Thursday, May 31, 2007

What I've been working on!

Did I mention I was dwelling in machine embroidery? Well, I've been experimenting and have just gotten over my fear of stabilizers. You have to understand, when ever the word stabilizer came up, I'd break out into cold seat. But, I'm glad to announce that I have mastered my fears. Hey, I'm even comfortable with the Bernina Designer Plus V5 software.

Here is a prototype of my future cherry block. I just love cherries and am working on an Irish chain that will have every other block center with cherries. I think it still needs some tweaking, but that may just be my perfectionism getting in the way.

There's a tad of puckering going on around the left stem. I've used three (3) sheets of stabilizer. I also tried with four (4), one layer using Hydro-stick (OESD) and I found it was worse. It could just very well be the hydro-stick that made it worse on my four (4) stabilizer experiment. I swear hydro as it in for me! I have never been able to get that stabilizer to work right for me! Pucker city all the way!

I don't know if I want to make dark or red cherries. I saw a picture on Sharon's blog Red Geranium Cottage of a bowl of cherries and just loved the light and dark colours. Perhaps I can have one of the cherries dark and the other a little lighter. I placed an order for more Isacord thread. I guess 130 colours just are not enough! I used the colours beet red and poinsettia on this block. I ordered a cherry red! Maybe that will finally do it!

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6 comments:

Linda said...

Terrific cherries Carole, I look at embroidery machines and think of all the fabric I could buy...lol..

Darlene said...

Cute cherries! It's the stabilizers that keep me from playing with my embroidery machine - very intimidating!

Kim said...

I love cherries! Very nice. Feel free to send me any rejects--I'm not picky! LOL!

Connie said...

They look great to me. Is changing thread colors intimidating? I've dabbled with the embroidery module on my machine but using only one color at a time. I really ought to learn how to use the thing.

sharon said...

Carole,
What a pretty block. I love the Irish Chain block too.That is going to be a beautiful quilt. I feel like a celebrity being mentioned on your blog. Haaaaaaa Thanks.
Sharon

atet said...

That Irish Chain is going to be fantastic with these cherries sprinkled throughout. Can't wait to see what you do with this one!

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