Saturday, February 19, 2011

My First Samples

I'm so excited -- I played with my new embroidery machine today.  I had already downloaded the designs for the farm quilt; but after doing the chick and the tractor, I decided that I needed some other designs for the grandkids.  So, I downloaded some others.  Two of the new designs are the strawberry cupcake and the pirate ship.  These are only my samples, which I intend to save in a notebook for future reference.  I'm so glad that I did these.  I will definitely make some changes.  To the cupcake, I will outline the strawberries in black, and will not do the black accents in the icing.  I learned with the tractor how to adjust the tension settings so that the outlines will look more smooth.

I trimmed these samples down to 4-1/2" because I had intended to do a churn dash with the farm animals.  To do a 12" block, I needed the center to be 4-1/2".  I'm not sure about my plan, now.  I may try to find an attic window pattern that would be better suited for 5" blocks.  Or, I may just cipher a 15" block.

When I decided to buy a new embroidery machine, I debated about what kind to buy.  I chose a Janome because I didn't like the thread cartridge in the Brother.  Believe it or not,  I made the right choice.  Brother announced they are discontinuing the cards for their machines.  And I so love the Janome.  It's as easy to use as my regular machine.  And now that I know that I can do this applique embroidery, I have all types of projects running through my mind.  Toodles!


JustCindy said...

Great job! That machine will keep you awake at night thinking of all the things you can do with it. Don't forget onesies for Jake and tee shirts for the older ones. And you can decorate bandana bibs too! I'm doing 3 for a friend's baby girl. I can't wait to see more.

Lindabee said...

Already ordered onsies, and tee shirts. And Mary wants an apron.