Friday, June 23, 2017

Grime Guard Mailings

Will use this post and update it when I send out a new batch of grime guards.  So please check in periodically to see if your name has been posted.

These are being mailed in a small yellow bubble mailer. I ask that you take care when opening so as to not cut the contents.  Once you get yours, please take a minute or two and let me know you got it.  I would like to know it got to where it was supposed to go.

Oh, want to say I tried very hard to accommodate your color or theme suggestions.  If I didn't have it in my fabric inventory (didn't have any cats, dogs or paw prints), I substituted with something else, something that was colorful, cheery and springy or summery.  Do hope you like what was selected and sewn for you.  Was kind of fun to go through my fabric inventory.  Found pieces I had forgotten about.

Sewn in the order I received your email with your mailing address. Once I hear back from you that you got your grime guard, will delete your emails and mailing address.

Happy stitching, ladies.

Mailed out 06/26/17...

Linda - blog contact - heard from, has received
Laurawa/Laura - heard from, has received
Abbie B - blog contact
Ladyirismom/Leah B.
Faith - blog contact - heard from, has received
Catlover/Pat - heard from, has received
Kmk711/Karen in MD - heard from, has received

Mailed out 06/23/17....

Lestitch/Laura - heard from, has received
Cjstitches/Cathy - heard from, has received
Twistedxsr/Linda#24 - heard from, has received
Gearyhome/Pat G. - heard from, has received
Msbless12/Kim in NY - heard from, has received
Kmb911/Karen - heard from, has received
Moonstar/Donna - heard from, has received
Aleida/Aleida - heard from, has received
Tnmimi/Carol - heard from, has received

Have 12 left to do.  Will start on these on Thursday (had pt appointment on left shoulder 06/26 and 06/28 and was gone for medical appointment all day 06/27).  Working to get the final batch in the mail by July 1st.

Doing these is teaching me about my new machines and I'm loving the process.

Leah has stayed closed by on the carpet while I've sewed.  The weather has been nice here.  Have been able to have the doors open, blinds open and there's a gentle cool breeze blowing throughout the house.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Winners of Grime Guard Giveaway

This contest is officially closed.

The winners are...

Surprise. :)

All of you.

Each person (either from posting on the stitching message board or contacting me through the contact form on my blog) that entered my giveaway contest will be receiving a Q-snap frame grime guard or if you specified you would like for a set of scroll rods, you will be receiving one set of scroll rod grime covers.

Now here's what I am asking from those that entered.

I need you to email me with the following information.

1.  Your mailing address.  Where do you want me to send it?

2.  If you didn't specify a color, please do so and if you would like a certain theme such as Christmas, autumn, spring, dogs, cats, etc.  I will try my best to accommodate your request.  As I said in my giveaway, I will be using fabric that I already have in my inventory.

3.  I will make these in the order I receive the emails providing the mailing address information.  I bought small plastic yellow bubble mailers and will use them for mailing through the U.S. postal service.

4.  I will post whose have been sent as I mail them.  My goal is to have these all done and in the mail by July 1st.  I do have a few personal commitments prior to the 1st, but these don't take long to do and I should be able to meet my goal of  July 1st.

Now, ladies...please, again, I say please, let me know when your grime guard arrives.  I just want to know it got to where it was supposed to go and in one piece.  Unharmed.

In closing, please know once I've heard from you that you got your grime guard cover(s), I will be deleting your email.  I don't save or keep emails or addresses.  Just wanted to reassure you of that.

Have a great day.

Friday, June 16, 2017

GIVEAWAY - Grime Guard Covers

I've been blessed.

I've wanted an air-threaded serger since hearing about them.  I was able to purchase a used one in excellent condition.  It's a Babylock Imagine that uses four thread cones.  Nice machine!!

Wanted to upgrade my sewing machine and discovered that the local sewing business had a sale going on with their machines during the month of May.  Was able to purchase a Babylock Presto sewing machine.  Has wonderful features and nice attachments.

