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Hang On…with me!

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Hang On…I’m trying to catch up with my blog posts on projects I’ve attempted, sewn or completed.

In May this year (2017), I stitched up a few “Hang Ons”.

Hang On is a new Lazy Girl Designs sewing pattern, created by Joan Hawley. Hang Ons are little pouch type hanging pockets that are great for holding all sorts of things: tools to cell phones to sweet treats.¬† They make great gifts too!¬† You can hang them on door knobs, drawer pull-knobs, hooks of all types (including Command Hooks‚ĄĘ, see pictures below) and even push pins.

Here’s my first try:¬†

I chose a couple lovely metallic Asian fabrics from my stash. I used Superior Metallic Antique Gold thread to finish the edges.  Click the image to view a larger picture with more detail.

Notice, I didn’t flip the handle (as indicated by the pattern cover samples).¬† Was it on purpose–a design decision? Or was it my mistake?¬† I’ll never tell.¬† I will say that I do love how this baby turned out.¬† What do you think?

 

Hang On #2:

This is a fraternal twin sister to my first Hang On.  I used the same fabrics, swapped right sides and insides, and on this on I did flip the handle as indicated by the pattern.  Again, I used Superior Metallic Antique Gold thread to finish the edges.

Hang On #3:

For my third Hang On, I wanted to experiment with finishing the edges with couching.¬† Again, I chose fabrics from my stash and found some fun, funky yarn to use in couching the edges. If you’ve never experimented with couching fibers by machine, this is the perfect project to give it a try.¬† Click the pic to see larger image and more detail.

To couch yarns or fibers, simply stitch them on using a machine zig zag or other decorative stitch.¬† Experiment and have fun.¬† You may choose coordinating or contrasting sewing threads to use in your machine.¬† Many machines have a “couching” foot to help control placement of the fibers. However, I didn’t use one for this project. I love the soft, slubby edges that the yarn provides.

Hang On #4:

I wanted to continue experimenting with couching, so on my fourth Hang On, I also stitched the accent folds with couched yarn (in addition to finishing all the edges with couching — click image for larger picture/more detail).

This one reminds me of those beautiful mossy hanging baskets of flowers.

She’s a working girl — holding a handful of my favorite sewing tools, keeping my sewing table clean and my tools within reach. Tools shown are:¬† Point2Point Turner, Roll & Press, Superior Snippers, Awl, and Stiletto.

Hang On is a super easy and fun to sew project. It’s a perfect project for beginners or as a first project. It’s also FUN for experienced sewists — can you say instant gratification?¬† It’s also a great way to use up small pieces of fabrics from your stash.

If you don’t have the Hang On sewing pattern yet, you can get it ON SALE NOW: click here to order yours today. Save more money — sew more smiles.

NOTE:  Stiff Stuff is currently not available from the manufacturer and all our suppliers have sold out.  It is expected to be back in stock in mid to end of October 2017. Until then, I recommend substituting Soft & Stable.

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Quilted Sea Turtle Pillow — July 2017

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
Scrappy Sea Turtle Pillow — original design and copyright Tracy Lee Chapman
and SewThankful Inc./SewThankful.com, July 2017.  All rights reserved.

This is the Scrappy Sea Turtle Pillow I designed and made as a gift for a very dear friend.¬†She listens without being judgmental, she encourages without being critical, but she also tells it like it is. She is the best kind of friend and she’s made a wonderful difference in my life so I wanted her to have something special to know that she’s important and cared for.¬† She adores Sea Turtles–and purple & blue are her favorite colors.

At first I was going to make this as a wall hanging. Then I decided to make it into a pillow instead so my friend can display it easily wherever she wants and it’s hug-able. Making the quilted turtle as a pillow sham (with a custom shredded gel-foam pillow insert) also keeps the quilted turtle sham easy to wash and dry.

This is my own original design, entirely from scratch. Where did I get the turtle image? I looked at many sea turtle images and sketched my own. Then I challenged myself to use only fabrics, threads and items from my own personal stash–no buying anything new.

First the turtle was outlined with a hand sewn big stitch using rayon perle from my personal stash.

I used raw edge fusible applique (using Sew Lazy Fusi-Bond http://www.sewthankful.com/Sew_Lazy_Fusi_Bond_Lite_Sew_Lazy_SLG101.html) to place the pieces of the turtle body & shell.

