Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday's Doings

I must say...I spent quite a while Saturday in my sewing room...and really felt like I was spinning my wheels.  I was trying to applique some towels with some designs from SWAK.  It didn't go so well...or at least not as well as last time.

First up was a candy cane.  That was a complete disaster.  I still don't get when to switch the fabrics on that did this odd stair case design.  I will spare you the meltdown photo.

Then I made this cute little owl.  He turned out okay.  But I do get a bit frustrated when not all the of the cloth seam is hidden.  I tried to be extra careful cutting and everything.  You can see it there one right side.

I moved onto this retro snowflake.  At first I was unhappy with how the towel was showing thru the navy.  Then I was really unhappy when the final stitch moved a quarter of an inch past the original design.  UGHH.  I give up. 

Then I decided to start cleaning the room of shame...the sewing room.  It is horrible.  I admit it.  I spent a lot of time in there. 

Finally, I got out my Go Cutter.  How fun is that?  Lots.  I used some Figgy Pudding I bought last year to cut up some charms.  I made a set for myself and a set for a gift.  I downloaded an MBS pattern for the second set, cut out the backing and binding, and whhaaaa-la, a nice kitted gift.  I did figure out though that now that I might do that in the future, I should always save the cardboard that comes with my Moda charm packs. 


Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Aw Kris - I just hate days like that in the sewing room! But, I think your towels are really, really cute! And, I love the gift you made - very sweet! Hoping your next sewing day is much better!

Needled Mom said...

It is days like that when you begin to wonder why you even came in the sewing room.

The little owl is awfully cute though!!!

Rochelle said...

If your towel is showing through the satin stitch try using some clear wash away covering. My local sewing shop carries it. Looks a bit like plastic wrap. It really helps. Your designs are very cute.

Maria said...

Oh I love the cute owl. dosen't matter if you miss a bit it goes fluffy.looks good.
I always keep the card. Very handy to scribble on or use as a small template.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Figgy Pudding charms - how fun! I love that line.
Your towels are great Kris.

Allie said...

Ugh I hate days like that - part of the reason I haven't done machine embroidery in so long! Your kit looks wonderful though, I hope things have improved since!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Nothing worse than applique meltdown. I know what you're feeling. Amelia's beach towel was done by me THREE times and the design STILL didn't come out right. It's an art and I too haven't perfected it. Your kit is super cute though and I really like that idea!

Thimbleanna said...

Well, that little owl sure looks cute! Are you using plenty of stabilizer? I used to have problems like that a lot more and when I called the company, they said I wasn't using enough stabilizer. Sometimes I'll use two or three layers and it seems to work!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Just popping over to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!! Hugs to you!