Laura’s Three Kittens

Happy New Year to you and yours!  I wanted to share a photo of my last, big project of 2021, and I do mean big, at least in stitches.  After adding up the stitches in the large size design, [for the 150×240 hoop] ,I believe the total was on the far side of 190,000 stitches.  What a way to end the year.  Thank you again for your help in resolving the issue of the missing whiskers.  I look forward to the new year and stitching more of your excellent designs. Blessing upon you, Laura

BFC0968 Window-Three Kittens

Laura’s Mountain Lion

From Laura:

I finished and framed, [quilted and bound] your BFC’s design,1496- Large Mountain Lion, and it is Awesome!  I intend to use a small, natural branch and raw ride shoe laces as the hanger.

I did not have all the correct colors of thread.  I was missing 2731-Hemp and 2793-Camel, substituted the best I could and wa-la, an awesome big cat.  I think this would have turned out better if I had used the correct colors, but using the golden brown border fabric pulled out the browner tones of the puma and not the taupe tones.  All in all, I am pleased with the results.

I would warn anyone intending to do this embroidery, it is time consuming!  Although the 5 parts of this design are easily matched, each section has 11-21 color changes and is stitch intensive.  I actually used 2 layers of Warm and Natural batting under the stitch out.  First I used a fusible, woven interfacing to stiffen the fabric, then quilted it to the first layer of batting, then placed the second layer of batting under the design area before I started to stitch.  I used a size 14 top stitch needle, and all went well there after.  I also used 2 layers of tear-away stabilizer in the hoop.  I would rather have a bit much in the under layers than not enough and have to deal with puckers in the top fabric.

Thanks for about the hundreth time for all the work you and Fred do on all of BFC’s incredible designs. Until next time, happy stitching!

As always a gorgeous job, Laura!  Suz  I lik the colors with the border.

BFC1496 Large Mountain Lion

Laura’s Christmas Presents!!

Laura produces so many beautiful projects.  She’s been concentrating on getting Christmas presents done.

Ta-Da! Matching design shirts for daughter-in-law and granddaughter.  Thanks so much for this delightful design.

BFC31690 Our Sweet Owl at Christmas

Happy Holidays!

Laura

Just wanted to show you my pillow..The orange coloration of this dragon looks beautiful against the eggplant colored  faux suede.  I used your variegated thread, Creamsickle, to sew on the 1/4 inch bias trim, and thought that would be the name I would choose for this dragon.  One Christmas present done, just a couple more to go.  Hope you had a joyous Thanksgiving.  Thanks, Laura

BFC31692 Delights Amber Dragon in 5 sizes

Two out of three Christmas presents, done. Yeah!  I love this kitten.  It makes me smile whenever I look at it.  I hope it will do the same for my friend, Evelyn, in assisted living.  She loves cats.  I recently gave her an embroidery I did of your Large Mountain Lion, and she loved it.  She grew up in Wisconsin and her father used to train dogs to hunt the big cats.  It brought back great memories for her.  I’m hoping this kitty will bring back much gentler memories.

I did this embroidery on black velvet, with the knapp going up.  It was much darker that way.  I backed it with black, fusible fleece and used a tear-away stabilizer, and a size 14 top-stitch needle, no problems at all.  Until next time,

Thanks a bunch, Laura

BFC1095 Window-Kitten in a Bowl

Good Morning, it is a good morning, indeed.  I finished my “Christmas present sewing project list”, and wanted you to see the finished project.  I am naturally not a quilter, I love clothing making and embroidery, however at times I do break my own mould and do some simple quilting.  Here is an example.  I had all the fabric, not bought at the same time, and they went together beautifully.  Yeah for stash-building.  I had ferns in mind when I chose the fabric.  Your fern program, BFC505 was just the ticket!

Because the fabric was pieced and quilted to batting and I used a pretty substantial stabilizer, I used a size 14 top stitch needle.  However I started having loops show up within the stitching on both the top and underneath the design. I believe the large fern frond has about 39,000 stitches, and they are small, so I thought the needle might be too large for the small stitches.  I changed to a size 12 top-stitch needle and nary one more loop formed.  We live and learn.

Although the violets in the design were a freebee from years ago, and I know not where it came from, I believe your ferns are the star of the show.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

BFC0505 Ferns and Flowers

I really love the fabrics in this pillow!!! Suz

Thank you Laura for all your wonderful work