I Show The Good I Show The Bad!

Worked ALL DAY!!!!  On had a few moments of @%&()(&%#    One was at the very end after I turned the project inside out and realized the right side at the top caught in the lining and I refuse to start all over.

You know what??? It is my purse and I love it so it is fine with me. The next one IF THERE IS ONE..LOL  I am just tired and spouting off so pay me no mind!  Well the next one I am going to use regular lining. I believe that will work better than the thick fabric I used.

I started the project at 2:30 pm and with the exception of stopping for one hour making taco salads, (Deara came to dinner) I just finished and it is 9:30.  You know the first time you try anything there is always a bug and it takes longer. I read each paragraphs over and over to make sure I did not waste my day.

I guess in my book I am a “winner.”  I gave it a try and it worked all except one tiny bug and I like it anyway! You learn by your mistakes. If you could only see the scrap bag I have of quilting projects that got a good ^%#@#%^&*   and thrown in the scrap bag!  Trial and error!

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One More Down, Two More To Go!

One more design from the Floriani Floral Fantasy collection. The elephant.  Tomorrow after I change the needle and clean out the bobbin area I am going to finish two more. One will be the owl and I am not sure about the last one. I am debating on the peacock or frog.


This picture was taken before I pulled out the basting stitch.

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I Truly Believe In Sharing!


I am not a stingy person I never was a stingy kid and I refused to hold back info when I view it important and helpful to others.

This program is beyond words, Basic to Beautiful Stabilizer Techniques. This is by a great teacher Debbie Homer-Hofhines.  I can not believe how I stayed glued to this last evening. It was like the most informative instructional DVD I have ever watched in my life.

If you have it and you are a machine embroidery lover like I am beginning to be and you have not watched this you are missing a ton of help.

I was fortunate to attend a two day seminar where I purchased my machine and Debbie was the teacher. Very lovely lady with the most kind spirit and she has some of the most awesome items she has made over the years. She is very talented and helpful. I will be attending more classes from her when available in my area.

I think you probably could ask your Brother Dealer to get this for you, or they may have it in their stores. I did see some for sale online and always check with http://www.florianisoftware.com

Also on the back of the disk there is another address http://www.RNKDistributing.com   I know what I will be doing tonight during shut down time. Watching these two disk again. I can not begin to tell you how much I learned last night!   I am taking over the embroidery world!!!! Just kidding but I am going to do my best to be the best of the best!

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Floriani Floral Fantasy Program

Yesterday I had to take my Dream Machine in to the shop. It was my fault. I broke a needle and then I put a new one in and did not get it up all the way probably and when I tried to use the automatic threader it bent the thing that threads. I will admit to my shortcomings!

I have had numerous eye surgeries in the last four years and my eyes are ok long distance but up close I can not see without readers and that tiny hole in the needle was getting smaller by the minute so I just loaded it up put it in the car took it to Huntsville, Al to Huntsville Sew and Vac where I purchased it.

I had over an hour drive and the service man fixed it for me while I was there and I am greatful for that. I shopped while he worked. I came home with the Floriani Floral Fantasy Program. It is packed full of designs I like.

I decided to open a pack of flour sack dishcloths I have and those things are almost big enough to go on top of my table for a cover. I decided to use one of those for the test on the program. I put the butterfly in the middle of the cloth and on all four corners I am going to add something different. So far I have added a cat. I really like the design and you can see in the pictures below how beautifully it stitches out. I am really enjoying all the Floriani products that I have. I think I will stick to this brand. Their thread is really great quality and so beautiful. I think in the future you will see a shirt full of these designs. This is my kind of thing.

I hope you are not getting tired of my posts. I am living a very happy dream with my Brother Dream Machine. It does not take a lot to make me happy and I am not one of these people that stay in the malls buying everything in sight. I do however like my sewing and my machines. I did leave two at Huntsville to be serviced that has never been used that I am going to offer for sale. I did want them serviced to make sure nothing was wrong even though they never been used. Sitting up sometimes will ruin a good thing. I will let you all know about those later.

