All About the Babies

That suns up most of my sewing yesterday! First, I finished this tag blankie for Baby L.

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I didn’t think I had a good enough variety of ribbons but when I went through my trim stash, I found lots of interesting bits! Most of the items had polyester in them so before sewed them into the blanket, I used a lighter to melt the ends. This will keep them from fraying and pulling out. I am pretty happy with how this turned out.

I also started an embroidery project for the grandsons.

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I am making cloth books with shapes and colors. I am no expert at machine embroidery but I thought you might be interested in the simple appliqué process.

First, I downloaded a free embroidery design pack from a web site that sells machine embroidery designs. I like to use sticky back stabilizer for hooping. I just stick it to the back of the hoop and then just lay my fabric on top. Easy peasy.

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Then “block” 1 is stitched to show fabric placement for the appliqué.

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Then fabric is placed to cover the stitching and block 2 is stitched. (This picture is from the “oval” page and the next shots are from the heart page. I got distracted in the process of taking pics. Not terribly surprising!)

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Cut away excess fabric close to the stitching.

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Put the hoop back in the machine and stitch the last block of the embroidery design.

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I use a drop of fray check at the beginning and end of jump stitches and then trim. I have two hoops this size so while one hoop was in the machine, I was removing the finished piece from the other and preparing the next piece.

Not gonna lie, this is a lot slower process than it looks! I have a couple more pages to do and then the covers and assembly.

I did get 5 more blocks for my Paisley album quilt done as well.

Daughter #1 was not feeling well so our quilt date got moved to later in the week.

Linking up with Connie at Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday.

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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2 Responses to All About the Babies

  1. Amy says:

    My boys would love a quilt made with that block! They’re lego maniacs! Somebody will be a very lucky fella! And I love the sticky back stabilizer trick, easy peasy. I’m just starting to learn about machine embroidery.

  2. What a cute little tag blankie!! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

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