It has been a productive week of sewing, and I still have today and tomorrow to play. We were housebound from the snow until late Wednesday, and I was excited that I’d be able to get out and go to our guild meeting. Then the guild meeting was canceled, as there were still icy side roads and school was converted to virtual learning. When this happens, our venue closes, so we couldn’t meet. Oh, well, I headed back to the sewing room and got busy on the chicken fabric project and a new challenge project.
I had a little bit of excess fabric in the borders, as does happen when you miter corners with bias edges. The choice of a pantograph needed to be a denser pattern that would take up the excess.
I chose one called Feeling Groovy by Michelle Wyman for Intelligent Quilting. No affiliation, but she was so helpful to me when I was test driving longarm machines. She lives near my MIL, so I was able to meet her in person, and in fact, bought the same brand of machine she has, an A1 by Plank.
Glide thread for the top in white, pairs with white Bottom Line in the bobbin. ETA- The fabric is called Home to Roost designed by Susan Winget for Wilmington Prints, available at Fat Quarter Shop.
All done with quilting, I used the leftover darker blue print from the striped border print for the binding. Now I’ll have some handwork to do during the football games using the wonderful Sulky all cotton quilting thread shown on the machine here. I am going to save this pattern for a March event for National Sewing Month.
Now for some really exciting news!! I had a fun Zoom chat with LeeAnn at Sulky Threads this week. I had planned to ask her for a few spools of thread for our Stashbuster Challenge prize. Instead, her idea was to give away 12 collections like these, PLUS a larger Cotton and Steel collection with our Grand Prize! There will be a drawing every month, and Sulky will send the winners a collection like the ones below, with seasonal colors like a fun red/pink collection for February. With all this, Sulky will be the exclusive sponsor of this event. Thank you so much, LeeAnn!!
Next, I have to make some progress on my entry for the local guild’s challenge. While I was all charged up to do some embroidery, I loaded up my old machine with a pretty turquoise Sulky rayon, a cute butterfly pattern and fired it up.
The fabric we have to use is turquoise and purple, so I matched my colors to that.
I have a design in mind, just need to work out the dimensions and details. The challenge has specific parameters, and I’ll show you those as I get farther along. But back to the embroidery, this pattern only uses 6 colors, one of the ones that is simpler but has a lot of stitches.
I line my threads up in order in an egg carton with numbers in the bottom of the cells. It keeps the threads in order, and keeps them from making a break for freedom when I’m not looking.
I use two layers of iron-on tear-away stabilizer on the back, and a layer of water soluble on the top. And that is about as far as I got. Do check out Sulky Threads for their fabulous rayon colors and stabilizers for embroidery.
The plan for today is to continue working on this project, another day of happy sewing. I prepped a few rocks for painting, but it has just been too cold to think about walking outside to hide them. We did try to play a game of pickleball on an outdoor court, but that didn’t last long as it was too cold and windy! But My Sweet Babboo came up with a way to do a bit of practice in the basement. We hope to get back to the center soon for more games. More later!
What have you been working on this week?