New Hobby!

I finally got to play with my Christmas present this morning. My husband bought me a heat press for Christmas and I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to mess with it.

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Heat press purchased from Amazon and can be found here.

My daughter in law has a vinyl business and I am in awe of some of the things she creates! This is one of the quickest and easiest projects I have ever made. First, I used the Silhouette software that came free with the vinyl cutter and typed in my favorite verse. I used the Airplanes in the Sky font which was a free download from dafont.com.

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The software reminds you to ‘mirror image’ the design before cutting which is nice!

When the vinyl cutting was complete, I had to ‘weed’ the excess vinyl from the transfer sheet.

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Silhouette Cameo was also purchased from Amazon and it can be found here.

Then I used the press for 30 seconds to press it to the shirt. Finally,  I gently removed the transfer sheet and my shirt was finished!

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The process took about 10 minutes from start to finish and the majority of the time was spent weeding the vinyl. I pressed a large wrinkle onto the shirt so I’ll have to be careful to smooth the next one out before pressing. Since it’s a running tank it will be washed many times and it will go away when washed. I’m so excited to have found a fun, new hobby and I look forward to making lots of gifts!

Finished Sweatshirt Jacket

Warning: Lots of pictures

I finished my sweatshirt jacket last night, it took me longer than it should have because I kept stopping to go outside and enjoy the snow plus I made some simple valances for my sewing room windows. We ended up with about 4” accumulation and it’s still on the ground because the temperature has barely risen above freezing. There is good news though, it is supposed to be 64 degrees on Monday (yay)! For those who are interested, there will be several pics of the snow at the end of this post. Just keep scrolling if you would like to see them, but first, here is a pic of my sewing room curtains…

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I am very pleased with how the sweatshirt jacket turned out, I will enjoy wearing it to quilt shows and classes at my LQS. The pattern, by Melissa Lynne Designs, goes together quickly and easily. If I had stayed on task I could have finished it in one day. Since I had made one many years ago, I knew that I needed some embroidery patches to add to the jacket. I loaded my embroidery machine with the designs I wanted and let them stitch out while I worked on the next steps. By the time the embroidered pieces were done, I was nearly ready for them. My favorite thing about this pattern? It gave me a chance to use some of my machine’s decorative stitches! I spent more time testing the stitches than actually sewing them!

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Cuff on sleeve

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I decided on placement for the patches and sewed them to the jacket as well. The 2 embroidery designs were purchased from Embroidery Library. I have been saving them for something special and this was it! I created the monogram in Monogram Wizard Plus using the Intertwined Vine font.

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The jacket is not lined so I used my serger to sew all of the seams back together. This is not necessary and as a matter of fact when I made this pattern previously, I didn’t own a serger. Since I have one now, it was just easier plus it cleaned up the edges.IMG_1592

Finally, I had to bind the raw edges. I made bias binding because the binding had to go around the curve of the neck opening. I rarely use bias binding and worried this step would stump me but remembered I had bought a bias ruler at a quilt show some time ago. Thank goodness I did, that little ruler was amazing! I can’t remember the name of the vendor I purchased it from but I found them online here. The ruler is even cut to trim the dog ears before sewing which was nice.

 

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And finally, the finished jacket!

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Snow day(s) pics, it’s been 30 years since we’ve had this kind of accumulation that has lasted more than a few hours…

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Front yard

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My dog Hunter loves the snow!

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View of the driveway from the garage

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This is the path that I usually run on but not today!

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My favorite pic, those are my dog’s paw prints in the snow!

 

Sweatshirt Jacket

 

The weather has turned frightfully cold here on the coast of South Carolina, we actually have a 90% chance of snow today with accumulation. It’s been over 5 years since we’ve had any accumulation and even then, it was a light dusting that melted within an hour or two of sunrise. Although I much prefer warm weather, if it has to be this cold it will be nice to see a little white stuff! I thought about sitting in front of the fireplace all day snuggled up under my Granny’s quilt and catching up on some reading and writing but honestly it was just a thought… I can never sit still for long! So I put on some white chicken chili in the crock pot and headed up to my sewing room. In honor of the cold weather I decided to make a sweatshirt jacket to wear around the house. I am extremely cold natured and always wear a sweat shirt or jacket even while my family lounge around in shorts and t-shirts. I took a class on this pattern 10 years ago towards the beginning of my sewing/quilting journey and made my mom a Christmas jacket. Although I loved it, at 33 years of age it just wasn’t my style. At 43 I will definitely wear it with pride! The pattern is by Melissa Lynne Designs and I purchased it through my Local Quilt Shop where I took the class by the pattern designer. It is very simple with embroidery and quilting on an inexpensive sweatshirt. I will post pics of the finished jacket as soon as it’s done!

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Inexpensive sweatshirt bought at Walmart

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My first design loaded and ready to stitch!

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It’s starting to snow!! View from the back window of my sewing room…

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View from the front window of my sewing room!