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States: 1 through 5

I found this States collection awhile ago, and I downloaded it a couple months ago with a goal of making each state. It is a big goal as there are 50 states and so far with the five states I have completed, the smallest number of color changes is about 25, and the largest is 55! Even with my 10-needle machine, that is still 6 full thread color changes. Plus the embroidery alone takes about 3 hours, so babysitting the machine for three hours and all of the color changes, and then I need to finalize the hoop into the wall art as seen below, another hour or so. My goal is one or two per week.

I created my first test state using Washington, my home state, and figured out what NOT to do for the next time. So I made Washington again and I think it turned out much better than the first time!

My biggest hurdle right now is converting the called for Floriani colors into the Madeira thread that I have. Initially I was trying to convert color for color, have a different Madeira thread for each Floriani thread. That would be logical right? Turns out, it doesn’t work that way. Floriani has a focus on different colors than Madeira does, plus there is a sheen with Floriani that is hard to match up to Madeira and make sure you are getting the correct color! So now I am making a list of my Madeira selection for the Floriani conversion – in that moment in time. Knowing full well that in the future, that may not be my Madeira color of choice for the project, but it worked the best the day I chose it, against the Floriani color card. More on that later.

I decided to start with the West Coast (best coast) and work my way east. Here are Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and California. I will finish up my Floriani conversion and start on the next 5 states, which will begin with Idaho and Montana. In time I will have the color conversions for all 50 states and have them all made up in hoop art as shown here.

I have big plans for this weekend while the boys are camping. Hopefully I’ll have something new to share next week. Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for visiting!

Washington State Hoop Art
Oregon State Hoop Art
State of Alaska Hoop Art
State of Hawaii Hoop Art
State of California Hoop Art

New Items 09.17.19

It is September! I am searching for the cool crisp autumn days and just not finding them. For the past few days it has said “Feels like 95” for my area, one time all the way up to 97! I have a feeling I will be wishing for these days again in a few months, but for now the humidity is killing me.

I just wanted to share some new things I created recently. I finally took the plunge and tried out lace designs with some new embroidery thread and I’m so glad I did! It might be a new obsession.

First I tried this Nevermore Bookmark. This is the Battenburg Lace technique which required a thicker thread and is cotton instead of the rayon polyester standard Madeira thread that I use. There were a few quirks that I figured out along the way, and when I had a request to make a second one it was much smoother.

After the Nevermore Bookmark, I wanted to try the Autumn Leaves I have been eyeing, along with the butterflies, dragonflies, etc. So I made my first Autumn Maple Leaf: Large. And then a Medium. And then a Small. And I love them!

And Birch Leaves:

Saturday morning I decided to make some coasters with these Autumn Leaves patterns. I think I might need to make us a set too:

And I finished some Hoop Art, including the next 4 months of Monthly Girls, and just look at this Painted Lion!

And I recently finished two Halloween quilts and posted them on Etsy. I made my son the Too Cute to Spook quilt and I loved it so much I made another one. And the jelly roll Monster Bash has matching fabric for the Backing and Binding. The Too Cute to Spook White/Purple quilt has matching Binding, but a Black Sparkle Fleece for the back – nice and soft! Here are a couple photos of the quilts: Child not included.

You can click on the images above – or find my Etsy shop here. Thanks for visiting!

Panel Quilting

Have you ever made a Panel Quilt? I just got 4 panels that I am very excited about! It all started with a quilt I saw hanging in a quilt shop recently – with a panel they don’t even carry! So I had to hunt it down because I needed it. You know?! So I tracked it down, and during my research I found three others I had to have, so now I have four panel quilts I have to make! The hard part right now is finding the perfect border and binding fabric, and the perfect backing for each. I think I want to do Minky backing for all of them and then they will be super soft and fuzzy, perfect for movie nights in our theatre chairs!

The Inspiration:

Iron Man Panel Quilt

And the 4 Panels I have plans for – (Jack glows in the dark!) :

Beauty and the Beast Panel
Iron Man Panel
Nightmare Before Christmas Panel
Spiderman Panel

Have you made a Panel Quilt before? Do you have a favorite border size or quantity of borders? I like the idea of a Minky backing but the one I was looking at said no ironing and it wasn’t wide enough by itself, there would need to be a seam! Something else to look into…

New Items 07.01

Happy July and Happy Monday! It’s Monday, which is always scary, but it’s a new day, a new week, a new month, and the Second Half of the New Year Day! Yeah that’s a real thing. It’s also less than 6 month to Christmas! Are you getting ready for that yet?!

Anyways… this past week was really busy. Last weekend I was not able to finish any new items because I was making so many patches and shipping them out all over the place. Thank you if you had a recent patch order! But it also meant that I had items just sitting there waiting to be finished, so this week I made sure that I was able to finish a few of them.

I went back and revisited the Celebration Gnomies and finished the group of them in their proper coloring. I also made the Surf ‘n Swim Gnomies and the Strike A Pose Gnomies, that might be my favorite Gnomie set right now.