Wanted a new cabinet.  One that was all wood and had drawers.  Found one and liked it.  Has a lift for the sewing machine and drawers in a vertical column on the left side.  Wanted an acrylic insert that fit the opening of the cabinet and butted up against my sewing machine.  Was given that free with the purchase of the cabinet. My cabinet and insert will be delivered the first part of July.  .

I've received sewing/stitching goodies in addition to some very pretty cards in the mail from individuals.  It's summer time and the weather is so beautiful.  It has been wonderful to hear the cardinals sing and see the pretty flowers.  Leah, my kitty, whom I adopted November 2016, is turning out to be a wonderful companion.  Love her bunches.  I am starting to feel better physically.  Have a good medial team of health care providers.  It's a good day.  God has been good to me.

I want to pass on a blessing and spread a wee bit of sunshine.

I enjoy machine sewing.

I am going to give away seven (my favorite number) grime guards.  Can be either for a Q-snap frame or scroll rods.  You pick the color (will use what I have in my fabric inventory) and size.  One grime guard/scroll rod set per person whose name is drawn in the giveaway.  Open to any stitcher on this planet.  Will send anywhere.  UPDATE - please state if you would like to win a Q-snap frame grime guard or a set of scroll rod grime guards and what size.

Will draw seven names on Wednesday evening, June 21st.

Will work on getting them all sewn and mailed out by July 1st.  Will be mailed in a small bubble envelope.

WIP Stoney Creek POM Series 800

Did a little bit on my Stoney Creek piece.  Almost done with block five.  Only one left to do in this series.  Goal is to have this done by the end of the weekend.  Would like to have block six done by the end of June.  I plan to mount, lace and frame it myself.

Seems odd to work with smaller thread after using #5 pearl cotton thread on the Dutch Treat Design.  Such a difference.

Like what this square says.  Remember who you are.  I tend to view myself in the light of God's love.  I'm His child.  He's a good God.  So. Very. Good.

POM Series 11/14 to 04/15 Life is a Gift
Stoney Creek  
28ct Beige Jobelan, DMC, WDW, Classic Colorworks, ThreadWorx and 
Glissengloss Rainbow Blending Threads, Suggested Embellishments
Stitching 2 over 2
Started - 04/24/17
Progress as of 06/13/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on This Thus Far - 28

Blocks 1-4

These six charts (charts only) and the booklet of charts from the Dutch Treat Designs - They Followed the Star - will be offered up for a giveaway when I have completed them.  

For a smile...

Leah snoozing close by.  

It was quiet in the house, a/c was running and the fans were on low osculating the air, was late in the evening and I was stitching.  Looked up between rethreading my needle and saw this on the floor by my chair.  

WIP Dutch Treat Designs They Followed The Star

Managed to get one side completely done.  Did turn the tablecloth and reserted it in the Q-snap frame.  Next up is a camel with two figures.

Liked how the trunk of the palm tree turned out with the second tree.  Am going to redo the trunk on the first tree.  Don't like the long stitches on this fabric.  Too loose.

They Followed the Star Tabletopper
Dutch Treat Designs
18ct Ivory Anne Cloth, DMC #5 Pearl Cotton Threads
Stitching 1 over 2
Started 10/21/16
Progress as of 06/11/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on This Piece So Far - 9

Friday, June 9, 2017

How I Do It Scroll Rod Covers a.k.a. Grime Guards

For purposes of this How I Do It post, I borrowed a scroll rod frame from a fellow stitcher. I don't use scroll rods. I prefer wooden hoops or a Qsnap frame.

First thing I do is determine the size I need.  I measure the INside of the end bars.  This will be the length of the scroll rod cover.  The length is 20".   I add 1" to the 20".  The 1" will be for hemming the ends.

I use 5" as the size for the fabric that is wrapped around the scroll rod.  I will need to make casings to thread elastic through and have fabric left over to put on scroll rod.  I use 1/4" elastic.  5" + 1" allowance for two 1/2" casings = 6"

I will need two 21" x 6" pieces of fabric.

As when I make Q-snap frame covers, I start by trimming the one edge.

