Category: Marjorie Busby / Blue Feather Designs

More Fun and Fast Valentine’s Day Theme Projects, Freebies and a Sale

Today I wanted to showcase more Valentine’s theme projects, in follow up of my post on this topic last week.  

SEW 4 HOME has a great free tutorial to make “Catnip Heart Mice“, which make perfect Valentine’s gifts for cats (and your cat loving friends).  For those of you that like helping your local animal shelters, these would also make for great gifts for cats living in shelters.  And, they could also make for a great fundraiser to benefit such shelters too!

SHEREE SEWS

Free tea bag heart holder tutorial.

MARTINGALE

Sweet Three of Hearts Wall Quilt ePattern  Ellen Pahl

WENDY SHEPPARD/IVORY SPRING

Check out Wendy’s free free-motion quilting tutorial to make adorable FMQ hearts.

WE ALL SEW/BERNINA

Free tutorial and machine embroidery design for sweet heart pins.

 Scandinavian Heart Tutorial

LANDAUER PUBLISHING

Free Heart Mug Rug pattern.

Love triangle table topper pattern

Heart Throb Wallhanging

Yo Yo Heart Pillow

SEW KAREN-LY CREATED

This amazing heart pattern, called I Heart NYB, includes a variety of design options, available in Karen’s Craftsy store.

full_1326_184430_I9829NYB_3

 

ANGIE STEVESON/LUNCHBOX QUILTS

Love Letters is a super fun machine embroidery design collection which you can use to make this romantic quilt, or make table runners, wallhangings, embellish on clothing, etc..

The Hearts & Stars machine embroidery design collection makes a delightful project that finishes at 28″ x 28″, making it a great size for a table topper or wallhanging.

Recipes for….is a fun design collection that is perfect to stitch out on dish towels, or to make into a wallhanging.  These romantic designs will certainly make for great projects for your home, as well as for gifts.  And, I’ll confess I’m currently stitching them out and they stitch out beautifully.

MARJORIE BUSBY/BLUE FEATHER QUILTING STUDIO

Marjorie has many machine embroidery designs that are perfect for Valentine’s theme projects (e.g. quilts, mug rugs, table runners, clothing, totes, etc).  And, they all stitch out beautifully, come with easy to follow instructions and are fun and fast to create with. I can honestly say I’ve stitched these designs out, as well as many others by Marjorie, and have found them all to be high quality designs.

SARAH VEDELER DESIGNS

Sarah has a cute in the hoop heart coaster machine embroidery design, that is only $5.  Definitely would make for great Valentine’s theme decorations for your home, as well as for gifts.  I certainly want to make these “Feathered Heart” designs.  She also has a free video tutorial, on her website, showing how to make these.

Sarah’s Peace, Love, and Joy collection is always fun to create with, but I certainly think the “Love” would be perfect on a pillow, wallhanging or lap quilt for Valentine’s Day.  To clarify, there is a Fresh Idea Pattern that does not include machine embroidery designs, but does include templates for traditional raw edge machine applique.  But for those that do enjoy machine embroidery, you can purchase her Peace, Love, and Joy collection to make a cute Love pillow, as well as endless other projects with this collection.

But Sarah’s Heart Design Collection is probably one that makes the biggest statement for Valentine’s Day.  While you can use this machine embroidery design collection to make this stunning quilt, you could also use it to make table runners, wallhangings, embroidery on clothing, etc..

You can also use designs in this collection, to stitch on cardstock to give as a card, or frame as Sarah shows in this inspirational project:

Checkout Sarah on Pinterest for more project ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Craftsy has a sale with fabric up to 60% off.  Great deal on kits, notions, and classes too!

Best deal I’ve ever seen on this Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Aurifil Cotton Mako is also an exception price for standalone spools, as well as kits.

Here is a link to a post from last week, with more fun and fast Valentine’s theme projects you can make to decorate your home, or to give as gifts:  http://quiltshopgal.com/fun-and-fast-valentines-day-theme-projects-freebies-and-a-sale/

Happy Holidays

While I rarely share personal info, I can honestly say I love all the holidays.  Yes, I love Hanukkah, the Ramadan celebration, and many more holidays, but I don’t ever want to lose sight of celebrating Christmas, as well as wishing those that celebrate this holiday a Merry Christmas.   What ever holiday you celebrate, I hope it is a happy one for you and your family.  I also wish for you a very happy and healthy New Year, with time to enjoy and create.

be-merry

I want to thank and recognize all of the sponsors for our recent “12 Days of Christmas Giveaways”.  All of the winners have been announced, notified and their special Christmas gifts are in the process of being shipped.  While I had hoped that this would have been done so that these gifts would arrive in time to open on Christmas, the “Grinch” hijacked my website and the downtime created a delay.  But the lucky winners will receive their prize very soon.  

12-days-of-christmas

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors:

Cherry Blossoms Quilting StudioMarjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt StudioASF Lightware Solutions/Beam N ReadLandauer Publishing,The Quilt ShowFat Quarter ShopUdderly Smooth/RedexIsland BatikAurifilThe Electric Quilt CompanyThe Fat Quarter Gypsy, and Martingale.

 

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways which also shows each of the lucky winners. 

 

This Holiday season, let’s spread happiness and good cheer.

