How to Embroider on Minky

February 22, 2012
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How to Embroider on Minky

Do you love the feel of Minky but have been afraid to add embroidery to this luscious fabric? Its cuddly-soft texture, stretchy give and lush fibers tend to scare the most courageous embroiderers. But don’t worry; it’s fairly easy to tame Minky. Let me show you how.

First, select a ball-point needle to handle the job of slipping the thread between the fibers not slicing into the stretchy fibers. A 80/12 ball point will handle most Minky jobs.

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Eliminate the stretch during the hooping process by pressing a fusible polymesh (permanent cut-away) to the wrong side of the design area. Most fusible cutaways require a rather low iron temp so harm to the Minky is minimal. Of course, it’s always wise to test first. Make sure the stabilizer extends beyond the hoop.

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Select the correct design for the fabric. Just because you want a design to work, doesn’t mean it will! Designs with delicate running stitch outlines such as this Brother Quattro built-in design are not appropriate for Minky.

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Look for designs that have a complete fill (that doesn’t mean bullet-proof embroidery) that will hold down Minky’s nap with some open areas to let the fabric relax. This rose damask design from Embroidery Library is good example of a design appropriate for Minky.

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Here’s a fun Steam Punk design from OESD. Unfortunately, only part of this design would work on Minky. Save this for t-shirts, broadcloth and denim.

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Other possibilities for Minky include appliqué and embossed designs.

Select lettering with generous satin columns that will stand up and cover the Minky. The image below are two excellent examples of lettering for Minky (Floriani software).

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The lettering shown here is too delicate for Minky. The opening in the Y on the left is completely closed while the running stitches on the sample on the left will be invisible once the water soluble stabilizer is washed away.


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If possible, edit the design in software and add extra underlay to hold down the nap. Or consider placing a crisp tear-away on top of the fabric to receive the fill stitches then tear it off before adding the final details and outlines. If using this method, select a white tear-away for light colored thread and a black tear-away for dark thread. The stabilizer will blend into the background fabric. For instance, if you’re stitching Santa’s beard on red Minky, place a piece of white tear-away over the design area. Stitch the fill stitches of the beard then tear it away before completing the beard.

A water soluble lightweight film-type of stabilizer on top of the fabric will help keep a design crisp. Just tear it off after all embroidery is complete.

Select a hoop that is the appropriate size for the design. I use Magna-Hoop for all appliqué designs on Minky and Snap-Hoop for all other designs. The flat magnetic hoop inserts and hoops leave the Minky with no visible hoop burn – a real bonus with this stretchy fabric.

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Finally, keep your bobbin area clean. Minky tends to shred and build up in the bobbin case can occur much faster than other fabrics. This shredding is why I try to avoid spray adhesive when embroidering on Minky. Imagine the mess you can make with the adhesive, Minky lint and the speed of your embroidery machine. Kind of makes me shudder.

Each embroidery project you tackle is a challenge that you can overcome. Just use some common sense, pull from your past experiences (okay, mistakes – heavens knows, I’ve made hundreds!), take a deep breath and move forward. Remember, it’s just fabric and thread, not muscle and bone.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Tell me about an embroidery project you are most proud of accomplishing. TWO lucky individuals will win the Crazy Quilt Series 1 (in 4 sizes!) courtesy of Molly Mine.

This is a series of 20 blocks in 4” x 4”, 5” x 5”, 6” x 6” and 8” x 8” sizes. All blocks and sizes are included and all blocks are completely embellished! Simple applique designs that need no turning or ironing!

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The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

Tell me what you like best about attending embroidery events and you could win a one-year subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery.

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The winner is…Anna Cameron!

“It’s the atmosphere and exciting hum of the place. Its is so easy to talk to the other ladies or gentlemen because you know you have one thing in common.” - Anna Cameron

 


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87 Responses to How to Embroider on Minky

  1. Beth Herschbein on February 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    A project I was VERY proud of accomplishing was an early one for me – made in 1997 when my older daughter was finishing her first year in pre-school. I made a little wall quilt for the teacher, with embroidered teddy bears, and added “Miss June’s Room” in script underneath. Miss June immediately hung it in her room, and it may still be there – though my daughter is now in high school!

