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Quilting With My Embroidery Machine

I’m quilting Rainbow Insomnia right now and I wanted to add some fancier stitches in the corners and the triangles surrounding the center star. So last night I thought, “Well it’s now or never.”, made a quilt sandwich and sat down and started playing. Quilting in the hoop is a bit different. You don’t actually hoop your quilt sandwich – it sits on top of the hoop and is held in place by clips. I only had 4 clips that were big enough (will get some more medium size binding clips today) but it worked just fine. Here are the designs stitched out for the first time: (I got my designs from Embroidery Library for $1...
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Free Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

I needed a sewing machine mat in a hurry since I’m taking a workshop on Sunday and I’m tired of losing stuff all the time!  I found a good tutorial a few weeks ago but just didn’t have the time to quilt my own piece of fabric.  Then I remembered that a certain big fabric store sells pre-quilted fabric and the lightbulb went off.   I made this in a few hours (it took longer because of the photos and stuff) but I love it! Here is what you’ll need:
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Winner Announced – Kimberly Einmo Book and Ruler

Pulling up Random.org yesterday morning to draw a comment number resulted in: That comment belongs to: Congrats to Ellie! She’s won the Kimberly Einmo book Jelly Roll Magic and the EZ Jelly Roll Ruler.  If you didn’t win this contest I highly recommend checking Kimberly’s books out at your library or ordering them for yourself! If you use precuts they are invaluable for great quilt patterns that don’t look like they are made from precuts. Her awesome rulers: EZ Star and Geese ruler EZ Jelly Roll ruler EZ Pineapple Log Cabin ruler EZ Hearts cut tool A big thank you to everyone that left a comment for Episode 36.  I’m happy so many of you enjoyed listening...
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Those Darned Labels

I was sort of clueless about labeling quilts until I listened to Quilting for The Rest of us – Episode 27 “In Which We Document Our Quilts“. I hadn’t labeled any of my projects and really didn’t see the importance of doing it. Listen to the episode if you haven’t – Sandy has some great suggestions on labeling and keeping quilt diaries.  I wanted to expand on this a bit and do a blog post on quilt labeling especially after receiving an e-mail from one of my readers, Laura, that asked about my Rainbow Insomnia label. Let me start by saying flat out: I’m not an expert on quilt labeling. Right now I’m going by the...
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A Quilty Catchup (some embroidery too!)

Some project progress updates: Rainbow Lone Star – I finished piecing the outer border, made the label on my embroidery machine and pin basted the quilt sandwich. The lettering on the label isn’t perfect but it works I guess.  It’s only a wallhanging so I don’t know why I care so much.  I need a better embroidery lettering program. The one I’m using now doesn’t stitch out very well once you create a font in the program and stitch it out in the hoop.  Hoping I can save up for Embird for my birthday since it seems that is all I’m going to be able to afford really.  I’ve heard good things about it so I think...
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Free Pattern Friday – Printing on Fabrics

Gloria Hansen has provided a wonderful explanation on printing on fabrics and how to make your photo look the best and last the longest.  I highly recommend reading it if you’re thinking of printing on fabrics in the future.
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37 – Behind the Scenes of Ep 36, WIP, Basil Update, Reorganization, Curtains

A little bit behind the scenes of the interview with Kimberly Einmo! Some of my works in progress: Rainbow Lonestar Black Floral Wallhanging UFO Test blocks for twin size commission Testing embroidery files from Big Dreams Embroidery Block design for Seamed Up Basil saw the surgeon for his 8 week checkup after his CCL surgery repair Work drama I reorganize my sewing studio a bit I made my first set of curtains!! Comment catchup – thanks to everyone for the lovely comments you left on Episode 36 show notes!  I’m really proud of that episode and I’m glad so many of you enjoyed listening to it. Some Bargello Quilt Along finishes done by blog followers and...
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A Quilter Makes Curtains & A Finish

In the middle of my rearranging I did to my sewing studio I kept looking at the window and thought that I really needed curtains. Then I looked for my window coverings book and couldn’t find it.  The thought kept nagging at me anyway so I decided to see if I could find a simple tutorial online for curtain making.  I found a good one! Design Sponge – Curtain Making 101 – Photo Tutorial I don’t know why making curtains or other various home dec items (I.E. – pillows) scares the pants off me but it does.  I joked on Twitter that I felt more comfortable doing free motion quilting for the first time than to...
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Tool Organization Tip of the Day

My studio setup has been bothering me for a few months now and I’ve been thinking about how to rearrange things to make it better.  I have several issues in the room that limit how I can set up my areas but I think I’m off to a decent start. I moved my small cutting table to another part of the room and swapped it with my ironing board.  I removed the quilt rack that was in one corner and also the clothes rack and put those in my guest room. They don’t need to take up space in my sewing room.  I like the placement of the ironing board.  It can move around the room...
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