I hope you enjoy the pictures. I am so proud. I have zero confidence. I am afraid of my shadow but this year I have come out of my shell, attending sewing classes, conferences, genealogy classes at Wallace State. You name it I may be involved. I was out after dark the other night in Hoover at Joanns taking a T-shirt quilt class. I have three more to attend. I really enjoyed it and the instructor. Two of the ladies in there were working on regular quilts and I enjoyed their company. I think someone has taken over my body! This is so not me out and about with people.

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I am not showing you the bobbins. You see that color slide. When it is time to change colors the machine will change to the color the pattern calls for so if you are not sure what the color you need is you can compare. You do not have to use the colors they suggest. You can edit and it will show those new colors. IMG_0089 IMG_0087 IMG_0095

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Do you know what this is?? A CAT. It will be going on one corner and the other three will have something different. I will show you tomorrow when I finish.IMG_0098 IMG_0099 IMG_0100 IMG_0101

I love my cat! I will show you more tomorrow. I am in love!! I am so glad Precious suggested that I buy it when I was telling him all it would do!

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Hark The Herald The Angels Sing! I Got A New Machine!

Yep you all know that tune. Well I was singing it but adding “Glory To My New Machine” when it hit me I stay in enough trouble as it is with the man upstairs so I changed my tune, I am sorry I will do better, I did not mean to be disrespectful.  You know what I mean.

I was having such a good time with the machine embroidery free standing lace angel pattern and my new Brother Dream Machine. I bought the angel today online.  It called for Mylar. Well I do not have any and I live in the country here in AL and we do not even have a red light so what does that tell you??? We are country!

I found some shiny wrapping paper I had that felt like foil. Gold on one side silver on the other and I decided to give it a try. After all what did I have to lose but 19326 stitches and almost 40 minutes of my life.  I cringed thinking maybe I should have not tried this wasting all that time wear and tear on the machine and thread. Well then I had a talk with myself. I know good and well there have been miles of thread and time wasted perfecting these patterns so I went ahead and decided to give it a go.  What is the worst it could have happened?? Thrown in garbage can no blog post and you would have never found out about it. I tried it, I did, I love! I am in love with my Dream Machine and all the possibilities.


Here goes nothing except over 19 thousand stitches!



The next one will be solid white.


Paper got to ripping like crazy!


See that long needle. If any of you need a breast biopsy, or anything surgically lanced that is your tool. I stabbed myself oh four or five times!


Rough cut just ripping off the paper.



Love it!


I washed all the glue off. I used Floriani Wet and Gone!


Here is the back. I like the silver. I am going to be doing some more of these with the Mylar colored sheets and also some solid white! I am going to be venturing out and trying more new things! Stay tuned and thank you for looking.

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What’s Under My Needle!

I decided to try to do a Happy Fall Ya’ll in all gold. I like it.  Black sweatshirt, gold thread.

I am learning. I am enjoying!

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What’s Under My Needle!

Well I caved. Purchased a Brother Dream Machine XV8500D a few weeks ago. I went to a two day convention and was so impressed I just had to have one.  You know how we women are with our sewing toys. Sometimes I think it would be cheaper if I took up fishing,  hunting or cooking! But so far so good on the project except I have had one problem. I broke a needle today and it must have bent the spring thing that self threads. I will take it in this week if I get a chance and hopefully they will adjust it while I am there. The shop I got it from is about one hour twenty minutes from here.  It did break the thread a couple of times. It it just something I am having to get used to. It is however a fairly easy machine to manipulate. You would think it would be complicated but it really is not.

I will show you some projects I have finished or currently working on. This was a big purchase for me and I never will get the money back I spent probably. You know people this day and time are so spoiled to China. Why would they pay me twenty dollars for something they can get for ninenty nine cents at Wal****!

That is ok. I bought it for me. It is time I buy something to make beautiful things for me and quit worrying if anyone will want anything I make. If they do fine if they do not fine. I am sure I will get my money back out of it in enjoyment!

I am going to enjoy it as long as I can. I find something new on it everyday and Youtube is packed full of videos.

