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How to quilt using your embroidery machine

This is a basic tutorial for simple quilting in the hoop without marking your quilt top.  It is good practice if you ever want to move on to doing special designs in specific shapes, blocks and spaces. For any design you decide to use I recommend doing a test stitchout on a sample quilt sandwich before doing it on the real thing.  This is the best way to test your tension! Materials needed: A basted quilt sandwich – mine is pin basted Masking tape A single-run quilt design - I get most of my designs from Embroidery Library A printout of your quilt design with grid marks Binder clips Your largest quilt hoop I use the same...
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Free Pattern Friday – Serger Quilts

With my new serger in the house I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate it when I make quilts and I’ve found a few nice patterns to serge up quick quilts. The 6 hour quilt is all done on the serger and it creates a reversible quilt in the end. You can make it as large as you’d like. I think I’d add a traditional binding on the outside once the rest is finished though. Great way to use up those long batting scraps that you have too!
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41 – Juanita Yeager, Swap Blocks, Leftovers, New Toy

I attended a lecture and workshop with Juanita Yeager, art quilter. What a great experience! I worked on my blocks for the Scrappy Trip Around the World swap Playing with some leftovers from my snowball blocks I have a new toy!! I did a jelly roll race quilt Stitched on my first t-shirt and a messenger bag Commission work Babies are coming! (not my own) Fixed Rainbow Insomnia’s label Finish-a-long goals for 2nd quarter Made curtain tiebacks Thinking of doing a Hoopsisters Mystery quilt Book reviews: Q  
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Border Anxiety and Weekend Finishes

So I finished stitching all my blocks together on the snowball quilt late Saturday evening. It’s always nice when good movies are on the premium channels so you can get lots done without having to find something to be on in the background! Water for Elephants is on HBO now so I watched the last half of that while finishing the quilt center. I was thrilled when I measured the quilt and it came out exactly to what I designed in EQ7 (60 x 70)!  I debated what type of border to put on it and finally decided I’m going to conquer my mitered border fear and just go for it. I’m making things easy for...
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Block placement and a label

Last night I did some multitasking! I stitched out a quilt label for one of my blog followers and while that was going on the Topaz 20 I took my blocks for my commission quilt and started laying them out.  I don’t have a design wall so they end up on my floor in my dining room/sitting area (after I vacuum of course). My layout was planned in Electric Quilt 7 and I sketched in the embroidered blocks to see how I’d like it.  I didn’t want the embroidery to overpower the quilt and make it too busy so I did it on an inner square area.  Once I get the outer border on I think...
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Goings on

I had the full intention of publishing the next podcast episode on Sunday but things just didn’t turn out like I thought they would. I recorded on my laptop and the recordings came out sounding kind of echoy and tinny (I think it’s my sewing room) on top of this my husband didn’t realize I was recording and riled the dogs up for a good 30-40 minutes in the living room so you couldn’t hear me talk over their barking.  Apparently my sewing room is an echo chamber. So, after three hours of recording and trying to edit the sound I gave up and decided I’ll have to redo it.  I’m going to record a regular...
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Another embroidery design sale!

I had to take advantage of another sale that Embroidery Library is having right now! There are some other designs I had on my wish list that were more than $1 so I was happy to see another sale come along. I got some decorative stuff so I can frame it for wall decor in the house and some sunbonnet sue designs since I love sunbonnet sue for whatever reason.  They have some adorable sunbonnet sue patterns! Click the image to go to the design page:   
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Commission progress!

I fit in about an hour of sewing time last night and stitched out some of my new designs! The test stitch out went so well I started embroidering my blocks. Here is my Labradoodle test stitch: I loved how my digitizer made the coat curly! This was a tricky one and I wasn’t sure how she was going to do it. I loved how it turned out! He stitched out perfectly.  She has been such a joy to work with through this whole process. If you need custom digitizing I highly recommend Whitney @ That’s SEW Grammie!
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What’s on my plate

After a long day of driving back and forth from Easter lunch on Sunday I got home and vegged out on the couch watching some movies and stuff while trimming away at my snowball block leftovers. When all was said and done I ended up with 166 HST units! Two units did not “make the cut”, may they rest in pieces. I played with a few layouts in EQ7 – still not sure what border I’m going to put on it. I tried two different things.
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