Easy To Sew & Fast To Finish Projects & Ideas

Currently I am working on a new quilt even though I haven’t finished the first one and never will. I grew tired of the old quilt, and really wasn’t that invested in it to start. This one is different. I love the fabric and the colors I’ve chosen. I plan on actually using it for myself. Somehow sewing things for me is a great motivator.

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Right now I am still piecing the quilt together and this is a very easy patch quilt. I shouldn’t have any problems with this one. Fingers crossed.

My lack of commitment had me thinking. I know people who make a point of finishing every project they start. It doesn’t matter if they are no longer interested in it, or won’t wear it or it looks horrible. They finish what they start. I on the other hand, have no problem starting and stopping multiple projects. I do end up finishing most of them, there are only a few that get dumped. But, If I know that I’m just not going to wear it or use it I will salvage what I can and then donate or trash it.

What about you? Do you make sure to finish every project no matter what? Let me know below!

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My First Quilt SeriesReady to make your first quilt but don’t know where to begin? The My First Quilt video series provides you with the knowledge and encouragement you need to successfully make a quilt. All episodes are in one video download so there’s no hunting and pecking around the Internet. Plus, you can watch whenever you want.In the first 13 episodes, host Sara Gallegos teaches all the basics, including and overview of tools and terminology, how to choose fabric, how to safely cut fabric and the basics of using a sewing machine for quilting. You will also learn how to make different blocks and patterns, plus four different quilt blocks. and so much more! There are 13 videos in the first series, please click below to find the entire episode list and more information. Learn More

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And The Winners Are…!

I wanted to show everyone how my bicycle design came out. I made the basket liner and stitched out the bike design from the Love Is In the Air Collection.

Bike Love And The Winners Are...!What a perfect embroidery design to go with it. The inner lining fabric is from Jennifer Paganelli of  Sis Boom and is part of the Caravella Arcade collection.

CMELOVCOL600 And The Winners Are...!Let’s get down to business and announce the winners from last week’s blog post.

 

The winners for the collection are:

Cindy P. who sews in her garage on occasion, which I think is a marvelous idea if you don’t have a garage like mine. Also Jackie G. wins a collection. She’s new to embroidery but is loving it so far. And, a collection goes to Lana S. who had a really cute idea. Lana and her friends are going traveling this summer and she made each friend a passport cover with special embroidery on it. What a great idea!

I have sent each of you an email with the files. Let me know how you use these in future projects! I would love to see what you do.

My next project is going to be with the Forest Friends Collection from 2013. Don’t quite know what I will do with it yet. If you have any ideas, please let me know on the blog!

Woodland Friends with text 500 And The Winners Are...!

 

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So Many Designs. So Little Time.

We made it to July. Has your sewing curbed at all in the hot months or are you still going strong? I’m trying to keep my AC bill low this year, so I’m sweating it out.

The other day I needed to stitch out an older design from a CME Collection. Remember the Love Is In The Air Collection? It’s so sweet. After I finished stitching it out, I thought I really need to make something with it. Continue reading

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Series – Episode 6

Hello fans of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine. We are excited about the latest launch of a new machine embroidery series. This series teaches and inspires both new and experienced machine embroiderers to get the most out of their machine investment and create beautiful embroidered projects.

If you are new to machine embroidery, you’ll love this new series. If you need a refresher this series might just be the thing to get you back to creating beautiful machine embroidery garments, crafts and quilts. Continue reading

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How To Survive A Summer Remodel

The photo below is one room in my house. The entire house is basically a giant construction zone.

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Remodel work is never done

Just recently I had a 40 yard roll-off in the driveway. We didn’t think we’d fill it, but we did, embarrassingly so. Funny thing is, now there are two other households with roll-off’s in their driveways! We’ve started a trend. Continue reading

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Picnic like a pro with the summer Picnic Quilt Kit!


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If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s picnic season. As soon as it’s warm enough, my family prefers all our meals outside. These days – with two small children – our picnics aren’t quite as leisurely as they once were, but we do enjoy ourselves. Continue reading

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Disney’s Finding Dory Movie Excitement and Quilt Project

Have you seen Disney•Pixar Finding Dory yet? Did you love it? We’re all super psyched over here at CME, so we’re celebrating with a fun and easy machine-embroidery-enhanced quilt project.

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Hide & Seek Dory Quilt

Cute, don’t you think? The central panel is a print showing Dory, Nemo, Martin, Destiny, Hank and Bailey. Around the edge there are in-the-hoop stipple-stitch “bubbles” that can be lifted up to reveal… Dory, of course! The quilt itself is machine quilted in fun under-the-sea designs, including coral, seaweed and fish. Continue reading

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American Pride

It’s time to start on your festive Independence Day decorations. Are you hosting a patriotic party this year? If so, the Fabulous Fourth table setting kit is perfect and on sale!!4th Table Kit American Pride Continue reading

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Series – Episode 4 Preview!