Microquilter Thread

 

Each piece is freemotion quilted using Superior Microquilter thread (http://www.sewthankful.com/superior-sewing-threads-microquilter.html).

Rainbows Thread

Then I added wavy quilting lines (to give the feel of water) using Superior Rainbows Thread (I used #831 Mediterranean – http://www.sewthankful.com/Superior-Thread-Rainbows.html ).

 

The scrappy binding was made from random small scraps of fabric used to make the turtle.

The finished dimensions of the pillow are approximately 27 inches x 20 inches.

I love how this sea turtle turned out. Even better, my friend was thrilled and loves it too.
Yes, a pattern is being developed…stay tuned.

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Donuts go GREAT with coffee, quilts and sewing

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Superior Frosted Donut II

Reg. $39.00  // ON SALE:  $29.99
Everybody knows a donuts goes great with coffee! Superior Frosted Donuts also go great with quilts and sewing.

Superior Frosted Donut II includes 36 colors from the Frosting line of L style prewound bobbins with MasterPiece Thread all Tucked into a BobbinSaver for safe keeping and instant access to all colors!

MasterPiece Thread is #50/2-ply 100% extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton.

Click here for a closer look and to see what colors are included in this donut.

Another practice panto finished – Wild Horses

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

The last few weeks have been so packed for me it has been really difficult to spend bonding time with Max (the longarm).

Finally, I was able to work on (and FINISH) another practice panto piece earlier this week.  I chose Wild Horses by Deb Geissler.

WildHorses
Click here to see this panto on SALE at SewThankful.

Click here to see more pantos by Deb Geissler.

I used the large (12″ design) panto and Superior King Tut #925 Caravan thread with Fil-Tec Magna-Glide bobbins to practice edge-to-edge quilting on muslin again.

I LOVE this design and once I got the hang of where I was going, it was no problem to complete…though I did “motion practice” the design several times before I started quilting.¬† I love how the variegated thread turned out and I have very almost zero issues (LOVE those Magna-Glide bobbins).¬† I’ll definitely use this panto again!¬† Jeff and the boys love it too.

Here’s how it turned out (click each image to open larger image in a pop up window):

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I still have a LOT to learn, but I’m feeling good about it because I can definitely see progress in my work.¬† FUN!

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Frog Stitch practice…

Monday, May 12th, 2008

As I mentioned in my last post on Panto Progress, I had to spend some time frog stitching (rip it, rip it) because I learned lesson #1 the hard way (NEVER take your eyes off the panto design line…and when you do, make sure your needle is DOWN).

So, learning how to rip the stitching out was a good (notice I didn’t say FUN) experience for me.¬† I have a new favorite tool…my Superior Snippers.¬† They are PERFECT for handling this job. The very sharp, fine point is fantastic for getting under those tiny stitches and popping them out (always use care when using a seam ripper or sharp instrument on your quilt top).

FrogStitchingWithSuperiorSnippersHow do I frog stitch? I discovered that “for me” if I just pop about every 5th – 6th stitch and then reach underneath and PULL that bobbin thread out it goes the fastes.¬† For any straggling top thread bits, I use a lint roller (or a piece of packing tape works great too)…swipe across and they’re gone.¬† Quick spritz…let it dry and I’m ready to quilt again.

I finished the panto…but changed to a different top thread, a Superior LAVA thread; I used Magna-Glide bobbins on the whole thing…they are AWESOME!¬† Then I decided to “use” the quilted panto design (my rendition wasn’t that great) and “shadow quilt” over it again from the front (freehand style).¬† When I ran out of the blue LAVA thread, I decided to test a new thread (it’s the yellow one) which I really like.

Doing freehand quilting over the previously quilted panto design was a great way to practice the controls and movement on both sides of the machine…a sort of 2fer.¬† Oh yeah…I didn’t like how my points turned out inside the flowers on the panto quilting…so I filled them in with thread.¬† YAY!

This practice piece is small and very simple (I just used muslin)…but I’ll put a simple binding on it and use it as a lap cover this fall/winter when the weather turns cool again.¬† It will be fun to pull it out then and see how much I’ve learned over the summer.

Wanna see?

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