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Out goes February Getting ready for March

I hope this post finds everyone well.  I have been fighting allergies all week.  The pollen level here has gone up to spring time levels.  Itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, sinus drainage.  Just miserable.  But I know it will end, someday.  Daffodils are in full bloom along with our Arizona Ash tree.  Even our Chinese pistache is trying to bud out.  Way to early.  I pray we do not get  a hard freeze now.  I have even seen robins.   So all of you that have snow, please send it elsewhere.  

I have started on my Easter items.  I did a couple of small stitch outs on Emmie, the embroidery machine.  I tried out some marine vinyl.  I am pleased over all.  Though I did find out that hand stitching the vinyl was tough.  I do not think I will do it in an area that will need hand stitching in the future.  Even my sewing machine did not like it.

Here are pictures of what I have done (well not all of them).  But you will get the idea.  I plan on making more of these through the next couple of weeks.  These are 5 x 7  'in the hoop'.  They also come in 4 x 4,

6 x 10, 7 x 12 and 8 x 12.   

The owls above have the marine vinyl for the eyes.  It is of the glitter line.  I only have 2 colors right now.  

I love this bunny.  This is the design I used with the marine vinyl.  I have used felt for the ears and the bunny tail.  

This is the back of the bunny.  

As you might guess, I am having a lot of fun stitching these out.  I hope these bunnies multiply like the do in life.  

We are due some thunder storms today, so I best get to playing on Emmie.

May you all have a Spirit Led week.  

Blessings to all.

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Comment by Barb/WI on March 1, 2017 at 11:25am

Adorable little critters!  Kids would love them and they would look so sweet in spring arrangements, and Easter baskets.

Comment by Carol B of ET on February 28, 2017 at 11:34am

I am about to make more I think. Just finished my last bunny for grands.

Comment by Barbara Graham on February 28, 2017 at 10:37am

I love the little owls!

Comment by Carol B of ET on February 27, 2017 at 8:59pm

My mother made all of my school clothes.  She wanted to teach me to sew, but the machine and I did not get along.  I hated sewing until I started quilting.  And the only reason I started quilting is because a lady in a local YARN shop wanted to teach it, and I was her guinea pig.  Her first student.  Soon after my 2 lessons were over, she moved out of state.  I have been gleaning off the internet since.

My sewing machine is a Brother HS 2500 my husband bought me for Mother's day 3-4 years ago.  He wanted me to have something that did computerized 'stuff', (hook up to the computer).  Thing is, it is not that type.  I also have a Brother Feather light and a White (my mother's) that is in a cabinet.

My Emmie is a Brother pe-780 D.  That is another funny story.  I took my husband to look at an embroidery machine (just to look)  I was saving money for it.  A new one was about $1200.  Anyway, the guy that was demonstrating it is also the 'repairman' for the shop.  Just as he was about to set up a NEW PE 780 D, he remembered that he had a used one for 1/2 price!  He got it out, set it up, stitched out a Mickey Mouse, and my husband was SOLD!!!  I walked out of the store with the machine, all the goodies to get started AND hubby bought me a LARGE rolling travel tote to boot!   The reason I wanted the machine was to make labels for my quilts.  

If you read my previous posts, you will see that I weave also.  I do need to get back to the loom.  But I am having too much fun on Emmie right now.

Comment by Irene Gallway on February 27, 2017 at 4:59pm

Yes, I did look at your pictures.  For a beginner quilter you do very good work.  I always made my own clothes until I took a quilting class.  I got hooked and make mostly quilts other then the alterations that I take in. What make is your embroidery machine.  I have a Husqvarna/Viking that I bought in 2001. I use to do a lot of embroidery for my grand kids.  But don't embroider as much any more.

Comment by Carol B of ET on February 27, 2017 at 3:09pm

Thank you Irene.  I appreciate you taking the time to view my blog.  

I wish I was good enough to take in work.  But, I am just learning.  What is nice about the in the hoop work, it is hard to mess up.  I have just finished stitching out 3 more bunnies.  They take over an hour each.  Now the fun begins, turning them right side out, stuffing then sewing up the bottom.  

If you have looked at my page, you will see I am learning to quilt.  I love to weave also.  I have sold a couple of items in my weaving area.  They pay first.  Too expensive to get ripped off.  

My mom was a seamstress.  She used to sew for models for Neiman-Marcus and Foley's (Titche's) and the like.  I have tried sewing clothes, not my cup of tea.  Quilting is more up my alley.

BTW, I did visit your page.  Nice work.

Thanks again for reading and posting. 

Comment by Irene Gallway on February 27, 2017 at 2:22pm

Your owls and bunny's are so cute.  I have been putting a binding on a quilt for a client. (I take in sewing)  Been doing this for several years.  Have cut down on a lot of jobs I use to do.  I wanted more time to work on my own projects.  I have several UFO's that need to be finished.  Each month at our sewing group Sunrise Stitchers I work on a UFO. I enjoy you posts. Love looking at other peoples projects.

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