Thursday, October 27, 2011

I Have Everything I Need Now

I created this blog so that I could share my stories about using my new embroidery machine. Having never owned one before, I thought it would be interesting to write about and share pictures as I learn all about machine embroidery.

Not very far into this journey, I was able to attend a hands-on embroidery seminar and for the very first time, was able to try using a serger. Well, once I used it, I couldn't figure out in my whole life I have been able to sew without a serger. It is a fantastic machine!

I've made clothing, home dec items, quilts, costumes, wedding veils, and so many other things - all without a serger. So I decided to start asking around and doing some online research into sergers to find out more about these machines.

For years, I was afraid of sergers - everyone who had one complained about how sergers are difficult and hard to use. That was enough for me. I didn't want that headache and figured I was doing just fine without one.

That opinion changed earlier this year. After all my research, I decided to go with a Baby Lock. I picked it up this week and haven't even had a chance to take it out of the box but I have cleared a special spot for it in my sewing room and am about to embark on yet another sewing adventure.

More to follow.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Crazy Quilt Round Robin

I just got involved in a crazy quilt round robin. This is the very first one I've done and I'm super excited about it. I finished my naked block and am mailing it out tomorrow. There are five of us in the group and we'll each mail a block to a person; work on it for a month; mail it to the next person who will work on, etc., until it ends up back with the original owner.

I'm am looking forward to receiving my first block. There's no telling what colors it will be or what I'll be inspired to stitch and that's why it will be so much fun.

Here's my blank block:

I decided with my blocks that I would make them very neutral (black/white/grey) hoping that everyone will be as creative as possible. Only one block is sent to the others in the group but I made three altogether so that I can make a wall hanging to put in my sewing room.

More pics to follow as our round robin gets underway!