This is what I stitched today! I was afraid to start April's mini because I wouldn't get it done in time to use!! So, this went very, very well and now, maybe, I'll be a month ahead of time! I cut all of pieces with my Scan and Cut machine. I did use Heat and Bond Lite as the fusible. I stitched it mostly in a blanket stitch except for the M and the y as they were tiny and I used a straight stitch. This is a pattern from Count On It by Nancy Halvorsen. It's from awhile ago, but there's one for each month. I bought some fusible batting (for the first time) and will iron it onto the backing and sew it like a pillow covering, then turn it inside out and make the seam lay flat and call that my binding or frame. It's really very cute and I have a metal frame that I'll hang it from...in May, of course!
I've just started using my Scan and Cut, made by Brother, and I think I'll do more applique since this went so quickly. I have so many hand-applique projects started, but they aren't things I'd rather do by machine anyway. I do, however, plan to cut all of my freezer paper for those hand projects with my fancy machine. I don't mind cutting the fabric by hand as you don't have to be all that precise as I turn it under anyway. I, actually, put my freezer paper on the top of my piece and use a glue stick and turn mine under and stitch away.
I ordered some LED lights for my sewing machine which I got today. Will try to get them installed asap. I'm excited because I've tried a few lamps that just weren't enough, fingers crossed these will do the trick because I tend to stitch into the night.
I have so many projects that I want to share with you since I haven't blogged for ages. Some I've finished, some (well, lots) are just started, but I will share my progress or lack there of soon.
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