NOTE: Even if you are not into Machine Embroidery....you may want to scroll down and see the amazing little Turtles below. The giveaway is open to everyone who is an IHAN ® blog follower....I'll have two winners...one for Marjorie's Machine Embroidery Designs and one for 5 Spools of Floriani Embroidery Thread.
Before I began this post, I have to share with you that I did not make the project. I had intended on making it when I returned from Quilt Market but you all know what happened there! Thank God for friends! My dear friend Karin did the Machine Embroidery for me and I sooooo appreciate her help!!
Those of us whoare participating in this blog hop, were able to select the design we wanted to make from "Shop.B-Quilts.com". Marjorie, the owner, digitizes tons of the applique shapes that are made by the modern day fabric cutting machines (Slice Fabrique,Silhouette, Big Shot Pro (Sizzix) and AccuQuilt) I chose Marjorie's Turtle because I thought it was adorable and I just knew my boys would like it too. My intentions were to make a mug rug for each boy to keep their water on next to their beds. After Karin agreed to help me....the project morphed into 7 Turtles! Funny how those things happen.
Starting with Floriani Embroidery Thread and some beautiful batik fabric....how can you go wrong?
Karin stitched the outline of the design.so she would have proper placement of those wonderful little feet and head.
She used Floriani Heat N Stay Fusible Tearaway on the body, head and feet to prevent puckers (you will notice below...there is not one pucker in the design :). Both Sizzix and AccuQuilt offer circle fabric cutting dies to cut the parts of the Turtle and body. Karin does not have a need for a fabric cutting machine so she traced the design on the Floriani Heat N Stay Fusible Tearaway Stabilizer and cut them out by hand. You may want to keep that in mind. You don't need the dies to make your own Machine Embroidery Applique Shapes....Marjorie provides the template so you can cut them out by hand. I would have used my Sizzix Vagabond to cut the circles had I been the one to make the Turtles.
Karin is a saint...who hand cuts out all these little circles for a friend? I guess she must know I'd do the same for her....after my hand heals :)
In the hoop, Karin used Floriani Perfect Stick. I would have used the very same thing. Why? I absolutely love Floriani Perfect Stick because all I have to do is press my fabric down and go....so very simple. I also prefer it over other products that do the same thing because it does not gum up my needle. I've used others and I have to change the needle frequently because the adhesive sticks to the needle and pulls up my stitches.
I was going to make mug rugs....Karin decided to use one of "those purple kitchen towels" (her comment to me was, "who uses purple in the kitchen?" I wonder?) She marked the places where she wanted the turtles...you can see the white marks.
The outline of the applique shape stitches out so you know where to place the fabric.
Here is a screen shot of Karin's embroidery machine. I'm not exactly why she took this photo...but hey...I'm using it :) My guess is she wanted everyone to see all the different stitches this beautiful design offers....but who really knows? I'm guessing she is asleep and I'm not about to wake her just to inquire....just go with it :)
The design tacks down the fabric and then.....
Marjorie's Machine Embroidery Designs provide options of the type of edge stitching you like so you can change up the look of each Turtle/design. Her designs are digitized for various machines so you don't need any special software to convert the files....you just transfer the one your machine requires. How is that for easy?
Now you can see why I choose the Turtle....how sweet is this Turtle? (I know....would be sweeter with caramel!)
Even the back looks nice :)
She repeated the process 4 more times.....before taking an afternoon break.
Karin's design idea was to put 6 Turtles heading up the towel and one headed down the towel and it would read, "Follow your heart." I just love that....isn't that a great idea?
Then what happened? You know...it happens to all of us. LIFE! Karin's husband had kidney stones so she spent the next few days taking care of him and the project didn't get finished....Yet! Isn't that the way things go sometimes? It is so important to be flexible and just go with what "IS" because there isn't any changing it.
My Machine Embroidery Tips:
- Use the best stabilizers and thread you can afford....it does seem to me to make a big difference in reduction of frustration and the lasting beauty of your finished product. I began using Floriani Machine Embroidery products because two friends (over 30 years of ME experience combined) told me about Floriani and showed me the difference....again...Thank God for friends!
- Keep a list of every one of your Machine Embroidery Friends next to your Embroidery Machine. Why? Because it is often faster to ask a friend a question or problem solve than it is to search through those manuals (Babylock are the only manuals I know of that are written by users. I only use my Bernina manual as an absolute last resort.) Besides, it is more fun to stitch with friends....even if only by phone...than to stitch alone...in my opinion :)
- Bookmark your favorite Machine Embroidery Design websites as they seem to have some of the best tips.
- Join a Machine Embroidery Chat Group.
- Don't agree to participate in a Blog Hop and then break your hand.....from personal experience...LOL.
The GIVEAWAY....oh yeah baby!
There are two prizes being given away. The first is only for those with an Embroidery Machine or a friend with one. The winner will be chosen at random and they will win a design of their choice from Marjorie's website: Shop.B-Quilts.com
The second prize....5 spools of Floriani Embroidery Thread of the winners choice. The Floriani Embroidery Thread is not exclusively used for Machine Embroidery. It is absolutely beautiful used in other projects as well.
How to win? Just leave a comment below telling us that you have a friend who would be there to help you if you needed them or that you are the type of friend who would cut out 42 circles for another stitching friend. You can also just leave any comment you feel is appropriate : )
Please, please, please go visit the other ladies in the Fall Machine Embroidery Blog Hop....you'll be glad you did. Here is the line up:
Monday, November 5th
Tuesday, November 6th
All Things Crafty
Wednesday, November 7th
Wednesday, November 7th
Thursday, November 8th
I Have A Notion
Friday, November 9th
Friday, November 9th
Smiles and Giggles,
PS...keep in mind I have a Blog Disclaimer at the bottom of my post.....more giggles.