I made a cut at 21".  I have the length.  Now I need to cut the fabric for the width.

I turn my fabric to trim the edges.  I make sure the bottom edge is lined up and even with the marked line on my matte board.

I trim the left side to give a nice even edge

I cut the right side at the 6" mark.

I now have a piece of fabric 21" long by 6" wide.

Next I cut the elastic.  I will need two pieces - one for each rod of the scroll rod frame.

I cut a piece two times the width.  No more than that.  You need some tightness but yet some elasticity so you can could stretch it and get it up and over the ends of the scroll rod. Remember, with this scroll rod it was 20" wide so 20 + 20 = 40".  I need a piece 40" long. One continuous piece.  Not two pieces.  Just one.

My cutting matte is only 36" wide so I double the elastic, 20" + 20" to give me 40" and cut at the 20" mark. I now have one piece of elastic 40" long.

After I have cut the fabric pieces and the elastic, I serge the edges, all four sides of both pieces of fabric.  Helps to keep it from unraveling.  Also makes for a nice finish.  

All edges serged.

Next I turn and press the shorter sides 1/2". I do the shorter sides first,  If not, I will have problems later on in the construction of the grime guards.

I use my hem pressing guide for this step.

I hem both pressed edges.

I recheck to see if the length is okay. It is and now I prepare the long sides for the elastic by sewing casings.

I repeat the steps (fold and sew 1/2" hems) with the longer sides.

I sew the pressed hems, making sure to sew far enough from the pressed edge to accommodate for 1/4" elastic.  This sewn seam makes the casing for the elastic.

Once the casings are sewn, I prepare the elastic to feed through the casings. I put a straight pin in the elastic at one end and a safety pin on the other end.

I feed the elastic through the casing.   Being careful and making sure to not twist the elastic.

TIP:  If your elastic gets hung up in the casing, use a turning tool and gently work the safety pin through to the end of the casing.

I fold up the cover - like it would be if it was on the scroll rod - and insert the safety pin into the beginning of the second casing. This will help to prevent the elastic from being twisted or turned wrong as I feed it through the casing.

I work the elastic, gently but firmly through the second casing.  Again, I don't want the elastic to twist or turn.

Once the elastic has been thread through the casing I overlap the elastic, making sure it is not twisted or turned. I take the safety pin off the one end of the elastic and using the straight pin, pin the edges together.

I sew the two pieces together using a zig zag stitch running back and forth several times.

To hide where I have sewn the edges of the elastic together, I carefully work the elastic around inside the casing and take a few stitches back and forth along the casing, anchoring the elastic to the casing. Once that was done, I stretch the cover out making sure the elastic is evenly distributed.

I test it out on the scroll rod.

I repeat the process for the second grime guard cover.

For those of you that use both scroll rods and Q-snap frames with your stitching, I did a Qsnap frame cover How I Do I in this post. click here

WIP Dutch Treat Designs They Followed the Star

Have managed to turn the corner and am working on a second palm tree. Almost done with this square or block.  Just need to finish the top of the tree, do the long straight stitches on the trunk of the tree, put the grass stitches in on the sand and do the three jewel squares at the bottom of the square.

Next square in line to work on contains a camel and some people.

They Followed the Star Tabletopper
Dutch Treat Designs
18ct Ivory Anne Cloth, DMC #5 Pearl Cotton Threads
Stitching 1 over 2
Started 10/21/16
Progress as of 06/04/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on This Piece So Far - 7

Sunday, June 4, 2017

How I Do It Q-Snap Cover a.k.a. Grime Guard

These are simple to do.  Doesn't take alot of time to sew it together.

First thing I do is determine the length I need for my Q-snap frame.

I add the length of all four sides of my Q-snap frame together and add extra to allow for seams OR if I am stitching a large design and working with a large piece of evenweave, I will add extra to allow for tucking the extra fabric into my cover.

For purposes of this narrative I am sewing a cover for a 11" x 11" Q-snap frame.

So 11" + 11" + 11" + 11" = 44".  I will add an additional 1-3/4 " for my seams and serging. I will need a piece that is 45-3/4" long.