Lastly, I’d like to ask a special favor of you.  Diane Gaudynski is an amazing award winning quilter, Master free-motion quilter, teacher and author.  She retired a few years back from teaching and rarely updates her blog.  She just released another blog post and I believe she’d love to hear from you.  Thus, I hope you can take a few moments to pop over to her blog and leave some kind words to share good Holiday cheer with her.  You can find her blog at:  http://dianegaudynski.blogspot.com/

Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Marjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt Studio

Welcome to day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    Each day QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish.

Today, I’m delighted to have Marjorie Busby of Blue Feather Studios as our sponsor today.  Marjorie is a talented quilter, long-arm quilter, as well as machine embroidery digitizer.  For those that enjoy machine embroidery, as well as interested in learning machine embroidery I hope you’ll enjoy this post.  I’ll be showcasing many of Marjorie’s beautiful machine embroidery designs, as well as heightening awareness of her freebies, and hosting a generous giveaway sponsored by Marjorie, for one lucky machine embroiderer.

12-days-of-christmas

And, the special gift from Marjorie, which will be shipped to one lucky winner, by QuiltShopGal, is open to WW followers.  Time now, for me to share insights about Marjorie and her beautiful machine embroider designs.

gift-tag-marjorie-busby-blue-feather-quilt-studio

Marjorie shares tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on her blog, as well as by way of guest posts on the Craftsy blog and AccuQuilt blog.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY DESIGN COLLECTIONS are available on Marjorie’s Blue Feather Quilting Studio online store that can be downloaded.  She also has many available from AccuQuilt, where some are downloadable and some are available via CD, as well as from the Craftsy store.

QuiltShopGal has  stitched out many of her designs and they always stitch out perfectly, with amazing detail.  Her designs stand out with great detail, super crisp lines and angles, minimal or no jump stitches, and the obvious – super cute designs that are very versatile for what you can create with them.  Here are a few examples:

INSPIRATIONAL PROJECT IDEAS

As I’ve mentioned, Marjorie shares tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on her blog, as well as her guest blog posts on the Craftsy blog and the AccuQuilt blog.  While the possibilities of what you can create with Marjorie’s machine embroidery designs are endless, here are a few project by Marjorie that caught my attention:

I’m actually working on fun and fast projects to give as gifts, this holiday season.  In the past, I’ve used her designs to create table toppers, wallhangings, baby quilts, mug rugs, as well as fabric books for toddlers.  What I’m currently working on is for Christmas gifts, which I want to keep as a  surprise, thus I can’t share all of them with you, but I hope you’ll get the idea as I show you a  mug rug that I’m auditioning fabric for binding.  This was stitched using Marjorie’s GO! Sleigh – Reindeer – Snowflakes collection.  Super easy, fun and fast, with amazing detail.

20161201_154030

Think about how great mug rugs would look with Marjorie’s snowflakes, reindeers, stars, Christmas trees, or other designs.  Of course, they’d also look great on placemats, table runners,  wallhangings, Christmas tree skirts, clothing, quilts, etc..  And, they’d certainly make for great decorations for your home, as well as for gifts.

FREE PATTERNS  – As mentioned, Marjorie has several free designs that are fun to stitch out and also a great way to see the quality of her machine embroidery designs.

Songbird Mug Rug

img_2003

GO! Ribbon

55355_ar_sat

In the Hoop Cancer Awareness Mug Rugs

inthehoopcancerawarenessmugrugs_aiid819497

Marjorie is also a co-author with Hope Yoder and Debbie Henry, for an e:book “Stitch for Success“, that you can download for free from the Craftsy website.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

time-to-open-a-gift

One lucky winner will receive a special gift from Marjorie, of 5 machine embroidery CD collections.  They can choose to keep this gift just for themselves, or help spread the good cheer of holiday gift giving by giving one, or more, of the embroidery CDs to a friend that enjoys machine embroidery.

20161201_082602

To enter, simply claim one or more options using the rafflecopter form below.  I’ll randomly select the lucky winner tomorrow.  I’ll send them an email to let them know, as well as update this post.   QuiltShopGal will be mailing these embroidery designs to the lucky winner and will pick up the shipping cost to a world-wide follower.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can find the Marjorie at:

http://shop.b-quilts.com/
http://b-quilts.com/blog
https://craftsy.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/mgbusb
https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.busby?fref=ts
https://www.youtube.com/user/alexveronelliyahoo
https://www.instagram.com/aurifilthread/

 

Lastly, don’t forget, Day #3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways comes tomorrow.

 

You can find prior posts for the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at:

#NightsBeforeChristmas Party – December 10th – Celebrate with a Freebie, Giveaway, Linky Party and More

nights before chistmas party

Welcome to another celebration of the Nights Before Christmas.  I hope you are enjoying this holiday season and are also enjoying this virtual party.

WHAT IS THE NIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS PARTY?  

Anyone who wants to help celebrate the holiday season with good quilty fun and a lot of giveaways, freebies and tutorials can participate.  You’ll find:

  • Freebies will be shared with every event post.
  • Giveaways offered throughout the event, where followers can enter to win any prize they are interested in.   Winners will be randomly announced and notified on December 25th.  
  • A Linky Party for those that want to share any Christmas or Winter themed: 1) Giveaway, 2) Freebie, or 3) Tutorial.

