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March 22, 2018
Machine Quilted? Tea Towels from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! We are continuing this week’s theme: mushrooms! Let’s cook up a batch of Rose’s Mushrooms... (Be sure to have your doodled variations ready!) And stir in a new thread–Aurifil Lana 12/2 50% Wool, 50% Acrylic. (Read more … Continue reading

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March 21, 2018
Pineapple Log Cabin Block 35 of 42: This Is What Six Hours In the Studio Looks Like from Cheeky Cognoscenti

NO, I did not meet the weekly goals that I posted about last time.  NO, I have not loaded Tabby Mountain onto my quilting frame yet, let alone started quilting it.  However, I did manage to complete one more 17 3/4" paper pieced pineapple log cabin block for the California King sized bed quilt that I've been working on "off and on" over the past few years.  This one makes 35 blocks completed out of the 42 blocks I need for my quilt.  And, because I used a timer to carve out one-hour increments of sewing time from ...

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March 18, 2018
This Week w/Jenn @Qduilters Depot! from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

Hi all!

I did it.  I finished a project and took a picture!

Now the project is not 100% finished but it's finished so I can start telling you about it!  You on the blog are the first to see it unless your a friend on my personal facebook

This is the 2018 HoopSisters Sisterhood BOM!  I love this one!  I did it in batiks as recommended but my sales associates in the next two weeks will be coming up with some regular fabrics to see if they work!  I still have the borders to do but ...

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March 13, 2018
Work, Work, Work from Pointless Quilter

My how time flies.  I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since I posted.  I have not been idle though.  I finished making and quilting the guild’s mystery quilt.  I’ve already given out 4 clues and I think they will have either 2 or 3 more left to do.  They should have all the components of the blocks by the end of this month.  Here’s a sneak peak of the quilts.

I’d love to show you a picture of both quilts, but I can’t yet – that would ruin the mystery.  I ...

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March 8, 2018
Small, Smaller, Smallest …. Arrives Today At Seams To Be Sew… from Seams To Be Sew

So, it’s my day for this fun hop by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. When she first announced this, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had been thinking of what I could do for St. Patrick’s … Continue reading

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February 23, 2018
Pillow and Quilt for Pam from Mary Manson Quilts

Pam had a beautiful satin wedding dress with lots of lace, sequins and pearls.  She wanted a pillow and quilt that used a lot of the embellishments.

The bottom of the bodice was used in the center of her quilt, with lace motifs around the center panel, and a fancy feather quilting design. The lace from the bottom of the dress skirt was put around the inner border. The outer border was satin, with a feather pattern. Calla lilies were used in Pam’s wedding, so they were quilted into the border also.

The bodice was made into a pillow ...

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3 machine features that make finishing a miniature quilt super easy from Quilt Social


I’ve been working all week on THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother to embroider the top of a miniature quilt. It looks SO cute stitched out that I just can’t wait to get it quilted and bound! It did help to have the opportunity to align the design and know how to minimize rethreading when there are a lot of thread color changes in a small design!

THE Dream Machine 2
THE Dream Machine 2


After I removed the fabric from the embroidery hoop, I pulled off the Sulky Totally Stable stabilizer from the back of the embroidery.


Remove the stabilizer
Remove the stabilizer


Next ...

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February 22, 2018
1 way to minimize thread changes during embroidery with THE Dream Machine 2 from Quilt Social


Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you how you can change the settings on the embroidery design screen of THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother to make it easier to finalize a design. I used this awesome grid feature to finish designing our embroidered miniature quilt. Let’s start stitching!!


THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother
THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother


After you touch the “Embroider” button on the bottom of the design screen, the display will change to show the overall size of the finished embroidery, the stitch count, the number of thread changes and the time it will take to embroider the entire design ...

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February 21, 2018
Iron out the kinks on your embroidery design on THE Dream Machine 2 from Quilt Social


Yesterday I showed you how easy it is to change colors in an embroidery design on THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother. I recolored my quilt block embroidery designs to match the colors of thread in my thread pack.

The next step is to arrange the blocks into an actual quilt design.


THE Dream Machine 2
THE Dream Machine 2


Once I started lining up the quilt block embroideries on the design screen of THE Dream Machine 2, I realized that it would be a lot easier to make sure they were straight if there were grid lines on the screen.


Lining up the blocks
Lining up the ...

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February 20, 2018
1 easy way to change thread colors in a machine embroidery design from Quilt Social


Yesterday on QUILTsocial we talked about the first steps to take when designing an embroidered miniature quilt on THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother. We imported six different block designs into the machine and they were converted into embroidery designs.

Let me show you how to recolor the blocks in my design to match the threads that I have on hand.


THE Dream Machine 2
THE Dream Machine 2


Here are the original colors of the block embroidery designs that were created yesterday by THE Dream Machine 2.


The original colors of the block embroidery designs
The original colors of the block embroidery designs


I’m using the Splendor rayon thread pack ...

