Christmas in July Challenge Project

My employer always has a Christmas in July challenge project every year.  This year we were given a piece of silk dupioni and some sashing strips, and were told to do whatever we wanted to the wall hanging.  After much deliberation I finally came up with a theme for the fabric I was given.  I really had to stretch myself out of my comfort zone and think outside the box.  These aren’t the typical colors I’m used to sewing with. This is what I came up with.  Sorry the pictures aren’t very good quality, it was early in the morning and I used my itouch!

I used Anita Goodesign’s “Nature’s Jewel’s” and “The Estate Collection”

For the middle embroidery I used my embroidery software and created an applique medallion for the center, featuring cutwork.  I also had to use some hotfix rhinestones!  I couldn’t help myself! :)

Here is the finished product.  As some of you know silk dupioni can be difficult to work with, I’m very thankful for spray starch!

Bridal-Party Bouquets

I know it’s been a while since I have posted, but I’m finally back on track.  After embroidering and wiring countless “flowers” I have finally finished the Bridal Party bouquets for my daughter’s wedding.

Here are some pictures of the finished products, I think they turned out pretty nice…I do have to say, they look way better in person!

With about a month to go until the wedding, we still have lots to do!

Alternative Wedding Bouquet

Drawing inspiration from all the absolutely wonderful alternative wedding bouquets that are out there, I have made my daughter her wedding bouquet.  Armed with my embroidery machine, thread, Angelina Fibers, lace, tulle and some other great items I got to work.  This project took me quite some time to “almost” finish, I just wanted to post some pictures of the almost done project.




I think it’s turning out really nice, and glad it’s almost done…Now I just need to start on the bridesmaids bouquets.  I see some long days ahead of me! :)

Traditional or Non-Traditional?

With my daughter recently getting engaged, I have been exposed to some new things out there in the world of wedding preparations. 

Number 1:   Wedding invitations.  They seemed simple enough already, but now the trend is to send out a save the date magnet.


Number 2:  Back in the “olden days” we wore the same color shoes as our wedding dress, it seems now the trend is to dye your wedding shoes the color of your bridesmaids dresses.












Photo: My Glass Slipper

Number 3:  Instead of carrying a traditional bouquet, you can get or make an “alternative bouquet”.  They are really quite beautiful, but again, very new to me!

brooch bridal bouquet

Photo: Fantasy Floral Designs

Some things have changed since I got married some 20+ years ago, but some things have stayed the same.  Beautiful gowns, wonderful photography and the sheer excitement of the upcoming day!


Empty Nester = An Extra Room For Quilting/Sewing!

Due to my oldest daughter moving out, I’ve decided to “expand” my quilting/sewing room!  I pondered for a while, then after reading “Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space: Sewing-Room Makeovers for Any Space And Any Budget” it hit me like a ton of bricks, I need more space!  I’ve outgrown my current sewing room, so instead of making a guest room, which was my original plan, I’m going to expand my sewing area!  Why not?

I highly recommend this book.  It’s full of great ideas for organizing, planning, lighting etc.