Sunday, October 9, 2016

Memory Quilt continued, Embroidering Names on Photo Quilt Blocks

A few posts ago, I introduced you to a Memory Quilt that I recently made for a family member who was celebrating a landmark birthday.  Just as it is important to identify the photos that you take, I felt it was important to machine embroider family names the quilt blocks.  People change over time, and it is helpful to identify who these beloved family members are now.

Those who are familiar with Machine Embroidery, you know that Stabilizer is a required element to embroider anything.  There are many types to choose from, but I find that I am using this type more often with many of my projects :  World Weidner Self-Adhesive Sticky Peel N Stick Tear Away Embroidery Stabilizer Backing 8"x10 Yard Roll.  What I like about this project is that you can readjust your fabric without taking the hoop apart. this is a very important convenience that saves me time and I feel helps me to quickly get my projects ready to start.

You may be wondering why I am being so specific about the type (not the brand) stabilizer.  Well, it is because I tried to use it efficiently when embroidering on my blocks.  Stabilizer can be costly, so being efficient with its use is just smart.  I tried to embroider on the photos before I made the blocks and it was just too difficult for this quilt. I found that it was easier to embroider on the finished blocks. They were easier to position and center using self-adhesive stabilizer.

I started positioning the first block near the top of the hoop. After your embroidery is finished, I folded the bottom of the block upward.

Slide you next block just under the first block.

Your machine most likely came with a grid tool to help you center your project. I used this tool to center and place my next block on the hoop.  Then I used the settings on my machine to show me the size of the name I wanted to embroider. Sometimes I had to adjust the name up or down using the settings on my machine.

Firmly press your blocks on to the self-adhesive stabilizer.  Embroider your names until you have used the full length of your stabilizer contained within your hoop.

After you remove your hoop from you machine, start removing the bottom block from your stabilizer.  

When you have finished removing all the blocks, your stabilizer should look like this.

Soooo, what is the finished project like?  Here it a section of the quilt in all of it's glory!  My family member states that she has shown this to many friends and neighbors. Reportedly they enjoy it as much as my beloved family member does.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It's a Matter of Spiritual Preparedness.....General Conference Quotes 2016 continued!

Hi everyone:

As stated in my previous post, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a Semi-Annual Conference for it's members....worldwide.  This is where we have the opportunity to listen to the Prophet and Apostles as well as other leaders of the Church. Spiritual messages and teaching are richly shared. Below are quotes that I personally found to be powerful. I am sharing them with you today. To read or watch the messages yourself, you can!  These are available for you to read, view, or to listen to. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

It's a Matter of Spiritual Preparedness...October General Conference 2016

Hello everyone:

Every October, I look forward to an event.  In my religion, we have a Conference for all members of our Church worldwide twice a year.  It is referred to as "General Conference".  This gives members around the world to hear from our Prophet, Thomas S Monson, the Apostles and Leaders of the Auxiliaries.  If you are fortunate, you can attend in person, however a majority of us listen or watch through many mediums.

General Conference feeds my soul.  I learn and have such Gratitude for the opportunity to feed at the feed of the Lord's anointed. I have been touched by many of the messages.  I have chosen to share some of my favorite quotes from Saturday's sessions with you. They are below:

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Using Your Jelly on Your Country-Style Ribs (in the Crockpot)....

It felt like Fall this week....I even had to wear a jacket at times!  When it begins to cool off, I like to pull out my Crock pot and make slow cooked deliciousness for dinner!  Today, I used food Storage Items to make delicious Country style Ribs. Want to see how?


I pulled out a half-pint of Peach Jelly and Barbecue sauce from my Food Storage room.


I took frozen Country Ribs and placed them into my Crock pot.


I literally poured and spread the jelly on the frozen ribs....


Pour your preferred brand of Barbecue sauce on the ribs as well.


Slow cook on low for 6-8 hours.....that's it!

So, how did they turn out?  Really great!  So great in fact, that we do not have any left to show you (we were really hungry after Church today!).

Take Home Points:

  • I used Peach Jelly that I canned myself.  It is so easy to do and you may want to give it a whirl. You make it from skins and pits!
  • I keep a supply of Barbecue sauce in my storage.  It is convenient to make so many meals!
  • I had the Ribs in my freezer
  • I didn't have to go shopping for this delicious meal!
  • Food Storage is not boring, it is actually delicious!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

It's a Matter of making Memories

Isn't it cool?  Just like the phrase in the old commercial...."I can't believe I ate the whole thing....",  well I can truly say "I can't believe I made this thing!".

One of my family members had one of those "Landmark" Birthday's recently.  I felt that I needed to make something special and memorable for her.  About 10 years ago, I ventured out and made a memory quilt along with photo's for my In law's 50th Wedding anniversary.  At that time, I had to trust my photo's to a little Mom and Pop shop and they transferred the pictures on to fabric.  Fast Forward a few years and you now can do this yourself at home.  Want to learn more?  Let's do it!

How To Transfer Photo's onto Fabric at Home:

Before you begin, you will need to purchase 100% white cotton fabric, which needs to be pre-washed before you begin this process.  I took over a bathroom in my house to do this.  I set out a towel to protect my counter, got 2 containers that were not dear to me, and set out the supplies:
  • Clothespins
  • 2 Pie tins
  • Cotton squares
  • Latex gloves
  • ....and the solutions.

This is Bubble Jet Set 2000.  I purchased mine from Amazon. 

Soak the fabric squares in the solution.

Set up a place to hang your squares to dry.  I was able to use yarn and rig this clothesline over a bathtub.

Once the squares are dry, press them flat, then press them onto Freezer Paper.  Now, here is a quick trick that I learned.  I used my paper cutter and cut several sheets of Freezer paper to an 8 x 11 inch size.  I found that I could re-use each sheet of Freezer paper over and over.  

Place your Cloth-Freezer Paper into your printer.  I learned that I needed to slightly curl the edge of the Freezer paper (that was going into the printer) slightly upward so that the printer could grab it and feed it through.  

If you don't do this, you get the mess on the right!  It bunches up inside of your printer, or gets stuck.  I have to say that I ruined too many pieces of fabric and freezer paper until I figured this out!  

Next, you will need the Bubble Jet Rinse.  FYI, here are the directions on the Bubble Jet set 2000 and they state the following:

"Print on treated Fabric and let sit 30 minutes.  Take a flat pan or bowl with one gallon of cold water (add 4 caps of Bubble Jet Rinse/gallon).  Wash printed fabric by hand for at least 2 minutes.  Allow fabric to drip dry or lay flat on a towel" 

See how colorful the printed fabric is?

After the squares were dry, I ironed them and made my quilting squares.  Didn't they turn out wonderfully?  "I can't believe I did the whole thing!".

Take Home Points:

  • This can be easily done at home.
  • It is very cost effective to do. When I took my photos to the Mom and Pop shop 10 years ago, it cost over $125.00 to do this.  Also, 10 years ago, the printed fabric was only the size of the photo.  With this system, I could re-size the photo and crop it to fit before printing on the fabric.
  • Cut your Freezer Paper to an 8x11 size and reuse the sheets.
  • I learned that cutting your fabric closer to the 8" width allowed you to cut the square to fit inside the quilt square in a way that looks the best.  
  • Sometimes photos that are in landscape are difficult to crop or resize. In that case, I left strips of 'white' above and below the photos after cutting it for my quilting square. It really looked fine in the finished product. 
  • It's just amazing!
  • This project will hopefully bring joy to my family member for many years to come.

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