What is the first thing that comes to mind in saying these words together? I think of human anatomy LOL, even with the furry legs, some are furrier than others hehe. All of these items became embellishments on the Farm Girl Vintage quilt. I am ecstatic how this turned out. After making the chenille bloom, I got the giggles because it added so much stinkin’ cuteness to this quilt.
Let’s talk about specifics first, when doing embellishment chenille, you need to determine if you want it done before or after quilting. Both decisions will change when you bloom the chenille. I did mine on the longarm, but you can certainly do it with any sewing machine at any point. Make sure you use polyester thread for the chenille. Rubbing the fabrics vigorously, can shorten the lifespan of cotton thread. My advice, watch my video on tips for this technique.
Lets see some pigtail!
I am not gonna lie, but the pigs eye is a bit scary. For those of you who have ever gazed into a pigs eye, it is scary! The fuzzy tail is so darn cute!
And eyelashes, of late, the longer the better is the trend. So if humans can wear false eyelashes, so can cows! Some eyes are open watching over the others, and some are closed. These gave me the giggles because it added that special touch that was lacking.
And with eyelashes, come the nostrils, not as cute as the eyelashes, but then again, what nostrils are really cute anyway. HAHAHA
The curved uni-brow eyelashes had me in hysterics. Watch out for cousin Guido cow, you will end up at the processing plant. HAHAHAHA
Here are some ridiculous odd colored legs, it is fun though, eh?
My least favorite cow is the one done in blue eye shadow ahhahaha, still funny though. And magical through the eyes of a child! What is not shown in any of these pictures, I did not have any brown scraps at my quilting machine, so I waited to chenille those under my featherweight foot. The cows all now have brown fuzzy tails too. 🙂
And farm girl vintage quilt top got bound and is ready for gifting. I bound the binding in brown, which surprisingly worked! The backing was two homespuns that were a very light orange or sherbert. This is quilted with pink thread, which you can just see a glimpse of above. And here is the whole sha-bang.
I wanted to use the barn fabric border for a tote bag later. But using it up now is preferred. Shopped the stash with delight.
I actually got much done this week. Even though I have met most of my goals and even went the distance to create and complete more goals, the week ended on a rather sour note. My mind was in a miff today. It caused me to be a tad angry. And a tad sensitive. And a tad of question mark. Even though I should be happy, I was not. I cannot put my finger on it. But I was off today, which interfered with getting more done. I got in the way of my own self….hmpt.
I sewed the open gates quilt box pattern that I got in last months box. It took me about 3 1/2 hours. This was a simple wall hanging that was very enjoyable to make. And it quilted very quickly too. And I think I nailed the quilting on this. It reminds me of the action lines of north and south poles of a magnet with the attraction in the corners. Ribbon candy in the border, and orange peels in the center motif. This turned out way better than I ever imagined. This is all bound and ready.
And you can see the finished pillow case lace next door. I had to tat 4 more motifs to get that to fit the pillow case I made. Some of the churn dash pictures you will see the pillow case peeking out from behind. I did not snap a photo of the pillow case because it is just a simple pillow case with one color fabric.
Last week I was tatting a doily from the WorkBasket magazine. I finshed another round on that and actually got out my doily setter and pinned it out and misted it with some spray starch. It turned out perfectly round and very pretty. I failed to get photos of that. I will try to snap a photo in the coming week.
Today after a meh day at work, most of it meh, because of my mood, I gravitated towards the garage for quilting on a clients quilt. I realized before I loaded the quilt, I needed to clean up a bit. And then I realized that instead of the backing she supplied being 108 by 108, it was 108 by way longer than 108. It took some finesse to get it on my rollers.
For those of you who purchase lovely 108 fabrics, do yourself a favor before sending them to your longarm quilter, it is best to pre wash them. Think about how much warp is in standard 45 wide fabrics. And then take that times 3. Warp and Weft can really cause havoc and not be true nor square. Washing it tends to get that snapped into the right shape. I fiddled with that so much I ran out of time and did not even get the batting or top loaded onto the longarm. Goal almost met.
My goals from the previous week were:
Quilt the Farm Girl Vintage quiltcheck the box Chenille the Farm Girl Vintagecheck the box Do a quilt tutorial of the chenille processcheck the box
- load a customer quilt (yes I am getting paid to quilt for others)
start either a bag pattern or a NCW pattern (necessary clutch wallet)Check the box
I was very close to checking all my boxes. Tomorrow is another day. And I got a call this week telling me I won a prize from our quilt hop. I won a $25 gift certificate to a local longarm quilter who does amazing work. Not sure if I will ever use it. But I can reach out to her and see if she sells fabric, cuz $25 worth of free fabric sounds great!
And speaking a bit about the last checked off item on my list was to start and NCW or a bag. I have started gathering supplies for my Barbara Bag from Sallie Tomato. I had to make a list of what I needed. I went to moms to see what kind of stabilizer or interfacings she had. I got some bosal foam. And I found some woven interfacing that was left over from a tshirt quilt a did a few years back. Looks like I will need to purchase a couple of 8 inch zippers for the NCW. Somewhat started, I know it is started enough to make it look like a mess on the table. hahahaha
Goals for the upcoming week:
- Work on customer quilt (a finish would be a plus)
- Work on building the Barbara Bag (purchased thread today to sew some vinyl)
- Find the right fabrics and zippers for the ncw
- Find matching thread for the pillowcase and lace marriage
- Pull fabrics for a dragon scales baby quilt
- Try not to let my 40 hour paying job wear me out (it wears on my patience and poops me out most days).
Yay! Let the Happy Weekend commence! And thank you for reading my blog!