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August 23, 2019
Wedding Dress Made into Two Quilts for April from Mary Manson Quilts


April sent me a beautiful satin wedding dress with a full skirt and train and beautiful lace bodice and sleeves.  She asked me to make two wedding dress quilts for her son and daughter.  Each quilt was to be different, and she wanted me to incorporate Celtic designs and silver and gold thread.


Her daughter's quilt had a lace heart made from the sleeves in the center.  The lace on the bottom edge of the dress was used in the diamond shape in the center.  A Celtic design was quilted in silver thread in the inner border, accented with ...

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August 2, 2019
Making your own appliques on the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Welcome, back, everyone – looks like this is getting to be a habit, LOL. I’m just having so much fun playing with the toys tucked into the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1, and I’m so glad you could join me again. Yesterday I played with Auto-Stippling on the Luminaire, and today’s playground will introduce yet another toy – one I intend to apply in a bit of a non-traditional use.

Ready to dive in and play? I hope so – because I’ve a fantastic little project I want to show off – a personalized key fob using the Appliqué Creator.

This ...

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August 1, 2019
Create stippling-in-the-hoop with the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Hi, again, folks…Welcome back! When I left off yesterday after meandering through some of the Brother Luminaire embroidery editing tools, I was dithering whether my finished design needed stippling. I love the Design Preview option on the Brother Luminaire…it helps bring “what you imagine” to life with a pretty good picture of a “possible reality”.

If you’ll recall, just before stitching yesterday, I saved my design compilation to the machine’s memory. So today, when I booted up my machine, I recalled yesterday’s design, tried to add stippling to it…and ran into a roadblock: I ...

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July 31, 2019
Playing with the Brother Luminaire embroidery editing tools from Quilt Social

I’m ba-ack! And…obviously, so are you! I’m so glad you’re here to share in the discoveries as we step beyond yesterday’s initial run-through of the Brother Innov-is XP1’s embroidery screen workflow. This machine, also known as the Luminaire, is already proving to be very user-friendly and intuitive. It was an easy process to set a design and carry it through to stitch completion. Choosing only one was the hard part! So today we’ll look at some of the Luminaire‘s on-screen editing capabilities. Not all of them though – there truly is a method ...

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July 30, 2019
Embroidery screen workflow of the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 from Quilt Social

Thanks for joining me again today as I continue to explore the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 embroidery features. I’m so glad you’re back because now is when the fun stuff begins! I’ll start with a bit of a warning though – I’ll start with the basics, and work up to some of the more “advanced” features over the next couple of days. Gotta pace ourselves, y’know, or the excitement could get overwhelming!

In yesterday’s post I admired the outside of the machine, the cool thread stand, and the huge 10⅝” x 16” embroidery area. You ...

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July 29, 2019
Exploring the vast embroidery capabilities of the Brother Luminaire XP1 from Quilt Social

When asked to write about embroidery on the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 (aka the Luminaire), my first thought was, “Um…wanna narrow that topic down a bit?” Fortunately, or unfortunately, that task was left to me. That’s a good thing, because I’m kinda a bit of a control freak, so getting to decide what to play with and discuss is right up my alley. But the challenge, came in that very “thing”: I know the Luminaire does so much – so how do I distill its potential into anything less lengthy than an epic novel? With pictures?

If you ...

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July 1, 2019
2019 Shipshewana Quilt Festival 4 from 120 Blocks

Today, we will start touring the show mostly in the order we saw it. I won’t repeat pictures to save time, but I will mention where the award winners were, etc. This will most likely take a couple of days. … Continue reading

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June 12, 2019
Dogs and Buffalo Plaid from Magpie Quilts

Since I purchased an embroidery machine a year and a half ago, I've been looking for projects that mix the beautiful designs available and the quilting that I love.
80188-Beloved Dogs by Kathleen Keil Hill
I know so many people whose dogs are an integral part of their families. When I saw this design package 80188-Beloved Dogs by Kathleen Keil Hill from Embroidery Online, I began to think about how I could incorporate these beautiful dog embroideries into a usable quilt.
 To begin with, I needed to make sure I had all the colours needed for the machine embroidery ...

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June 9, 2019
Quilt in a Day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


And you thought that Quilt in a Day was only the name of a company!!!  It's possible to make a quilt in a day. Of course, nothing was cut so that's where I started. I needed to cut some of the pieces with templates. Bottom line, the quilt top was together by 1 PM. Except that it then needed 3 borders.

