Golden Tapestry by Anita Goodesign

I love when I can combine my two favorite hobbies, quilting and embroidery, into one great project. While shopping at my local quilt shop one day I noticed the owner working on an interesting project. It was a tapestry quilt which is done completely in the embroidery hoop. The design is called Golden Tapestry and it’s by Anita Goodesign.

I bought the CD and several cones of thread and headed home excited to work on this interesting quilt. I already had a bolt of off-white fabric that I wanted to use for the background and bought a border fabric that matched the thread for the main design. There are 2 fabrics and 2 thread colors used in this pattern. You start by hooping 2 layers of cutaway poly-mesh stabilizer, then when prompted float your batting and background fabric and the machine does the rest. It bastes the layers together and then stitches the background micro-meander first. Each block is finished with the design being stitched out between the meander stitching.

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When the blocks have stitched out, square them up leaving a 1/2” seam allowance using the basting stitch as your guide and then sew the blocks together sewing on the basting lines.  They need to be pinned very carefully because each block is bulky. I used a walking foot to help guide the fabric through evenly and pressed the seams open to help eliminate some of the bulk.

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I completely finished the first half before starting on the second half

The back is unfinished because it is intended to be a wall hanging and you won’t see it. I serged the edges and used hem tape to hold them to the back of the quilt.

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I love wall hangings and have made quite a few but this one is my favorite. It looks like it was a lot of work when in reality it was very easy. The hardest part was changing the thread on my single needle embroidery machine. I used my Bernina 880 instead of the multi needle machine because I wanted to stitch out the largest design and the mega hoop was the only hoop that I own that would fit the design. I will say that it was a time consuming project but I would get the machine started and then work on something else while it stitched out.

I made this quilt to match the sewing room in my old house. We have moved and it doesn’t match the walls of my new house so I hung it in the upstairs hallway beside the door to my sewing room.

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I recently found another design using the same method in a Christmas pattern. I enjoy Christmas sewing and look forward to making my next wall hanging!

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Luggage Handle Wraps

Another quick and inexpensive gift idea; Luggage Handle Wraps. My husband and I love to travel and go on cruises and I found this pattern to help us identify our common black luggage quickly.  I purchased the design from embroiderygarden.com. I’m sure that it is obvious by now that I love making in-the-hoop projects and this one can be completed in less than 10 minutes with one hooping. They are customizable and do not come with letters, lettering will have to be added in software or while stitching. They are reversible and there is an optional pattern which includes a vinyl pocket to add a card with your personal info in case your luggage is lost.

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The file comes with different choices of back ground quilting and these formats are included: ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, Vip, VP3 and XXX. The largest size is 5.03″ x 6.67″ so it will fit in most 5×7 hoops. I did make one change, I omitted the last part of the design which calls for adding snaps to hold them to the handle on your luggage. Instead, I used sticky-back hook and loop tape (Velcro) because it was quicker. I reinforced it with a little fabric glue and they have held up great. Color step by step PDF instructions are also included. I made the 3 pink ones above using scraps so this can be a great scrap buster project!

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Design credit: embroiderygarden.com

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Monogrammed Coffee Sleeves

Continuing with my series on quick and inexpensive embroidery gift ideas I would like to share one of my favorites, monogrammed coffee sleeves. This is a design that I purchased from embroiderygarden.com. I love to drink coffee and I use my coffee sleeve nearly everyday. The sleeve will fit a 12, 16 or 20 oz. cup. These are made in-the-hoop with one hooping. With all of my supplies pre-cut and ready to go it will only take about 15 minutes per sleeve to make using a multi-needle embroidery machine.

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Supplies pressed and pre-cut

The design comes with these formats included: ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3, XXX. There are 2 blank sleeves and the designer also includes a sleeve in each format with every letter of the alphabet to personalize them! This option saves a lot of time because I don’t have to open it in my embroidery software to add a personal monogram. As with everything else I have bought from this designer, the quality is top-notch and the instructions are clear and precise with color pictures to guide you during the construction process.

 

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Auditioning embellishments for the blank sleeve

I am making several to give out for Christmas gifts this year. Embroidery Garden even has a great tutorial on how to display these sleeves for gifts or sale with a printable template of a coffee cup.

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Packaged and ready to go!

The button is hand sewn to the opposite side of the elastic. It holds well and doesn’t slide. I hope my friends enjoy these as much as I do!

Design credit: embroiderygarden.com

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Quick Embroidery Gift Ideas

With Christmas right around the corner I thought it would be a good time for a blog post on my favorite quick and inexpensive embroidery gift ideas! I’m going to make this a series so I can make each project again and take pics during construction process. They will be posted in no specific order, just some of my favorite designs with links to where I purchased them if applicable.

 

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In the hoop Christmas ornaments are fun and easy to make. Last year I gave these to my Sunday School class tied to jars filled with candy. I bought the design from appliquemarket.com and the file includes 3, 4, and 5 inch options. The step by step pdf instructions are very easy to follow with the added bonus of colored pictures. I used a font built into my machine to add the monogram (font not included with design) and I love them because they can easily go from candy jar to tree ornament or be used as a gift tag. The ornament is made completely in the hoop with one hooping. The design comes with the following formats: DST, PES, EXP, HUS, JEF, VIP, XXX, and ART. These stitched out very quickly, I made about 2 dozen in one evening!

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I enjoyed making these so much that I plan on giving candy jars with ornaments to all of my neighbors for Christmas this year!

 

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Design created by and may be purchased from appliquemarket.com