    Beth H.

  2. Sallie Nold on February 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Hi- I am most proud of learning to master embroidering on knits. I have 5 grandkids who love to wear play clothes out of knit fabrics and adding embroidery is a must. Whether an applique or full design I know how to work on knits. Yeah!
    Sallie
    PS I love your blog and magazine!! I learn sew much from both.

    • eileenroche on February 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Sallie,
      Congrats on mastering the often avoided task of embroidering on knits! More people need to take your approach of learning then putting what they’ve learned into practice.

      Happy Stitching!

  3. nancyB on February 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I have successfully reduced the size of one of my designs and embroidered it on a doll outfit. learned a lot about stitch density.

    • eileenroche on February 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Nancy,
      Now that is no small feat! Did you learn through trial and error? Did you have help from an instructor?

      My hat is off to you!

  4. Carolyn Rollberg on February 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    The project I’m most proud of is the Everyday bag. I love the fabric and the techniques I learned while stitching the bag. I posted a picture on Facebook and got lots of comments and likes. My niece wanted me to make one for her. I decided to give this one to her as I am proud of the fact she went back to college after her daughter graduated from high school and now my niece will be graduating from college in June!

  5. Kathy on February 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I am most proud of a memory quilt that I completed for my grandson’s 2nd grade class. It was in honor of a young girl from the class being killed in a freak accident. Each child brought in 3 squares of fabric that they liked and sent them along with memories of class activities and favorite things of Alyssa.
    I pieced and embroidered words and pictures from their notes and brought it to California to be given to her mother from the class.
    They were all thrilled – running up to see their squares and thoughts on the fabric. Each signed it and they presented it from the class when the Parent’s Club honored Alyssa with a garden bench to be used at school.
    Unfortunately, another classmate was killed the next year in an auto accident. I made another one for Sebastian’s family that year.

    • eileenroche on February 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Kathy, such honorable projects. I’m sure the quilts are cherished by Alyssa and Sebastian’s families.

  6. Carol Seavitt on February 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Recently, I made a burp cloth and bib with the saying ‘Jesus Loves Me’ for the soon-to-be grandparents who are the leaders of my Bible Study. Put these in a cute basket with a stuffed, square toy and a card for the future grandparents. They loved it.

  7. Judy Zumbahlen on February 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I am most proud of the quilt I am finishing now. It started as an isle runner for my sons wedding, it is made of white broadcloth and had a Huge Z in purple in the center. I am making it into a quilt for them. It is my first time actually machine quilting, took a week to get the top together, 6months before I could talk myself into actually quilting it. I read everything I could find before starting to quilt it. I am finding out how exciting it is to create something special and can’t wait to surprise my son and daughter-inlaw with it!

  8. Mary Anne fox on February 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I am so proud of the little dog minky blankets I made for the grandkids. They had all the names of their animals on them. The older grandson lives with is dad and thought I would have only put the animals names of his brothers.
    He was so surprised all of his animals names were on his blanket.

  9. la on February 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    why switch between maga hoop and snap hoop… i still have the old fashioned hoops and am thinking of getting a snap or magna hoop and would love to know why one over the other…
    ..
    and for the record… you MUST use ball point on all jersey fabric (yup, learned the hard way) thanks everyone who helped me figure that out!

  10. Cindy Amend on February 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I am most proud of a Christmas Advent calendar that I embroidered. It took a lot of time but the grandkids loved it. There was a different design for each of 25 days and a tree that marked the path.

    • eileenroche on February 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Cindy,
      It sounds charming! Do you remember whose designs/collection they were?

