Velcro ripping sound under her belly. She is getting better but not her favorite sound.   Also, I was nervous about the Velcro letting go.  I'm sure that would not happen with such a little dog but you never know.  I snapped a quick photo of them with the cell phone (bad photo) and you can somewhat see the difference in the harnesses. 
I think I may reverse the coat and have the Velcro on the top side like her sister's coat.  This would mean I need to add straps to the side of the coat coming up to the top like her sisters to be able to snap on to.  So, back to the drawing board.  Everyone loved the harness.

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~*~Trish~*~