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April 18, 2019
Fear not the Double Wedding Ring quilt, Brother is at your side from Quilt Social

Welcome to, not only another informative week of QUILTsocial posts, but Part 2 of Christine Baker‘s Double Wedding Ring tutorial. You might remember the first post that started it all in March, The anatomy of a Double Wedding Ring quilt, in which she explained in detail what parts make up this very intricate design. That week held a lot of information to make your own version of this traditional quilt.

This week, Christine continues working on her bed runner exploring the capabilities of the Brother Dreamweaver XE.

Making a Double Wedding Ring bed runner and table top
Making a Double Wedding Ring bed runner and table top

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March 22, 2019
Accurate pinning makes all the difference with curved piecing from Quilt Social

Yesterday I used the Dreamweaver XE to sew the first curved seams in the Double Wedding Ring quilt and we saw how easy curved piecing can really be!

Today we’ll finish assembling these sections of our blocks by sewing on the remaining pieced arcs. How’s your curved piecing coming along?

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

Take one of the sections pieced yesterday and fold it in half lengthwise to find the center. Place a pin along the fold.

Pin center of inside arc.
Pin center of inside arc.

Match the center of the pieced arc with the pin at the center of the inside arc ...

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March 21, 2019
Curved piecing made easy with the Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the Dreamweaver XE from Brother to start sewing together some of the pieces of our Double Wedding Ring quilt blocks.

So far all of the piecing has been straight seams, just like you would do with most quilt blocks. Today, however, I’ll start sewing some of the curved seams and you’ll see how easy it really can be! Ready?

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

Start by selecting one inside arc and one of the pieced arcs from the pile that was set aside yesterday – it doesn’t have any squares sewn onto the ends.

The inside arc and the pieced arc
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March 20, 2019
First steps to piecing the Double Wedding Ring quilt from Quilt Social

This week on QUILTsocial we’re exploring all things Double Wedding Ring!

Yesterday I talked about different ways to cut the pieces for a Double Wedding Ring quilt. I also included a chart for the measurements and number of different pieces required to make this quilt in 7 sizes! Today I’m starting to sew the blocks using the Dreamweaver XE from Brother.

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

Before I start piecing, I’ll select Stitch Q-02 on the LCD screen of the Dreamweaver XE.

Select Stitch Q-02
Select Stitch Q-02

Whenever you select a stitch on the Dreamweaver XE, it will indicate on ...

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March 19, 2019
5 ways to cut pieces for a double wedding ring quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I discussed the anatomy of a Double Wedding Ring quilt and I showed you some different versions of this classic pattern.

Today I’ll show you the math behind a Double Wedding Ring quilt and the 5 different ways you can cut those differently shaped pieces.

I can’t wait to get all of the pieces cut to get sewing with the Dreamweaver XE from Brother.

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

Because of the shape of the blocks in this quilt, it’s sometimes hard to figure out the number of each piece required to make a certain quilt ...

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March 18, 2019
The anatomy of a Double Wedding Ring quilt from Quilt Social

This week on QUILTsocial I’ll focus on the Double Wedding Ring quilt. Now, if you’re new to quilting you may not know this name, but almost everyone has seen this pattern. The Double Wedding Ring pattern was first published in 1928 and has been a favorite for many quilters ever since then.

Since the sewing of this pattern can be quite intense, I’ll spread it out over this week and my week in April. The Dreamweaver XE from Brother has a lot of sewing in front of it – so let’s get started!

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

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March 17, 2019
The marriage of the Double Wedding Ring and the Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

Consider this week’s posts by Christine Baker as part 1 of a complete tutorial on the Double Wedding Ring quilt pattern. Part 2 will be published in April, and the completed bed runner revealed!

To many, the Double Wedding Ring pattern is daunting. It could be because of the curved piecing and the many differently shaped pieces it takes to make this very romantic quilt pattern. It could also be that these differently shaped pieces need to match up every time for the full effect!

As I read through Christine’s posts, I started to believe I could attempt ...