 Sharing of your holiday projects  (in progress or finished) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #NightsBeforeChristmasParty and/or in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Party that I host every Friday.  While you can’t share in the linky party in this post, when sharing with hashtag you can claim an extra entry in any of the giveaways during this event.

While QuiltShopGal will be shipping prizes directly to winner due to my limited funds (earned by Affiliate programs), the majority of the giveaways will be limited to US Only followers, but there will still be plenty that will be open to WW followers.

Look for “Nights Before Christmas” Party posts on QuiltShopGal, several times a week,  thru December 24th.  But they will most likely always be released in the evening vs my typical release in the morning.

I also want to recognize and thank the Marjorie of Blue Feather Quilt Studio for being one of our sponsors for this party, and donating a prize for today’s giveaway.  

Marjorie is a talented quilter, designer and machine embroidery digitizer,  longarm digitzer and much more.  She is actually quite well known for her machine embroidery designs for AccuQuilt applique (MEA).  I’ve always found her designs to stitch out beautifully and each design has endless possibilities to create projects.  Here are a few of her designs that I think are perfect for a Winter or Holiday theme project:

WB_collage-1200

{above} GO! Winter Bliss

holmedley_collage_1

{Above} GO! Holiday Medley


55355_reindeer_ffap_600

{above} GO! Reindeer with Antlers

55359_sf_collage

{above} GO! Snowflake

55450_sf_collage

{above} GO! Snowflake 7″

 

sleigh-reindeer_collage

{above} GO! Sleigh Reindeer

But Marjorie has many beautiful machine embroidery applique designs that are compatible with various AccuQuilt dies.  Although, don’t overlook that you can still stitch out her designs without the dies, using traditional MEA techniques.  Still, pre-cuts do make MEA easy and produce much higher quality stitch outs.

You can find the Marjorie at:

http://shop.b-quilts.com/
http://b-quilts.com/blog
https://craftsy.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/mgbusb
https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.busby?fref=ts
https://www.youtube.com/user/alexveronelliyahoo
https://www.instagram.com/aurifilthread/

 

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

 Share a Christmas or Winter theme giveaway, freebie, or tutorial and claim an extra entry in the Giveaways for our #NightsBeforeChristmas Party. 

 

 

DID I MENTION A FREEBIE?

Marjorie shares great tips and tutorials on her blog, but you can also find her as a guest blogger on the AccuQuilt blog and she has also been a guest blogger for Craftsy.  She also has freebies on her site for super cute in the hoop mug rugs, including a Sweet Song Bird and also Christmas Trees and Snowflakes.

 

 

 

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

I’m absolutely thrilled today to host a giveaway sponsored by Marjorie Busby.  While Marjorie has a large collection of embroidery designs that can be downloaded from her online store, or from AccuQuilt, she also has a collection of CDs with her embroidery designs that are available via wholesale purchase and retail, from a few stores.  Actually, you may want to let your favorite sewing store know about this machine embroidery design collections and that you’d like them to carry them in their store for retail sales.  They are so new, that your store may not be aware of them.

P1130970

 Thanks to Marjorie, I am hosting a giveaway where two lucky followers, any where in the world, will receive one of these machine embroidery CD collections.  

If you are interested in winning one of these MEA CD collections, simply use the Rafflecopter Form.  While it only takes one entry to win, there are plenty of options for those that like to increase their chances.  Both lucky winners will be randomly selected, using the random number generator widget in Rafflecopter.  And, I will email them on, or about December 25th, to let them know (my goal is the 25th).

 The giveaway today is also open to WW followers, with the caveat that I will ship directly to a maximum of one winner outside of the US.

Prizes may not ship until after New Year’s Eve, as I also need to close out shipping prizes for the 2015 FMQ Challenge, and also enjoy the Christmas season.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 Don’t forget to  hold Christmas in your heart and enjoy the Nights Before Christmas.  And be sure to use hashtag #NightsBeforeChristmasParty in any social media tool.

 

Here is a list for all posts for this event:

 

 

#StitchAlong – October 31st – #WinterBliss And A Giveaway

Welcome to another #StitchAlong update.  Today I will share how you assemble your fabric pages, using the Winter Bliss machine embroidery design collection, by Marjorie Busby.  I’ll also show you how you can create cute little fabric bags, all with the theme of 12 days of Christmas .  Lastly, I’ll share sneak peeks on our next #StitchAlong, where we’ll be stitching fast, easy and fun sewing projects that will also make great gifts.

WINTER BLISS STITCH ALONG

THIS WEEK…. I finished stitch the machine embroidery applique (MEA) blocks using Marjorie Busby’s Winter Bliss machine embroidery design collection.  As mentioned in prior posts, you could also use her design collection to create raw edge applique if you do not own an embroidery machine.  And, while I’m using these blocks to create a kid friendly fabric reading book and a set of 12 fabric gift bags, you could use your blocks to create a wallhanging, or a variety of other projects.

Winter Bliss #StitchALong coming soon

I used Eco Fi Premium Felt from the Kunin Group to cut 12″x 14″ pieces for the fabric pages. And I cut 10″x10″ squares that I then cut the center 9″x9″, to create a 1″ wide frame to place around the MEA blocks. And, using a matching thread for the frame, I straight stitched about 1/8″ from the edge of the frame (inside and outside) to secure the frame and the MEA block to secure to the page background fabric.

