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my sewing buddy part 3

Since the Canadian postal service finally decided to go back to work (read: were legislated to get delivering!) I figured it was finally time to get this project out the door!

Here is a shot of each of the potholders while I was layering them. I’ve had a lot of trouble with layers slipping in the past, so I over-pin. I pinned two lines: around the edge of the embroidery and around the edge of the batting. I used Insul-Bright which I’ve had kicking around for a while for the center layers. Then I measured 2 inches around the embroidery (awesome that it was so square, it made the measuring of the entire piece very easy to square) and machine basted along that line all the way around. I pulled out the pins and cut my final edge about an 1/8th of an inch away from the stitching.

Finally, I bound the edge with bais taping in contrasting colors and stuck in a loop for hanging. YAY! All done!


I sure hopes she likes them! I’ll be throwing in a few “Calgary” mementos and then it will be on its way to Atlanta!

my sewing buddy part 2

I’ve been working away at the potholder swap for my sewing buddy. I’m really good at envisioning beautifully embroidered finished pieces, but the amount of work and sheer time that goes into stitching them out just never gets captured in my daydream. I basically finished one of these per night for two nights (today is May 26th), a night being from about 19:00 to about 21:30. You have to keep a close eye on the machine the entire time, watching for little tangles and loops in the thread, watching from pulling or fraying at the needle, watching for huge tangles at the fabric. But here they are, all that’s left on them are to actually cut out the other pieces of fabric and stitch them all together!

I just love the way they turned out! The pink on black and the black on pink are so beautiful! I really hope my buddy likes it as much as I do!

my sewing buddy

I’ve decided again to use the WordPress “schedule” functionality again to my advantage. I’ve started working on a swap that I agreed to with my sewing buddy, and I really want to talk about it, but I don’t want her to see it, so I’ve written it (Wednesday May 18) and scheduled it for sometime next year, and then when she receives it, BAM, I’ll reschedule them to be released right away!!! Ingenious, I know. 😀

So we decided on a pot holder swap. I really don’t know anything about her, so I decided to just do something that I would like… that’s what my daddy taught me about giving gifts.

She’s asked me about my embroidery machine and said she wished that she had one, so I decided that whatever I did had to have embroidery. I settled on some mola designs from emblibrary.com, which I also managed to get a smoking deal on!

Here are the fabrics I’ve picked: black, fuchsia, and black/pink/fuchsia flames. I also dug out some pink, fuchsia, and black bias taping, I’m not sure which I’m going to use where. I’m thinking of making two, each with flames on one side, the other side pink on one and black on the other. The designs would be pink on the black one, and black on the pink one, but I’m still trying to decide if I want them monochromatic, or to use several shades. If I’d known which fabric I was going to use (I just started digging through my pile last night), I probably would have picked the flamingo mola, I think that would have been sooo cute in pink and black! As it was, I picked the turtle and the lizard.

the story of the Tamara-griffin

Here it is, another scheduled post, brought to you by the wonder of WordPress. It’s currently FRIDAY and I spent all night working on a gift for SUNDAY and it’s half-done, but I ran out of one color of thread! This post will go up Monday after the beautiful bride-to-be receives this gift at her shower, but I need to find somewhere that sells sulky thread and carries this shade of light grey! First take a look at the gift-in-progress, and then I’ll tell you the story.

When I was in high school I moved provinces. The timing of the move meant that I went from high school in BC to junior high in Alberta. It was slightly traumatic – I had to leave my friends, my boyfriend, my school, the town of 3000 people where I spent most of my childhood. The very first person I was introduced to when I arrived at my new school was Jesse. Jesse is a book lover, a D&D’er, a procurer of fantasy, Monty Python, and Lost Boys. I think the first thing she ever gave me was an illustration of a “Tamara-griffin” – a griffin that reflected everything about me through her eyes.

A lot of has happened since then. I went to university, she took up the trades. I bought a house in the city, she lives out at the farm. She was a bridesmaid at my wedding and her son was the ring-bearer. Now she’s getting married in 2 weeks(!!!) and her bridal shower is this weekend, a “linen shower”. I had no idea what that was so I started googling, and there’s no registry, no color schemes, nothing. So I thought of the most Jesse-thing I could think of and made it. So I guess in return for the Tamara-griffin, she gets a Jesse-towel? 😀

bon appetit!

I finished my Bon Appetit project yesterday! You wanna take a look?


The fabric is Emily Taylor’s Domestic Diva for Riley Blake (you may remember the bubbles from my laundry bag a while back!). The embroidery design is from Urban Threads, I got it during their 2010 bestseller sale (for $1! oh yeah!).

I really need a ruffler for my machine… i pulled each of those ruffles by hand!!!

bon appetit! wip…

Pfelicia and I had a disagreement last night. I said she should embroider and she didn’t think she should. She then puked bobbin thread all over my piece.  After a few tries I got so frustrated that I literally threw my hoop and the hooped piece over my shoulder (in retrospect I probably shouldn’t have done that, I think a new hoop is about $200 dollars and it seems to be special order…) and we each went our separate ways to cool off. I returned later and we stitched and made up:

The design is from Urban Threads. Stay tuned to see the final piece!

NIT… ninja in training…

ninjas don’t come out of the womb as full fledged experts in all things ninja… they need to be trained.

my favorite part is the throwing-start detail in the rattle.  and it’s for a girl so it’s in pink, and it’s backed with a pink zebra-stripe fabric.

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