  11. Rosalee Suchsland on February 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I am most proud of FSL angels that I make and give to those with a special need, and a 3-D angel with over 200,000 stitches!
    rosalee

  12. Janice Thompson on February 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    The embroidery project that I am most proud of is the Five Little Monkey quilt that I did. When it was finished, I didn’t give it a way for a while until I found a young girl that was having her first baby and gave it to her. It’s been a few years ago, and she still thanks me for it.

  13. Virginia on February 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    My most challenging and the one I am most proud of is the one I am working on right now called “Floral Fantasy” Table topper. It has lots of re-hooping which is a new challenge for me, lots of Applique in the hoop and also using Mylar within the layout.

    • eileenroche on February 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Virginia,
      Wow! Post a photo on our Facebook page or send via email when it’s complete. It sounds like it will be very eye-catching.

  14. Tina Jensen on February 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Hi, Thanks for this article on embroidering minky, I have always wanted to embroider minky, but have been afraid to, just might have to give it a go now.

    • eileenroche on February 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Tina, start with a scrap and make a test, you’ll feel more confident when you tackle the real thing.

  15. karin on February 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks for the tips & tricks! I’ve not yet tried Minky, but I can sure see how your methods would work! The project I’m most proud of has just been completed & sent back to NC with its designer – my dear friend asked me to create an anniversary quilt for her son & his new wife. She wanted to incorporate all their hobbies & interests, and they have a California King sized bed. Then she flew across country to join me for the creation. We had 2 weeks to complete 42 different embroidered blocks and join them into an Attic Window quilt (nope, I’d never done that before).

    We made blocks to represent hippotherapy (horse riding therapy), occupational therapy, a love of hiking, horses, camping, a few for their honeymoon destinations, Costa Rica, geocaching, Ironman, triathlons, biking, running, their wedding date, and probably a few others I’ve forgotten. We got them all done in 2 weeks time and had a full week to sightsee and enjoy each other’s company….a fun time was had by all, plus, she has a beautiful quilt to present to the newlyweds!

  16. Jane Scott on February 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I have only had my embroidery machine for about 4 months but one of the first projects I did was a trick or treat bag for my grandson. I used several applique designs and it really turned out pretty cool. I absolutly love in the hoop designs and one of these days would like to make a quilt.

  17. Paule-Marie on February 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I think that the project I am proudest of was a simple one. I embroidered a monogram that had a floral heart around it and made lavendar sachets. I brought these to the first family reunion I attended for my birth family. I had already met one of my brothers and got to meet the other two, one of my two remaining aunts, lots of cousins, and one of my nieces. It was a really great time and I think that they liked the little remberance of the family reunion.

    • eileenroche on February 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Paule-Marie,
      Sometimes the simplest gifts are the most treasured. How thoughtful of you to make the sachets. I hope there will be more family reunions in your future.

  18. Jane Waite on February 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I am most proud of the quilt I embroidered for my new grandson. I am waiting for the right time to make a crazy quilt using material from prom dresses and bridesmaids dresses that my 3 daughters have worn. Molly Mine is where I will be purchasing those designs when I am ready. I love all of her crazy quilt designs.

    • eileenroche on February 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Great idea for the prom dresses – and you’re right, Molly Mine crazy quilt designs will be perfect!

  19. Janet K on February 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I am most proud of the baby quilt I made for my first granddaughter. It had several embroideries within the minkey quilt. It was oh so soft and even had the satin binding.

  20. Jill H on February 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I am most proud of the OESD books I stitched using 1 2 3 Under the Sea. I made two, one for each grandson. They loved the 3D effect. I am now stitching out R is for Robot which is equally cute.

    • eileenroche on February 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Jill, the 1 2 3 Under the Sea 3-D books are dynamite! We’re featuring them in the March/April issue. Very fun project!

  21. sharon on February 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I am most proud of little heart change purses made ITH for my GDs. I am new to ME and they were the first ITH projects I ever made and the first zippers I ever inserted, too. Such a small project, but such a large sense of accomplishment for me!