 

P1130995

Once all 12 of your pages are assembled,  stack them in order (#1-12).  Following a process, somewhat similar to binding a book, I made four groups of three pages each and stitched each of these groups together, along the inner part of the page, to build up the spine of the fabric book.  And, stitched these pages using a 1/4″ seam.  I then stacked all four of these sections together, along with a book cover, again stitching a 1/4″ seam along the spine.  

For the cover, I opted to use text stitching that is included in my machine.   But you could use any fancy stitching your machine has, or consider using permanent fabric markers to write a title, appropriate for your fabric book. Of course, I called mine “Winter Bliss”.

P1140018

I cut a piece of matching felt for the spine, cutting it 4″ x 10″.  Fold it in half and place along the stitched edge of the book, using a little bit of fabric glue to hold it in place.  At this point, your fabric book is pretty thick, but is technically bound together.  Depending on your machine, you may be able to run this thru your machine to stitch along the edge of the final layer of felt (book binding), otherwise this is one step that you may need to manual sew to secure the binding.

Decorative threads are also an option for securing the book binding, as well as decorative stitches for your cover.  The possibilities for embellishment are endless.  But do be careful for using buttons, beads, or other items that may be cute for embellishment, but not safe for small children.

FOR THE GIFT BAGS,

After stitching out the MEA blocks, trim three sides for 8 1/2″ and leave the excess stabilizer and fabric on the top untrimmed.

P1130985

To the bottom of the MEA block, sew a piece of matching fabric that measures 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. This will become the back side of the gift bag.

Cut two pieces of white flannel 8 1/2″ x 13″. Pin to the ends of the MEA block and back and stitch a 1/4″ seam, attaching the flannel and creating a long strip.

P1140010

Cut a piece of ribbon that will be used to tie the bag.  I recommend ~16-20″. Fold in half and finger press the fold and set aside.

Fold your bag right sides together, where the MEA block is matched to the fabric for the back of the bag and seams align with the white flannel. Pin the left and ride side of this folded bag to secure and create what may look like a rather long pocket.  About 2 1/2″ from the top of the MEA block fabric (measured down from the MEA Block is sewn to the white flannel), insert the folded piece of ribbon with the folded part barely sticking outside of the folded pocket and pin, ensuring the remainder of the ribbon is inside the pocket and will not be caught when you stitch seams.

P1140012

Sew the left and right side of this pocket using a 1/4″ seam.

Box your corners about 3/4″.

P1140014

Turn your pocket where the right sides of the MEA block are now visible on the outside of the block and all seams are on the inside of the pocket.  At the open end of this pocket, manually fold the seams to the inside to create a finished appearance, pin and stitch together using a 1/4″ seam.    Push this seam down inside the pocket, creating the lining for your bag.

Approximately 2″ of white should be visible above your MEA block and the ribbon should be visible.

P1140016

Fold down the white band, to create a cuff on top of your bag.  This folded cuff should come close to where you have placed your ribbon that can now be used to tie a bow around the bag, if you wish to do so.  It looks cute open, but I think of these bags filled with small gifts and tied in a bow, to be opened daily, for the 12 days preceding Christmas.

P1140017

Feel free to leave a comment or email me this week if you have questions about either of these projects and I’ll try to help, or pull in an expert to assist.

You can find Marjorie Busby at:

http://b-quilts.com/

http://b-quilts.com/blog/
http://shop.b-quilts.com/

https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.busby?fref=ts

You can also purchase her designs, as well as the dies, at AccuQuilt.  I am an affiliate, so if you click thru from my site, your price remains the same, but I receive a small fee back.  Those funds I use to supplement expenses for shipping giveaway and contest prizes WW.

You can certainly adapt these projects, as you wish.   I encourage anyone that wishes to participate to share your progress, as well as your project whenever you finish on any social media tool you wish to use (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blogs, Flickr, etc.).  You can also link up and share in our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties that I host every Friday.

I’d love to have you join me in my virtual #StitchAlong projects.  You can share on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc) using the hashtag #StitchAlong.  Of course, I also hope you’ll also share in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties which I host every Friday.  What ever you do, I hope you find joy and time to create.  

Creative Goodness landscape copy

Did I Mention A Giveaway?

As no one entered to win this prize last week, I’m keeping this opportunity open during the window for the #WinterBliss Stitch Along.  One lucky winner will receive a CD machine embroidery collection, of their choice, of the following designs by Marjorie Busby

  • Cute Car
  • Zoo Animals
  • GO! Birds
  • Sunbonnet
  • Overall Sam
  • GO! Home
  • GO! Sleigh & Snowflakes

P1130970To enter to win, your favorite CD, you have plenty of options and the more you claim the more entries you’ll get:

  1. Join this Winter Bliss #StitchAlong and share your progress in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky party this week.
  2. For those that have previously stitched out any machine embroidery designs, by Marjorie Busby, share what you created in my weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties.
  3. Use any social media tool (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) to share your progress for your Winter Bliss project, or any machine embroidery design you have stitched out using any design by Marjorie Busby.

