Last week I had fun making lace with the embroidery machine. All of my lace patterns are from Embroidery Library or Secrets of Embroidery. Just search for "freestanding lace."
These are some of my results:
|brown rooster with lime bobbin-should be an "oops," but turned out very pretty|
|green frog with white bobbin|
My favorite is the peacock (of course). Like the others, it was designed to be sewn out in one color. By watching very carefully I was able to switch out threads and come up with my masterpiece. The dark color that may look brown is actually a deep plum. The whole thing needs to have some more of the bobbin clipped, but that isn't nearly as much fun as the sewing.
I also assembled 3 sets of four crazy quilt blocks and have done the embroidery on the seams of two of the sets. I've been worrying that they wouldn't fit together well and decided that the only way to stop worrying was to try it. They work! I haven't taken pictures of that yet. Don't want to spoil the surprise.
This is what block 19 looks like without the embroidery. I was going to take before pictures of all the blocks, but I was too anxious to get started that I only have pictures of one or two.
Of course, crazy quilting is what I do in my free time. I am currently working on a quilt using a young lady's baby and little girl clothes and dresses. Hopefully I will have that top finished by next week and I will post a picture. It's really cute so far. The biggest challenge is the fabric availability. I'm not sure if there will be enough for the twenty blocks I'm trying to squeeze out of it. Otherwise I will have to add a border. Not a problem, but not what I envisioned.