Saturday, July 31, 2010

Floral Visions Blocks...continued....

Finished four more blocks for my Floral Visions quilt. Most blocks are taking me around two hours +/- to complete, what with thread color changes, etc., depending on the interruptions. This group picture loads vertical instead of horizontal for some reason. The following pictures are in the correct positions though......
This machine embroidery is so addictive. I must make myself stop so I can clean house, eat, etc. At least it gives me something to do while inside avoiding the 98+ degrees temperatures outside. So far I've finished doing the machine embroidery on eight blocks. I'm not sure if I'll have twelve or fifteen blocks for a king size quilt. Guess I could just go with nine blocks and make a wall hanging. We'll see. I could design new blocks or repeat some of my favorites, although I do enjoy the designing process.

Last Sewing Class Day

Friday was the last sewing class day for Kierstin and Haley. They completed zippered pouches which turned out really nice. They did a great job of putting in their zippers, especially considering this was only their third class in sewing. After class we went out to lunch then off to JoAnn's Fabric store to buy some fabric so they could make pillow cases.They picked out their own fabric and thread to match their rooms. Then we went to their house to set up Sherry's sewing machine and make pillow cases. It was a great learning experience for them. They did a great job and are excited about sewing. That's the idea. :)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sewing Classes....

Yesterday, I took Kierstin and Haley to their first ever sewing class at the Bernina Sewing Center of Lake Mary. They did a great job making pillow cases and even started their next days project which is a wall hanging organizer. I brought them home with me so we could use my machine to embroidery their names on their cases. Now they both want their own Bernina sewing machine.
Second day sewing....they made wall hanging organizers with pockets. They did a great job for only their second time sewing. Tomorrow's project is a zippered bag.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Floral Visions Quilt Blocks

My current project is using my Bernina sewing machine and the "Floral Visions" software for a new quilt. I believe that there are twelve blocks to do in this one.
So far I've completed four blocks using my embroidery module with my Bernina sewing machine. I'd hate to think how long these blocks would have taken me to do them by hand. Each block takes 1.5 to 2 hours on the machine. I'm going to complete the quilt using a medium blue fabric for the main boarder and a pale blue fabric around each square. I'm not sure how I will do the backing at this point. I should be finished with it in a couple of months. Of course, I'm getting helpful instruction on this project from Mel the owner of the Lake Mary Bernina Sewing Center. She's a wonderful instructor. More photos to follow.....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Purse For Sherry.......

Finished this purse for Sherry last night and she was so excited to get it that she stopped by on her way to work this morning so she could use it today. She called to say that she loves her purse and everyone at work wants one. That made my day. It has three pockets on the inside and two outside pockets. I later added an additional insert with a magnetic snap for a large inside pocket. Sherry wanted just an "S" on the outside pockets. I also made a small matching make-up bag. I put her name on this one, but it isn't very noticeable using that thread on that fabric pattern. Maybe I should have used red or gold thread.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Papillon Pillow

Here's a pillow case I made using the embroidery module on my Bernina 830 sewing machine. The butterfly portion took two hours to machine embroidery. I added four covered buttons to the back closure. It is very beautiful. The picture doesn't do it justice.My next big project is an embroidered quilt using flower designs. I'll be going to a class on Saturday to learn about the software. Then we have one more class and we are then on our own to finish the embroidered squares to be put together and finished in September. The owner of Bernina, the manufacturer of my sewing machine, was visiting from Switzerland and stopped by the Sewing Center here in Lake Mary where I was taking a class. He was nice enough to autograph my sewing machine.

Sewing Purses for Kierstin and Haley

This is a purse I made for Kierstin. She picked out the fabric and ric-rac. She wanted a purse just like Nana's. I added her initials to the outside pockets. I also made her a small matching makeup bag. I'll add the pictures later.
This is the purse I made for Haley. She picked out the fabric and ric-rack herself. I added her initials to one outside pocket and her name on the other outside pocket. I also made her a matching makeup bag.