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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Foot #39. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Foot #39. Show all posts

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Placemats

I've really enjoyed making these placemats!  What I really love the most about making them, is writing the words of the Christmas carols, and bible verses that run through my head this time of year!
You might think this is curved piecing, but it is NOT!  I simply free-cut with my rotary cut, a soft, undulating line on a piece of fabric, rectangular in shape;  placemat size, about 13" tall, and 18 inches in width.  Cut two curving lines, and remove either the two sides, o rthe center piece, depending on your preference.  Place either the center, or two side pieces (one or the other) and place it atop another solid piece of a coordinating fabric rectangle.  Using a straight stitch, sew those contrasting curving pieces to your rectangle, and once done, turn it to the backside, and cut away the bottom fabric.  Save that piece, and use it for the 2nd placemat!
If you'd like to see more, check out an earlier post from last Christmas, with different placemats, and instructions!  You can view it here.  And you can always type in the word 'placemat' in the search box on the right hand side-bar of the blog, and it will take you any of my placemat posts!

Merry Christmas!
And using a fusible web (I choose Steam-A-Seam 2) and a rotary cutter with a wavy blade... I fuse the binding for a quick edge treatment that is fusible, hardy, washable, and easy to do!
Ah... and the embellishment with a bit of velvet rick rack and then a little couching with my Bernina #39 foot and silver Razzle Dazzle thread on top for a 'bit of shine' for that extra element of 'so pretty' I think we all love.  It really does lend itself to giving that UPSCALE and special look that says WOW.  At least... I think so!  And since I sew what I love, it's... well, what I love!  


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Love Bears... ALL

You've read it before.  A FUN foot to have, and to use!  PLAY.  
I cannot say it any plainer.
Because I believe in repetition... this is the width and length setting for attaching this RAZZLE DAZZLE thread.
I painted cheesecloth awhile back.  So I found it  (Yay) as well as the pom poms and the fused fabric flowers...

So this stash of cheesecloth was painted, using Lumiere paints.  I (of course) added glitter.  Some of you asked me about the glitter product I use.  I bought mine at the local Bernina store, or you can get it at the Quilt-A-Way, both in Great Falls.  However if you search for 'art glitter' on the internet, I am sure you can find sources through Amazon or other craft supply outlets.  I have not seen it, nor do I think they carry it in our Michaels or JoAnn Fabric stores.

As to the glue, my local quilt stores carry it, too.  It's a top quality glue product, one with a very fine tip, that I love using.  All I did was just dab a bit on the pom pom...
Sometimes the paint was heavily applied, and it 'stuck' to the plastic sheeting I dried it on.  COOL effect eh?!
Found this cool stash of linen-like ribbon.  LOVE! (Yes it is!) Oh how I love being a pack rat when you can start uncovering the treasures in the bottles, boxes, and jars!

 Yes, I decided to add more!  Bathing Beauty Beads! Yes, I start without a foot... use a polyester thread, and a sharp 90/14 needle.  You can read more about beading by machine in my post, by clicking here.  I've posted all my best tips and hints there.
 And I am thrilled with the look of the beads.  They make my heart sing.  Wild Thing!  (Go ahead--sing it with me!)

Love bears all things.
1 Cor 13:7 says: Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
ALL things.
It's not just for weddings.
It's for each and every day...
with everyone.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Bernina Foot #39; a couching technique

This is a (Bernina) must-have foot for lots of reasons! Most machines will have something similar... Tomorrow, I plan to showcase a project that shows this technique on an entire easy table runner project, utilizing some left-over scraps of silk I was given.  (There's a teaser photo at the end)... YOU too, can creatively apply this easy-to-use and very simple technique on your quilts and garments!  Why should you own this foot?  Here's a few of my reasons:
  • Visibility! 
  • Most folks don't realize/see that it has a small hole in the front of the foot that enables you to load a thick thread (like Razzle Dazzle/Superior or YLI Candlelight and more), and couch it on perfectly, and perfectly centered --- easy!
  • The red marks provide ease for exact placement, especially the middle mark, as the thread will stay aligned in the center position, and so the red middle mark is a wonderful guide in itself, couching or not!
Choose a narrow zig zag; mine in this photo is 1.2mm wide by 2.35 long.  You can adjust as you see fit depending on your type of machine.  Basically it's 1.5mm by 2.5 in length.
In the pic below, you may be able to  see the very tiny zig zag stitch on the thread where it's been stitched and then cut.  To load the thread into the foot, I usually have to wet (lick!) the end of the thread, inserting it into the front, and feeding it to the back of the foot. 
When I couch with a silver thread, I use a white top thread; but this is strictly a personal preference, depending on what look you're going for.  I like several different kinds; choose either a 40 weight white polyester or a 50 weight, such as masterpiece cotton for blending with the silver thread.  I also love this foot for it's clear visibility when it comes to top stitching!   And.. don't forget your needle position adjustment is a great tool to use... (Bernina's have 9-11 different needle positions)... all of which can be moved/adjusted  while you are sewing!
Perfect placement for both techniques is where it really shines! I top stitched the fabric first, using my far left or far right needle position, (and lengthened the stitch too!), aligning  the edge of the foot as it worked for easy placement as a guide.  With it 's clear visibility, it's easy to keep a perfectly straight line, too!  Once all pieces were top stitched, then I switched to the thick (Razzle Dazzle or YLI)  thread, threaded it through the center hole, from front to back, set my zig zag (as mentioned in the dimensions above), center needle position, and stitch!  Watch tomorrow for the full showcase on what the final project looks like!

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