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February 22, 2019
Use the right size needle to ensure machine embroidery success from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I started a badge design using a machine embroidery design found online. Today I’ll finish designing my badge and stitch it out using the Brother Dreamweaver XE.

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

Here is the badge design that I created so far, but now I need to add text. My business partner Nellie Holmes and I own Upper Canada Quiltworks and last fall we opened our studio/classroom/retail space in downtown Brockville, Ontario. We’ve been wanting to make some aprons to wear at the studio, so I thought it would be fun to make badges that ...

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February 21, 2019
How to import and modify an embroidery design on the Brother Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial we made quilt labels by embroidering words on ribbons. Today, I’ll use the Brother Dreamweaver XE to design a badge that I’ll embroider on felted wool tomorrow.

The Dreamweaver XE from Brother.
The Dreamweaver XE

I downloaded an embroidery design for free online and added words and a frame around it, so I first need to select Embroidery Edit on the home screen.

Select "Embroidery Edit"
Select “Embroidery Edit”

After I downloaded the design onto my laptop, I saved it on a USB stick. In order to access it, first I need to press the USB key on the memory screen.

Press the USB key in the memory screen to access files that are on a USB stick inserted into the Dreamweaver XE.
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February 20, 2019
How to use an LED pointer to perfectly place your embroidery design from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I set up the lettering and fixed the size so that it would fit in my Dreamweaver XE large hoop. Today I’m stitching and I’ll show you how you can easily ensure that your design will fit on your ribbon. Are you following along?

For these embroidered ribbons I’m using a 75/11 embroidery needle, so go ahead and change the needle in your machine if you need to.

The Dreamweaver XE from Brother.  A tutorial on how to make quilt labels using machine embroidery and ribbons using the Brother Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

After the embroidery frame is attached, press the LED pointer key in the embroidery screen. This will turn on the LED pointer ...

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February 19, 2019
Adjusting machine embroidery fonts to the hoop – Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I talked about 4 easy steps for using Sulky Sticky + self-adhesive stabilizer for embroidering small pieces of ribbon, fabric, caps, etc. that do not fill a hoop.

The hoop is locked into the carriage of the Dreamweaver XE from Brother and today I’ll show you how to set up the desired lettering to embroider on the ribbons. The ultimate purpose of the embroidered ribbons is they will be quilt labels.

The Dreamweaver XE from Brother.
The Dreamweaver XE

On the home screen, select the Embroidery Edit key.

Select Embroidery Edit on the home screen of the Brother Dreamweaver XE. A tutorial on how to make quilt labels using machine embroidery and ribbons using the Brother Dreamweaver XE
Select Embroidery Edit

Now select the Character patterns (font) key on the embroidery edit ...

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February 18, 2019
4 simple steps to using Sulky Sticky + self-adhesive stabilizer from Quilt Social

This week on QUILTsocial, I’m using the Brother Dreamweaver XE to do a couple different embroidery techniques that I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. The first technique is embroidering on ribbon and the second is making a badge by doing embroidery on felt or felted wool.

The Dreamweaver XE from Brother -  tutorial on how to make quilt labels using machine embroidery and ribbons
The Dreamweaver XE

I’ve been using embroidered ribbon labels to label my quilts for a long time now. The ones I have were commercially embroidered and I ordered them online. I sew them into the binding of a quilt which is a super fast and easy way to ...

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January 25, 2019
1 easy way to add a drawstring to a fabric gift bag from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the Dreamweaver XE to sew simple French seams in my embroidered gift bag. Today I’ll finish up the bag by adding a drawstring closure.

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

First it’s necessary to finish the top edge of the gift bag.

Fold the top raw edge of the bag over ½” and press.

Fold the top edge of the gift bag over ½" and press. 1 easy way to add a drawstring to a fabric gift bag
Fold top edge and press

Now, fold the top edge over another ½” to encase the raw edge. Press and then either pin or secure using Wonder Clips and then topstitch close to the inside folded edge.

