Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Product Review__Fabri-Solvy

Last week I mentioned using Sulky's Fabri-Solvy. Well, I finished my first embroidered block on my Stitchin' Wisdom quilt. I washed the block and most of the Solvy dissolved. In the small enclosed areas (such as inside the scissor handles) some of the product stayed. I think it will come out with little effort once the quilt is finished and washed. I had no trouble with my needle and the perle cotton getting sticky. It was very easy to embroider through the fabric and the Solvy.

The Fabri-Solvy comes in 8½ X 11" sheets. What I found at JoAnn's was the roll. If you use the roll, you need to cut your pieces of Solvy to size and make sure they are flat before putting in the printer. The roll is 8½" wide. I have a couple pieces being weighted down now for the next blocks.

Isn't the sewing bird cute? This is a fun project to work on. I had never embroidered with perle cotton before, though I have quilted with it. I have used 6-strand embroidery thread before and Cosmo, but really enjoyed using the perle. The color is a med-dark, slightly rosy, red. Love it!

What are you slow stitching today? Join others at Kathy's Quilts for some slow Sunday stitching.

May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted share a couple of things with you on this beautiful Christmas Eve. Here is the pillow I made for my Santa Sack Swap partner. It is a Jacquelynn Steves pattern that appeared in Quilts and More Winter 2015 magazine. 
I think I need to make one for myself. I made the pillow according to the directions. But, if I make it again, I will use batting behind the front and hand quilt all the hexies.

The pillow I made for my daughter is now in California, awaiting to be unwrapped on Christmas morning. I think she will like it.

Wishing you and those you love a very 
Merry Christmas!

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A New Slow Project

Sharon and I have not gotten together to sew in a couple of weeks. We will be in the sewing room together today. Don't have a big project that I feel like working on. I think I will make my self some new, sorely needed potholders. I seem to make them for others and not myself. Do you do that?

This evening I will do some more hand stitching on a new project I started this week. I saw this redwork pattern at Bird Brain Designs  called Stitchin' Wisdom.  I ended up ordering the whole kit. It included the pattern, the fabric, 3 balls of #8 perle cotton thread, and the needle. They shipped very quickly. Check it out and run your cursor over each block to enlarge it. I started on the block below. So cute.
In the pattern they mentioned a product I was not familiar with. It is called Fabri-Solvy by Sulky. You can use your inkjet printer to print the embroidery pattern onto the Fabri-Solvy. Then, just peel off the paper backing and stick onto your background fabric. Stitch right through it, then wash away the Fabri-Solvy. Some reviewers had complained that their needle got sticky. I have not found that to be the case. Maybe had something to do with needle they used. A few others had a little difficulty washing it away. I will report back on that later. So far, it sure beats using a light box to transfer the pattern. They suggested you could use a red Micron permanent pen when using the light box. I really didn't like that idea.

Are you slow stitching today? Share with us at Kathy's Quilts.

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Santa Sack Swap Reveal

This is my first year to be a part of the Santa Sock Swap hosted by Cheryll of Gone Stitchin' blog. The SSS began in June. We were to make an item for our partner each month through November. A sack, stocking, or tote was also to be made. The partner could choose which they wanted. My partner was Terry of Quilty-TF blog. Some have chosen to wait until Christmas to open their gifts, but official reveal day was yesterday. I could not wait until Christmas!

I wanted to share some of the goodies she made and sent to me. It was hard to believe Terry did not know me. First I opened a package with a crocheted ruffle scarf in a color to exactly match a fleece jacket of mine.

I love embroidered tea towels. She made me a lovely one. I had to smile when I saw this cute towel with the crocheted chicken topper. A couple weeks ago I had ordered a couple of chicken themed quilt project patterns.

Terry made this little Christmas pillow and blinged it out. The white beads on the tree spell out my name.

Here are a few more things she made for me.

She made a gorgeous tablerunner that is reversible. 
 She made several other goodies. She also sent 4 
beautiful fat quarters and several sewing supplies. 

My favorite gift was this lovely tote. I love the size and the fall colors. 

Most of the tote bags I own are very large. Just a few days ago I was wishing I had a bag that was smaller. This will be perfect for taking a project with me when I have to spend time in waiting rooms.

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

This and That

I have finally finished and mailed my Santa Sack Swap gifts and Terry in CA has received it. I received her gifts, too. Just waiting to be told when we can open them. Very exciting! 

This past week I was sworn in as Vice president of my quilt guild. It is a very large guild with about 85-90 attendees each month. VP is considered the most difficult job because the VP is responsible for the monthly program. Just call me a glutton for punishment. LOL. If y'all have any ideas to offer, please don't hesitate.

Hopefully, today I will finish up the pillow for my daughter. I need to stitch down the center embroidery piece and hand quilt the block. I think she will love it. She prefers old-fashioned looking patterns and designs. Reminds her of my mother, I think.
What are you slow stitching today? Check out the slow stitchers at Kathy's Quilts.

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.