Sunday, January 31, 2016

Group Member in Focus: Meet Meredyth!!

Hi Everyone!  I'd like to introduce Meredyth!  She's a member of the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Fans FB Group.  This is the group I started about one year ago for those that Own, Use and Love the Singer 9960.

This group is full of talented people and Meredyth is no exception.  She has a Unique Artistic Gift that we've all been mesmerized by in the group and I'd like to share her work with you.

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Meredyth creates animal portraiture with free motion embroidery!  Each one of these wonderful pieces of Art are created by hand with free motion stitches.

  I find the expressiveness in the eyes that she's able to convey just fascinating.  The shading and textures really bring these animals to life!!

More recently she's taken her Artwork to a new level with a more free style approach to portraits.  Notice how the eyes and shape are still very realistic, but she's used shapes and pattern stitching to create the texture of the animals.  Just Amazing!!

I asked Meredyth a few questions and she was kind enough to graciously answer and bring us into her world.

How did you get started exploring this kind of thread painting?
"Until I got my 9960, I just did standard quilting and other sewing (mostly refashioning or clothing) on a very basic machine.  I always admired thread painting from afar.  When I got my 9960, which came with all the feet, including the darning/free motion quilting foot, that's when I started experimenting with different quilting patterns and techniques.  I started doing the pet artwork when my mother's dog passed away and I wanted to make her something really unique and special.  I never thought it would become my "niche", but it turned out so well that when I shared it in some of the quilting groups I belong too, the orders started rolling in."

How long does it take for you to complete a portrait of someone's pet?
"Generally speaking, my pet products take about 20 to 30 hours from start to finish."

What do you call this kind of Artwork?  It's very unique.
"It falls into the thread painting category, although I also use raw edge applique and quilting techniques to get the texture and color right."

If you'd like more information about Meredyth's work, please check out her Etsy Store:

I hope you've enjoyed seeing these wonderful creations by Meredyth!  She truly uses her Singer 9960 to it's potential.  I'll leave you with a sneak peek of something very new she's working on:

I'm looking forward to seeing how this evolves into something Incredible!

Have a Happy Creative Day!!


The link for my tutorial is

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Happy Surprise!

Hi Everyone!  I encountered a Happy Surprise!!  One of my Picture Tutorials, The Flower Power Purse

was included in a round up on Diply!  It was great to have been included with other upcycled denim projects in a post called "She grabs a pair of old jeans and starts cutting". I'm a HUGE fan of upcycling, so if you are too, check out all the projects included.  The best part of this round up is that each item included has an actual tutorial to learn how to make it.  Another thing I found refreshing about this post is that all the projects featured seem to be not the "same old same old".  Let's face it. There's a lot of recycled content being put out these days, and this is NOT.  So many times, I find a picture of a project that claims to have a tutorial and it just doesn't or it's nowhere to be found.  So annoying.....

I was not familiar at all with Diply, however it's a site that's well worth checking out.  The site is a compilation of a variety of subjects like, Art, DIY, Entertainment, Inspirational just to name a few.  It only takes a moment to sign up and create an account to have access to lot's of great information.  It seems similar to Instructables in that it's set up for you to share a post of your own tutorials. I will take some time to explore Diply and get back to you on how user friendly it is and how it compares to other similar formats.  Until then....

Have a Happy Creative Day!!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Pantone 2016 Spring Color Palette!!

Ok, I know....Winter has barely just begun.  BUT here in the south eastern portion of Florida, Winter hasn't arrived. AT ALL. Sorry, but we can't count that 18 hour, 10 degree drop in the temperature last month.  The humidity is still going strong with no relief in site.   So moving right along to Spring, is how I plan to deal with that!!  How could I not?  The Pantone 2016 color palette is so soft and beautiful.

For the first time, the blending of two shades - Serenity and Rose Quartz - have been chosen as the Pantone Color of the Year!

This harmonious pairing of inviting shades embody a mindset of tranquility and inner peace.

"With the whole greater than it's individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz demonstrate and inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace," said Leatrice Eisman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Seems like an interesting idea to select a blended tone for the color of the year.  So many options in the range to find just the right color to appeal to each of us!  I'm inspired!!

Have a Happy Creative Day,

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Singer Re-branded the Quantum Stylist 9960!!

Looks like Singer has re-branded the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 into a New Model!!  One of the members of the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Fans Facebook Group posted about finding this information, so I started to do some research....Here's what I found:

It sure has the same unique look and shape of the 9960!! Singer is known for re-branding current machine models by giving them a new name and model # usually with a change of color.  I suspect this is done to offer a successful machine model to another vendor without discontinuing the previous model or infringing on negotiated contracts. There are a few differences between the two models, however nothing mechanically as far as I could tell.  It doesn't appear to come with the same value added foot collection and it has a red face plate instead of gray.  This model is offered through Sams Club at a competitive price point.

So if you're thinking about purchasing the Singer 8060 instead of the Singer 9960, please check out my YouTube Channel for a whole series of videos to help you get started in the Wonderful World of Sewing!!

Have a Happy, Creative Day!!


Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!

No reason to do a "Year in Review" blog post this year since I didn't do much blogging.  I spent 2015 focusing on the FB group I started for those that Own, Use and Love their Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 sewing machines.  It's been a tremendous success. I'm so proud to have started this community and that so many wonderfully, talented people have shared in this format.  So now it's time to look towards 2016!!

This is the time of year that many announce Resolution's for the New Year.....or NOT.  I've never been one to do this, however I do like to make small changes each year as a way of moving forward.  This year I've decided not to plan anything creatively.....anything at all. I want to be guided by the phrase that inspired my blog in the first place. "Strikes My Fancy".  I truly admire those of you out there that sew or create with a plan, but that just doesn't work for me.  I enjoy being inspired along the way by a piece of fabric, a color or an idea when it "Strikes Me".  Planning it all out in a nice neat scheme seems to make me lose interest or ambition.  It makes me feel very boxed in and restricted. What if I see something that inspires me at THAT moment and it's not within my "PLAN"? Well, then I've felt a sense of failure to not have followed through with that plan.  A sense of personal derailment.  Not this year!

I truly enjoyed the creative journey I was on a couple of years ago.  I was making a point to try lots of new creative things. That's part of what inspired me to start a You Tube video series featuring the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960.  It's certainly grown into something I'm very proud of!  I will be going back and revisiting that approach and see where it guides me!!

Here's to a Happy New Year and being open to many new and exciting creative experiences for all of us!

Have a Happy Creative New Years Day!!