Fold, press and clip
Fold, press and clip

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January 24, 2019
7 simple steps to sewing French seams from Quilt Social

Yesterday I used the Dreamweaver XE to embroider a fun Mickey Mouse design on the fabric that will be used to make a gift bag. Today I’ll show you how easy it is to make French seams that give the inside of the bag a neat, finished appearance.

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

Here’s the ‘patchwork’ Mickey Mouse design that came pre-loaded on the Brother Dreamweaver XE.

The Mickey Mouse embroidery
The Mickey Mouse embroidery

Before sewing the side and bottom seams, I’ll tear away the stabilizer from the back of the embroidery.

Tear away stabilizer
Tear away stabilizer

Sewing the gift bag with French seams ...

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January 23, 2019
What to do when your bobbin runs out mid embroidery design from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I talked about 8 great features on the Brother Dreamweaver XE that make machine embroidery a breeze. Today I’ll put these features to the test and stitch out an amazing Disney embroidery design.

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

To find the correct spot to embroider, first fold the gift bag fabric in half to make a rectangle that is 23″ x 18¾”. Measure up 8″ from the bottom and 9⅛” from the folded edge and mark with a pin. Iron fusible tear away interfacing to the back of the fabric and place the fabric in the extra large ...

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January 22, 2019
8 features on the Dreamweaver XE that make machine embroidery a breeze! from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you how to select from the many amazing Disney embroidery designs included in the Brother Dreamweaver XE. I’ve placed it on the embroidery screen and I’m ready to get stitching.

Today I’ll show you 8 features on the Dreamweaver XE that really make machine embroidery a breeze!

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

Feature 1 – the plastic embroidery sheet

The plastic embroidery sheet that matches each hoop of the Dreamweaver XE helps to align the embroidery design perfectly. I showed you how to use it in my QUILTsocial post on December 21, 2018.

The embroidery sheet
The embroidery ...

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January 21, 2019
How can you choose just one amazing Disney embroidery design? from Quilt Social

 

Happy New Year! Ever since we were married 24 years ago, we’ve had fabric Christmas gift bags to use for wrapping presents. This year, my two sons who are now 17 and 20, told me how much they liked using the bags since they were so much better for the environment than wrapping paper.

Instead of buying wrapping paper at the Boxing Day sales, I decided to get more Christmas fabric and I spent some time making a bunch more bags for next year. That got me thinking about making all-occasion fabric gift bags.

So this week on QUILTsocial ...

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December 21, 2018
1 simple tool helps you center your machine embroidery perfectly from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I finished prepping the Dreamweaver XE for machine embroidery and today I’m finally putting it to work!!

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

I’ve finished quilting the ends and main body of the bag. The body of the bag is divided into 3 sections which make up the two sides and the bottom of the bag, so I followed the pattern and marked those divisions on the foam interfacing. Now I need to find the center of the side that doesn’t have the pocket. I’ve done this by measuring in from the two sides and again ...

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December 20, 2018
4 essentials for proper machine embroidery from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I finished designing the embroidery that I’m putting on my wireframe tote bag. Today I’m prepping the Dreamweaver XE for machine embroidery by making sure that I have all of the essentials in place.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Essential 1 – an embroidery foot

To do any machine embroidery you need to have the embroidery foot in place. Before changing the presser foot on the Dreamweaver XE, make sure to press the ‘lock all keys’ button to prevent possible damage or injury.

Check out my QUILTsocial post on August 23, 2018, where I share the 6 easy ...

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December 19, 2018
7 simple steps to add words to your machine embroidery design from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I found a cute embroidery design to use for the customization on the tote bag that I’m making for my friend for Christmas. Today I’m checking out the different alphabet fonts available on the Dreamweaver XE to integrate my friend’s name into the design.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Step 1 – select the alphabet menu

First select the alphabet key to open up the screen with the different fonts available.

 

Select the alphabet key
Select the alphabet key

 

Step 2 – pick your font

The Brother Dreamweaver XE has 11 different english alphabet fonts to choose from.

 

11 Different fonts
11 Different fonts

 

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