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February 4, 2018
Update to A Winter Quilt from Magpie Quilts

Just added borders to this one and it looks great! Now on the hunt for a flannel for the back!
Snowman Double Irish Chain
Do you like this combination of machine embroidery and quilting? I'm looking for more ideas to combine the 2 techniques!


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January 22, 2018
A Slice of Elation, Topped With a Dollop of Misery: Design Wall Monday, With Machine Embroidery from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  I'm so close to finishing this quilt that I can almost TASTE it, which is the elation part of this post.  The misery part is that I am really, really sick and my throat feels like I swallowed broken glass or gargled with razor blades or something.  It hurts so much that it's making my eyes tear.  I don't know if it's the flu, strep, or what, but I'm going to the doctor at 10:30 to find out and hopefully get some kind of magic make-it-go-away medicine.  

Machine Embroidered Label Appliqued to ...

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January 21, 2018
This Week w/Jenn @Quilters Depot! from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

Mark me down as one of the millions who fail at their  New Year Resolutions every year!

I think it's been three weeks since I have blogged.  "Bad Jenn"

Hmmmm let's see what cool pics i can show you.

The Cat who guards Handi Quilter Wires.  If I sit on them mommy can't quilt!

The damage to Jenn's CRV.  Still haven't figured out who or what did that.  You'll be seeing her pickup for a few days vs the car.

The strawberry I grew with my inside garden thingy.

Oh Looky!  Jenn actually has ...

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January 8, 2018
So Many Things To Love from Bear Patch Quilting

We are very excited to share lots of wonderfully inspiring ideas through our many new class offerings!  We have classes for all levels of experience with sewing and quilting and machine embroidery.  Visit our website for complete descriptions and information on any of our classes.  Or, you can give us a call (651-429-1039) and we'll do our best to answer your questions.  Or, best of all, come into the store!  Our slideshow covers many of the class samples, but there are more in addition to these.

We're going to do everything we can to keep you happy this ...

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December 31, 2017
This Week w/Jenn @Quilters Depot! from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

Holy Heck!  It's been like a month since I blogged.

Ok.  I don't usually do resolutions, but I will try to blog more.

This will be a shameless plug for my Machine Embroidery that starts next Saturday @9am!  You will want to take this.  It's only one Saturday a month and it's only $12 + supplies.  Then you end up with an awesome wall hanging, maybe pillows.  The possiblities are endless!

Open to all makes of embroidery machine.  You just need a 5x7 hoop to do this project.  Call or email me and I'll send you ...

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December 24, 2017
Merry Christmas To You! from Bear Patch Quilting

It's almost Christmas and we hope you are going to enjoy family, friends and food!  

Are you ready for something peppy today?  I want you to meet a young woman who clearly loves what she's doing with sewing and machine embroidery!  I met Sue (of Sue O'Very Designs) at Quilt Market in Houston last fall.  She has an outgoing and captivating personality that just pulls you right in to a discussion about her products and brand.  Our Sewing Center now carries some of her designs for In The Hoop embroidery.  (I also learned from her website that ...

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A New Sewing/Embroidery Machine from Magpie Quilts

My local quilt shop rearranged their shop and put the sewing machines at the front of the store instead of the back. And when I went in for something small, my sweet husband saw some great deals on embroidery machines and needless to say, we went home with a large box!

I have lots of ideas that I want to try out with it as soon as I learn how to digitize my own designs, but in the meantime, I bought a bunch of designs from Designs by Juju and stitched them into some cute little mug rugs.

I made ...

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December 8, 2017
Satin & Lace Wedding Dress Quilt for Mary from Mary Manson Quilts

Mary's dress had really nice satin fabric, and the lace was beautiful.  She requested a  curved feather design in the outer border.  I used the lace going down the train on the back of her dress in the inner border. The bodice and skirt lace was made into a heart shape in the center.  Their names and wedding date were embroidered in the center.  Around the heart I quilted a feather design.

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November 12, 2017
This Week w/Jenn @Quilters Depot from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

Hi all

My crafting career started when I was very very young doing crochet.  I continued to crochet through the years probably until end of college.  I could do anything.  I made barbie dresses.  I could do popcorn vases.  I still have some of the vest/sweaters I made.  However, I had not picked up a crochet hook in years except to grab my drop stitches when knitting.

That changed this week.  I had to make this cat butt coaster!  Several more of these will be made before Christmas I'm guessin.  It took less than 2 hours!  You can ...

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November 5, 2017
This Week w/Jenn @Quilters Depot from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

I finished two things this week!

One with the help of Cynthia.   I had to get this project done.  I did the embroidery.  She did the sewing.

You can also make this.  It's going to be a BOM starting in January.  check out the newsletter that comes out on the 15th! And no it won't take you a whole year.  You'll be doing three months at a time!

I also finished a hat I was knitting for a Christmas gift!

So I actually did stuff this week!  Now let's see if I can do the gifts ...

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