Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ginny's Key Chain Order

Ginny ordered 18 key chains to give as gifts to co-workers, friends and family. She gave me a list of names and suggested a color for each one. I went shopping for ribbon and picked thread colors from my stash. I made these in assembly-line fashion: digitized all the names first, embroidered all the ribbons (4 per hooping), trimmed down stabilizer, cut ribbon to size, then stitched ribbon to D-ring. I used clear monofilament thread to stitch the key chains closed so I didn't have to change thread (both top and bobbin) 18 times! I was pleased with the results -- hopefully all the recipients will be, too.
Click for a better view:

Make that 20 key chains. Here are two more that got left off the original list:

Baby Girl Gift Set

Leslie requested a baby girl gift set similar to the set I did for Kristen a while back. Here's a matching onesie/bib/burp cloth set for little Anila!

The monogram on the burp cloth is from the Dot Alphabet I got on Sew Forum. Kathy digitized the name for me using the font Acadian. The dot frame on the bib and onesie is also a design I got from Sew Forum. The monogram on the onesie was added using Embird Alphabet #17.

Happy Birthday, Elaine!

Today is our preschool director's birthday. I work with her in the office, and every morning around 10am she has to have her daily can of coke. So I made this for her. Kathy digitized her name with Font Engine and a cola font. I did the back with Embird Alpha #2.

She LOVED it, and I already have orders for two more!

Here are the two that I did for Carol to give as gifts (the backs are the same as Elaine's).

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Christmas Bag for ME!!

Even though I've been busy chipping away at my custom order list, and I still have lots to do, I decided to squeeze in a project for myself. My yellow and blue rag-style purse is pretty, but just totally out of season. So I decided to make a new rag-style bag with Christmas fabric. These fabrics came from a fat-quarter bundle I bought years ago and never used. It was nice to have a set of fabrics that went well together. Since I didn't have yardage of any of these prints, I couldn't easily make handles. I purchased some green webbing to use instead. That sure saved time!

A customer has asked me about putting a zipper in a rag-style bag. I told her I would experiment before committing to it. I spent a couple weeks brainstorming how to make it work and didn't come up with a good solution. This weekend when I was talking about it with Valerie, she suggested making a top panel the same size as the base and put the zipper down the middle. What a genius! It worked perfectly! This will especially make Carlin happy -- he complains about how stuff spills out of my bag if it tips over in the car.

And here's a look inside a filled purse. My wallet and another little zippered bag sit in the middle.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Personalized Rag-Style Bag

A friend (whom I will allow to remain anonymous) requested an orange and blue rag-style bag for her Gator sister-in-law as a birthday gift. One of the benefits of being from another state is that I don't have any strong allegiances around these parts, so it didn't pain me to make it as much as it did her to order it. I think it turned out really cute. Fortunately it is the wrong orange and blue, so I wasn't tempted to keep it as an Illini purse for myself.
I made the tab closure wider than my previous purses and put the monogram on it (using Embird Alphabet #33).

The inside features several pockets. Each bag I've made is an improvement on the last, and I think I've finally settled on a standard set of pockets. One side has a 4" and an 8" pocket (the 8" is perfect for a checkbook, 4" can hold a cell phone, sunglasses case or keys). The other side has two 6" pockets (for wallet or whatever else fits). Both ends have a pocket as well, and for one of them I added two lines of stitching to create a place to store pens/pencils.

I've got another bag cut out to make for myself. Hopefully I'll have that done in the next couple of days.

Hooded Towels for more grandkids!

Jan ordered two more hooded towels to give as Christmas presents to the rest of her grandkids. I got them done today so I can deliver them to Jan while she's in town visiting family instead of shipping them down to her home. Saves time and money for all!
I used Embird Alphabet #33 for the text. The crown is the same one I've used several times. The pirate hat came from Sew Forum.

Bibs for Sophia

My friend Tiffany will be visiting family this weekend. Her niece's first birthday is in a week, so Tiffany requested a couple bibs to take her as a gift. The first is one with her name (Embird Alphabet #17)

The second requires a bit of explanation: "Tater is our pug and hangs out under her high chair for dropped goodies." Hee hee... The text is Embird Alphabet #18, and the paw prints came from Sew Forum.

Like my model?? Annaliese wasn't too sure about me putting bibs on her bear...

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Tackling Custom Orders

The last few days I have been working my way through some custom orders (in addition to hemming a choir dress -- my first time tackling a project like that!).
First up is a "Special Delivery" onesie that Michelle ordered for a new arrival. The design is from Sew Terific and I added all of the birth details with Embird Alphabet #2.

Next is a burp cloth that Kristen ordered for yet another new arrival. She requested one like I had made for Hudson. The applique football is from Embroidery Garden (off of a freebie football sucker holder available on her yahoo group). I added the name with Embird Alphabet #2.

And finally I made a crayon purse and a crayon roll, both personalized. The design for the crayon holders came from Sewing For Sarah. I added the names with the Tinker Toy font, posted on Sew Forum.

Madison Cheers on the Noles!

Here's a picture of Madison in her FSU Bandana dress that we gave her for her birthday. Looks like it fits now with room for growth next spring. Whew!
What a cutie...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thanksgiving Feast

Today was the Thanksgiving Feast at Annaliese's preschool. I tried to snap a picture of her in her new turkey shirt before the festivities began... she was over-posing, so I'll try for a better shot on Sunday or Thanksgiving day. (see below)
Here's a picture of my Indian Princess, and you can see my shirt pretty well here:

And Daddy was a surprise visitor at the feast -- you should have seen the delight in Annaliese's eyes when she saw him sitting by her place mat (which is a precious turkey made with her handprints!)