  22. Gail Beam on February 22, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I am most proud of the jackets that I made out of tan ultra suede for my granddaughters. I embroidered the fronts, sleeves, and back of the jackets before putting them together. I was amazed at how easy the ultra suede was to embroider.
    Gail

  23. Mary on February 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I made an in the hoop teddy bear of minky and another of fleece. Little guys and cute. These are for a children’s book for out grandchildren. The other was Christmas table toppers for our daughters for Christmas. Lots more to learn.

  24. Shirley R on February 23, 2012 at 12:51 am

    A set of good ‘ole fashioned flour sack dishtowels with a coffee motif I embroidered for my grandaughter as a tribute to family tradition started by the ones my grandmother made for me. Each had a sewn on fabric bottom border to match the colors and theme of each individual dishtowel. I purchased the designs from Embroidery Library.

  25. Martine on February 23, 2012 at 3:06 am

    The project I’m most proud of is the set of stoles and antependia I made for the local church to be presentated after its renovation. It was quite a challenge to design the embroideries and it is a pleasure to see them in use.

    • eileenroche on February 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Martine,
      These items are generally very expensive when purchased. You did the church a great service by using your time and talent to make them.

  26. Linda Coleman on February 23, 2012 at 3:52 am

    I am most proud of a fabric easter basket I embroidered as it was my first thing that I made

  27. Kathy Schmidt on February 23, 2012 at 5:59 am

    So far……the embroidery I am most proud of is a jean jacket for my wonderful husband, it had a very large design of 2 paint horse’s heads on the main back, plus another design of a cowboy on horseback roping music notes (two of his favorite things, music & horses). I am sure as time goes by others will become my favorites. Great article as usual. Thanks for all the help!

  28. Colleen Bell on February 23, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Wow! All of you are great. I remember reading in one of the replies to your blog posts that someone wanted to know more about embroidering on Minky. You really did it!! You read it. Took it to heart. Then did something about it. Thank you. This is so incredibly helpful. We are all so grateful for this blog and all your helpful products.

    Now to answer your question…being a newbie, my projects have been quite simple, but my children were amazed at the Nike shoe that I traced with my Babylock tablet. It was so much fun. I felt like a little kid, including the part about needing to learn more.

  29. Pam J. on February 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I am most proud of my latest project, I embroidered two baby bibs and a blankie toy for a friends baby. I am new at learning how to do machine embroidery, so I was so happy everything turned out fine! Everything straight and centered!

  30. Betsy on February 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

    A table runner…I finally got the nerve to use my Endless Embroidery hoop after having it for a looong time! The table runner was gifted to a dear friend who is battling health problems. Yes, I must admit I was quite proud.

  31. Margaret B on February 23, 2012 at 7:37 am

    My first BIG embroidery projects was a jeans jacket I embroidered for my friend and neighbor who loves flowers and gardening as much as I do. It has many different flowers on it including a large sunflower on the back. She has been wearing it for years and still receives compliments. She was wearing the jacket when she was in a serious auto accident and broad sided by another vehicle. In the emergency room, she refused to let them cut it off and still wears the jacket now, years later.

    • eileenroche on February 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      What a wonderful story, Margaret.

  32. Sandra Cunningham on February 23, 2012 at 7:44 am

    My best project combined quilting and machine embroidery. I made my first pieced quilt blocks (log cabin) and the theme was cows for my daughter’s nickname Melly Moo. The colors were red, black and white. I had fun placing the cabin squares in different positions forming amazingly different looks. After deciding on their placement, I added the plain red and black squares and the cow spot and cow face squares until I found the perfect “look.” Then, I added redwork and blackwork cows to the red and black squares in the center. The backing is Cow spotted Velboa. The piece de resistance was the tying. Instead of embroidery floss tying, I entered the word MOO in my machine and at various angles at random junctions I “tied” the quilt with the words MOO! She loves it!

  33. Barbara on February 23, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I am most proud of a cut work embroidered jacket I made. I was very nervous because I had never done anything such as this before. It came out great and i alwways receive many compliments.

