Beauty and The Beast Stained Glass Rose Quilted Wall Hanging

Beauty and The Beast Stained Glass Rose Quilted Wall Hanging

As some of you know, I love to do craft swaps; however, the large style ones with tons of swappers tend to be a little too rigid in timing for me. I’ve been lucky to be invited to a Round Robin swap that will go from August to November. My first spaw-ee is @charmingminis She makes the funnest miniature paintings on jewelry sized charms and larger canvases. Be sure to check her work out, I’m know you’ll see you something your life wouldn’t be complete without. I noticed she worked on a rather large piece recently that featured the stained glass from Beauty and the Beast. Since I also love the stained glass from Beauty and the Beast, I thought it a perfect project to translate it to fiber. Here’s the finished piece – Curious how it came together? Following is a brief description of the steps I took to make the wall hanging. There is a downloadable template for the line art as well as the .pes embroidery file. It is not a full tutorial or step by step instructions, rather a guide to get you started if you’d like to do something like it. If you have questions or would like more details about a particular step, feel free to ask!   When I work on pieces like this, I used lots of varied quilting techniques. Sometimes I do raw edge applique, sometimes turned, sometimes paper piecing, sometimes standard piecing. I’ll use bias tape, thread sketching, or any kinds of embellishments that I may think will enhance the project. In the image above you see the three...
Harry Potter Marauder’s Map themed Embroidered Cross Body Bag

Harry Potter Marauder’s Map themed Embroidered Cross Body Bag

As part of a one on one Instagram swap, I made a Marauder’s Map themed Cross Body Bag. Check it out! The front “opens” the map: The back “closes” it And someone walks up and down the sides.   You may recognize this bag. I used the same pattern I used for the Harry Potter Bookshelf bag. Swing by that post for links to the pattern/designer and thoughts on the pattern. I clearly liked it since I made it twice!   The machine embroidery is all custom digitized files. I’m really enjoying this new bigger hoop! If you’d like them, I’ll send them to you (yes, for free). Just email susandowenby@gmail.com with your preferred file format. These are digitized for a 7 x 12 hoop. If you have a smaller size you’ll likely be able to split them without too much trouble.   I really hope that @invisagirl87 likes it as much as I did. I also hope she gets the chance to test out the strength of some of those super reinforced seams I put in there! If you’re interested in swapping with me, make sure to follow along on IG. I’m likely to offer to do another one in late May.   Here’s my little Slytherin modeling...
Zelda Shoulder Bag with machine embroidery (Gabby Bag Pattern Review)

Zelda Shoulder Bag with machine embroidery (Gabby Bag Pattern Review)

So I’ve had a string a creative of mishaps and projects that just don’t seem to be coming together. It happens from time to time. When it does I look for a project that I just follow instructions and is finishable in a day or two. A little success tends to get my mojo running for other projects. I figured, why not make the April Bag of the Month in, you know, APRIL. This month’s bag is The Gabby from Janelle MacKay at Emmaline Bags. I cut into my coveted and hoarded Zelda Comic book fabric and I think it was so worth it! Look how cute this bag is from the side! Unlike some of the previous bag of the month projects (see them here and here), I didn’t make very many edits to this one at all. There were a few edits required due to adding the machine embroidery at the top of both sides of the bag. I also added an adjustable strap, but now that I see it all together, I may go back and remove that. We’ll see. Other than a wonderful customer service experience from a bag hardware order I made a few months back, I’m not very familiar with Janelle. After following her pattern, I would venture to guess that she has quite a bit of experience, possibly garment sewing? This pattern has a lot of nice touches that feel like extra steps, but really lead to a nice professional looking finish. There are absolutely tips and tricks in this pattern that I will reuse in other projects. As with most patterns...
Harry Potter Library Book Bag and Window Shopper Bag Pattern Review

Harry Potter Library Book Bag and Window Shopper Bag Pattern Review

February 2016’s Bag of the Month Club’s bag is the Window Shopper Bag Pattern from Mrs H. When I first spotted the bag, I wasn’t insanely excited about it. When I downloaded the 34 page pattern, I was overwhelmed and nearly unwilling to even try it. I mean seriously, SO MANY WORDS. After a few days settling in, I remembered the thing I hate more than anything else is when I buy a commercial pattern that attempts to put itself on a single piece of paper to save costs. It leads to tiny little fonts/pictures and tons of missing details. I thought it was possible that maybe the full pattern with all the information takes 34 pages and a zillion words and is actually something I’d prefer. After looking at the bag more, I thought it would make an awesome library bag. Once I thought about that, I knew I had to reuse some of my Harry Potter book spines from the Harry Potter quilt. The Pattern I was a little brave and started with the “text only” version of the instructions + the pattern pieces. It took about two steps for me to realize I wanted the pictures. If for nothing else but to break up all of the words and have a place for my eyes to easily land switching back and forth between working and pattern reading. The pattern is very through. The reason it is so long is that it takes nothing for granted and assumes you need hand holding for each step. As it turns out, I like hand holding! If the step was...
Free .PES! Christmas Vacation Machine Embroidery Project

Free .PES! Christmas Vacation Machine Embroidery Project

It’s no secret that I love movies and often talk in movie quotes. This is one my favorite quotes and given the season, it seemed like a good film to pull from. Clark Griswold’s moment of frustration with Frank Shirley and his minions often rings through my head and I giggle every single time. As as matter of fact, I may have giggle snorted an embarrassing number of times while working on this.  I created the artwork from a few merged screen grabs. I simplified the color palette to make it more embroidery friendly and added details with the black lines. He’s stitched on two pieces of tulle turned 90 degrees from one another with stabilizers to hold them as still as possible. At some point, I will remove the extra stabilizer and tulle and mount the thread work. I have a lot of options on how to finish it and will wait until a have a few more quotes to decide exactly how to handle all of them. I’ve never tried to do a whole 5×7 hoop in thread before and wasn’t too sure how it was going to work. I guess-ti-mated how much shifting there would be and just went for it to see what would happen. There are definitely some technical issues with this, but I learned a ton. I have some ideas on how to work those issues for another movie quote. Learning Opportunities: The first step stitches out what was supposed to be a support grid. I realized as soon as it started stitching it was actually a decorative stitch. Oops. It probably still...