Here's a better picture of Annaliese on Thanksgiving Day. Note that I tried to pick colors for the feathers in the applique so it would match these cute capris we had received as a hand-me-down:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Turkey Shirts

Our Thanksgiving Feast at Preschool is this Friday. Today made turkey shirts for Annaliese and myself to wear. I decided against making identical ones like I did for our pumpkin tops. Here's a sneak peak... better pictures (like after they dry!) will be forthcoming.

I made my shirt first. The design is from the San Francisco Design Co. and is actually free right now. It stitched out pretty well. There are a couple of stitching errors, but no complaints from a free design!

The design on Annaliese's shirt came from the Embroidery Market.

Now that I have those out of the way, I need to focus on several orders... special delivery onesie, personalized burpcloth, crayon holders, bibs, a rag-style bag... hopefully I'll have lots of pictures to post over the next few days.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Happy Birthday Roberta, Jesse and Jake!

WOW! It seems like half of Annaliese's friends were born within the first 5 days of November! That makes for lots of birthday gifts!

Roberta turned 3 and loves princesses, so I made her a crayon purse and put Princess Aurora on the pocket. It was so fun to watch her open it in person -- she liked her name and the crayons, but when she flipped it over and saw Aurora, she was ecstatic! It was precious.

Both Jesse (church friend) and Jake (preschool friend) turned 4 this year. I made them each a pair of crayon and pencil rolls.

Jake, his brother Brodie and mom loved them so much that they ordered a set for Brodie, too! I got those done this weekend and will deliver them tomorrow.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Loads of Gift Card Holders!

Well, I couldn't get my Giga Hoop to work last night, and didn't have time to figure out why. It really wouldn't have saved me a ton of time anyway, so not that big of a loss... for now.
Today my machine was stitching more than it wasn't! (And my lips are really chapped, but only my mom will fully understand that.) I made a ton of these gift card holders. This picture doesn't do them justice, but I don't have time to take better pictures. Maybe later, unless they all sell! :)

The mitten gift card holders are basically all the same, green and white on red. The stockings have lots of variations: some traditional Christmas colors, colors for little girls and boys, and then of course colors for the Noles and Gators!
I also want to offer personalized gift card holders, so I need to take examples. I chose Tiffany and A.J., in honor of Tiffany's comments on this blog. No, this isn't a payoff, just a small token of my gratitude! I'll give them to you after Sunday's craft booth at Southwood.

When the weekend is over I'll post more details on where the design came from and how they are constructed.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

My project for tonight

Once I return from church tonight, I plan to tackle more of these gift card holders. I'm going to attempt to use my GigaHoop for the first time to do 4 at once. They are super cute! More design details later!

Loads of Pacifier Clips!

Here are the pacifier clips I have made over the last few days in preparation for my two shows this weekend.

I have some plain ones, $4 each:

I have some for sports fans, $6 each:

And I can take orders for personalized pacifier clips, $8 each. Anna is being nice enough to let me display the ones she ordered for her future nieces before I mail them off!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Promotional Video

A while back I set up a YouTube account so that I could subscribe to videos (especially ones that Carlin was posting which were not available to the public). Carlin decided to make me a little video so that my YouTube page would have something on it!

He asked me to pick out pictures of twelve of my favorite projects. That was challenging. I decided on six of my favorite quilts and six embroidery projects that show the variety of things I can do. I didn't want to include pictures of other children, so that eliminated a few projects. Then he put it all together adding music, motion graphics, text, and SHINE! I think the final product is pretty neat! It reminds me of the opener to several of the quilting shows on PBS. :)

The only thing we are not sold on is the very end. We settled on "Janay's Stitches", but that's open for suggestions. I'm not very creative when it comes to wordsmith sort of stuff. I challenge you to help us come up with something better! I'd love to use either my initials (KJT) or Janay or Trammel, but I'm open to anything!

Flannel Rag Quilts for Sale

In addition to my crayon rolls and Amy's headbands, I will also be taking my flannel rag quilts to "Christmas at the Holiday Inn". Two of them have been posted previously here. The others are:
Noah's Ark Flannel Rag Quilt

Bugs Galore Flannel Rag Quilt

You can learn more about my rag quilts at my online gallery Janay's Quilts

Amy's Headbands

These are not items that I have made, but that I have available for purchase! My sister-in-law makes fantastic headbands, and today I received a shipment from her. I am taking them with me to the "Christmas at the Holiday Inn" event that I am a part of this Friday. She has made headbands for Noles, Gators and Tigers; we have patriotic and Christmas themed headbands, as well as an assortment of other colors. Let me know if you'd like to claim one or more before Friday!
Be sure to click for an enlarged picture.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Shower Gifts for Tori's Twins


Tori recently had her boy/girl twins, and today was her baby shower with the women at Timberlane CoC. Several weeks back Melissa commissioned me to make a diaper bag like my rag-style purse. She wanted girl colored fabrics on one side and boy fabrics on the other. I found a cute print and picked out a blue and pink calico that would match. I monogrammed the babies' initials on each side.

The inside features several pockets. Two are the right size for a wipes container and a small stack of diapers. I hope the two on the ends hold bottles... I don't have any laying around here to check, but Annaliese's platex cups fit!

Even if it isn't the most functional diaper bag early on, Tori will be toting stuff for her twins for several years to come!

Melissa and a few others went in together to get the bag and fill it with lots of good stuff. I decided I needed to make a few more personalize items to coordinate. I did two pacifier clips, which I posted earlier, and these two burp cloths. The applique star design came from The Embroidery Market (actually I think it was a freebie from the yahoo group). I used the same fabrics as in the diaper bag and variegated threads for the satin stitch. The text was added with Embird Alphabet #2, and I used the same thread color as their monograms on the bag.

It turned out to be a nice ensemble.





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