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Thursday, February 26, 2009

A little embroidery and practicing my applique

I bought a book a while ago that had applique patterns of large breed dogs. I've been wanting to try machine applique for so long. I'm not sure why I always hesitate but I think that it's partly because it looked difficult to go around corners and get into small spaces. Anyway, I finally yanked out the book and traced a pattern for a simple embroidered dish towel.

Very nice and my daughter loved it. Now on to the machine applique. I prepared a piece for practice. I cut a crazy shape that would let me try different angles and curves. Once I figured out which presser foot I felt comfortable with and worked out all the other little issues I found that I really like doing and that it was pretty simple. Just takes a little practice. You really need to slow down on your sewing speed too. I have two completed projects to show next time I post...maybe more. I can't seem to stop. :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New Fleece Coat

I was browsing through Joann's a few weeks ago and stumbled across this pattern.

It's a diystyle pattern by McCall's...MP259. You can basically interchange any of the elements you want. If like the neckline of one and the sleeve of another, no problem. It's all just mix and match. I liked it and decided to make one for myself. It's nearly done. I need to chop about 3 inches from the bottom, hem it and add a couple of snaps. I'm not sure what possessed me to pick the sleeves I did but I'll have to live with them now.

My goal is to finish it in time for spring.
Here's Miss L with her favorite piece of Patriot's football fleece.