Sunday, June 24, 2018

Grill Master Apron: Machine Embroidery for Totally Stitchin' Magazine

Summertime is for grilling, and I recently had the chance to do some custom machine embroidery on this grilling apron. Isn't it fun?!

Grilling Apron

Instead of sewing my own apron, I bought this apron from Amazon so I could start embroidering right away. Plus, I loved the bright blue color! I used Madeira thread in white and silver.

Grilling Apron

I stitched it all on my Baby Lock Destiny II. I love how you can "fast forward" or "rewind" your stitches (and see it all on screen!) in case you need to go back and try something again.

You can also check out my Home Sweet Home mini quilt (a free mini quilt pattern I designed with the Destiny's scanner and IQ designer).
Totally Stitchin Grill Master 2

The project instructions and embroidery file are available as a FREE download in the summer edition of Totally Stitchin', Baby Lock's online magazine. Check out the preview, and if you like what you see, just put in your e-mail for access to the whole magazine!


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bags: "I Sew for Fun" Blog Hop

Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bags When I showed Elliot my new book about sewing with kids, "I Sew for Fun" by Nancy Zieman, he immediately picked what project he wanted us to sew! The Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bag is a beginner-level project that sews up quickly with cotton fabric (I used these cute superheroes from Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman) and a little fusible fleece or scrap batting.

I made the size in the book (pictured in the center) and also created another larger size by multiplying all dimensions by 1.25 (pictured right).

Sewing with Kids

Ever since Elliot was born, I've enjoyed sewing things for him! That usually involves him being involved in some way, often sitting on my lap and guiding the fabric through the machine. I've taken these chances to explain to him how to use the sewing machine (which buttons to push and how to keep your fingers away from the needle).

He just recently turned 4 years old, and has been helping me with craft and sewing projects since age 2 or 3!

Sewing Tools for Kids

The inspirational Nancy Zieman, who enjoyed sewing with her granddaughters, worked in collaboration with Clover to create the new line of I Sew For Fun (ISFF) sewing notions. You can see them all here. These tools, like the Sew Safe Presser Foot, make sewing with kids even safer and more fun!

The book suggests helping kids to make their own sewing box, which I love. For now, I've dedicated one drawer of my sewing desk to Elliot's new sewing kit.

Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bags

We both loved using the retractable seam ripper and blue fabric marker on our project. There are also some cute purple and green Wonder Clips and a magnetic pin dish with a cover and a little tunnel so it's easy to grab heart-shaped sewing pins. So smart!

The I Sew For Fun book includes 20 sewing and quilting projects plus a DVD. If you are looking for tips on sewing with kids, check out this 26-minute episode of Sewing With Nancy.

Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bags

The I Sew For Fun Blog Hop will take place February 5-10, 2018! Here's the schedule:

Tuesday, February 6
Fabric Mutt
Diary of a Quilter

Wednesday, February 7
Amy’s Creative Side

Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bags

Did you sew with an adult as a kid? What were your earliest sewing memories and what did you make?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Trees, Trees, and More Trees! My Winter Woods Quilt

Winter Woods Quilt

I finished a quilt! Recently I was tasked to create a block tutorial for the Craftsy quilting blog. I wanted to try to make a Christmas tree block from just my scraps. I shared my first four blocks on Instagram, which I put together at a quilting retreat with my guild in November.

The block will be a free tutorial on Craftsy in December (I'll update this post with the link)!

That weekend I "finished the top," but then I got home and decided to make it about 50% bigger. My original quilt top was only 4 rows and they were about 2/3 the width of the current rows.

Winter Woods Quilt

I'm so happy with how it turned out! The trees are almost all scraps from the massic fabric scrap pile at my quilt guild retreat. I think that I was most inspired by colors I don't normally quilt with (like purple) and definitely by the fabrics I didn't purchase (meaning I haven't been staring at them for years and years, like my own scraps)!

Winter Woods Quilt

I quilted with wavy lines using my Digital Dual-Feed Foot on the Baby Lock Destiny II, to get through all the thick layers. It worked like clockwork.

Inside I used Warm & White batting (so it wouldn't show through the white fabric top), white Madeira polyester thread, and on the back I used a thick and snuggly blue Cuddle fabric.

Winter Woods Quilt

The Cuddle makes it so warm, and I'm obsessed. I did have some tension problems when I tried to free-motion quilt through all the layers, but I think it was a happy accident, because I'm really happy with how the quilting turned out using a walking foot.

Winter Woods Quilt

Elliot is going to be 4 this winter, and he is my best snuggler.

Winter Woods Quilt

If you'd like to know how I put this quilt together, let me know and I can update you with a tutorial! It was not quite improv pieced, and not paper pieced, but I think my method worked really well for using scraps and giving the feel of a random layout with uniform trees in two sizes.


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