Friday, July 29, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Whim

Thursday's block was a quick paper pieced crazy block.  Super easy, super fast!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Circle of Love

I had fun with this cute block!  It was to be lots of cut pieces of fabric and appliqued onto the background.  Ummm....don't think so!!!  I decided to create an embroidered block.  I liked that so much I decided to create an embroidered applique block using one piece of fabric on top of the background and cut away portions.  I liked that too!  Here they are:
Circle of Love embroidered

Circle of Love embroidered applique
My fabric sorta cupped after the final satin stitch cover, so I did a bit of free motion veins.  Fixed that problem! LOL  This would not have happened had I widened the cover stitches a bit more.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Twirl Time Block

Thursday's block was piecing.  Easy piecing.  Rectangles with corners blocked off.  Easy!!

Twirl Time
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Summer Flip Floppin'

This is the latest bonus block.  So cute!  I digitized in Bernina Embroidery Software.  Didn't want a flower at the toe area, and after some hesitation with a heart, it struck me to put USA on the heart.  Love it!!  Love USA!!

Summer Flip Floppin'
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Sewing Nut

An appropriately named block!!  This is Sunday's block.  Not much sewing going on for me lately, but I got this block finished before tomorrow's block comes out.  I used fused applique and machine stitched this one.  I'm slow enough at this, but I also pull to the back and hand tie all thread tails, use a fray check on the knots, then trim.  Just don't like the look of over stitching or back stitching on some things and the auto knot on some machines doesn't hold well, so I take the time to hand tie.

Sewing Nut
We got a really cute bonus block today and I took it to the embroidery software to digitize.  Hopefully will get it stitched out tomorrow!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Stitch in the Garden

Thursday's block was to be hand embroidered and I again digitized it in embroidery software.  It's a darling little block!

Stitch in the Garden
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Pincushion Love

Got today's block done!  Yay!!!  This was another applique with a bit of hand stitching.  I decided to do fusible machine applique and machine stitching.  The buttons, however, I actually sewed on by hand!  Yep, needle and thread! haha

Pincushion Love
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The Splendid Sampler - Pencils

I haven't done a lot of sewing this last week.  Managed to get a bit of cutting done for BOM and completed Thursday's Splendid Sampler block.  Pencils is a paper pieced block - fast and fun.

 Off to download today's block!

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Splendid Garden - Sew South block

More back to the embroidery software! LOL  Rather than digitize another appliqued hexagon in the center of the center one, I digitized a smaller straight stitch hexagon to hold down the green fabric and left a seam allowance to fringe.  In the Bernina Embroidery Software Designer Plus, we have a collection in our decorative stitches section called Ornaments.  These designs are usually used with Monograming, but there are a few that make really great embellishments.  I used one on the dark blue hexagons, enlarging it to my liking.

Sew South
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My Secret Garden BOM - Oatlands, VA

July's BOM is actually 2.  She added a bonus block, which I will work on soon.  Basically the same block with a flip and one different color.  The name of this one is Oatlands, Virginia.

Oatlands, Virginia

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