Saturday, January 26, 2013

Thanks for the Memories

Okay.  I couldn’t resist that title.  What I really need to say though is a big thank you to SewCalGal for organizing the Operation Homefront fundraiser with door prizes and My Memories for donating  their digital scrapbooking software.  I was really lucky to win this.   It’s only been a couple of days, but I have already had such fun!

I have found a favorite designer already as well.  DigiZines has kits that I love.  I don’t know what I’m doing yet but the software is so easy to use that I was able to dive in blind and get some things off the ground right away.

First up was calendar pages for my school notebook.  Digizines has a year long calendar program where each month she sends out the bits and pieces to make the next month’s calendar. 

Next up: steampunk! I love the whole steampunk look.  Makes my heart go pitter patter.  DigiZines has steampunk design kits.  No way I could resist that!  Because I’ve got this whole bookmark addiction going on, I decided my first real play would be with bookmarks.  I didn’t have a template for making them so I just eyeballed the lines.  Here is the whole page printed out.

And cut up with some cheesy rub-on laminate sheets as protection:

I do tend to be critical of my work, so I see things I’d change, but for a first try, well, that was just a blast.  I love them. 

It’s a good thing school isn’t revved up yet: I’m also trying to finish up a Valentine’s mini quilt.  I’m still practicing free motion quilting, but I decided to give myself a general idea of where in the border I want the hearts to go by marking the placement. 

Here my hearts are on the white-board:

And here’s the quilt with the hearts being placed (I just cut some hearts out of freezer paper so I could iron them on and trace around).

More in a few days . . .

And thanks again to My Memories and SewCalGal! 

1 comment:

  1. Glad you like MyMemories software too. Thanks for the recommendation for DigiZines. I'll go check out their designs.

    Have you tried transferring your FMQ designs to tissue paper? You can easily pull the thread out of the needle and stitch thru 10+ layers of tissue and one photocopy of your design. Then pin the tissue paper on your quilt top and stitch it out (with thread in the needle). Makes an easy way to mark your fabric.

    Lesson 1 in the 2012 FMQ Challenge may also be of interest to you. Frances Moore shared a great tutorial for leaves on vines and some done with heart shapes.