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40 – Techie Quilting Tools, Rainbow Insomnia Finish, Pinterest Rant, embroidery

Techie Stuff for Quilting and Embroidery iPad/iPod/iPhone apps Fabric Converter Robert Kaufman’s Quilt Calc Block Fab Block Tool Fabric Stash Fabric Journal Quilt Helper Pattern Pal Project Quilt Quilt Fab QuiltRef Color Schemer Quilt Shops Quilt Index Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabrics Easy Quilt Quilt Envi Quick & Easy Quilt Block Tool Quilter’s App Planet Embroidery Organize your magazines by scanning them to PDF and saving them on your PC Use a black marker to mark the end of your monofiliment thread Evernote One Pretty Thing - website with lots of DIY craft tutorials Other Stuff: Rainbow Insomnia is finished along with the Black Floral UFO. I made a cool thread banner and embroidered a thrift store dress...
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Podcast Participation Giveaway – Win Bali Pops!

Firstly, thank you to my lovely sponsor PG Fabrics for providing the Bali Pops in this giveaway.  Haven’t been over to see PG Fabrics website yet?? You should go take a look! I love the selection of Fat Quarter Stacks, the Robert Kaufman rollups including batiks (make your own Rainbow Insomnia using some of the rainbow jelly rolls!), and a great selection of batik fabrics.  Best of all if you’re a US Domestic customer you get free shipping with any purchase over $35! Here is what you are entering to win: Want a fun chance to win a set of Blueberry Bali Pops and participate in a future podcast episode? Here’s your chance! Rules to Enter Call...
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Design Purchases

I went a little hog wild on the Embroidery Library website since they are having a fantastic sale right now and I purchased a bunch of stuff that was on my wish list.  The sale they are having lets you purchase any 10 designs for $10 so all your designs end up being $1 each!  It is a huge savings.  I had some designs in my wishlist that were $7 each or more so I saved a bunch there. If you want to make a purchase use coupon code NoJoke10 once you’ve added your 10 designs to your cart. You can use it up to three times for three different purchases. Expires on Sunday, April 1...
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A Little More Info About Embroidery

I’ve had my embroidery machine for about six months now so I thought I’d share some general information for anyone interested in getting into embroidery. Much like quilting this particular hobby has its own set of learning curves. Startup Cost Embroidery Machine - this is going to most likely be the most expensive part of your purchase. There are lots of things to consider in an embroidery machine. If you aren’t sure about how much you’re going to like embroidery I recommend looking for a used machine to begin with and one that is only dedicated to embroidery. A good starter machine is the Brother PE770.  You can get it for less than $700, it will do...
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Finished! Rainbow Insomnia and Black Floral WH

I finished the binding on Rainbow Insomnia over the weekend but didn’t have a chance to photograph it outdoors in proper light until tonight.  So here it is!! (I didn’t photograph the back as I need to put a new label on it and cover up the old one).
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Banners and Snowball Blocks

I had a super busy weekend but still managed to get some stuff accomplished in my sewing room. The Topaz came home last Wednesday evening from her spa day and I didn’t get a chance to use her until Saturday or so.  They put on an AWESOME new threader!! I love it so much more than the one it came with.  It is much easier to use.  I don’t know why it didn’t come on the machine in the first place.  I got busy stitching out a decorative banner for my sewing room. The embroidery design comes from Big Dreams Embroidery and the fabrics are Art Gallery fabrics and I think the brown spool tops and...
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Saturday Morning Rant (Re: Pinterest)

I’m warning you: rant forthcoming.  This is somewhat related to my previous post in regards to Watermarking and Pinterest. I’ve been reading some blogs lately and lots of people are leaving Pinterest and denying their blog subscribers the ability to pin any of their photos because they don’t like the current Terms of Use.  Bloggers are going as far as contacting Pinterest to remove any of their photos that have been used as pins and to block their site from being pinned any longer.  (If, for some reason, you are interested in doing this for your site read this post.) Pinterest will be updating their Terms of Use come April due to some things being in...
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Wednesday Catchup

Neato format from Crafty Garden Mom!  I don’t have a whole lot going on since it’s turning out to be a busy week despite my machine being in the shop. Been sewing this:
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39 – Embroidery fun, Finishes, Rainbow Insomnia Progress, Listener Thank yous

Metro Embroidery Thread Rayon thread issues Tip about quilting in the hoop – cover your clips in masking tape to prevent them from popping off! Rainbow Insomnia and the different types of quilting I did The fun of using 28 wt. Aurifil thread Designing a new label Black Floral wallhanging finish The importance of Watermarking A hat for St. Pats Give me your techy quilty tips for an upcoming episode! I have an idea for the next giveaway to reward podcast listeners – let me know if you think it is a good idea Machine goes to the spa and I get a little worried The doggies go to a poochie paddle I get the Aurifil...
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