Hello fans of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine. We are excited about the latest launch of a new machine embroidery series. This series teaches and inspires both new and experienced machine embroiderers to get the most out of their machine investment and create beautiful embroidered projects.

If you are new to machine embroidery, you’ll love this new series. If you need a refresher this series might just be the thing to get you back to creating beautiful machine embroidery garments, crafts and quilts.

You can purchase a subscription to the series on QNNtv or purchase the entire series now for 24.99. 

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery will guide you through a variety of topics including:

  • different types of embroidery designs
  • stabilizers and threads that are available
  • how to embroider on ready-made-projects
  • embroidering on difficult fabrics
  • different stabilizers & how to use them
  • the basics of embroidery software, and so much more.

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This series is great for those that sew garments, quilts and/or crafts. As long as you have an embroidery machine and you want to learn all there is to it, you’re all set! Just sit back and find out how fun machine embroidery can be.

Each week on the Sew News and CME blogs will be presenting a very quick preview of the latest episode.

Episode 4 is all about stabilizers. You’ll learn about the different types,what they are, how to use them and more.

Watch a quick preview of Episode 4 of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery

You can purchase this as a subscription to QNNtv.com or purchase the entire series (26 episodes) here for only 24.99

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Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

You’re almost there! We’ll finish the purse today and you can finally see what you created over these past six blog posts. This post will focus on the finishing details, such as the handles and straps.

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This type of handle is usually used to leather goods that don’t fray, so creating the same look in a woven fabric takes a little bit of hand stitching, but the finished look is worth it.

Fold one handle-end upper edge 1/2” toward the wrong side; press. Mark a 1/4” seam allowance on the side and lower edges.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!With right sides together, position one handle end over one handle short edge; pin. Stitch using a 1/4” seam allowance and pivoting at each corner. Repeat to stitch the remaining handle end to the opposite handle short edge.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Trim the seam allowance to 1/8” and trim the corners.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Turn the handle end right side out using a chopstick

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Press flat. Topstitch the handle end 1/16” from the perimeter.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Press each handle long edge 1/2” toward the wrong side. Center one cording length over the handle wrong side, aligning the end with the handle-end folded edge.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Fold the handle in half lengthwise, enclosing the cording within handle and aligning the folded long edges; pin. Whipstitch to secure the handle long edges.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Repeat to construct the remaining handle.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Insert one handle end into one D-ring on the bag front and fold TK” with wrong sides together; pin. Hand baste 1/2” from the short end.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Topstitch 3/4” from the fold.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Repeat to stitch the opposite handle end into the opposite bag front D-ring, making sure the handle isn’t twisted.

Fold the strap in half lengthwise with right sides together; pin. Stitch the strap short end and long edge using a 1/4” seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8”. Turn the strap right side out using a long dowel.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Trim the stitched short edge 1/2” from the end. Fold each strap short end 1/4” toward the wrong side; press. Press the strap flat. Topstitch the strap perimeter.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Insert one strap end into a swivel clasp and fold the strap end 1”; pin. Topstitch 1/8” from the short end. Repeat to attach the opposite strap short end to the remaining clasp, making sure the strap isn’t twisted.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Attach the clasps to the strap D-rings.

For an additional embellishment, create a quick and easy zipper fob with your monogram for the front pocket. You’ll need a 1/2” swivel clasp, 2 1/2”x6 1/2” scrap of leather or faux leather, mediumweight tear-away stabilizer and embroidery design letters 1/4” tall.

Hoop three layers of tear-away stabilizer. Center the leather scrap right side up over the stabilizer; secure the perimeter with painter’s tape.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Open your initials on the embroidery machine screen. Rotate each letter 90º and position the surname letter near the screen lower edge center. Position your first-name letter over the first, making sure they are properly aligned.

Thread the machine needle with 40wt. embroidery thread and the bobbin with matching bobbin thread. I used thread that matches the color of the leather. I think it gives it a subtle, yet sophisticated look. Place the hoop onto the machine. Embroider the design.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Remove the hoop from the machine and stabilizer from the hoop. Trim any jump threads. Carefully tear away the stabilizer from the design perimeter. Trim the leather using the zipper fob pattern. Insert one fob short end through the swivel clasp and align the short ends. Topstitch the fob near the swivel claps bar. Attach the clasp to the pocket zipper.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

To make a zipper pull for the purse zipper, cut a 1”x5” strip of leather or faux leather using the template. Topstitch the leather 1/8” from the folded short end. Open the ring slightly, and then insert the ring through the folded short end.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Insert one ring open end through the purse zipper, and then squeeze the ring to close. Move the leather to cover the ring opening.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

We’re finished! We’ve created a designer-inspired purse with a geometric embroidered panel and cool gold hardware.  Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

SOURCE

Big Duck Canvas Warehouse provided the 15-ounce navy blue duck fabric: (800) 704-6138, bigduckcanvas.com.

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