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Post Christmas Update in March!

Well, here it is March 1 and I’m finally sharing the other Christmas sewing I did.  This will be short and sweet…just wanting to get it out there.  To that point,, “sewing” isn’t exactly accurate.  “Embroidery” is more to the point.  This fall, after owning my amazing sewing machine for three years, I finally tackled the embroidery functions of this machine and I am so excited by what I can do with it.  After a steep learning curve, steep as in two months and a lot of discarded projects, I finally got the hang of it and set out to embroider (a lot of) napkins for friends and family for Christmas.  I had such good results that I ended up embroidering 60 napkins.  Before you ask, all my napkin blanks came from World Market…they had terrific sales and coupons and helped the project come in at a reasonable cost.

Lessons learned with this project:  Where you get your files matters…not all digitizers are equal.  Poorly laid out jump threads make for a painful project.  Poorly digitized projects cannot be resized well at all.  Appropriate stabilizer is key…once I found the perfect combination of stabilizers, my results were terrific.  Finally, my machine prefers pre-wound bobbins.  I had no problems until I ran out of the pre-wound embroidery thread bobbins and tried to use bobbins I wound myself.  I have no idea why this is and after two screwed up beyond redemption projects, I gave up and ordered more pre-wound bobbins.

So, on that note, here they are, with information on the source of the embroidery image.  I used Sew What Pro software to manipulate the images for the size and colors I needed.  Each one of these was done on a Brother SE400 in the 4×4 hoop with two layers of Sulky tear away hooped and the napkin floated using Sulky spray adhesive and then another layer of tear away pinned on the top.

First Up, the “C” napkins.  This is the Fancy Block Monogram by Designs by JuJu, without the blocks intended to surround the letter and the flourish.  These stitched up like a dream.  Really quite pleased with the pop of coral and the tone on tone flourish.

The Sants napkins are also done with an alphabet from Designs by JuJu.  This one is the Split Flourish Monogram combined with the basic San Serif.  The red really looks festive against the gold on these white napkins.  I was so pleased with them.

This next set was for friends who are hunters and fishers…I thought a woodland Christmas theme was fitting for their camo-themed life.  The images are from Breezy Lane Embroidery…her library of designs is extensive and fun.  There was something for everyone on my list!

Not too fussy, but still fun for a family with grandsons who visit at Christmas!  These dense images took about an hour each to embroider…definitely a labor of love.

Another from Breezy Lane, these penguins for perfect for a family with penguin-themed Christmas decorations.Pretty adorable and fit right in with all the other penguins in their winter wonderland.

I loved these modern Christmas trees from Breezy Lane…festive without being fussy.I made two sets of these, each going to friends who weren’t decorating too much…just brought in a little holiday cheer.

My son’s girlfriend collects nutcrackers and Breezy Lane came to my rescue again with this handsome fellow.

She loved them and my son wasn’t opposed to them, so its all good!

Finally, I made two sets of these laurel wreath monograms from Love Some Designs.  These were the first alphabet I purchased.

I got the files via Etsy and, while I loved the result, the jump threads on the laurel wreath were crazy and I think I’ll probably source a different design file if I decide to do more of this style.

So, there you have it…a quite belated Christmas wrap up!  I learned so much by doing these and I’m so glad I set the bar high for myself this Christmas.  The pressure to get everything done on time really made me dig in and learn my stuff.  Talk with you again soon!


Post Christmas Sewing Update – Part 1

All the gifts have been given and opened, so now I can share my Christmas sewing projects with you.  I ended up making 38 Christmas pillow cases for friends and family.  It was such a fun project and I was so pleased with how they all turned out.  This pillow case pattern is such a quick sew and one of the things I like most about the finished product is that there are no unfinished seams exposed anywhere.  It is just such an elegant finished project.  Let me show you!

A stack of pillowcases pinned using the “burrito method” and ready to be sewn!

This isn’t all of them, but this picture made me smile.  Just look how festive my cutting table looks!


Some of the finished pillow cases…aren’t they colorful??

Can you tell I’m not a photographer?  Still, you can see how the simple holly berries and pine boughs were a more adult Christmas theme when compared to the brightly colored modern print below.  These were my two favorites, when it was all said and done.


Two of my favorite fabric combinations! Aren’t they cheerful?

Traditional candy canes and then some festive Christmas reindeer…what’s not to love?


Two more sets…I just loved so much of the Christmas fabric in the stores…it was hard to choose.

Finally, a different version of the reindeer print, some adorable puppies, and an awesome Cotton and Steel interpretation of Christmas.  Very modern and non-traditional…my sister picked that fabric out herself and had it shipped straight to me!


Oh, this detail shot has the fabric my sister picked out for herself – the Cotton and Steel snow globes! Above that is the fabric I picked for my SIL who is very involved with a rescue organization…I thought it was perfect!

All in all, this was a fun and rewarding project.  It was fantastic to actually give worthwhile handmade gifts to my family and friends…oh, and did I mention that I got them done early enough for people to enjoy them BEFORE Christmas…just added to the festivity in their homes without adding to the clutter that sometimes/always comes with the holidays!