Some project progress updates:
Rainbow Lone Star – I finished piecing the outer border, made the label on my embroidery machine and pin basted the quilt sandwich. The lettering on the label isn’t perfect but it works I guess. It’s only a wallhanging so I don’t know why I care so much. I need a better embroidery lettering program. The one I’m using now doesn’t stitch out very well once you create a font in the program and stitch it out in the hoop. Hoping I can save up for Embird for my birthday since it seems that is all I’m going to be able to afford really. I’ve heard good things about it so I think it’ll work for me.
And here it is in the happy quilt sandwich:
I’m waiting on my Aurifil thread order to come in before I can start quilting it. I’m going to try monofiliment thread for the first time and I’ve heard really good things about Aurifil monofiliment thread. My past experience with monofiliment hasn’t been good so I’m hoping this will be different. There are so many different colors in this piece I didn’t want to detract from the fabric by having the thread take over. All I really want to do is add some interesting texture to the quilt with the straight line quilting. Since it’s a wall quilt and won’t be washed I’m going for the monofiliment and hoping for the best.
I tested out some of the babushka doll embroidery designs that I purchased recently from Big Dreams Embroidery. I went with the smallest size (fitting in a 4×4 hoop) just to do some stitch outs and they turned out so freaking cute.
That is the Tatiana version. I have her other two versions as well but just tested this one. I love that it uses little teeny scraps for the small version so I can do something with my tiny scraps now! I’m going to do a small collection of them for a wall quilt and then quilt it. My poor embroidery scissors started squeaking last night, I need to put a drop of oil on them.
In other news I recently purchased Electric Quilt 7! I’m really excited about this program. I’m going to design and layout the Snowball quilt in it before starting that commission so I know exactly what I need to cut and where I’m going to put my applique blocks.