  34. Donna on February 23, 2012 at 7:58 am

    The project I am most proud of was a hooded sweatshirt for my grandson. I put Tigger on the back and Winnie the Pooh on the front. A few years later when my granddaughter came along I did a pink striped hoodie for her with Cinderella on the back and the pumpkin coach on the front.

  35. Linda S on February 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I have enjoyed giving new born babies embroidered blankets with their name, birth date, weight and parent’s names. It is a unique gift and keepsake!I am currently working on one that is backed with minky. Thanks fo the helpful tips!

  36. Barbara on February 23, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Like Virginia, my best project used Floral Fantasy designs — I made a small quilt. It was my first time to use double-needle stitching, accurate design placement techniques — and the fun of adding minky and mylar for that special touch.

  37. Mary Haggenmaker on February 23, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I digitized a head for a little girl and one for a little boy. I have a couple of shirts..one for winter and one for summer. Each time I have a new grandchild..or great grandchild I add them to my shirts with their name and date of birth. I now have 18 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren that are on display when I wear my special shirts. Eventually the shirts do get replaced with new ones.

  38. Lawana on February 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    My two favorite projects : (1) My mom always kept a journal and it became my habit to buy a standard office supply store kind and cover it with fabric, paper or whatever… I enjoyed embroidering designs that were special to her.. she passed from pancreatic cancer July 5th 1010 but every time I see her journals on my bookshelf it makes me happy (2) two years a ago I embroidered a place mat for my mom’s sister with a basket with loaves/fishes and the Catholic prayer for meals

  39. Lynn Merriman on February 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I bought the 5×7 snap hoop and was using it for the first time to embroider designs on sweatshirts for my grandkids. I did not know much about the hoop, but panicked when I had to remove it from the machine mid design. The design was an appliqued polar bear with fake white fur to be trimmed and the sweatshirt was a size 2T. It worked beautifully the shirt did not move and the registration lined up perfectly. My grandson loves it and so do others who see his one of a kind sweatshirt.

  40. Marie Scharf on February 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I have always wanted to embroider on a plain sweater, initals or simple lines, etc. along the edge. I saved an old sweater I was going to get rid of and finally tackled the initials. I keep articles from the magazine to guide me along and I was please how it came out. Now I will invest in a new sweater set and go to work.

  41. Barbara Lee on February 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I designed a table cloth using S-embroidery machine embroidered lace, insert and edging. Put Jenny Haskins “Summer Wine” floral work on it, had to join and rotate some of the designs to fit. Was so thrilled when finished sent a photo to Jenny Haskins to let her know how else her designs could be used other than in a Quilt. She was so delighted she published it in her magazine with my instructions of how to alter her designs. I was over the moon and still getting comments from all over the world.

    • eileenroche on February 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Good for you Barbara!

  42. Cindy H. on February 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    The project I’m most proud of is a “Happy Everything” rag quilt I made for my aunt. On every other of the plain back squares I embroidered holidays from New Years through Christmas, special events (anniversary, birthday, Zodiac etc.) and other favorite things (Movies, Bowling, etc.) Most of the images came from either Embroidery Library or Urban Threads. When I gave it to her at our family reunion it made her so happy she actually cried.

  43. Karen on February 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    The 20 block nativity from Anita Goodesign ,before Christmas.

  44. Barb Miller on February 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I have been staying away from Minky. I think after your article I may be willing to try.

  45. Kathy on February 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    The one project I am proud of is a jacket and pants that I embroidered snowflakes on. Whenever I wear it I always is proud that I took a ready made outfit and made it mine!

  46. Kim Heldman on February 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I am new to machine embroidery. Eileen was in Denver last summer for a seminar and I bought her Machine Embroidered Quilting and Appliqué book. My first ever in-the-hoop project was the Lady Liberty quilt from the book. It was a bit ambitious for a beginner but I finished it in record time and it is beautiful. Thanks, Eileen.

