Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday Meanderings 10 - 10 - 2016

I think I've recovered from retreat.  After all that intensive sewing I usually take a while to decompress and recuperate.  I have turned most of my attention to embroidering right now -- Halloween is almost upon us and I've got shirts to do for the grands. (I can't say girls and include all my grands anymore.) 

First up is a shirt for Sophia: 
I call this Frankenshirt.  The machine was happily (ok, machines can't feel but I was happy) stitching the last section which is a line around the whole design when the back of the presser foot caught on the excess shirt.  ACK!  I quickly unsnagged it as it was stitching along.  But then it made the turn to go down the right side about an inch too early. Luckily this was the first round of stitches so they were loose stitches not the satin stitch. I pulled them out, went back a bit and restarted it. ACK Again! It made the same turn too early.  Went back out of the program and back in and it stitched fine.  Until the end: 
Poor Frank -- part of his head is stitched outside the border and the left side didn't cover all of the appliqué stitch.  The plan was to un-hoop it and just do a tight zigzag on each side to take care of the two issues.  Dumb me.  When trimming the stabilizer I cut a hole in the shirt. ARGH!  Sophie will be getting a new shirt with the same embroidery.  Although I may change the outside purple thread for a brighter color. This shirt is now known as "shirtenstein"! 

I did get a onesie embroidered for Theo.  Kevin, Theo's dad, is a big Ravens fan.  I figure Theo needs to get into the football groove with Daddy. 

And an unclose version:

Raven colors are purple, black and gold. (Remember they are in Baltimore, home of Edgar Allen Poe who wrote "Quoth the raven nevermore.")  Anyway, Theo is a big boy and I need to get 3 more onesies, size 6 month, done and up to him asap.  So you will be seeing a few more cute onesies over the next week or two. 

Both of these designs were purchased from Embroidery Boutique.  They have a lot of cute designs for younger kids and lots of alphabets.  

On to my goals for last week -- yes, I did pretty darn well on all of them. 
Oct 3, 2016
Continue quilting secret quilt
Work on a hand quilting project√ need to find the right thread…
Start machine embroidery projects
Unpack from retreat√ almost everything is put away

And this week I've added more items to keep me busy! 
Oct 10, 2016
Finish binding on secret quilt
Knit on burgundy sock
Sew flower quilt together
Embroider more shirts and onesies

Make one more Christmas Favorites block

That's it for me now.  I'm linking up with Monday Making and Main Crush Monday. They each have a lot of fun links to take a look at.  I get so inspired by my blog surfing. On the other hand, I don't get quilting done while blog surfing. 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 


  1. Despite its issues, it's a cute shirt, and the onesie is adorable.

    Great job on your goals last week!

  2. So you went to a retreat and you managed to recover from the RETREAT??? That is a cute onesie. Blogging takes away from my Quilting time too. I know...the choices are hard.

  3. Sorry shirt one ended up being an experiment, hopefully round two will go smoother.

  4. How frustrating for you to have to deal with all the shirt issues! It's terribly cute though and I'm sure Sophie will love it. I think it would be so cool to have an embroidery machine. You make such cute things! :)

  5. Well, there may have been some issues, but all the projects are adorable! It always take me a while to recover from a retreat also--I sometimes wonder why I go, but it's all in fun!


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