The sewing machine place offers classes no charge since I bought the machine there but I have not got to go to one yet. Maybe next month I will not be so busy with life and go. I do not know how I EVER worked. Before we retired I only thought I was busy. I am more busier now than I have ever been in my life. I love it!!! I am trying to make a scheduling chart and sticking by it. So far I have gotten a tiny bit scheduled. I can do better. I will look at it as a job. No wait.  I’ll look at it as fun!


This is going to be a fall yellow colored sweatshirt. You will see the finished project at the end of the page.IMG_0059

This design was put on a black sweat shirt. Tomorrow if I get time before I leave to go to a T-shirt quilting class  I am going to do a black sweat shirt ALL threads gold! Solid gold color on black. I think it will be awesome!IMG_0060

I have such a nice view while I am sewing!


The Monster!!!




Some of my beautiful colors of thread!


On to a new design!


It is on a feedsack dishcloth which by the way is huge enough that I am going to use it for a table topper when it is finished!


Almost there!

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I think it turned out nicely. This floral design is in the middle. On all four corners I am going to put butterflies. I will show you the finished project sometime later on this week.

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Some angel ornaments I worked on two weeks ago. They are not finished! They will be standing with their arms folded when I finish them. Easier to stack this way!


Playing around with my bud! (Well trying to figure out how to get the angels out of the background. The sewing machine has a built in camera. I scanned the page to see if I could get a couple of more on the stabilizer and I could. Then later on when I finished I pulled up Mickey Mouse to see how he would look and the angels still were showing in the background. I called Brother, the lady walked me through the steps. ONE CLICK of a button and it was off. See sometimes all you need to do is ask. I am not like Precious, I will ask for directions!

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Fourteen thousand one hundred stitches in this elephant!

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Towel I finished for myself. I still have not pulled the topper off. Well in this picture!IMG_4304 IMG_4305

A few designs I put on hand towels.


Topper off and washed! I love it. I have my own towel. I better not catch Precious using my towel!! (just kidding)


The second sweat shirt I finished today. I am learning. I welcome all comments good and bad. I can take criticism. I just want the truth told to me that way I can improve where needed!!! You know I just realized. I could edit, put my name right in the middle of the pumpkin! The ideas and designs are endless. That is why they say it is “created by geniuses for dreamers”  It holds up to its name THE DREAM MACHINE!!!

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I Post A Day Will Keep The Boredom Away! Year Of The Monkey! Finally Getting Projects Done.

This is the Chinese New Year, Year of the Monkey. You all know how they are always playing, swinging from trees non stop, up to no good, up to tons of fun. Well that explains what my life has been lately. BUSY BUSY BUSY FAST FAST FAST FUN FUN FUN!!! NONSTOP!

I have had a Brother Innovis 2500D  sewing/embroidery combination machine for several years maybe eight plus! I finally decided to take some classes. Until then I just used it for a very expensive sewing machine. Now it is getting an embroidery work out.

Here are a couple of projects that I have been trying out lately! I hope you enjoy. More to come.


This first shirt was my very first project . I did not select the proper thread color to accent the bird but I think you all can get an idea as to what it is suppose to be. A bird on a nest. I liked the way we took a scrap t-shirt and cut it up to make the next. Even regular cotton fabric would work.


I really like this shirt. Two colors of fabric with several different colors of thread. The back side was as equally beautiful minus the fabric. In the future I am going to put a cross on a white shirt just using thread.


This is my beautiful spokesmodel Deara (my aunt)  I think the shirt looks marvelous on her!


This past 4th of July instead of cooking out and partying a friend of mine, you all know as Agent Wade..who is my quilting buddy and I made Sugar Skull purses. Mine is on the left with the orange eyes, hers is on the right with the purple eyes. I am showing both to show you how beautiful they are in all colors. The worst part of these is the turning the purse out  and changing of the tread. We must have changed the tread a million times. I see a thread at the top I need to clip!


We also used white fabric to see how we were going to like these. I like it on white. Next time I will use a tonal white not a solid white and a different colored zipper. One to match the eyes or some other part of the face! I messed up the top part. I just knew it was going to have a crew cut. I am proud of myself. I figured out how to back up the machine start over on the top part and it worked! YAY ME! I figured the worst mine would look like it had a bad haircut! Linda said “been in a fight have a scar!” It all worked out.

Year of the Monkey

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