The new sewing machine came--it sews like butter! There are some nice features that I will post about later.
I went to Joanne Fabrics and a nice quilt store in Richmond to get fabrics and threads. I found some charm packs- which are five inch squares of coordinating fabrics, pre-cut and ready to sew. Each square is one fabric from a collection that a designer puts together.
I got one pack that featured cherry prints in various colors. It looks so cheerful and springy. I made a wall hanging for my front door.
I sewed together 8 of the blocks and then got out my Sizzix machine. I used some of the other squares and ran them through my BigKick to cut graduated circles. I stacked up the circles and machine embroidered them together. Then I found some red wool and ran that through the Sizzix to cut out a large flower shape. I arranged these flowers and the extra circles to suit me and then hand sewed them on using the blanket stitch.
Another thing that I found at Joanne's is a bias tape maker. You cut the strips and feed them through. They come out the other side folded and you hit them with the steam iron to press the creases in. I made some binding tape using the same fabric that I backed the wall hanging with. I sewed it on the back with the machine and then hand stitched the binding on the front side to finish it off. It looks pretty good, I think.
I still need to work out a hanger for it so I can put it on my front door.