Monday, May 11, 2015

ARC Notebook Cover

A little sewing did happen over the weekend, a few weeks back one of the ladies in my planner Facebook group showed a picture of a cover she had purchased and it got me to thinking that I should be able to make one of them myself.  So I worked on it,
 

This cover is on an ARC Mini notebook.  For the most part I'm happy with how it turned out but I want to try to tweak it a little bit and figure out how to keep all the seams inside so that it's more finished looking.
 
But until I do, I'll keep trying!
 
Until next time,
Jodi



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Some Machine Embroidery Going On

Well last week I did find some time to do a couple small embroidery projects.  One of the ladies I work with wanted the school logo put on a shirt
 
 
And my daughter had gotten a beach towel for my grandson so I put his name on it!!
 
 
Also I realized that since my last post prior to last week was in November I hadn't told you that due to an unexpected financial blessing I was able to purchase the Floriani Total Control - U embroidery software
 
 
which I am still learning to use.  I know I had told you I had gone to a couple different Floriani events where the software was demoed and I really fell in love with it but it is somewhat expensive.  I am hoping to find some more time to learn this software.  There are a few events coming up between June and November that I plan to attend.  Most events are not very expensive and if you are into machine embroidery I highly recommend you attend if you can, you always walk away with free stuff (spools of embroidery thread, stabilizer samples) not to mention the knowledge of those teaching!
 
I am spending more time in my sewing room mostly trying to get it cleaned up so that it is useable.  I recently took some time to clean and rearrange it and once I get a little more cleaned up I'll post pics for everyone to see.
 
Well until next time!!
Jodi



Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Thaw

Spring has finally sprung and I'm feeling revived and refreshed!  I'm beginning to think I have that seasonal depression that comes with winter, I just felt so unlike myself the whole winter and couldn't get motivated to do much during that time.  I had such big plans and all that seemed to happen was that I purchased things to do but never got them done, and boy did my sewing room show it (another post for another day).  I did start a block of the month in February which helped start getting me ready to start sewing again.  At my favorite quilt shop one of the teachers started the Park Bench Quilts block of the month

 
I decided that I wanted to use batiks in my quilt top so here is what I've got happening
 
February Blocks
 
 
March Blocks

 
April Blocks

 
I'm really liking these batiks and cannot wait to get the entire quilt top finished!
 
One of the ladies from our quilt guild spends the winter in Florida and while she was in Florida she had the opportunity to see this quilt block being put together
 

But didn't know what the pattern was called and I searched the internet high and low and couldn't find it so I sat down with Excel and created my own and this is what I ended up with minus the sashing
 
 
I wanted the graduated colors as well and lucked out that my favorite quilt shop had 1 left that I almost missed out on as another customer had picked it up and carried it around but decided to go a different way and laid it back down so it was my fortune to be able to pick it up.  I'm gonna try to find another jelly roll if possible to have.
 
Well I know this has been a long post and hopefully I don't wait so long to post again!
 
Until next time!
Jodi
 
 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mega Pinnie

Finally a completed project.  While surfing the net recently I found a tutorial for this Mega Pinnie
 
So I decided to make one of my own.  I had also recently visited the Nelsonville Quilt Co and picked up some very cute sewing themed fabric.  So this is what I came up with, I didn't piece the pockets I just cut the fabric smaller.  But it is quite large, the main pieces are 7"X7" with the pockets being 7"X5".  If I make it again I will probably make it smaller more like 5" at the largest.
 
 
 
Don't mind the mess on my cutting table, I've been trying to get it more organized and unfortunately I'm making a bigger mess than I think I'm fixing.
 
Well until next time,
Jodi
 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Vacation

Well I have to say this was a pretty productive week while I was on vacation.  I made a pillow for some family members that celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, even though it was last year!!  We actually were on vacation last year when they celebrated it and wasn't able to attend
I also fixed a bathing suit for a friend.  When she bought it, it showed too much cleavage for her comfort so I fixed it by adding some material to the top
 
She let me know that it turned out perfect which always makes you feel good about helping others.
 
I also made 2 sets of baby bath towels
 
Fixed 2 pairs of shorts and repaired sheets for my brother.  I'm sorry to see the week end but feel very rested and relaxed and I guess ready to go back to work tomorrow.
 
Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day and please remember the true reason we celebrate this day




Well until next time,
Jodi

 


Monday, May 19, 2014

Embroidery Club

Well as I talked about 2 weeks ago I attended a Floriani Event at Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop.  They also have an embroidery club that meets the 2nd Saturday of each month.  Well for this month it was cutwork embroidery, something I had never done before so I decided to participate.  Here is my linen napkin that we worked on.
 
The first corner (top right hand corner) was a disaster even though you cannot see it in the picture.  For some reason my machine was not behaving well.  The tension was way off.  The second one worked better after I adjusted the tension.  The third one then was off again the tension was too tight and the bobbin thread was showing.  It was as if my machine was trying to adjust itself.
 
Luckily when I set it back up and worked with it today doing more embroidery it had adjusted itself again and everything was running smoothly.  So after I had gotten a couple other embroidery projects done with no problem I decided to try the final corner on the napkin and it was perfect with no adjustments on my part.
 
Next month they are doing endless lace and inserting it into a sweatshirt sleeve so I'm seriously thinking of attending that one as well.
 
Once I get the projects I've been working on today I'll post more pictures.
 
Until next time!!
Jodi
 


Monday, May 5, 2014

Floriani Event

This past weekend was a great event.  I participated in the Floriani Event held at Calico Cupboard Quilt Store in Pataskala, Ohio.  I attended one of these before 2 years ago but it was only a 1 day 4 hour event.  This one was 2 days for 12 hours, just let me say that by the end of each day you were on information overload regarding stabilizers. 
 
He showed lots of great samples and had lots of different ways to get to the same result.  For a man that has only been doing machine embroidery for approximately 6 years he was very knowledgeable.  Of course the big push was to purchase their Floriani Total Control Embroidery software at the reduced price of $1999.99 (regularly $4300) but I do have to say that I really do like their embroidery thread and stabilizers.  I have been using them the past 2 years and have very little issues with them.
 
Now to just get the embroidery unit setup and start using it a little more to justify my purchases.  Oh well it was a fun and informative couple of days.  I have decided to start participating in their embroidery club meeting each month to try to help me be more productive with the embroidery.
 
Sorry no pictures this week,
 
Until next time,
Jodi