I wasn't kind to myself when I choose the fabrics for the borders. All three were directional prints! And the last one needed mitered corners. However, by 4 PM, the borders were on. The quilt was ...

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June 5, 2019
Not So Deep Thoughts from 120 Blocks

Here it is Wednesday, and I just have a couple of thoughts. Not Deep Thoughts, mind you. Just thoughts. I’m starting to feel the itch to start a project. Given that I’ve been finishing some projects, maybe it is about … Continue reading

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May 17, 2019
Wedding dress quilt for Sandy from Mary Manson Quilts

Sandy sent me her husband's tie along with her dress for a wedding dress quilt.  Her dress had a net overskirt, with an underskirt covered with embroidery and sequins.  The lining of her dress was a pretty satin. 


I embroidered the names and wedding date in a heart in the satin center of the quilt, with a feather design around the embroidery.  Her husband's tie made a narrow green border, then the lace from her underskirt was over satin in the middle border.  The satin outer border had a quilted feather design.



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May 11, 2019
And I was doing so well from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I'm really trying to keep up with my ongoing classes. In the past, I've not been good with this which is why I have so many HUGE UFOs that are waiting to be finished. I currently have four ongoing classes (including my UFO group). One class has two quilts so that is five quilts in total that I'm trying to keep up with each month. So far I'm doing great. I was hoping to have two of the five quilts completed for class later today, however, an e-mail arrived yesterday that threw that concept out the ...

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April 30, 2019
Three Favorite Traditional Applique Quilts From AQS Paducah Quilt Week + Vintage Quilt Repair Update from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, my lovelies -- I know you wanna hear all about my adventures at AQS Paducah Quilt Week, but you're only gonna get this in dribbles because my brain is overloaded, there are 500+ photos on my iPhone, 45 pages of notes from the TEN classes I took (those are just my own notes above and beyond the handouts) and UPS won't be delivering my big box of show goodies until Wednesday.


Best of Show: Muttons and Buttons and Pearls, Oh My! by Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS, Photo by AQS
You may have already seen this AQS photo ...

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April 25, 2019
Diamonds Are Forever… from Seams To Be Sew

When I signed up for this blog hop it was in my mind to show off the baby blanket I had just finished for my new grand nephew who was born at the end of January. I spent each day working on this quilt for just a little bit of time over the last year or so, and all of the blocks were created entirely in my machine embroidery hoop. Sadly, when I went to take the pictures off the camera today something has happened to the flash card and every file on the card seems to be corrupted… I ...

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April 4, 2019
Trial by fire.............. from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Hmm - here's the definition of Trial by Fire.................

A test of one's abilities to perform well under pressure, as in Finishing this huge list of chores in time for the wedding is really a trial by fire. This expression alludes to the medieval practice of determining a person's guilt by having them undergo an ordeal, such as walking barefoot through a fire.

What do you think? Does that describe me???  I would say it suits me to a T.

Yesterday was a good case in point. Not only did I have a lot to get done, but ...

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March 29, 2019
Easter Stocking from Georgia Girl Quilter

Why not have an Easter Stocking! 
Christmas doesn't have to be the only holiday that stockings are used.

My daughter who is late 20 something still enjoys getting an Easter Basket for Easter AND since she's my only child I still enjoy putting one together for her. But now since we are many states away from each other the basket needs to be mailed! I was contemplating the cost of mailing and thinking I can just send her a gift card to the local grocery store and she can buy the candy, use a previous basket and put ...

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March 13, 2019
What's missing from this picture? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


There are days when I wonder if my head is on my shoulders. It's amazing how we can look at something, but we don't really see it.

I don't know why I didn't see this before, but the other day, I was looking at this block and then realized that part of the quilting was missing.

Can you see where I forgot to do the quilting?

I had a good chuckle about that. After I did "all" of the quilting on two blocks, the applique was put on top of the quilting. So I spent some ...

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March 12, 2019
Small Quilts: New Techniques from Magpie Quilts

If you've followed me for any length of time, you will know that I love to made small quilts in between my larger projects. I love small quilts for lots of reasons; they challenge my piecing ability, they don't take a lot of fabric, they are finished quickly, and they are great for trying out new techniques.
Magpie Quilts
Square Table Runner
 I purchased my Brother embroidery machine, not just for the ability to embroidery some of the fabulous designs out there, but also to try to add some more advanced quilting designs to my smaller projects. This little quilt ...

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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.
The USB ...

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