Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hockey Tote

To go with all the other hockey items, I appliqued this tote bag from Dollar Tree. The design is from Luna Embroidery.

I'm usually much better on my names. You can see that Logan is crooked. I really hate that. I stitched out this bag before I purchased my 10 needle. Because the bag is vinyl, I couldn't do a basting stitch around the perimeter of the design. It would have left holes that couldn't be fixed. So I used some KK2000 and kind of held the bag. Sometimes I'm able to pin the bag to the stabilizer but it just depends on what hoop I'm using. I pin on the blue straps, If the hoop is small, then I'm not able to do that.

Hockey Pillowcase

My little great nephew is a hockey fiend. I made this for him last year. I absolutely adore the referee fabric. It's from Robert Kaufman and the line is called Sports Life. Unfortunately, I can't tell you anything about the helmet fabric. The font is Tinker Toy.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hockey Towel

This is one of my favorite towels. The design is from Luna Stitches. She has a lot of helmet and hat designs. I sent her a message asking if a goalie mask would be possible. This is what she came up with. You can find her site at

The font is Tangerine from Trendy Stitches.

Kayla Couture Spring Outfit

I made this outfit last year for my niece Kayla. The skirt is an adaptation of a big 4 pattern. I can't think of the company off the top of my head. I embroidered two shirts to go with this. The design is from East Coast Applique. I deleted the heart and added her monogram on the white shirt.

Can Wraps

I made several of these can koozies for my table at quilt camp. This one here was for my sister Brenda. The design is from Five Star Fonts. I purchased the 6x10 design. It also comes in a 5x7 for those who have the smaller hoop. I used iron on velcro for my closure. The monogram comes with the design. This is a great project for all the cute novelty fabrics that's stored in your stash.

Kayla Couture Sports Bracelets

My sweet southern friend Cassie of East Coast Applique digitized several sports bracelets. She has them in several sports and also a blank bracelet. The bracelets also come in both adult and child sizes in one download. I've only made these two but I have some thoughts up my sleeve for some more. You can find Cassie's designs here. Cassie has a lot of unique and easy in-the-hoop designs.
Another cool thing about the bracelets is that Cassie has files for vinyl/leather and for fabric. The pink bracelet is made out of fabric. The soccer bracelet is made out of marine vinyl. You can find remnants of vinyl at Joann's. The bracelets are great for sport's moms. You could put your child's jersey number on the bracelet.

Quick Baby Gift

I saw a picture on a Facebook group using this design on a onesie. I fell in love because 1. it looked easy and 2. I knew that I already owned this design. This may be my new go-to baby gift. There are only two fabric pieces to cut. The design is from Lynnie Pinnie. You get the applique monogram plus a matching font in two sizes. Time was tight so I used a font from my software to make the curving of the baby's name go faster.

 The flannel burp cloth tutorial can be found here.
 The bib is from Ikea. You can get a pack of five for cheap. They are a little bit thin and this one is a tad wonky. Usually they are straighter.

I'm Back!

Where does a year go? Actually it's been about fourteen months since I last posted. I've been around. I've been busy but honestly not as busy as I've been in the past. What's happened to me? Well, I may have posted quite a while ago about some of my health issues. They are not serious and my issues are minor compared to what others have to endure in life. About five years ago, I started having sleep issues. This was caused by low ferritin levels. At my worst, I was down to two hours of sleep each night. I gained about 75 pounds the year I was at my worst. I was at sheer exhaustion pretty much every single day. I would come home and just sit. Even on the weekends. Eventually I would be diagnosed with sleep apnea. Fast forward now five years, I'm doing better but I told my doctor that I'm not the old me. I'm far from it. I've lost my motivation and my ambition. I've lost my desire to be busy after I get home from work. I've lost the desire to create. I've lost the desire to keep my house tidy.

I am going to try hard this year to shake off the bad of the last five years. No matter what, I need to move forward. I need to find from within the desire to create. I can't get the time back. I can no longer waste it. I have to push away the "I'm tired" mentality and just deal with it. I have rooms full of fabric, a computer full of embroidery designs and PDF patterns. I have machines. I have threads and notions. I gained a seven year old granddaughter last year and we are expecting a new granddaughter in June. I'm the luckiest person on earth. I need to celebrate. I need to not waste time. I need to overcome.