  47. eileenroche on February 24, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Wow! What an ambitious first project – that’s awesome, Kim. Imagine what’s in your future…

  48. Donna G. on February 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I’m proud any time I complete a project, especially one without glitches! But I’d say I’m most proud of a shower curtain I did as one of my first projects. It was made for our RV, out of lightweight denim, and had many outdoor motifs placed in squares I had pintucked. I looked at it as one huge design test-out!

  49. Marge Geraci on February 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    The project I was most proud of was the main one I made last Chrismas. It was a Organza Poinsette Wreath which was in our CME magazine around Christmas. I had never worked with organza and it was quite a challenge to me, but i came our beautiful. I received many compliments on it. I felt proud.

  50. Peggy Schroeder on February 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Hi,
    It is hard to say which of the projects I am most proud of, but there are a couple that stand out—like the queen size quilt that I embroidered with Ace blocks, they were all a little different, and I did them all in different colors. It is a black background, and all the blocks have the same colors as sashing as the embroidery is. It came out really nice, and I got a blue ribbon on it at the quilt show. Then I did a wall hanging with flowers and leaves, and it was my first time at doing continous embroidery, it came out nice, the ends even matched up! One more thing that came out nice was a twin size baby quilt I did in vintage baby designs, and then I took the birth announcement with the baby’s picture and put it through my printer on matching fabric for the center square. I had made an extra vintage block and gave it to the parents, and told them if the picture in the center wears out with washing, they could replace it. The whole thing came out nice, with only one error—the parents did not realize they had the wrong month on the announcement, and did not notice it until I gave them the quilt!

  51. Rosie on February 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I’ve embroidered so many things that it is hard to pick the ONE I am most proud of. I think it has to be the Anita Gooddesign Ascension. It is a 9 tile representation of the Ascension, and is heavily and intricately embroidered. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started. The detail is amazingly beautiful when it is complete. It is then made into a quilted wall hanging to complete. I donated one to our church, and am so happy whenever I see it displayed.

  52. Susan Gray on February 25, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I am most proud of a doll dress that I made for my niece last Christmas. It’s an heirloom style dress for an American Doll. I machine embroidered puff sleeves, collar, front bodice, and more embroidery along the hem of the skirt. It turned out beautiful and I hope it’s considered a keepsake that my little niece will treasure forever. I love using my Magna Hoop for this kind of stuff!

    • eileenroche on February 25, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Susan,
      Your niece has a very special and generous aunt! The dress sounds amazing. Did you have a pattern to work from or perhaps you made your own? How long did the project take for you to complete?

  53. Paula on February 25, 2012 at 10:30 am

    The project I think I am most proud of is a tote bag/purse I made for a teacher I volunteer to help at our local grade school. We met 3 years ago when a granddaughter was in her first grade class. There is a special friendship between us and I wanted a special gift for her at the end of school last year. She loves frogs, so I found a pattern with a tree frog, flowers, leaves and a butterfly, all in 3D! I thought it would take 3 or 4 days to make, but the 3D was much more complicated than I ever thought & it ended up taking almost 2 months (part time, of course). I had lots of hours in it, but it was worth it. She loves it and I feel blessed by her each time I see her with it.

  54. Donna Cowan on February 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I made the cutest denim shirt jacket in size 18 mos for a granddaughter. It had mini-flowers, bees, butterflies, birds, more flowers-a virtual garden around the hem of the shirt. A local store owner where the Granddaughter lives asked “Mommy” all about it and wanted me to make them for sale in her shop. My DIL to the lady that it was a “work of love” and wouldn’t be available for sale. The shirt/jacket was worn until the cuff was up the fore arm and was totally out grown. That DGD is now 13 so have no idea if the project is still around, but I hope so.

  55. Lise-Lotte on February 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I have to admit I´m a little proud of myself, because this Christmas I finally finished Santa´s Ride from Anita Goodesign. I also made The Tree-mendous and Frosty the Star Man. I also started on a Christmas Tree skirt from Chantell(a total of 60 peaces sewn together). Sadly it was so time-consuming that I ran out of time in December and I have been working on it here in January and February. Now it is finished and ready for this Years Christmas.
    All this was done because my husband just loves Christmas and this was a way to repay him for all his support through the Years.

