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Fun With The Silhouette Cameo

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I have had the Silhouette Cameo for several years and, I’m afraid, I have to confess I have not used it for anything up until now.  In November 2015 I took the opportunity of attending the Silhouette conference near Atlanta.  Other than freezing all weekend I really enjoyed the class and finally have gotten the time to play.

This was a cup from the Dollar Star, the name and slogan were cut out of adhesive vinyl and attached to the cup.  Still lots of room to learn and improve but it was really fun.  Of course I had to make a mug rug to go along with the coffee!  Mug rug was made in the hoop on the embroidery machine.  Fun project and simple.  I have dishwasher tested the process and find that it holds up to the dishwasher process superbly!

Next I intend to concentrate on some t-shirts with Heat Transfer Vinyl.  I even got a heat press for Christmas so that I could play some more. Running out space on my cutting table though!

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Looking forward to trying to make and adhere rhinestone designs.  I have played with cutting fabric for applique on quilts as well.  I know these machines can accomplish this…just need more user knowledge.

Happy Quilting…Karen

 

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LIKE EXCERCISE…RENEW BLOGGING IS ON MY LIST FOR 2014

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I have spent the last three days renewing my blogging knowledge, trying to learn better ways of posting pictures and adding links to my blog.  Hopefully I have managed to learn something that you will find interesting!  So much to learn about this fun activity!!!  (Blogging that is!).

I have been quilting though.  Here is one of my favorite quilts.  Charmaine did an incredible job of piecing this Judy Niemeyer quilt.  Beautiful!  Lots of fun quilts finished before Christmas.

Kids quilts are always so much fun to quilt!  Love the happy colors and can just imagine how happy he or she will be “dragging” around their “blankie”.

Testing my skills again with this Ho Hum post.  Lots of exciting ideas to come.  Missed Ya All!!!

Bee Happy…Karen

Mug Rugs are Fantastic!

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mug rugs receivedCarol K
I received my mug rugs and have so enjoyed looking at them. I used the owl rug under my morning coffee this morning…what fun. They were made by my new friend, Elaine Rowe or Colorado. She not only does wonderful quilt projects but she is a papercrafter as well. I received a set of hand-made note cards complete with the cutest picture of various styles of high heels…can’t wait to use them! Thanks so much to Elaine.

This really pretty 1600’s quilt belongs to Carol K. who is making it for a wedding present. I quilted it with an Ann Bright pattern with the word Love scrolled all over the quilt with different fonts…great for a casual wedding quilt to drape over the sofa. The quilt was long enough that we quilted the entire thing and Carol plans on making throw pillows to match.

Having a great time today experimenting with a landscape quilt. I need a quick quilt to send up to Kansas for a fabric challenge…this is turning out nicely. Will post a pic as soon as it is more together. Fun though. Never done one of these before!

Meanwhile…BE HAPPY! Karen

Keeping Me Busy!

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I have been working on customer quilts and have a few pictures to show. The first “pile” of yellow dog toysis left over strips of fleece that I braided into pull toys for dogs.  I will give them to family dogs and take the rest to the shelter.  They were just the selvage edges that I cut off before finishing the edges of the blankets for a dance team.  The second picture is a delightful wall hanging, meant to hang on a high wall in a stairwell.  Joyce did a great job of designing this.  The last is a quilt made by Mary.  It has the cutest embroidered blocks.    Back to work for today.  I have a king size quilt on the long arm, 102″ x 96″

BE HAPPY…Karen

Joyce Wall hanging in progressMary A overall qult pic

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! and freebie notice

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A big Valentine hug to everyone! Hopes for lots of candy, dinner out, and especially quilty stuff!  A great pattern for hearts is a free download on Sarah Vedeler Designs site.  She is the designer that has designed the BOM for The Quilt Show for 2013.  She has made hers out of the Dupioni Silk fabric mix that is available in quilt stores (at least thats what it looks like to me).  It is very nice, modern, and very colorful.  Take a look at her site.   www.sarahvedelerdesigns.danemcoweb.com/    Click on the SHOP tab and scroll down to the Free Downloads pic, click there and you’ll find the heart quilt.  I love color!

