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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Monthly Mini Quilts

This is an idea that is inexpensive but a little more time consuming, especially because I made 7 sets of 12 quilts at one time for Christmas gifts a few years ago. To make it a quick gift, you could start with one quilt and add to them gradually for each holiday! They were a huge hit and I still look forward to changing my little quilt each month even after using them for several years! The stands are made by Ackfeld and I bought them at my local quilt shop.

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I found them a little cheaper on Amazon (although the price has gone up considerably since I bought mine) but I try to support my local quilt shop when ever I can. If you cannot find them at your LQS, they can be found here. I purchased all of the designs from Embroidery Library (with the exception of the Christmas design) when they were having a 10 for $10 sale so I only have $1 a piece invested in the designs. I had to re-size most of them but it only took a few seconds using the sizing program on my machine. I already had all of the fabrics in my stash that I used for the borders and I used odd pieces of scraps out of my scrap bin for most of the backings (this is why they do not match but luckily you can’t see the back 😉). There is no set pattern, I made most of them the same (small sashing and borders) and simply folded over the top to make the sleeve for the stand.

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Scraps of muslin and polyester used for back of quilts

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A new quilt for each month of the year!

***One little note, the stands come in several pieces and have to be assembled before using. They were very wobbly and flimsy and fell apart every time I changed the quilt. I bought some gorilla glue to use on them and now they are sturdy and hold together perfectly.

Design Credit: Embroidery Library

Christmas Pattern Design Credit: Melissa Lynn Designs

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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

FYI: I receive no compensation from clicks to designer’s website or purchase of designs. All of the designs showcased on my blog are tried and true favorites of mine. Thanks!

 

 

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

Finished T-Shirt Quilt

I finally finished my son’s t-shirt quilt last night (remember I am slow at hand sewing). He loves it and can’t wait to use it on his dorm bed.

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View of quilting on back of quilt

Today I had an easy job, I monogrammed towels for him to take to college. He wasn’t excited about me embroidering his towels but I am only putting one small letter (last name initial) on each one so if someone has the same towels, he can quickly recognize his. He will be sharing a bathroom with 3 other young men and I know things will get mixed up!

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I used a satin fill stitch and a basic font in Monogram Wizard Plus called Gregory. I wanted to use a monochromatic thread but the closest I had was lighter than the towels. Not wanting to make a trip to my LQS I decided to use it. I think they look classy and not feminine which is what he was worried about.

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Now I can get back to work on my 3 fabric Bargello quilt. We leave in a few days to take our son to school so I probably won’t have time to get a lot done on it but will look forward to finishing it when we get back from Wake Forest. When that is done, it will be time to start my favorite sewing of the year, Christmas gifts!

My 5 Favorite Quilt Patterns

#5 Scrap quilt-

Being a quilter for almost 14 years I have accumulated a huge pile scraps. If I didn’t donate them by the trash bag full my house would be over run and I wouldn’t have anywhere to put them. I have passed them down to thrift stores and new quilters wanting to make a scrap quilt. This quilt is very easy to make and requires no pattern. I simply cut muslin squares 9 1/2” and sew random width strips corner to corner starting in the middle of the square and working out. Some people sew the strips to newspaper and tear it off when done but I like the sturdiness of using a muslin foundation fabric. When the block is finished, I square it up with a 9” square ruler. I usually work on 4 blocks at a time and sew them together when completed. When I have enough for whatever size quilt I want, I sew the 4 patches together and then quilt it. This method allows me to put a gift together quickly and easily plus there’s the added bonus of using up that forever growing pile of scraps!

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#4 Carpenter Star-

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I ordered this book from Amazon years ago and have made quite a few quilts in this pattern. The book has 2 patterns, the Carpenter’s Star and the Broken Star. I have made both but prefer the Carpenter’s star. It goes together quickly and easily and the instructions are great. It comes with printable paste up charts and there are no y-seams.

 

 

 

#3 Walk about pattern-

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I’ve made this pattern so many times that I rarely, if ever, take pictures of the finished quilt anymore. I also barely need to look at the pattern because I have it memorized! This quilt can be chain pieced and also goes together quickly. The patten offers instructions in every size from crib to king.

 

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#2 Keyboard Kaleidoscope-

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This is the quilt that I currently have on my bed. The colorful keyboard border around the center of the quilt makes it pop!

I made this quilt in a class at my local quilt shop, Accent Sewing, in Murrells Inlet, SC. I love the fabrics and haven’t changed out the quilt on my bed since I completed it. That is saying a lot because I used to change the quilt every time I changed my sheets! Now, the only time I use another quilt is if this one is being washed. I alway hang my quilts to dry (inside my house) so it usually takes a couple of days to dry.

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#1 Dresden (Express)-

I guess I am a traditionalist at heart because the Dresden quilt has always been my favorite. This was the 3rd quilt I ever made and my first queen sized quilt. At the time, we were living full time on our motor home and I wanted something pretty to put on our bed. The plates went together surprisingly fast using the Dresden Express ruler.

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My mom loved it so much I made a king size quilt for her bed also.

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mobile pics 172After I finish my current project (3 color bargello) I plan to make one in a king size for my bed. We no longer live on our RV and now have a king bed so the first one I made is too small. Maybe a Dresden quilt will tempt me away from the Kaleidoscope quilt!