If I was working with a rectangular sized frame, say for example a 8" x 17" frame, I would add 8" + 8" + 17" + 17" = 50".  Again, adding an additional 1-3/4" for my seam and serging.

The additional 1-3/4" works for me.  Next cover I make I might add more.  Fabric is forgiving and believe it not, can and does stretch.  I have prewashed fabric and pressed it before making these covers, but not always.  Covers do get dirty.  I do wash mine.  I do allow for shrinkage, thus the additional inch or two.

The above is for the length or the area of all four sides of the Q-snap frame.

For determining what goes around (around the tube of the frame) the Q-snap frame, I use 5-3/4".  Plenty of coverage.  Plenty of space for my fabric.  Allows for serging the edges and for making a casing for my elastic.

In summary will need a piece of fabric 45-3/4" in length and 5-3/4" in width.

For my elastic, I will need two pieces 1/2 of Q-snap frame size.  So for this cover I will need 11" + 11" = 22" + 1-3/4" which allows for sewing the ends together.

If my Q-snap frame was a rectangle, I would take one of the shorter and one of the longer measurements, add those together and add 1-3/4". (8" + 17" + 1-3/4")

To sew these I use a sewing machine, serger, cutting matte, ruler, rotary cutter, fabric and 1/4" elastic.

First cut of my fabric is to trim the edge.  I like to start at the 1" mark.

Then I measure and cut at the 5-3/4" mark.

My fabric is not long enough (need 45-3/4") so I will make two cuts and sew a seam and trim.

I cut one 5-3/4" piece and then cut a second 5-3/4" piece.

With these two cuts I have the length and width I need for my Q-snap cover.

I match right sides together, making sure the design is going in all the same direction and serge the ends together.

I go back to the cutting matte and trim the length bearing in mind that the fabric is doubled (been serged together) so I need to cut half of my 45-3/4" length.  That would be (round up to 46 in my head, half of that would be 23) and so I measure to the 23" mark and cut alittle over that...this will allow for a serged seam.  Not applying for a rocket job at NASA...keep it simple.  It works.  Better to be over then short with the measurements.

I then go back to the serger and serge the edges.  Making sure that the seam I have serged is going in the same direction on each side of the fabric.  I don't want bumps with my Q-snap cover nor do I want to have problems when I feed my elastic through the casings.

Once both of the edges have been serged, I match right sides together and serge the second seam.

I now have two pieces serged together in two places and both edges serged.

Now I prepare the casings for the elastic.  I measure 1/2", fold over and pin.  I start sewing, remove the pin and eyeball the hem on the fabric, keeping it at 1/2".  

I stop about 1- 1-1/2" from where I started, leaving an opening where I will feed the elastic through.

Again, making sure the serged seam goes in the same directions on both sides, I repeat on the other side of the fabric for the second casing.

Both casings sewn and ready for the elastic.

I go back to the cutting matte and cut two pieces of elastic.

I find the opening in the casing, and check the direction the serged seams are facing.  I don't want my elastic to get caught up in the sewn seams as I feed it through the casing.

I prepare my elastic...small safety pin (holds the elastic so it doesn't go into casing) at one end and straight pin at the other end,  

and begin to feed elastic through the casing.  Slowly making sure as to not twist the elastic.

Once the pins meet up together, I run my fingers along the casing double checking to see that the elastic is not twisted anywhere.

I pull both ends up and out of the casing so I can machine sew them together.

I put the elastic end facing me on the bottom (have found it feeds better in the machine) and the end facing away from me on the top.

I set my stitch to zig-zag and sew back and forth a few times to secure the ends together.

I then sew the opening closed.

I repeat the steps for the other side.  Once that is done, I put the cover between my hands and stretch out to even out the elastic and fabric.

Sewn Q-snap cover on a 11" Q-snap frame.

Time to sew cover...start to finish...less than 30" minutes.  

For those of you that use both Q-snap frames and scroll rods with your stitching, I did a scroll rod covers How I Do It in this post.  click here