Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My New Valdani Collection - Garden Party


I've been working with Valdani threads to create my own collection.  When you look at the 100's of beautiful Valdani colors, you will understand that it isn't easy to choose just 12.  I wanted to have a range of colors and include my favorites.  Of course, I needed colors for stitching a honeybee into each project too.

After hours of gazing at the computer screen and all the Valdani colors, I included colors I use most often, those in recent projects, and new projects you haven't seen yet. 

The Garden Party collection is available in my Etsy Shop where it is offered at a lower price than if you purchase individual colors.  Of course, if you want just 1 color, I carry a small inventory, so just contact me and I'll try to help you out.  I only carry size 8 because that's my favorite, but your local quilt shop can order the collection in size 8 or size 12 directly from Valdani.

The Valdani threads are colorfast, hand-dyed 100% cotton.  They are wonderful to work with and add that special touch to all types of embellishment.

Unfinished Projects

I've posted before that I don't have a stash because I get all stressed out thinking I need to do something with all that fabric.  Well, I also hate unfinished projects for the same reason!  I usually just work on one thing at a time, start to finish.  When I'm close to the finish I start my next project so I don't have "empty" time.

Unfortunately, I broke my own rules the past few months.  I bought fabric I didn't need and started multiple projects.  I'm frantic because there are new ones I want to start and will not allow myself until a few are finished.

I finished this notebook cover that was started a year ago.  Now, this is a simple project but when it was time to slip the notebook inside guess what - I made the cover too big!  Unpicked, cut and sewn back together - it's ready for my friend that is visiting this week.

This little zippered pouch was an easy project.  It is just the right size for pencils, rulers, threads, whatever.  I stitched a design to mimic the printed cotton fabric with the Portuguese knotted stem stitch for the stem, chain stitch leaves, and gathered ribbon flowers.  This one was sent off as a gift too.

We have 2 road trips scheduled in the coming weeks and I have my hexies (yes, I got in on that craze too) basted and ready to sew into blocks.  I bought a wall hanging kit a few months ago and that one will be finished in about an hour.  There is also my new wool project that just needs some finishing touches.

Don't be too proud of me....... did I mention the BOMS? 

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