May 24, 2017

May Class Pictures

Thought I would share a couple of pictures from the Kimberbell May Flowers Bench Pillow class and the Embroidery Club for May.  The May Flowers Bench Pillow took a couple of days to complete, but I think most everyone finally finished.  Here are a few pictures of some in progress.

Bonnie is just getting started

Lutchmee is working on the second pot of flowers

Karen is making ribbon flowers

Betty made great progress

Dinah admiring Karen's progress

Rosemary did a great job!

Embroidery Club this month was the really cute little house.  You could make a small one and use it for a decoration, or make the really big one and use it for a mug rug.  You could also add the little ribbons if you wanted to hang it in a little quilt hanger.  Sew cute!

Great job girls!

May 08, 2017

Quilt Competition Progress

Today I thought I would share how I am progressing on my three competition quilts.  In case you are new here and didn't get my post on which three competitions I am entering this year, you can get caught up here.

I have made the most progress on the Hoffman Challenge quilt.  The top is completed. I still need to make a backing, a 4" sleeve (for hanging), quilt and bind it, and then make a label for it.  I don't want to show you a picture of the quilt in progress because I always like to submit them for judging first.  But, I will give you a little sneak peek of one completed block. I did tease that the little shirt blocks might show up in the quilt!

I have also progressed a lot on the Kaffe Fassett Artisan quilt.  The quilt that I designed needed a total of 100 blocks stitched.  I have completed 75 of them.  Good progress, but even after I have the remaining 25 stitched, I will still have to make a backing, quilt and bind it, etc.  Here is a little sneak peek of one of the blocks.

I am concentrating on the Kaffe quilt right now because its completion date is June 2.  Once I finish it and get it sent to the competition judges, I will then finish up the Hoffman quilt.

Although the Moda Bella Challenge quilt is not due until September, I am already working on it.  The quilt has been designed and the main block that I am going to use Chantell has already digitized.  The embroidery designs that I plan on using are almost done, Mia is working on the few that still need to be digitized.  No blocks have been stitched yet, so I don't have a preview of one to show you. 

Progress has been made, but deadlines are getting closer, so I will be attached to my embroidery machine most of this month!

April 28, 2017

May Machine Embroidery Classes

I have all of my samples ready to show you for the May classes at Quilts and Lace.  I had a lot of fun stitching them and I can't wait to share them with you! 

The first one is the May Flowers bench pillow from the Kimberbell Embroidery design line.  Very cute and just in time for a nice Mother's Day gift.  Most of the pillow's design is done on the embroidery machine, but there are a few extra dimensional goodies added.  I will be teaching this one on Thursday May 11 starting at 10:00 AM.

Here in the close-ups you can see the added ribbon flowers, buttons, and even a little bee.

Beth promised that at least every other month she would have a class available for her customers whose embroidery machines were only capable of stitching out a 4x4 design. To fulfil this promise for the Kimberbell Embroidery Club, which is on Tuesday May 23 at 4:00 PM, I selected a very cute little 'stitch and flip' house project.  This class is a good one for learning how to do a modified style of paper piecing, only it's done in the embroidery machine. 

On Monday May 29th at 10:00 AM, I will be teaching how to make a little gift bag in the hoop.  It is a very clever Kimberbell design, made completely in the hoop and the little bag is even lined.  It's from the Sweet Sentiments collection.

Then on Tuesday May 30 at 2:00 PM there will be another mug rug class.  I already posted the picture  here.  It is the very cute Bless My Bloomers one.

Next week I will give you a little sneak peek on how the competition quilts are progressing!