Saturday, February 18, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
This is a new project that I am starting soon. I love the outline stitch, find it very relaxing to do and really just love these bird designs. The problem...I hate to trace these detailed patterns on the background fabric. I usually use a lead pencil, I trace lightly and my lines disappear, or I don't trace enough of the detail and my design doesn't look right. I just purchased some Transfer Ease, a product that you run through your printer to copy the paper design on the water dissolvable interfacing material and then embroider over, followed by a cool water rinse to dissolve the interfacing. I'm going to try it, since I hate tracing, but if you have a better way, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
This is my contribution to the world wide swap. I have belonged to the on-line yahoo goup Liberated Quilters for several years and since the folks at Liberated Quilters include Europeans, Australians, Canadians, and a couple women living in South American, we call this the World Wide Swap. (Emily...One of the South Americans is a current Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia.) I received several big pieces of fabric from Kasey (thanks Kasey) and am sending off this package to Pat in Saskatchewan. It includes a couple old linen tablecloths, old buttons, several pieces of fabric, some hand-made paper, and a chocolate bar. I hope she likes it.
This is the start of the Valentine gifting. I made these pillows for Chrissy. She has ecletic taste in stuff and likes both elephants and seahorses, so this fabric line was perfect for her. The back is a really cool stripe with all these colors in it... She will see them now, but doesn't get them for a couple more weeks. I'm also doing a few other little Valentines Day gifts, but since they are surprises, I'll show them later.