I have been very fortunate this month and throughout my life.
My cottonwood, which I planted in the 1990s) became infected with small white worms. During the horrific winds two weeks ago, the main limb broke away from the tree. The very tip hit the roof and skitter down the metal siding. It missed the satellite dish, solar panels, and everything else. Just a small dent down the siding to the ground. It could have been so much worse. If it fell to the north, it could have taken my neighbor‘s garage or car, Falling to the east would have taken a different neighbor’s car. Across the street, it may or may not have hit another neighbor’s vehicle.
The neighbor behind my house offered to saw up the limb. I put out a free wood sign. Neighbors down the street took the wood. My neighbor across the street, being a lumberjack, offered to fell the tree and hit the exact spot he said he chose. That takes experience. He sawed up part of the tree and again the free wood sign went up. Another neighbor picked up the wood. I still had a lot of limbs on the ground. Once again the neighbor behind my house offered to saw them up in pieces. Again, the sign went up. Again, another neighbor took the free wood.
Thank you to all my wonderful neighbors.
Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery
Have you tried titanium sewing machine needles? If you haven’t, you may want to try a package. It is stated that you can use titanium for four hours instead of the average two hours for steel needles. Of course, both types of needles can be used a bit longer when all goes well, however a dull needle when sewing a machine embroidery can snag the thread, miss a stitch, and shred thread among other reasons. The various types of titanium needles – embroidery, quilting, universal, etc., have more versatility as all the needle eyes are larger and easier to thread. I use Inspira 14/90 for most cotton fabric. They work especially well for batik cottons. Those who have sewn on batik cotton know the fabric is tighter woven and more difficult to penetrate.
Charlene, Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery, email@example.com
Mist It Sprayer
I was talking to the owner of The Silver Thimble, our local fabric, quilting, and sewing supplies, in Bozeman, Montana about our favorite tools. The tool I feel is one of my most important tools in quilting and embroidery is my Mist It Sprayer pen. I have it near the iron so it is available when my disappearing purple ink marking pen doesn’t completely disappear. I spritz a little water and it magically disappears. You don’t have to get the entire fabric wet with a regular spray bottle.
Until next time,
Charlene, Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery http://www.charlenesbags.etsy.com
In case you missed my post on Facebook, this is the quilt pattern we were given on the McCalls Quilting Cruise. We used Janome sewing machines, however most of the time was spent on cutting out the pieces. The quilt is quite striking in these colors, don’t you think?
Last Saturday, I returned from a quilting retreat through McCall’s Quilting on Royal Caribbean. Wow, I haven’t been on a cruise ever , so this was my one and only. The ship sailed from New Orleans, Louisiana, another place I never visited in the past. It was the first day of Mardi Gras. In spite of rough seas and the flu, I had a great time. The food was excellent and most of the staff was superb.
Now, it is back to sewing and embroidery. New tea towels for 2013 are made by machine appliqueing fabric to the towel along with embroidered flower detail.
It is a beautiful Sunday morning after rain and cloudy yesterday.
I drove over to Livingston, Montana to have lunch with friends. We are part of the Hamilton Store employees. I’ve known them for 39 years. I can’t believe it has been that long since I first worked a seasonal job in Yellowstone.
The audition of my first new kitchen towel is the Happy Halloween Witch’s Hat.
A towel from Indo’s collection “Art to Heart” embroidered with a witch’s hat.
Another towel’s quote is taken from Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth.
Shakespeare’s quote from Macbeth frames a boiling cauldron
I have a Montana Huckleberry Towel and is new to my website. It took a bit of experimenting with color to find the colors that actual are reminiscent of huckleberry. Living nearly 40 years full and part-time in West Yellowstone, I had my favorite huckleberry patch. Location of your private patch is a deeply kept secret in Montana. You take the location to your death-bed.
Montana Huckleberry Branch with Text
Stay tuned for more new towel designs. I am working on more flower applique.
Charlene, Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery, www.charlenesbags.etsy.com
Wow, it is the last day of the month. Where did September go.
Appliqued Daffodil on green swirl towel
I have been busy with new designs for next summer. Here is a peek at one. The daffodil is appliqued on an Indo green swirl towel. I love these Art-to-Heart towel. They have so much more body so require less ironing. I always iron the towel before selling. They look so much better after pre-washing.
Hint: Always pre-wash towels before machine embroidering. All woven cotton towels shrink during the first washing. Plus you will find out whether or not the color runs. I had 60 Dunroven towels that had the color trim run no matter what I did to stop it.
On another note, I went to see the Fall Festival Parade in Belgrade, Montana. It was held yesterday morning. My yoga teacher had her dog in the dog drill team. There were so cute. Several German Shepard, my favorite breed since I was very little. My favorite show at that time was Rin Tin Tin. I liked that dog better than Lassie. What is your favorite breed?
It is time to get to work. Visit with you soon.
I am so excited. A large order of kitchen tea towels arrived last evening. Yippee! I have a lot of new towels to embroider now. I will list all of the designs on charlenesbags.etsy.com as I finish them. It is fun to explore new designs and ready for next summer season.