New tool – to me! Well I finally stopped by the closest Harbor Freight in Sugar Land. Forever I have been wanting to stop by and pick up some 18″ long magnets that help hold the quilt tops I am quilting. I did manage to get several and really like them. BUT, as important, hanging right next to my magnets was a small magnetic wrist band.  It has wide elastic with a velcro closure and is advertised to hold screws, etc. that one might be working with.  HOWEVER, look how wonderful it is to hold a small pair of thread snipping scissors as well as pins.  FANTASTIC…this way I always have my scissors, don’t always need a pin cushion handy, and don’t have a pair of scissors poking me in the “girls”!  Whoo Hoo!  What a find.  I love both things!  Probably only longarmers would use the magnets but the wrist band is super!  I have researched and find that the claim of a magnet near our computerized machines not being good is a false assumption.magnets in use

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Magnets in Use on My Longarm

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My fantastic new find – the wristband.  It is truly comfortable!

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Until Later…BE HAPPY ….Karen

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Well I’ve finally recouperated from a fantastic retreat. Got lots done and had a ball. Also had way to much Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla! Check out the crew with the fancy cow – all ready for partying. On Wednesday evening we had to have dinner at Goodson’s Cafe in Tomball – well known for their Chicken Fried Steak – and it was “sew” good.

When I got home I was able to stay on track and quilted Judy’s two quilts. The first is gorgeous and has soft colors in teals and corals. The picture really doesn’t do it justice and is way off in color. I think I need a photography lesson!! The second is a sweet little baby quilt done in blue and yellow with butterflies. Some baby will smile over that one.

A picture of my completed red bird block. I started over and got it right this time. Soaked it and it definitely works..you cannot see the machine stitches at all! Very cool. This is a technique I will continue to use.

Lastly, on the way home Sally and I stopped at the Galleria in Houston for a luncheon for Bo’s Place. Our guild has been working for four years with Bo’s Place. It is a grief counseling facility and part of their counseling is having the participants make quilt squares. We have been putting them together and they hang on every wall in the building. What a great group!

Been making lots of fleece blankets today for my daughter’s dance team. The are gold with the name of the team “Golddusters” embroidered in green. It takes 31 minutes to sew out the name since it is rather large. The edges are finished with a wave stitch in green and gold (from the Babylock Evolve). They look nice but…only 26 of them!.

Until later

BE HAPPY…Karen

TESTING A MACHINE APPLIQUE TECHNIQUE

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I have been wanting to test this machine applique technique for a long time. I also have wanted to work on this quilt “Red Delicious” by Esther Alieu. It is all done in multiple red prints and I just love the finished product. That being said, however, I just don’t have the time to needle turn applique and have watched Sharon Schamber use this technique of applique on most of her award winning quilts. The pieces are prepared with a specific foundation and edge turned with Elmer’s Glue. Here is the biggy…using monofilament you machine stitch a very small blanket stitch around all edges. As a prep Sharon instructs you to wash all of your applique fabric but NOT the background fabric. After completing the machine stitching you soak the block – this disintegrates the foundation into a soft fibre – and let the block dry. The background fabric, because it has not been prewashed, will shrink just a tad and thereby pull the stitching under so that it is completely invisible. Thats how it’s supposed to work anyway. I will soak my block tonight and let you know tomorrow how it does. I hope the picture of the bird is close enough for you to see the stitching before it is soaked. On this bird I was experimenting with the stitching. I started with a simple zig zag stitch but wasn’t happy with the way the thread pulled to the top no matter what tension adjustments I made. I then changed to a very small blanket (1.0/1.0) and it looks lots better. We will see tomorrow…..

Meanwhile, off to lunch with some good friends and then to the local quilt shop to deliver a couple of quilts.

Until later, BE HAPPY!

Karen