I'm SEW honored to be a part of Creatin' In the Sticks
Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop. Carla has done a wonderful job of making this fun hop happen. If you click on the link above, you'll see some info about prizes she's offering. If you read below, you may see something about a prize from me.
Here's my pumpkin project.
First, the background info.
I've been wanting an embroidery machine. Like really wanting. That and a long arm, because making big quilts, like I like to do, is not fun to baste on a dining room table. I don't mind quilting them on my Viking Sapphire, as it has a great amount of throat space, but it would be so much faster and easier with a long-arm. But back to the embroidery. I've been watching videos and reading blogs and stuff for years. I "snuck" into a lesson that one of my sewing students was taking on hers, about 6 years ago. I spoke to my favorite machine guys and gals, and spoke to fellow Quiltsy Team members who have them. And priced some. Then I saw a shop on Long Island was going out of business, and had great prices on the brand I wanted. But, she didn't have that model. I asked about another, and she said she had a Pfaff Creative 1.5, and quoted a price that was in my budget. I took the machine home, knowing I would have to google for lessons, and go to Pocono Sew and Vac for supplies and accessories because she was not able to provide support. I set up the machine, and played, and was able to stitch out the designs. So, I've been playing, and wanted to try adding some embroidered applique to a project.
The designs included didn't show a pumpkin that I liked, so I browsed through Embroidery Library and found this one, which is supposed to be a trivet, in the hoop. I read the instructions, and figured I would try just as an applique, for this hop. I just bypassed the step to add the backing fabric.
Then I figured I wanted something small that I could finish quickly (because being a caregiver for Mom, who has Alzheimer's takes more time each day, less sewing time).
I had made some of this style table topper, using the Pieced Tree Center Stage pattern, and figured the design would show off an applique nicely. I think I was right. Plus, it's done.
Double win. Especially since I have a few projects from last month that aren't done. More on that in another post.I like how the background makes a star shape around the applique pumpkin. That looks really cool in person, and inspired the twist in the feather design. I didn't quilt over the pumpkin, but did stitch close to the outer edge to set it off a little, and make it puff a bit.
The applique fabrics are from Island Batik, which is provided to me as an ambassador. Thread is either 40 or 50 wt Mako cotton by Aurifil, based on the color I had. I should have picked a slightly darker color for the embroidery on the pumpkin, but I'm still learning. It should have more contrast.
It finishes about 24 1/2" side to side. The octagon shape is fun.
The background, pumpkin print, and tan print are from my stash. I know the tan is from Andover.
I hand-guided the feathers with Aurifil 50wt, and used Warm & Natural batting. I'll be listing this for sale in my Etsy shop soon. I can't wait to play with more embroidery designs! I also love mixing in Island Batik with other fabrics. Next up is something for Christmas.
Please check the other bloggers for more fun and inspiration, with pumpkins. And please leave a comment, either a suggestion for other embroidery designs, or something you love with pumpkin, and I'll pick a comment next week to win something from me. I have a new pattern coming out, so that may be included. I often pick some Island Batik to give away, too. I love being an ambassador!
Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop Schedule
Monday, November 5th
Tuesday, November 6th
Wednesday, November 7th
Thursday, November 8th
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