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Norma's Project Instructions
Norma Creely, a home sewist who lives in Tasmania, submitted two items for Glenn to showcase: a bedside lamp for a child's room and a lap quilt, using Outback Embroidery's farm animal designs.
Instructions for the lamp:
I bought a 6-sided lampshade frame and taped the wire. Then I used polyester cotton material and embroidered 3 pieces and glued them to alternate sections and trimmed them to the shape. Using a floral material, I glued that to the remaining sections and trimmed them. I made free-standing lace on the machine and glued this over all the joints and top and bottom of the frame.
Instructions for the quilt:
I used polyester cotton to make 25 7½" squares--12 solid and 13 floral. I embroidered all the solid squares. Then I joined all the squares together with a ¼" seam allowance. I cut 2½" strips of coordinating material for the border, and joined a strip down each side, then the top and bottom. Press flat all the seams. Then lay the section on wadding, pin, and trim the wadding to fit. Sew the outer edges together. Cut backing to fit shape of quilt; stitch together along the edges, leaving a gap at base for turning through. Turn through to right side and hand-stitch gap closed. Then quilt through by sewing round inside edge of border, then next block in, and finally the centre square. I find a walking foot very good for doing this.
Another project from Doreen in Canada
These pillows using Outback Embroidery Wild Animal designs were also created by Doreen from Canada. The large tiger has 57,500 stitches, the Elephant has 64,300. But both designs come in two sizes, one to fit a 5" x 7" hoop.
To make the two pillows you need:
1¼ meters of navy blue velveteen 45 inches wide
½ meter of peel-and-stick stabilizer.
Various colours of thread as stated in the thread colour chart for the design. I prefer polyester embroidery thread for its strength, but rayon thread will also work.
4 meters of ½ inch rayon braid with the tape attached
2 zippers 18 inches long, same colour as fabric
1 meter water-soluble stabilizer
2 pillow forms
Cut two 20-inch squares, one for each pillow, from the velvet. Hoop the peel-and-stick stabilizer in the large design hoop. Do not hoop the velvet; that will leave hoop burn marks. Remove the paper coating from the peel and stick. Find the center of the velvet square and center the velvet in the hoop. Press down firmly to the peel and stick. Float a piece of water-soluble stabilizer (WSS) on top of the velvet fabric.
You may want to pin in the corners so the WSS stays in place. Attach the hoop to the embroidery arm, and stitch out design. Remove hoop from machine and tear away the peel-and-stick backing.
Sew the braid to the outside edge of the pillow square that has the design on it. Using a zipper foot, stitch as close as possible to the inner edge of the braid. Start and stop in the middle of one side. When you start, the cut edge of the braid should be twisted down so that when you come around to finish sewing, they will overlap and can be cut off even with the edge of the pillow. Now take the large piece of fabric that has not been sewn on (this piece is about 24" by 24" left from cutting out the two fronts). Cut this piece in half down the middle. Sew these two halves back together right sides facing, leaving about one inch (2.5cm) seam allowance with a long stitch length. Center zipper over this stitched seam. Stitch around zipper. Unpick [open] the seam over the zipper part way and open zipper a bit. Now stitch this back piece to the front piece that has the design on it, right sides together all the way around the outside edge. Turn pillow cover right side out and insert pillow form. I would use a 20-inch pillow for this so it is good and tight and the designs stand out sharp and clear.