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I’m still making things! Swearsies!

i made it machine embroidery watercolors

Five-by-seven embroideries

I did part of #drawlloween in 2016. I had too many obligations to do all 31 days, but I got a few out of it! I’ve been trying to remember to make my embroideries at standard frame sizes (or to fit frames I already own). I know I should get ~*professional*~ with custom framing to fit the pieces but I’m just.. not ready for that kind of expenditure. So these all ended up a standard 5×7. A few from the series – the ones with cats – ended up larger. These were photographed before the trimming/backing/edge finish.

Zombie iPod

Carnival Knockdown Game

Log Cabin Mummy



Not Quite All My Children


Thirteen Black Cats

Tired of Your Scarecrows

Mothra's Wing

Full Moon Over the Atlantic

Sigil to Summon Nachos

Nosferatu's Manicure

Schwinn Black Phantom

The Cutest Night

i made it machine embroidery watercolors

(Slightly) larger scale embroidery

Most of the embroidery work I’ve done in the last ten? years has been pretty small. My first pieces were all little sketches, cut out with ribbons attached for hanging. Over the past few years I started doing more elaborate compositions and adding color with paint. And now I’m scaling up, and trying to remember to make them the right sizes for frames. Do I always do the cats? No. Do I usually do the cats? Yes.

May 2016
Forbidden Yogurt
Forbidden Yogurt, 8×10″ (sold)

Cat memorial
Cat Memorial, 8×12″ (sold)
Commissioned by the person who bought Forbidden Yogurt to memorialize her own cats, based on one of my previous pieces.

October 2016
Bigger embroideries framed
These three pieces were part of my #drawlloween contribution. I didn’t finish the challenge because of some other obligations. Most of the embroideries I did were 5×7″ (they’ll be in an upcoming post).
Hugomet, 10×12″
Radioactive Kaiju Linus, 8×12″ (sold)
Gnome Linus, 9×12″

Eek! Linus
Eek! Linus, 12×12″

December 2016
Alice embroidery
Portrait of Alice, 8×10″ (gift)
I made this one as a birthday present for my grandmother. (I just want to say that my source photo was from our annual Christmas trip to Storybook Land in Cardiff, NJ. Alice was watching Santa Claus as he waved his magic wand to turn on the lights in the park at dusk. I loved how intent she was.)

clothes i made it

Catching up: 2016’s clothes

Alabama Chanin fitted top from Alison Glass handcrafted jersey
Fitted top

Modified Alabama Chanin fit-and-flare tank from Alison Glass handcrafted jersey
hybrid top

Lemon Drop Tunic for Alice, from Dharma Trading jersey I dyed myself
tie dye lemon drop tunic - kids

Two Lemon Drop Tunics for me! First from Alison Glass handcrafted jersey, second from Heather Ross Briar Rose jersey.
Lemon drop tunic

Floral lemon drop tunic

Another Lemon Drop Tunic, more Alison Glass handcrafted jersey
Grey lemon drop tunic

Alabama Chanin A-line dress in two sided metallic knit from Jo-Ann
Alabama Chanin a-line dress

Modified Alabama Chanin fit-and-flare dress from Alison Glass handcrafted jersey (I ended up wearing this to three weddings and a special birthday party!)
fit and flare dress

At the November CJMQG retreat, I made two short dresses from the Alison Glass Knit Essentials pattern, and one Blueprints for Sewing Saltbox Tee. The knit essentials is in some lightweight organic cotton jersey from and a cotton spandex jersey from the Jo-Ann clearance section. The saltbox is in double gauzes from Sommer by Sarah Jane and Hit Parade by Lizzy House.
saltbox tee and two tee dresses

Better look at the Saltbox.
saltbox tee

Ten for me, one for kid. Not too shabby!


Oh crud!

“Apparently I missed an entire year of posting.” – An old blogger saying.

I made a few things in 2016, I promise.

i made it

Guild Secret Quilter swap

The CJMQG held a Secret Quilter swap. Participants signed up and filled out a questionnaire. My recipient seemed to really love her dog, so I yoinked one of her pictures of him from her Pinterest page. I made a little digital painting of him with Photoshop and turned it into a print on Spoonflower.

Secret Quilter swap: Kim's Dog tote

I got a yard of fabric and made a simple tote bag.
Secret Quilter swap: Kim's Dog tote

Then I made a couple little ornaments, just to round it out.
Secret Quilter swap: tree ornament

Folded fabric star ornament

cats christmas i made it machine embroidery quilts

Christmas: our house

When I was making snowflake ornaments, I thought a bit about the spiderweb ornament tradition. We have two small ones, and I thought Alice might like a bigger one because she likes Shelob from Lord of the Rings.

Alice likes a lot of the bad guys in Lord of the Rings, for whatever reason, and I had joked to her that we could have an Eye of Sauron tree topper. And then I made one out of paper as a surprise when she was out with Bill.
Eye of Sauron tree topper

And not LotR related: Alice was upset that the cats’ stocking didn’t have their names on it when the other three stockings for her, me, and Bill had our names on them. So I made a new stocking for the cats. (Then she got mad that I put their faces on it, not just their names, because she’s three.)
Cat stocking
Cat stocking

christmas i made it machine embroidery

Christmas gifts: little stuff

Glasses case
A glasses case.. I added little paper glasses to make its use a little more apparent to the recipient.

Case for a mix CD
Case for a mix CD
An embellished case for a mix CD.

snowflake ornaments
My generic gift this year was snowflake ornaments. They’re free motion machine embroidered over polyester tulle using various metallic and nonmetallic threads.

christmas clothes i made it

Christmas gifts: clothes!

A short sleeve Alabama Chanin cardigan for my mom, in the Peony color from Alison Glass Knits. Patch from CatCoven on etsy.
Short sleeve cardigan
Short sleeve cardigan

A long sleeve Alabama Chanin cardigan for my sister-in-law, in the Indigo color from Alison Glass Knits. Patch cut from a piece of Cotton + Steel fabric.
Long sleeve cardigan
Long sleeve cardigan

Maxi-length Alabama Chanin wrap skirt for my cousin’s oldest daughter. The fabric is a slightly sparkly solid from the Doodles line at Jo-Ann.
Maxi length wrap skirt

It’s so good that I enjoy all this hand sewing. These pushed my garment count for the year up to nineteen.

christmas i made it

Christmas gifts: Nine pillowcases!

It seemed like a good idea at the time! Fast and easy.

My dad collects antique and vintage toys, so he got the Dick & Jane pedal car print and the Cotton + Steel viewmaster reels.

Five pillowcases
last pillowcase
Four Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and two Star Wars for some kids.