Minkee Monster Madness!

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Minkee Monster Madness!

I’m having fun with the design card “Minkee Monsters” from Every Stitch Counts. There are fifteen “completed in the hoop” monsters plus ten applique monsters! And they are so cute!

Minkee Monsters

Monster close up

Two of the monsters have pockets that can be used to insert a gift card, money or even as a tooth fairy pillow. The instructions to create the stitch and turn designs are included on the CD.

Minkee Monster Appliques

I used Cuddle fabric from Shannon for some of the Monsters. A six-inch cut (across the width of the fabric) will easily make 3 Monsters with left over fabric for appliques on sweatshirts, t-shirts or anything. I used my left overs for the wall hanging. What fun!

Baby Time!

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Baby Time!

I will soon be a great aunt; my niece is having a baby girl! So, to go along with her purchased shower gift I made a baby bib-embroidered, of course!

It was easy to sew together, two pieces of fabric right sides together. The front is terry cloth and the back is a laminated fabric. I left a small opening to turn it right side out and then hand stitched the opening closed. Velcro worked as the fastener.

My favorite part is the embroidery. The Bernina V6 Software makes it so easy to create and add lettering.

Baby Bib

 

Tuscan Garden

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I’m so excited! The Tuscan Garden quilt was featured on the Bernina blog, We All Sew. Here is the link to check it out:

http://weallsew.com/2012/05/23/simple-home/

 

Tuscan Garden Guest Room

I have added a pillow since the photo was posted on the blog.

Tuscan Garden Pillow

I plan to use these projects in my guest bedroom. Hum, “display” might be a better term than “use”. And I have started a wall hanging that will coordinate as well.

Quilt Completed!

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Quilt Completed!

Yes, it is finished. Photos of the embroidered blocks for this basket quilt were in an earlier post and now the quilt has been sewn together and quilted.

It took me awhile (and several trips to the quilt shop for more fabric!) to decide how to set the blocks together…

Click on the photo for a close up view.

pieced and embroidered baskets

pieced and embroidered baskets

yellow basket

green basket block

basket with tulips

purple basket with tulips

block with daffodils

yellow basket with daffodils

basket with tulips

pink basket with tulips

blue basket

blue basket

quilt back

My favorite part, the label. Created with Bernina V6 software.

the label

I’m ready for an iPad

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I’m ready for an iPad

I don’t have an iPad….but I want one! Maybe if I make a purse/bag to carry an iPad, it will make it happen??

Lazy Girl Designs Candice purse is the perfect carrier for an iPad. Plus it has a zipper closure (my preference), and an outside pocket.

The outside of the bag is a pale green linen look fabric, and the trim and inside is batik. The large pocket-the one for the iPad that I don’t have (yet)-has a gusset making it ideal to hold bulky items. The embroidery is from OESD, Go Retro.

Oh, the inside pocket can also be used to carry an eReader, papers or anything. The instructions tell how to adjust the size for what ever you need.

And while I was stitching the purse on my 200/730, the 830 was embroidering blocks for the Tuscan Garden Quilt. Want a sneak peek?

Tuscan Garden Block 7

Tuscan Garden Block 1

Caught!

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Just because there isn’t any embroidery on the purses I just finished doesn’t mean that I wasn’t embroidering!! Both sewing machines were working hard and I was getting twice as much done. :) Really!

While I was sewing purses on the 200/730; the 830 was embroidering away creating blocks for a basket quilt I’m making using 1930′s reproduction fabric. Here are some of the embroidered blocks:

830 Embroidering

These embroidered basket blocks will alternate with pieced basket blocks in the quilt. You can see small parts of the pieced basket blocks in the photos.

The embroidered basket designs in the center of the blocks are from the book Crocheted Laces and Edgings for Bernina by Cindy  Losekamp. The book has 75 embroidery designs with a 1930′s feel plus instructions to make laces, edgings and insertions using your decorative stitches. The flower frame is from OESD’s design pack Signs of Spring (design number HG653-48). The designs were combined using the Bernina V6 embroidery software.

Stay tuned for photos of the finished quilt!

A new purse

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A new purse

I’m picky about my purses. I don’t want them too big. I want a pocket on the outside for my keys and phone. I want pockets on the inside to keep organized. And I want it to close with a zipper.

Well, check out the Margo Handbag from Lazy Girl Designs. It has all my “wants”. It also sews up  fast, with the easiest zipper insertion ever.

Here’s the Margo Handbag done in brown batiks. Margo bag - outsideThe outside and the inside. Notice the pockets?

Margo Bag - inside

That was so easy, I made another one in Christmas fabric!

Margo Bag Christmas fabricMargo Bag Christmas inside