If no one enters to win this prize, during the #WinterBliss StitchAlong, they will be used in a different giveaway after this event.  But I’m hopeful you may want to join me, or want to share other projects that you’ve created using any of Majorie’s designs in a #CreativeGoodness Linky Party, to help inspire others.

note:  This is also open to those that do not have embroidery machines and are using the designs by Marjorie Busby to stitch out using more traditional raw edge machine applique techniques.

BTW, these CD collections are available for wholesale orders.  You may want to let your local quilt shop or sewing center know you’d like them to make them available for customers in their store.  They can place wholesale orders directly with Marjorie.

I will randomly select a winner, from all the entries and announce in the #StitchAlong post next week. And I will send an email to the lucky winner.  But due to my limited funds for shipping prizes, this giveaway will be open to US only participants.

For our next #StitchAlong, we’ll be making a variety of snap bags and zippered bags.  I’ll share the supply list and details next Saturday.  But, as a sneak peek, I do want to share that Craftsy has a class with Joan Hawley that is on sale this weekend.  When you take her class Zip It Up: Easy Techniques For Zippered Bags, Joan teaches all sorts of tips and tricks for making bags.  Plus three patterns are included in the price of this class, and downloaded as class materials (Bendy Bag, Nickita Bag, and Runaround Bag).  While you can purchase these patterns individually, getting them through this class is a super deal, especially when you take advantage of the Craftsy Sale this weekend.  And, you’ve probably guessed it, our next #StitchAlong will be for these bags.

zip it up

Here is a list of previous posts for #StitchAlong:

#StitchAlong – October 10th – #WinterBliss And A Giveaway

I hope you have had a great week and are finding time to enjoy and create.  Of course, I also hope you will #StitchAlong with me – anytime you can.  Virtual sewing together can be great fun.

This past week I finished my EPP Star Project that was hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop on Instagram, over several weeks of an #EPPSewAlong.

SM-Graphic

 

 Some are just now starting and others have also finished.  Very flexible #StitchAlong that has been great fun.  Last week I shared insights about using the Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham, for free-motion quilting this project.  I’m far from an FMQ Expert, but thoroughly enjoyed these stencils and looking forward to using others in this collection on future FMQ Projects.

P1130960

I certainly had fun making this EPP Star and want to make more.Thank you Kimberly Jolly and the FQS team for hosting such a few #EPPSewAlong.

 

WINTER BLISS STITCH ALONG *** Starts Now ***

THIS WEEK…. I’m working on a couple of projects using the Winter Bliss machine embroidery design collection, by Marjorie Busby.  But, I do want to clarify, that if you don’t have an embroidery machine, this is also a great design to apply raw edge applique techniques.  While some may want to make a wallhanging, I’m going to be creating a fabric book for a child, as well as gift bags, both with a 12 days of Christmas theme.  Come join me in this #WinterBliss #StitchAlong.  There are no deadlines, no pressure, just fun creativity while we work on this project that you can adapt to create anything you wish (e.g. placemats, table runners, etc.).

Winter Bliss #StitchALong coming soon

 

Supplies

winter bliss #stitchALong supply list

 

You can join this #StitchAlong with or without an embroidery machine using AccuQuilt dies, or manually cutting the shapes.  But the dies will make your cuts much more accurate and faster.  For those that use Marjorie’s Winter Bliss design collection, templates are included and easy to follow.

P1130941

As with every #StitchAlong, you can adapt the designs to make whatever you wish.  Possibly you want to make wallhangings, quilts, placemats, or other project ideas.  

Get your supplies ready, as well as pre-cuts (unless you are going to use the old cut in the hoop technique):

  • Pull your supplies together, as shared in the #StitchAlong post last week.
  • When I cut my backing fabrics, for my blocks, I prefer to cut them larger when doing machine embroidery.  I then trim them to the respective size.  I cut my backing fabrics, for both projects, at the same time cutting squares that measure 9″x11″ for each block (12 blocks for project, so I cut 24 squares).
  • Prepare your fabrics for cutting the applique shapes.  I like to use Steam-A-Seam Lite for my adhesive stabilizer, but use your favorite adhesive stabilizer and follow the manufacturers instructions.
  • Cut your shapes with your AccuQuilt GO dies, or use Marjorie’s templates.  

P1130942

 

Marjorie’s Winter Bliss design collection includes a PDF that shows the shapes required for each block.  Depending on which project you may want to stitch, you’ll need to cut the appropriate number for each shape in the blocks she shows.  For me, I’ cutting two sets (one for the fabric book and one set for the gift bags).  And, I’m also cutting 9 extra reindeer and an extra sleigh for my table runner project which I released a free ROW pattern for this past week during the EQ Seasonal ROW Along, hosted by Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew. In that post, I am also hosting a giveaway for pre-cuts for that free pattern.

P1130940

For machine embroidery of these designs, there are a couple of options:

  • Use the AccuQuilt dies:
    • 55012 Circles 2,3,5″
    • #55321 Holiday Accessories
    • #55322 Sleigh and Snowflakes
    • #55099 Numbers
    • #55043 Holiday Medley
    • #55028 Stars 2,3,4″
  • manually cut your applique’ shapes using templates provided in the Winter Bliss design collection, by Marjorie Busby
  • Consider cutting your applique shapes with a mix manually cut vs die cut, based on the dies that you have
  • Consider purchasing pre-cuts that have been cut using these dies from various businesses and/or quilters that provide such cutting services.  Email me, if you are interested in such cutting services and I will try to match you up with appropriate parties.  (for those that have these dies and can provide such services, email me if you wish for me to share your contact info, as appropriate).

