Sunday, November 27, 2011

Nellis EOD Christmas Party Auction Quilt

The embroidery machine and I had a little comin'-to-Jesus talk, and we agreed it would be in the machine's best interest to cooperate from now until Christmas.  I was able to get the wording and one crab finished all in a day (!!!) and another two crabs a day later.  I tried using the blocking technique to keep things from puckering up as badly this time - it worked for the most part.  I like how the pictures seem like there's fireworks going off!

The picture was creating using Stephenie Hammer's photo - It looks pretty awesome on the fabric.

The braided part took forever until it dawned on me that I could just use a complete stripset pieced off-set.  Duh. 

I voluntarily used set-in seams because I just couldn't figure out how to trim things accurately.  I probably trimmed closed to 3" off trying to get things to line up.  So, I put the sides on, and then the center tops on, and then figured out the corners last. 

There is an additional black border around the entire thing now.  It's off to be quilted - I can't wait to see what it will bring in at the auction!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas Lovelies

I've been done Christmas shopping for a few weeks now - but that only counts for stuff that I don't make.  I'm starting to run out of hours in my days and days in my weeks, so I stole an hour from homework and hit Joann's this morning (with my 25% off my entire order of both regular AND sale-priced items!) and brought these lovelies home.  I'm kind of wishing I'd gotten more of each, but with the exception of only one fabric, I got remnant pricing on ALL of these - translation: no extras for me.  {sad face}

Spoiler Alert:  They'll all be aprons like the one I made for Midget's basket raffle.

Now, is there anyone in bloggerland who can explain how to make my pictures rotate?  No matter what position they're saved in, blogger wants to put them portrait instead of landscape.  It's starting to irk me.

"Whispering like it's a secret, only to condemn the one who hears it with a heavy heart." - Heavy In Your Arms by Florence + the Machine