“Weak Moment” Purchase

I have always admired machine embroidered items at craft shows or events.  My decision to include an Embroidery Machine to my sewing room was during a weak moment.  I had been tossing around the idea of purchasing a machine and doing all the research, but never really making the decision to purchase one.  One day I went to the local Sewing/Vacumm Store that carries a variety of threaded machines and supplies.  I believe I just needed to purchase some bobbins for my sewing machine and managed to come home with an Embroidery Machine…I think I forgot the bobbins! 

Please enjoy the slideshow of various embroidered pieces I have made since my “weak moment” purchase.

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CyHr Quilt

This quilt was pieced and quilted by me for a Gentleman’s couch quilt.  He is an outdoorsman so the choice of earth tone colors worked well in the Log Cabin pattern.  It was my first quilt using minkee fabric for the backing and I look forward to doing more.  This quilt turned out wonderfully and will be a joy to snuggle up in.

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Dragonfly Quilt

The combination of two block styles create the chained star pattern.  I used a stencil to quilt the dragonfly in the center of each star and various lines to complete the quilting.  The entire quilt from start to finish was done on a standard sewing machine.

A New Sewing Machine

On November 15, 2003 I agonized over the purchase of a Janome Memory Craft 6500 sewing machine. Do I need it? NO Do I want it? YES Should I buy it? NO Is it a good investment? YES, and the list went on. I spent hours in the store watching the sales lady use the machine and walking through the isles debating with myself on what to do. When I finally asked myself the most important question; Will I use it? YES and the purchase was made. I remember driving home that day with a smile so large, that no harsh words could have wiped away. I cherished each moment of unpacking and setting it up; as I think back there was a bit of time that passed while I just stared at it sitting so stately on the dining room table. When my state of awe passed, I did a short peruse through the owner’s manual on how to load the top thread, how to wind/load the bobbin and there were so many stitches to choose from. A straight stitch is always a good starting point and so the road was paved for me to explore my creativity.

2002 – 2003 Quilts

I tried various techniques during these two years mostly using the Stack n Whack (SnW) pattern.  I wanted to showcase more of the base fabric in the SnW so I altered the layout to include the large wedge on the corners.  I practiced aligning my points and stitch in ditch (SID), agonizing over every detail.  One day while I was showing off one of my quilts and critiquing every aspect a wise individual told me this.  If it was to be without variances it would have come off an assembly line.

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