Tuesday, March 19, 2013

IHAN Machine Embroidery Blog Hop - Embroidered Labels

I'm so excited to be part of the IHAN Machine Embroidery Blog Hop.  I'm a hobbyist and not a professional and I love creating items to give away or sell for charity. The quicker and easier things are, the better.  That's why I love working with complete embroidery designs in the hoop when available.

When I saw Anita Goodesign Machine Embroidery files, it was difficult to choose which design to stitch out.   There are so many great options to choose from.  When I was asked to participate in this blog hop and choose a design to participate with, I was drawn to the beautiful labels available to embroider.  I am so guilty of not always placing a label on my quilts.  We all know this is such a no no.  So, I figured if I could churn out a few pre-made labels, I might be more inclined to place a label on a finished quilt.

For today's blog hop, I've chosen the Folded-Fabric-Quilt-Labels to complete.  When you purchase the set, you receive 15 different quick designs to stitch out.  Below is my favorite one.

MY FAVORITE TIPS
  • Don't be afraid to stop your embroidery machine and change colors mid stream.  Even though a piece may be designed as one color, you can stop and switch colors and then let it continue on.
  • Unless you are doing contest pieces, just enjoy the process and go with the flow.  If the thread breaks, OK, back up a few stitches and restart. If it keeps breaking... cuss a little and keep going. 
  • If the stabilizer is not sticky back, I'll use the 505 Temporary adhesive spray to help keep the fabric pieces in place.  
  • If you have questions on anything, please feel free to email me!

GETTING STARTED

A.  Place your scrap piece of fabric (duh, I had paper incorrectly typed earlier) for your label background
B.  Trim your fabric close to the outline of the label stitched
C.  Stitch the label outline chosen.  You can even stop here and not stitch the inside sentiments
D.  Finished stitching the label as designed.


ADDING THE SIDES

For each side placed, the embroidery stitching will stitch the outline of the side, then you place your fabric piece right sides together towards the center.  The embroidery file will stitch down your fabric side with a single line stitch.  Then you fold back for right side up.  Give it a little press and move on to the next side.

A.  Left side size stiched out.
B.  Left side stitched down with single stitch line.
C.  Left side ironed back for right side to face up.
D.  All four sides completed.
E.  All stitched out and cut from the backing.

FINISHING TOUCHES

For my labels, I like to use both fusible webbing and stitch down the sides.  In order to do both, it's easier for me to put a backing on the label so the sides have something to stitch down.

A.  I add a backing to the label.  To start, I place the backing right sides together to the front side of the label and add a 1/4" seam all around the sides.  When completed, I snip off the corners for easier turning.
B.  Next, carefully lift the backing from the front of the label and snip a slit in it to turn the label right side out.
C.  turn your label right side out and then press flat.  Now you can add your fusible webbing to the back of the label plus stitch down the sides.  If you would like, you can just stitch down the sides.

From here, grab your favorite permanent fabric pen and customize your label!

OTHER OPTIONS

From the label set, there's 14 different additional options to stitch out.  Take a look at some of the others included!


THE BLOG HOP CONTINUES - PLEASE VISIT THE OTHER PARTICIPANTS

Mon., March 18th 


Tues, March 19th

Cindy - Sew Cindy
Trish - AllThingsCrafty

Wed., March 20th


Thurs., March 21st

Rebecca Grace - Cheeky Cognoscenti

Fri., March 22nd


Thanks for stopping by!  
~*~Trish~*~

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Machine Embroidery Blog Hop this Next Week

 "I Have A Notion" will be hosting a Machine Embroidery Blog Hop which is being sponsored by Anita Goodesign who has some wonderful giveaways during the Blog Hop. Below you will find a list of the bloggers and the dates they will be hosting on the hop.

Come back here on Tuesday  March 19th for my project. 
Mon., March 18th 
Tues, March 19th
Cindy - Sew Cindy
Trish - AllThingsCrafty
Wed., March 20th
Thurs., March 21st
Rebecca Grace - Cheeky Cognoscenti
Fri., March 22nd

Thanks for stopping by!
~*~Trish~*~

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spring/Summer 2013 Joann Coupons


In keeping with tradition, I'm a month late buying my Joann's Spring/Summer coupons. I think it's the first warm day from winter drives me outside.  Haven't been to Joann's for months.  I found my favorite Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Fusion magazine. My shop places it on top of the pattern cabinets. I buy it just for the coupons on the back. You get two 50% off and 4 40% off coupons. Recently, the price of the magazines had been raised to $3.99.  I look forward to finding things not on sale at Joann's to use my coupons.  However, I also use them at Michael's so every bit helps.  These coupons are good only for a short period of time.  They are valid 2/24/13-6/22/13  Happy shopping!



Thanks for stopping by!  
~*~Trish~*~

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Frozen Coke Anyone?

Just imagine it, you are all nestled in your bed deep in a sleep.  Something very loud awakens you.  Let me tell you, that is a scary feeling.  Disoriented and confused you don't know what you just heard.  Of course hubby is sound asleep and the dogs didn't move either.  Am I hearing things??  Nah, I heard a LOUD something.  I'm going out to see. 

Walk into the kitchen to see the fridge door open????  What's all over the floor?  Looks like glass, maybe something fell out and shattered.  Come around the other side and peek in the fridge.  What the heck??  Remind you it's about 12:30am so a little groggy.  What the heck is that??  It's everywhere.  Finally, way in the back of the fridge I find the remnants of what used to be a Diet Coke bottle. 

Our fridge has been acting up the last couple of days and freezing things sometimes even though it has been set low.  It turns out that the bottle of Diet Coke must have frozen and then exploded in the fridge.  Exploded with such force that it shattered the bottle and top cap, forced opened the fridge door and redecorated our fridge with frozen coke!

Mangled Diet Coke Bottle

Large amounts of frozen coke on the front door

Look where the label and frozen coke also landed.  It was everywhere.
Let's just say cleaning a fridge at 12:30 am is not fun! However, the blessing is that no one or nothing was hurt and it happened on a weekend.  Moral of the story.. keep an eye on what travels to the back of your fridge and watch out for those exploding frozen cokes!  I should have taken more photos but at least I took a few.

Thanks for stopping by!  
~*~Trish~*~