Category Archives: Embroidery Club

Embroidery Club February-March 2012

Embroidery Club is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28 at 5:30  at Humble Sewing Center.  Please register in advance so that I know how many will be attending. The February class will focus on planning the bag and embroidering some of the blocks. You will be expected to finish the blocks before the March class so that we can focus on the assembly in March.

The supply list is posted on the blog under Embroidery Club. The pictures above show both sides of the tote.  I hung the tote on the back of the dining room chair to take a picture and just as I snapped the picture my puppy, Morgan, poked his head out from behind the bag. Morgan spends a lot of time with me in the my Sewing Studio.

I just finished then Patchwork Tote. I had to embroider 16 blocks for the outside of the tote. I used 4 different fabrics from my stash with 4 blocks of each color. The next step was selecting the thread palette. I selected thread colors that coordinated with the fabrics. Then I looked at each design and change the colors using Color Works which is part of Designers Gallery Studio Plus or Studio III. I saved the each design and then sent the designs to my Babylock Enterprise where I did the embroidery. Once the blocks were complete, I arranged them so that there were 8 blocks for the front and 8 blocks for the back of the tote.  I was careful with the placement of the blocks so that two blocks of each color are on the front and on the back and that the colors on each side are not next to each other. Another consideration is the placement of the blocks at the bottom of both sides. There is a tuck on each of the two middle blocks on the bottom row. These blocks should be less stitch intensive so select the quilted blocks and not the ones with dense embroidery designs.

The assembly of the tote was not difficult at all. I added a pocket on the inside of the tote so it will be functional. for My next tote, I am going to add a zipper since I prefer to use bags that close so my “stuff” doesn’t fall out when  I drop the bag or knock it over.

If you are coming to Embroidery Club in February and March, I am sure that you will enjoy making your Patchwork Tote.

Happy embroidering!

Marje (aka Designs by Marje)

Designs by Marje on Etsy

Hi all!

Tomorrow is our big day for part one of the T-shirt Quilt Sew Along!  I’ll likely be able to publish the post about prepping your t-shirts sometime in the afternoon so there’s still time to go and get your supplies.  Supply List

I’m looking forward to helping you make a nice T-shirt Quilt over the next several days!

In the meantime, I wanted to give a shout out for some new embroidery fonts that are available on Etsy.  These are created by Marje Agostini a fellow instructor and blogger here on the SewVac Outlet blog.   She did a great job!  Take a minute to visit her Etsy Shop.

Etsy is a great place to showcase and sell your hand crafted items and your embroidery designs as well.  For those of you who recently  attended the Machine Embroidery Business Seminar, Etsy is a good way to get your name out there and let others know about your new business.

Here’s a picture of Marje’s Fancy Monogram available on Etsy in letters A-Z:

The letters fit in the 4×4 hoop and are about 2 1/2 inches tall.  To see more and/or to get yours, just click on the image…

Fancy Monogram

Here is a picture of a letter from her Applique Heart Monogram set – just in time to stitch out a sweet Valentine’s momento:

Each of these letters will fit the 4×4 hoop and is about 3 inches tall.

To see more and/or to get yours, just click on the image….

Applique "Heart" Monogram Set

Way to go Marje!

If you’d like to learn how to create/digitize your own alphabets etc., you should attend one of Marje’s upcoming classes.

That’s all for now!

Let’s get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Embroidery Club (Feb/Mar 2012)

We are going to make a patchwork tote bag in February and March. The tote bag requires 16 quilted blocks which are made on the embroidery machine. We will start making the quilted blocks in February, then in March, we will finish the project. Each of the blocks in the tote are different. Two of the blocks can be made with either Texture Magic or Heat N Shrink. Dates for this Embroidery Class are February 28 at 5:30 and March 27 at 5:30.  Click here to register online.

Patchwork Tote

Supply List:

  • 5 x 7 hoop
  • 6 fat eighths of coordinating fabrics
  • 1/2 yd for lining
  • 1/2 yd for handles and pocket
  • 1 yd muslin for base
  • 1/4 yd warm and natural batting
  • no show mesh stabilizer
  • heat n shrink (optional)
  • embroidery thread to coordinate with fabric
  • 1 spool all-purpose sewing thread

In Your Sewing Room:

  • Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
  • Embroidery Hoop (make sure you bring the correct hoop size!) PROJECTS CD
  • Printed template
  • Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot, Regular Sewing Foot,
  • Walking Foot (if you have one), Edge Stitching Foot

Notions:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat
  • Marking Pen
  • Pins
  • Tape
  • Embroidery Needle, size 75/11
  • Universal Needle, size 80/12

Embroidery Club- January

You are invited to Embroidery Club on January 24 from 5:30-7:30 at Sew Vac Outlet (Humble Sewing Center) for a great Embroidery and Sewing Project. You will make a Fashion Clutch. This project requires an embroidery machine with a 5×7 hoop, and a sewing machine.  This is one of the cutest project that I ever made. You won’t believe the fun you will have making this project.  Register online at www.sewvacoutlet.com/clubs.htm.

The first purse is made with a red cotton fabric. The zipper coordinates with the “R” on the purse. The lining is also a coordinating cotton fabric.

The second purse is made with silk dupioni. The zipper is the same color as the purse; the lining is the same silk dupioni.

