February 28, 2012

First Things First

Here are the basics - last year I upgraded my 10-yr old Kenmore (which was still in great condition, by the way) to a Baby Lock: Ellure Plus which is WONDERFUL. Not only is it a fully function sewing machine, it also has an embroidery unit which works with a 5x7 hoop. I didn't really think that I would want to embroider, but I had to admit, after playing around with this machine over the last few months, I am hooked.  I bought the QuiltLabel Maker software and have done some really cute projects already {see below}.

For quilting, I stick to 100% cotton fabrics - as far as I can tell they hold up really well and don't fade too much with gentle use.  I also tend to favor 100% cotton thread, such as Aurifil.  I am still playing around with various brands of batting, but so far I'm also favoring Warm and Natural cotton batting as well.

So, back to the embroidery unit of the Ellure Plus. I used the heck out of that machine over the holidays.
So far, my favorite embroidery website to purchase designs from is Urban Threads.  Check out their designs - so cute and fun! My go-to Christmas gift was a simple linen dinner napkin folded in thirds to make a tea towel with this fantastic doodle Christmas tree.  The design was $5 and I had the napkins already, so I was able to make about 8 of these as gifts at almost no cost!

A Walk in the Woods

Here's an adorable new collection available on Fat Quarter Shop today - I can imagine a lot of cute baby quilts in this fabric line.

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Sports Quilt DetailSports Quilt TopSports Quilt Detail 2Clayton's Sports QuiltNot a quilt, but a folded fabric ornament.  No sewing needed, just cut up fabric,  an iron and lots of pins.  Had a blast with my new quilting friends.folded fabric ornament
IMG_1884IMG_1889Tawny Scrawny Lion Baby QuiltTawny Scrawny DetailMy "Vera Bradley"Baby Quilt
Quilt for Gigi BrownDr. Seuss Napping Quilt"Buggy Sue" Baby QuilIMG_7846I'm very proud of my piping and my binding. What a nice corner!Prairie points instead of stars - fun!  Looks hard but it's really not - isn't that always the goal?
Whimsy Christmas QuiltIMG_7258The Man QuiltIMG_8661"Cupid" for NanaIMG_3984

Check out my recent projects and let me know what you think!