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To celebrate the monumentous task of successfully installing Bernina Artista V5 Software on my iMac (YEA!!!!!), I Gave Myself a Hand. This was the first project I digitized - it's been a while since I've used it so I had to make sure it all worked. A very simple project - would be terrific for a beginner digitizing class. The hand features a very tiny stipple fill, which is built right into the software. All the quilting outside of the hand was done by me (not digitized). The actual digitizing only took about 3 mins (I told you it was simple)! Stitching out on my Brother PR-600 took about 25 mins at the slowest speed. The quilting - now that took me ages. Entire piece is mini sized - 11.5" square.
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I wanted to share my sewing needle storage system – I use little fishing tackle boxes!
Little tackle boxes are perfect because:
I made this quilt a few years ago. I developed a technique to embroider AND quilt all in the hoop. I dreamed of marketing this invention to embroiderers who wanted to quilt. Well life went on and one thing led to another and the pattern was never created – but I still wanted to share the finished quilt.
All the digitizing was done using Janome Digitizer. I used the stippling fill feature to create the quilting stitches around the letters. Each letter is appliqué and I also added an extra layer of batting in the letter for extra “pouf”. Each block is 8″x8″ finished and was stitched out using the Janome MC 11000 (I LOVE the 8″x8″ HOOP!!!)
Someday you may find yourself in a situation where you NEED a sewing machine. Not for quilting or crafting or sewing, but for something much more important. This weekend my son was playing “fishing” and needed a very special “trailer hitch” so that he could “tow” his boat properly. My initial thought was to use a string or shoelace – but I envisioned problems knowing that something like that would not be easy for him to hook and unhook himself. I then became “supermom”, racing into my sewing room (followed closely by my entire family, including mom-in-law, dad-in-law, and dogs). Under scrutiny and many pairs of watchful eyes I efficiently cut and measured a piece of very tacky ribbon, finished the edges and sewed on velcro. VOILA! Perfect “trailer hitch”. I rule.
So this is why everyone needs a sewing machine. The look on my little boys face was priceless.
Above I digitized and stitched out the same “paradox design”, but shrunk it down and copied and pasted the design three more times.
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Flipping through “Flair Machine Embroidery UK, Issue 22” I came across a tutorial on how to weave with fabric. Sudden flash backs of cutting and pasting in grade 4 race though my mind as I remember doing this years ago, but with paper.
I’ve seen quilts made using a weaving technique, but for some reason they never appealed to me – maybe because I thought it would be too fussy and time consuming to attempt. For whatever reason, this article made me want to try it out.
The “Get Weaving” tutorial by Christine Robinson was very easy to follow. The steps were clear and the pictures were “worth a thousand words”.
Yesterday I spent a bit of time researching Zentangles and Zendoodles.
Both terms basically mean the same = a relaxing drawing technique that uses structured and repetitive patterns.
Guess what? I’ve spent my entire life drawing these types of designs…….. why didn’t I name it something trendy and trademark it?
I don’t need to learn how to draw these….. but now I’m very motivated to digitize them!
Just wanted to share some of my “LisaTangles and LisaDoodles” that I created in the 1990′s.
Flipping through current quilting and sewing magazines I’m noticing that smocking seems to be everywhere. Seems to be the trendy technique right now – but is it REALLY? Honestly speaking, I do not like smocking. I can appreciate the skill and patience involved in the technique – especially with hand smocking. The results are beautiful – but what would I personally do with smocking? I have two boys, so they would probably not be interested in wearing cute smocked sun dresses.
As I contemplate my feelings towards smocking I am suddenly overcome with the desire to try stitching out this technique. Using my sewing machine manual I follow the directions and produce my first sample.
This past January, I vacationed for 4 glorious days with my Husband in Bahamas. One of those days we were able to rip ourselves away from the resort and venture into town. While drooling over storefronts plastered in jewelry I noticed a quilt block hanging in a window. I was so shocked and blown away to see it there – what on Earth is this very normal and traditional quilt block doing in paradise? Is there quilting in Bahamas? And a guild? And a quilt show?
OK so yes I do realize that there is quilting in other countries, and yes I am a little embarrassed by my initial reaction – I think this display just caught me off guard. Glad that I snapped the pic – it’s a nice memory to bring home with me – and an effective reminder at narrow mindedness!
Are you a creative person with a “big idea” and not sure what steps to take next? Are you a crafter who wants to start a business? Or maybe you are an artist that is just stuck?
You have to read “Ignore Everybody – And 39 Other Keys to Creativity” by Hugh MacLeod.
I just finished this amazing book – it’s a quick read and honestly one that I will read over and over again.
The author is absolutely hilarious and has no qualms about “saying it like it is”. His voice told me exactly what I needed to hear – maybe not exactly what I wanted, but definitely what I as a creative person needed to be told.
I feel focused and on track. I have a plan. I can “let go” – and be 100% ok with my decision. I actually feel such a sense of freedom and relief – less negative energy and less pressure.
I highly recommend this book. You won’t be disappointed.
Thank you Hugh!