Love Stitching and Sewing-Valentines Day 2016

On January 27th, my hubs had his first of two hip replacement surgeries. BTW he is doing very well recovering here at home! That day at the hospital, I brought a couple portable stitching projects to keep my mind and hands busy. I loved working these little stitched hearts. I found the project online and the directions, see the link, were very good. It would remind you of a lazy daisy stitch. http://www.designsponge.com/2014/02/diy-project-chain-of-heart-napkins.html .

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I chose not to connect the hearts and used 4 strands of embroidery floss doubled.

Cute right?

Also I added some freehanded lettering using 2 strands of embroidery floss in a backstitch!

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There’s nothing like hand stitching to pass the time!

In my studio, my students and I played around with a bin of Valentine inspired bits of festive printed fabrics and trims to create cute book marks to gift family and friends.

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Since lessons are only one hour, we batch sewed! First we chose a backing fabric that we fused a

medium weight interfacing to give some stiffness. Next we added a layer of Quilters Dream Request Batting and then we horizontally layered torn raw edged strips of the fabrics. That was our lil quilt sandwich! We used free motion machine stitching with an open toe presser foot to quilt the piece

Next we rotary cut the mini quilt into 2″ wide bookmarks and added trims and embellishments.

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Here’s a few of our adorable and quick Valentine handmades!

Happy Valentines Day everyone!