I also finished a Watercolor Lobster, a Gemstone Wolf and some Patriotic Blooms. It may sound like a random assortment but I love them all! They have all been added to the shop and are ready to ship immediately except for the Patriotic Blooms – this one has already been sold but I can make more!

As always let me know if there is something you are looking for – otherwise I am working through my very long list of ideas and will be back soon with more to share. I hope you all have a good Holiday and weekend this week!

A Harry Potter Surprise

Have you heard about the new Harry Potter game that was released on Friday? It’s called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. My family downloaded it and we all created character names, but I’m not as far into as they are – I never played the Pokemon game so I’m still trying to figure it all out!

But with the release of this new app, it reminded me that I never shared my Harry Potter Surprise on the blog. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this a few months ago, but here I can give a little more detail and some more photos.

If you are familiar with the Harry Potter books, then you know what happens when you turn 11. My son turned 11 in March and it was around the time of the school’s Spring Break, so we took advantage of that and did a whole themed Spring Break vacation, complete with the reveal!

I created the pieces well in advance just in case I ran out of time. Plus I needed to have everything staged – we were headed to Seattle for a couple days before we came back home, to surprise him and then leave again! So these photos are of what was waiting for him when he walked through the door. I recorded video on my phone and my husband took photos – the reveal was so fun. He was so surprised and shocked and excited!

Please look past the snow on these first few photos – it was snowing that day but the light was good and it was my only chance to get some outdoor photos before the reveal!

I found a zip up sweatshirt on Amazon that was black on the outside and yellow on the inside – perfect for my little Hufflepuff! I added the Hogwarts Crest to the left side of the jacket, and I added Bowtruckle to the right, his favorite character from the new Fantastic Beasts movie series. On the back I have the quote “I Solemnly Swear I Am Up to No Good”.

Hufflepuff Jacket Front
Hufflepuff Jacket Bowtruckle
Hufflepuff Jacket Hogwarts Crest

I moved my mannequin out to the dining room table – where he would see it as soon as he walked in. We set out the Hufflepuff t-shirt we found, the Hogwarts Acceptance Letter, and the Owl delivery – I wish I could have gotten an actual owl to deliver but, you know…

Hogwarts Acceptance Letter
Hufflepuff Jacket Back
Hufflepuff Jacket Front Mannequin

This was one of the many faces he made when he realized what he had received, and what was about to happen. One of my favorite faces that day!

Hogwarts Acceptance Letter Face

And a photo of him standing with the Knight Bus – the first stop before entering the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – and the only time he wore the jacket! To be fair, it was hot, and he got his own House Robe shortly after that so he wore that, when it wasn’t too hot!

Knight Bus

In addition to Hedwig, I also created Bowtruckle and Niffler and have added them to my shop in case you were in need of one for your wall, or your own Harry Potter Surprise! The jacket was my favorite though – got some oohs and aahs with that one, the short time that he wore it!

Harry Potter Bowtruckle
Harry Potter Hedwig
Harry Potter Niffler

I would like to go back and create the Hogwarts Crest on a mini hoop as well as the 4 House Crests – and wrap them in their House color. I think that would be fun. I think the Hogwarts Crest would need to be wrapped in black to match the robes – that would be fun to hang on the wall with our other souvenirs.

Trinket Quilt Layout

I am so close to having all the blocks made for the Trinket Quilt. I decided to do the 76″ x 92″ layout which is 19 squares x 23 squares for a total of 437 blocks – 218 of which are paper pieced! It was a lot to take on, especially since I wasn’t expecting to be sick for a few weeks and not have the ability or energy to sew, plus the last 2 weeks my main sewing machine has been in the shop for repair, so I’m using my old little machine. It’s been rough.

Anyways, as of this moment I am 40 blocks away from finishing the blocks. I know what you are thinking – so many people ONLY made 40 blocks total. I know – this is why I am kicking myself in this moment, but I think in the end I will be happy with my decision to create so many more. Plus we like the extra long quilts for the sofa – it really helps when you have to share.

When I decided to create this quilt a few months ago, I came up with a layout idea based on the 19 x 23 block layout, and using 36 of the 40 colors for the paper pieced squares. I will be using Raven for the background checkerboard squares, and apparently Charcoal for the backing – I accidentally ordered Charcoal instead of Raven so… there you go. Probably Raven for the binding too, as I want the focus on the squares.

I will share the specific block layout later (each color square labeled) but for now just the color overview. With my 36 selected colors, I would create six blocks of each as a Base Color (i.e. base color Cherry, base color Fern, etc.), with the last 2 colors having 7 each to make the total of 218. I am also making five of each of the 40 blocks, plus an extra 17 of my choosing, and the bonus ribbon block. Here is my color grid:

It won’t look exactly like this of course because each colorful square will have some sort of design, but I am hoping this idea transfers through. And I should mention that I took the Kaleidoscope colors, selected the closest Kona cotton colors, and used those Kona colors that I have saved in the computer to come up with this layout – these colors will NOT be exact to the final Kaleidoscope colors.

Be sure to check out the Trinket Sew Along page for each individual block and their colors if you are interested. I will have more detailed information posted soon. And I hope to have my blocks finished this week so I can start cutting the background squares and putting this whole thing together!