Having a blast!

I’ve been having such a good time sewing to my heart’s content!  Yesterday I made a little pillow for our wonderful neighbour using machine embroidery for the centre then free motion quilting all around in a swirling pattern. Although I still need a lot of work, I still love it. I bound the pillow the same way you’d bind a quilt using a contrasting colour. For the back of the pillow, I used a slightly darker shade of blue and simple quilted in a meandering pattern. I’ve decided that all my practice pieces should be used in other projects like this.

Today I made my son’s grandmother an apron with built in oven mitts using this tutorial. Sorry, no photos as it’s already on its way to the recipient.

Tomorrow I plan to make oven mitts for DH and pick up some batting for my sister’s quilt, which I can’t wait to start quilting!

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In Praise of Embroidery Library

When I purchased my first embroidery machine, the Brother HE-240 from Costco.ca (no longer available), I went to Pattern Review for resources on embroidery designs and this is where I found a link to Embroidery Library.

Embroidery Library

Art Nouveau Floral Square 9

After signing-up, I was offered a 50% discount on my first order and since their prices are extraordinarily reasonable, was able to choose 40 different designs for $40.00! If you aren’t familiar with machine embroidery, a single design can cost $10.00 (on other sites).

Embroidery Library has many tasteful,  mature embroidery designs as well as children’s themes, which appeal to a wide audience and contributes to their ongoing success and impeccable reputation. Their website is exceedingly easy to navigate and intuitive. They feature a wish list and shopping basket which saves your choices indefinitely, without loosing data, which means I can return to their site in a month’s time (or longer) and my selections will still be in my wish list or shopping basket, where I left them.

This morning, after months of perusing their website, I decided to click on their About Us page. I was blown away, little did I know that they had four artists on staff creating original designs and four digitizers, transforming those stunning creations into beautiful embroideries.

Embroidery Library is 100% employee owned which means customer satisfaction and quality are King. This is obviously apparent in their stitch-outs, perfect every time.

Not only does Embroidery Library have fantastic designs, they also have a library of tutorials including videos and free projects. This company works tirelessly to bring new projects and ideas to it’s audience, it’s obvious that they love what they do, it’s not just a job, it’s a passion.

Click to watch video.