I hoop a medium weight tearaway, use my 8″basting square to stitch out a placement line, place my backing fabric on top, re-stitch my 8″ basting square to secure my block fabric, then proceed with stitching out the Winter Bliss designs.  If you do not have 8″ basting squares, email me with your ME file type, and I will provide info on how you can get them for your machine.

For those that are stitching out without pre-cuts, simply stitch out the placement line and place a piece of fabric on top.  Then, adjust your machine to re-stitch the placement line.

P1130952

Remove your hoop from your machine, but keep everything in your hoop.  Use applique’ scissors or small pointed scissors to trim the fabric close to the stitch out line.

P1130953

For using the pre-cuts, you follow the stitch out of the design file, where a placement line is stitched. You then place your pre-cut shape aligned inside of that placement line, adhesive side down.  Use a small portable iron, to secure the applique shape to the background fabric.  I’ve also had luck with spraying my pre-cuts with 505, or using a glue stick on the back but a adhesive stabilizer really produces the best results and the easiest to work with for machine embroidery applique.

If you haven’t yet tried 505 with your machine embroidery, consider giving it a try during this #StitchAlong and sharing your perspective.  For me, I find it a very handy and lightweight temporary adhesive.  There are times when I just don’t have iron on adhesive stabilizer and/or 505 is just easier to use.

P1130967

If you look closely at the picture, for the MEA block above, you’ll see that the snowflake has a clean stitch out with out any loose threads coming from the machine embroidery, but the number one and other pieces, has various loose threads.  In the above example you the Snowflake was cut using the AccuQuilt dies and the other applique pieces were cut manually, using the older traditional in the hoop technique.  For me, the pre-cuts really do produce the best MEA results.

P1130957

For the fabric book and the gift bags, I will be leaving my stabilizer on the blocks.  For those that are making quilts, or other projects, and want to remove your stabilizer, you may want to wait till next week as I have a cool trick for removing stabilizer that I will share later.

This week I’ll continue to stitch out all my blocks for the Winter Bliss design collection.  And next week I’ll show how to assemble the fabric book, as well as make gift bags with these blocks.  If you have any questions, while we are doing the Winter Bliss #StitchAlong, please let me know.  I’ll try to help you, or pull in an expert to assist, as appropriate.  These really are fun and easy designs to stitch out.

You can find Marjorie Busby at:

http://b-quilts.com/

http://b-quilts.com/blog/
http://shop.b-quilts.com/

https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.busby?fref=ts

You can also purchase her designs, as well as the dies, at AccuQuilt.  I am an affiliate, so if you click thru from my site, your price remains the same, but I receive a small fee back.  Those funds I use to supplement expenses for shipping giveaway and contest prizes WW.

You can certainly adapt these projects, as you wish.   I encourage anyone that wishes to participate to share your progress, as well as your project whenever you finish on any social media tool you wish to use (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blogs, Flickr, etc.).  You can also link up and share in our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties that I host every Friday.

I’d love to have you join me in my virtual #StitchAlong projects.  You can share on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc) using the hashtag #StitchAlong.  Of course, I also hope you’ll also share in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties which I host every Friday.  What ever you do, I hope you find joy and time to create.  

Creative Goodness landscape copy

Did I Mention A Giveaway?

One lucky winner this week will receive a CD machine embroidery collection, of their choice, of the following designs by Marjorie Busby

  • Cute Car
  • Zoo Animals
  • GO! Birds
  • Sunbonnet
  • Overall Sam
  • GO! Home
  • GO! Sleigh & Snowflakes

P1130970To enter to win, your favorite CD, you have plenty of options and the more you claim the more entries you’ll get:

  1. Join this Winter Bliss #StitchAlong and share your progress in my weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties, that are released every Friday.
  2. For those that have previously stitched out any machine embroidery designs, by Marjorie Busby, share what you created in my weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties.
  3. Use any social media tool (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) to share your progress for your Winter Bliss project, or any machine embroidery design you have stitched out using any design by Marjorie Busby.

note:  This is also open to those that do not have embroidery machines and are using the designs by Marjorie Busby to stitch out using more traditional raw edge machine applique techniques.

BTW, these CD collections are available for wholesale orders.  You may want to let your local quilt shop or sewing center know you’d like them to make them available for customers in their store.  They can place wholesale orders directly with Marjorie.

I will randomly select a winner, from all the entries and announce in the #StitchAlong post next week. And I will send an email to the lucky winner.  But due to my limited funds for shipping prizes, this giveaway will be open to US only participants.

Lastly, based on feedback, starting next week, I’ll try to shorten these posts and only share insights on one #StitchAlong at a time, with separate posts for sharing insights on upcoming #StitchAlong projects.  But I will share, there are some small sewing projects that make great gifts coming up next, followed by more quilting and free-motion quilting.