Small Clutch

  • 5×7 hoop
  • 1/4 yd. silk dupioni, quilting cotton, batik or any medium weight fabric OR 2 fat eights
  • 1/4 yd. non- fusible fleece or warm and natural batting
  • 1/4 yd. Texture Magic
  • Tearaway stabilizer for 2 hoopings
  • 7” polyester zipper
  • 2 spools embroidery thread to coordinate with fabric
  • 1 spool all-purpose sewing thread

Sewing/Embroidery Machine

  • Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
  • Embroidery Hoop (bring a 5×7 or larger hoop)
  • Fashion Clutches PROJECTS CD
  • Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot, Regular Sewing Foot, Zipper Foot, Edge Joining (if you have one)

Notions

  • Scissors
  • Seam Ripper
  • Ruler
  • Embroidery Needle, size 75/11
  • Universal Needle, size 90/14

Embroidery Club – Gift Bag (Dec. 1, 2011)

Embroidery Club is on Thursday, Dec. 1 a 5:30. This is a busy time of year for everyone. We are all busy with shopping and finishing those Christmas projects. This month in Embroidery Club we are going to use the Chic Travel Project CD to create a holiday gift bag that can be used after the gift is open. We are going to make the Shoe Bag which can be embroidered in the 5×7 hoop. This will be a fun project to inspire. Why not pick some holiday fabrics for your  “shoe bag.”  You can use the shoe design included on the CD or  bring your own designs. If you decide to bring your own designs try to pick one that is approximate 6 – 6 3/4″ x 1 – 1 1/2″ for lettering.  The design replacement for the shoe 4 3/4″ x 6″ . The sizes are approximate and should fit in a 5×7 hoop. As long as the design you select fits in the 5×7 hoop, we can make it work for the project.

Please note, the fee for Embroidery Club has changed it is now $10.

Shoe Bag
¨ 5 x 7 hoop
¨ fat eighth fabric G
¨ fat eighth fabric H
¨ fat quarter fabric I & J
¨ 45” ribbon or cording for drawstring
¨ 1 spool embroidery thread to coordinate with fabric
¨ 1 spool all-purpose sewing thread
¨ 1/4 yd. lining (optional)

¨ Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
¨ Embroidery Hoop (make sure you bring the correct hoop size!)
¨ PROJECTS CD Chic Travel Accessories (29.99) required for class
¨ Printed template of Shoe Bag (if making this version)
¨ Printed design for placement (optional)
¨ Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot, Regular Sewing Foot, Edge Stitching foot  (if you have one)

Notions:
¨ Scissors
¨ Ruler
¨ Rotary Cutter & Mat (mat and cutter available in the classroom)
¨ Safety pin or Bodkin for threading drawstring
¨ Embroidery Needle, size 75/11

Potholder in the Hoop – November 2011

Potholder Anita Goodesign Mix and Match Quilting Sunbonnet Sue in the Kitchen

Hi everyone, I am sure that you are working on your holiday projects by now. I am just getting started so I have a lot to do. We usually give our neighbors a gift at Christmas. I like to give them something that I created. Sometimes the gift comes from my kitchen and sometimes from my sewing room. This year, it will come from my sewing room. I am going to make a Potholder in an embroidery hoop using the Anita Goodesign Sunbonnet Sue in the Kitchen design collection. This collection is part of the Mix and Math Quilting series which you may know that I think is wonderful. You may have seen my Mix and Match Christmas Quilt which is still a work in progress at the store.

The potholder will also be featured in our November Embroidery Club. Please note, the fee for Embroidery Club has changed it is now $10.

Supply List

  • Anita Goodesign Sunbonnet Sue in the Kitchen
  • 8 x 12 hoop, 7×11 hoop, 6×10 hoop, or 5×7 hoop
  • 1/3 yd muslin
  • 4- 10” jelly roll pieces
  • 1/4 yd coordinating fabric for base
  • 1/4 yd coordinating fabric for back
  • 1/4 yd Insul-Bright
  • 5” ribbon
  • no show mesh stabilizer for 1 hooping
  • embroidery thread to coordinate with design
  • 1 spool all-purpose sewing thread
  • Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
  • Embroidery Hoop (make sure you bring the correct hoop size!)
  • PROJECTS CD
  • Printed design for placement (optional)
  • Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot, Regular Sewing Foot, Walking Foot (if you
  • have one), Edge Stitching Foot (if you have one)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat
  • Embroidery Needle, size 75/11
  • Universal Needle, size 90/12
  • Potholder: medium weight quilting cotton, muslin
  • If you are using a hoop smaller than the 8×12, you will be adding additional borders to you potholder to make it the 7 ½” x 7 ½” finished size. You can also make potholders smaller, if desired.

Sewing Equipment

  • Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
  • Embroidery Hoop (make sure you bring the correct hoop size!)
  • Printed design for placement (optional)
  • Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot, Regular Sewing Foot, Walking Foot (if you have one), Edge Stitching Foot (if you have one).
  • USB, Compact Flash or Programmable Card as required for your embroidery machine.

Notions:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat
  • Embroidery Needle, size 75/11
  • Universal Needle, size 90/12
  • Potholder: medium weight quilting cotton, muslin
  • If you are using a hoop smaller than the 8×12, you will be adding additional borders to you potholder to make it the 7 ½” x 7 ½” finished size. You can also make potholders smaller, if desired.

Fabric Suggestions:

  • Potholder: medium weight quilting cotton, muslin

Notes

  • If you are using a hoop smaller than the 8×12, you will be adding additional borders to you potholder to make it the 7 ½” x 7 ½” finished size. You can also make potholders smaller, if desired.
  • You can use another Anita Goodesign Mix and Match Quilt block for your potholder. If so, please print the page in the tutorial which shows the stitching order for the selected block.