  56. Judith Carlon on February 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I have been making shopping bags made from Cotton Duck or Home Dec fabric. I first made them for each of my daughters, my granddaughter-in-law, and one of my grandsons who is a bachelor. I have given some to friends also. They have side pockets on which I have embroidered a design to compliment the fabric I used. Everyone loved them so much and have encouraged me to make them to sell. I am currently building an inventory of them to put on etsy.com in the near future.

    • eileenroche on February 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Judith,
      I love how you are putting your talents to use– not only for friends and family but by branching out with Etsy. Pursue your passion and I’m sure you will succeed.

      Best of luck to you,

  57. Lyn Blansett on February 27, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I am most proud of the embroidered nursery items I created for my first grandchild. I created an argyle design for the “bumper pads” around the bed, and then embroidered his initials on both sides of the upholstered window seat cushion (so it would be reversible). I also put I made a bed skirt and draperies, too, with coordinating fabrics. I made several embroidered burp cloths for him, as well. He is now almost two, and frequently gets new shirts with his favorite story characters embroidered by his “Mimi”!

    • embroideryopw on February 27, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      You can view more embroidery designs

  58. SUE REIFSCHNEIDER on February 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    My favorite project would probably be the quilt I made for my Mom. She is one of those ELVIS people and has so much of it she needs a warehouse to store it in. I found black song notes fabric and embroieded different Elvis designs on 9 panels. She loved it and it is one of a kind.

  59. Caroline Kalokerinos on February 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Eileen,
    I have already purchased poshed pincushions,and have made heaps of them for friends&my sewing group,they were all impressed with them and how beautiful they look.Thank you again for a beautiful book,i am enjoying it amensely.
    Thank you
    Regards
    Caroline

  60. Cathy Mullis on March 1, 2012 at 5:20 am

    I actually have 2, but my favorite is an ABC animal baby quilt I made for my first great-granchild!! Yikes..didn’t think I was that old. I so enjoyed seeing it come to life with every letter of the alphabet made. Cathy Mullis

  61. Althea on March 1, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Assignment Answer- what I am proud of embroidering- My son was posted to Afghanistan a few years back, and I made him a “Flag” to commemorate his Tour of Duty…I digitized then embroidered out 15 Cap Badges of the various Regiments that were serving in his unit on the flag. The flag caught the attention of the Commanding Officer of the Task Force and he awarded me a Military Commendation for my work. This project took me 6 months to complete and 1 million embroidery stitches. I did all this shortly after I bought my embroidery machine- and so I was learning how to embroider and learn the new machine at the same time. It was a tremendous project but I really learned how to navigate through my embroidery machine’s capabilities. :) My story was published in The Canadian Quilter, Autumn 2009 page 96.

    • Anneliese benton on May 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      in response to the assignment. i have made a 42 flannel block quilt for my grand daughter. blocks are apr 9-10 square and will be rag seamed. each block has a separate quilt pattern from down loaded softwear so it is not long armed. the quilt is reversable which was no easy task. i plan on taking photos when completed. it should be good to see.
      Anneliese Benton 623 322 1216

  62. Michelle on October 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    The embrodiery project I am most proud of is my daughter-in laws wedding dress. She found a dress she loved but could ot afford it. I had never machine embroidered before but due to my father passing and receiving my inheritance I was able to get an embroidery machine. There was a lot of trial and error involved but it turned out beautiful and she loved it. To add to the embroidery, I hand beaded it.

  63. Nancy on December 22, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I am most proud of my first quilt. It was a combination of 9 patch and solid blocks. In each of the solid blocks I did a machine outline of a butterfly and flowers. This matched the border of the quilt. I also did some realistic filled butterflies which I cut out and placed on the quilt to give it a 3D effect.

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    Eileen,

    Thank you for posting this, we have been using this pattern on our minky blankets, and it looks awesome!!! You rock!

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