Here is a list of previous posts for #StitchAlong:

Holiday Blog Blitz – Wishing you a very Merry Christmas – Recipe Sharing

Today, SewCalGal is hosting a Holiday Blog Blitz to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  All of the participating blogs will also be sharing a free holiday recipe with you, so I hope you’ll take time to hop and have fun too!

I’ll confess I got a late start on my baking this year.  I do enjoy holiday baking and sharing with family and friends, especially those that may be unable to do any baking of their own.  While I’m still doing more baking today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite and easiest recipes that I like to make during the holidays:



Years ago I fell in love with the Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie recipe, that is on the package for dried cranberries (Craisins Brand).  The recipe “as is” is excellent, but I have made a few changes:


Jalepeno Artichoke dip is a tasty and versatile snack that is good served with crackers cold, or as a hot dip.  I like applying it to a Boboli Pizza crust and baking for a yummy appetizer.  When in a hurry this also works for purchased Jalepeno Artichoke dip, but this is the recipe I’ve been using to make my own dip (spread on a Boboli).







You have brought great happiness and inspiration to me this past year and I am truly grateful.  I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and for those celebrating Hanukkah, I wish for you a very Happy Hanukkah.  And, I wish all of us a Happy Holiday and a very Happy and Healthy New Year that is also filled with peace, happiness, kindness and, of course,  #CreativeGoodness.



Here is the line up of participants in this Holiday Blog Blitz, where you can get a yummy holiday recipe at each stop in this hop.  I’ve seen a few sneak peaks on the recipes and they really are yummy.  So, click thru, hop, and enjoy #HolidayGoodness.  

Stitch This (Martingale)http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/make-2015-the-year-of-the-art-quilt-sale/

Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Projecthttp://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2014/12/holiday-recipe-blog-blitz.html

The Electric Quilt Company (Behind The
Mouse – The Electric Quilt Blog)
http://doyoueq.com/blog

Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio) – http://b-quilts.com/blog/?p=5107

Wendy Sheppard  (Ivory Spring) – http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/

Barb of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb – www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com

Bea Lee (Beaquilter) – www.beaquilter.com

Inchworm Fabrics – http://inchwormfabrics.blogspot.com

Hoffman California Fabrics – Creative Canvas bloghttp://creativecanvass.blogspot.com/ 
Also, you may have already seen ad on the internet for Sainsbury, but it caught my heart and I wanted to share it with you today:

If you are on a MAC or having problems viewing this embedded video, here is link where you can watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWF2JBb1bvM

Lastly, I do hope you find time to truly enjoy the holiday season with family and friends and don’t allow it to become an overwhelming season.  Low key, simple holidays can be fun and remind us what any holiday celebration is all about.

 

Print Friendly and PDF

.

What do Fast Cars, Sleighs and Sunbonnet Sue Have in Common ?

One would certainly ponder what fast cars…..

upload 1

sleighs…..

3 framed

and Sunbonnet Sue have in common?

But actually, these designs have a lot in common. They are machine embroidery designs beautifully digitized by Marjorie Busby.   They could each be used to make wonderful Christmas gifts (Marjorie also has many more designs that would make excellent Christmas gifts too), as well as gifts throughout the year, not to overlook opportunities to make things for you too!

SewCalGal is actually stitching out some mug rugs and a wallhanging this week, using Marjorie’s designs.  Stay tuned, as I hope to share these projects later this week.  There was just something amazing that couldn’t wait for me to share with you…..


Marjorie is hosting an amazing sale where ALL of her digitized designs, available for purchase at B-quilts, are 30% off AND an additional 30% of the purchase price will be donated to benefit charities showcased in the Quilter’s Bee Giving Charity Fundraiser.

quilter's bee giving generic event button

So, when you purchase a design from B-Quilts you can get high quality machine embroidery designs, at an exception sale price, plus know that 30% of your purchase price will be donated to help a non-profit charity!

This sale is good thru December 15th!    If you enjoy machine embroidery, SewCalGal encourages you to take time to visit B-Quilts to see all of Marjorie’s beautiful designs.  These designs are easy to stitch out and are also AccuQuilt GO! friendly, which makes for fun and fast projects.

Marjorie also has many excellent free tutorials and tips on her blog to share inspirational project ideas with you.

And she has a large collection of high quality machine embroidery designs to select from.

Don’t forget this sale is only good thru December 15th.  

site wide sale


You can find Marjorie at:

http://b-quilts.com/
http://b-quilts.com/blog/
https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.busby?fref=ts
http://www.craftsy.com/user/163584/pattern-store
http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/08/embroidery-projects-for-fall/
http://www.youtube.com/user/mgbusb?feature=watch

 

Fall Theme Machine Embroidery Blog Hop – SewCalGal’s Tips, Tutorials, Inspiration & Giveaway

Today I get to share insights with you on doing machine embroidery with pre-cut applique’ shapes, using designs by Marjorie Busby (http://shop.b-quilts.com/).  If are not a machine embroiderer, I hope you’ll still find some tips and inspiration in this post, as well as from the participating blogs in the blog hop this week.

This Fall Theme Blog Hop showcases designs by Marjorie Busby Designs.  Marjorie focuses on creating quality and fun machine embroidery designs that work well with pre-cut applique shapes that you can create with Modern Quilting tools (e.g. AccuQuilt, Sizzix, Silhouette, SLICE Fabricque, etc.).  She currently has many designs to select from and is frequently adding more.  SewCalGal has stitched out many of them and they always stitch out beautifully!

