A few months back my brother in law asked if I would make a flag quilt for his wife who will be retiring after 25 years with the Air Force. I agreed and then forgot about it. Well, we got the invite to the retirement dinner and ceremony this weekend, and I remembered .....more like: Oh crap, I forgot, I gotta make a flag quilt! So, I googled flag quilts and came across this one.
Flag Quilt Instructions here I'm open to suggestions and other ideas, so if you have any, please pass them along. Her retirement ceremony is in early April, so I got about a month to put this together.
A few weeks ago a neighbor commented that she cannot find lady's hankies... I thought, well, I can make them, and use my embroidery machine. Using my cotton batiste which I have a partial bolt of in my stash (it makes great summer dress linings); I cut out some 12x12 squares, and did some monogramming. I need to work better on placement but you can get the idea
It's also a great way to use of some of those remnant lace trims I have. You can see that the monogram on the hanky in the back is too low, and the one on the front is too high. I hoop both the batiste and some tear away stablizer. I made a couple of more this weekend, and did a rolled hem on my serger using poly embroidery thread in the upper looper. It makes a nice edge! My neighbor loved them. She walks, jogs, and cycles, and likes to carry a hanky when it's cold. She said tissue falls apart and she can keep a hanky in her pocket. I need to find some cycling and jogging designs that are not too dense to put on a few.
I also did some towels at Christmas time. I used a heavy tear away stablizer in the hoop. I didn't hoop the towel as it is too thick. I used spray baste it on the stablizer and then placed the towel on top with a layer of clear solvy on top of the towel to keep the nap down on top.This top layer also helped with the constant thread breakage problem I was having.