Today I want to focus on four of Marjorie’s design collections to inspire Fall Theme projects, as well as Christmas Projects. And, I have some tips and a little tutorial on placement for you too.

The first design set that I want to share with you is Marjorie’s Fall Medley Collection.

I used this  design collection to embellish kitchen towels that I added to a Fall Theme Silent Auction Gift Basket for a fundraiser this coming weekend. I also want to make more for informal hostess gifts, which I like to leave in the kitchen of friends that we visit with during Fall, as well as to add to little baskets of baked goods that I like to make for neighbors, friends and family.  Such machine embroidered kitchen towels really make such gifts that much more special!

I also had fun creating Christmas Theme projects with the Holiday Medley, , Sunbonnet Sue  and her Overall Sam  collections.

PLACEMENT TIPS

There are a variety ways of placement.  Some designs stitch out x-y or other coordinates that you can use to mark your project for placement of your ME designs. There are also several ways you can mark your projects.

One approach I like to use is to take a print out of the design to use as a marking template.  If you do not have a printout of your design you can also hoop freezer paper and stitch out the initial placement lines of the design (without the thread) and use that as your marking template.  I  place a sheet of  transfer paper underneath my template, such as Saral or Transdoodle papers.  I then use a stylist to mark mark the design on my project.  And now I can hoop my project centered around this marking and rely on  my embroidery machine to align the design, I will work to adjust the design to stitch in a layout that aligns with the markings on my project.  The markings wash out easily, so you don’t have to worry if the stitching doesn’t cover the marking perfectly.  Just remember it is only their to help you place your various designs on your project.

This is an easy placement technique that allows you to place designs in your hoops vs someone else.  You can always check the layout with your hoops to verify you have placement that works for your hoops, as well as ways to minimize the number of hooping for your machine. And, if you are off of the markings for the transfer paper – both Transdoodle and Saral papers  wash out, so it doesn’t matter if you don’t cover the placement markings 100% with your machine embroidery stitch out.

For my table topper project I used the same placement approach, as shown above, to mark a freezer paper sized for a table topper.  I folded this templates in eighths pressing to allow me to use the folds as visual guides for placement.  Then, I used my embroidery templates to mark on the paper, which I later used to mark my fabric, before placing my fabric table topper in the hoop.

It then becomes easy to repeat the machine embroidery designs on your table topper. Obviously, I haven’t finished this table topper, but I am sharing it as I have an important tip for you…..

When working on large projects that extend beyond your hoop, be sure to pin the excess to ensure it doesn’t get underneath your hoop.  It is easy to end up with a part of your project that accidently gets stitched underneath the hoop and can be a nighmare to unpick.

Unpicking (aka reverse sewing, frogging, etc) is never fun and can be a nightmare with machine embroidery. But, a few tools that I’ve found help make it easier is an inexpensive electric mustache trimmer that helps to cut the threads, very find pointed scissors to also cut the threads, and Famore’s Micro Fine Tweezers (available at IHAN) to pull out cut threads.

With a little patience you can rip out your machine embroidery design and re-stitch another (being more careful to make sure your project doesn’t get caught under the hoop the 2nd time around).  Or, you can opt to re-purpose your project.

You can repurpose your project by cutting out your stitched designs, clipping close to your threads, but careful to not cut your threads.  Apply some iron on adhesive to the back of the design, and press onto your new project.  In my case, I opted to create some more kitchen towels.  To secure these embroidery designs, to the towel I used Aurifil’s Invisible Thread and did a free-motion quilting stitch, with a slight zigzag setting.  This technique is also commonly called a “patch” and does offer the benefit of not seeing all the machine embroidery stitches on the back of the kitchen towel.

While making more kitchen towels was not my original project idea, it was a nice save.  Still, I want to go back and make that table topper using these designs.  I’m also thinking of using this placement technique to make a holiday mantle cover for my fireplace.

Don’t forget you can make embroidered kitchen towels easily  and fast with Marjorie’s designs. And, they make for great hostess gifts, as well as other gifts for the holidays too!

It is very easy to create a table topper that incorporates machine embroiery designs.  In this recent project I create a circular project

Did I mention a giveaway?

Marjorie has generously offered a design collection to a follower of SewCalGal.   If you are interested in winning, simply visit Marjorie’s online shop to pick out your favorite collection.  And leave a comment on this post to let me know what you want to win.  I’ll randomly select one winner and announce on Friday, November 16th.

I hope you’ll take time to visit the other blogs in this hop.  They will be sharing tips, tutorials and inspiration, as well as more giveaways where you’ll have more chances to win prizes too!

Here is the line up for this fun event:

Monday, November 5th

Marjorie’s Quilting Bee

Tuesday, November 6th

All Things Crafty

Wednesday, November 7th

SewCalGal – where you are today!

Thursday, November 8th

I Have A Notion

Friday, November 9th

Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio
Cheeky Cognoscenti

I also hope you’ll visit Marjorie’s online store to see all of her beautiful machine embroidery designs.  And, you can even find some of her designs for sale at AccuQuilt.  Just remember to keep checking back as she frequently releases new designs.

 

  Full Disclosure - Affiliates with QuiltShopGal