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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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February 16, 2019
How to Get Started in Machine Embroidery from Kim Hanson Quilts

Taking on new tasks is always daunting – no matter who you are. You could be the most competent person in every aspect of your life. Then, something new hits the horizon, and it stops you dead in your tracks. Often, no matter how much we want to acquire the new skill, it takes several “treks up the hill” before we are actually able to grasp and hold on tight to that which is new. It’s human nature, I think.

When it comes to mastering the art of machine embroidery, I’ve had both personal friends and online friends immediately ...

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February 1, 2019
3 tips to perfect yarn couching from Quilt Social

It’s the end of the week! I’ve had so much fun with the HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80. There are so many great features that I could go on for weeks. But I only have days!

Let’s have a look at what I did today.

HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80
HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80

Don’t forget that the Designer Brilliance 80 is not only a sewing machine, but it’s an embroidery machine as well.

HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80 with embroidery unit attached
HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80 with embroidery unit attached

Plan A

The best-laid plans – well they can go awry. That’s what happened this week ...

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January 31, 2019
QuickDesign app + Designer Brilliance 80 sewing machine = WOW! from Quilt Social

Isn’t that Design Positioning on the HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80 amazing?! I have another feature to show you today that will amaze you. I’ve seen it, I’ve played with it and I’m still amazed at how easy this is and what it creates.

I know – you want to see, so let’s get started.

HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80 sewing machine
HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80 sewing machine

HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80 with embroidery unit attached
HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80 with embroidery unit attached

The Designer Brilliance 80 comes loaded with over 565 embroidery designs. In addition, there are many, many designs that you can purchase from numerous designers ...

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January 30, 2019
How to use the Design Positioning feature on the Designer Brilliance 80 from Quilt Social

What do you think so far? Machine embroidery is so easy with the HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80. Doesn’t it make you want to start embroidering on everything in your house? Just because?

Today, I’m going to take a more in-depth look at Design Positioning. This technique is so amazing – anything is possible.

HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80 with optional extension table
HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80 with optional extension table

Obviously, to do machine embroidery, we need to install the embroidery unit.

HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80 with embroidery unit attached
HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80 with embroidery unit attached

The Designer Brilliance 80 comes with an entire Sample Booklet filled with gorgeous embroidery designs ...

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January 29, 2019
How to baste fabric in preparation for machine embroidery from Quilt Social

I’m back with the HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80.

Yesterday I assembled the fabrics and supplies for the Inspira sewing machine cover. I also cut and stabilized the outer pieces. Today, it’s all about the embroidery.

I’ll be embroidering on the sewing machine cover pieces that have already been cut to size. You know what that means – YES – I have to position the embroidery designs exactly where I want them on the fabric pieces. This takes a little bit of finesse. But with a great tool on the Designer Brilliance 80 called Design Positioning, the task is ...

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January 13, 2019
Ice cream for breakfast from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


My life seems to be one giant learning curve and I'm so excited!

Last year when I did the dTox thing, I decided that I needed a Vitamix blender. Yes - I spent an obscene amount of money on the thing. Which is hilarious because I complained rather loudly when M insisted that we buy one for her. Well, she took that one when she moved out (technically it was a gift to her). So I had to eat crow and go and buy one for me. Sadly, the blender has sat in the box for an entire year. I ...

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January 1, 2019
2019 Quilty Resolutions from 120 Blocks

I feel so far behind in 2018 already! Aaaargh! Usually I have this post written and scheduled to go up by 9 am on the January 1, but this year is apparently a bit behind schedule. Sigh. Here goes! Last … Continue reading

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December 30, 2018
Another Fancy Baby Quilt from 120 Blocks

This week I made my quickest quilt ever! Yes, it is a 40″ square baby quilt, but I was able to complete it by 1 pm Friday, after starting it on Wednesday afternoon. This is a new record for me. … Continue reading

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Pinetree Village - Finally Finished! from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

Pinetree Village is Finally Finished and residing on a bed this Christmas season next this Christmas.


I got a wild hair earlier this year early last year almost four years ago to make a Christmas quilt for every bed in our home--this is not my first Christmas quilt, but it's the first one for a bed. I love Jan Patek's designs and this one is from Up on the Rooftop.

I started this quilt during my Winter Retreat for One in February 2015. My version is an adaptation; the blocks are designed to finish at 8". I didn ...

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December 27, 2018
Slowly back to work.......... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I did get a fair amount done yesterday considering that I also spent a lot of time visiting.

Let's just say that I need to get this recipe for the lentil soup and I should plan on making one big pot each Sunday afternoon. It's so easy to just whip that pot back on the stove and heat it up for lunch. I swear it gets better each time we heat it up!! And much better for me than store-bought. How hard can it be to cut up some veggies and throw in some lentils?

Those oatmeal cookies ...

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December 3, 2018
Addicted To Machine Embroidery from Cheryl Lynch Quilts

Day #2 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge.
I enjoy embroidering names on gifts.  I have been tied up with my Mini Mosaics for quite a while and have little time to do any machine embroidery.  My DIL's birthday is soon and she loves white monogrammed towels.  I bought the towels a few weeks ago and finally set up my machine to embroider.  But, as usual, there was no cooperation.  The tension was a mess and I knew it was time to bring my machine to the dealer to  be adjusted and cleaned.

As soon as I arrived home ...

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November 6, 2018
Quilt and Two Pillows for Barrie from Mary Manson Quilts

Barrie wanted a wedding dress quilt made from her wedding dress and a flowered bridesmaid dress, and wanted some colored thread in the quilting. 

Barrie
The wedding dress was used for the center and inner border, with lace from her bodice in part of the center, and lace from her skirt overlaid on the border.  The open areas of the center panel were quilted using a rose colored thread, and their names and the date were embroidered in the center.

The outer border was the bridesmaid dress, quilted around the flowers and leaves.  And the bow from the back of ...

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November 4, 2018
⁂ baby you're a firework ⁂ from Charm About You

Fireworks Quilt by Lucy Brennan Charm About You solids quilt

Big, bright, bold blocks make up this Fireworks quilt I designed. It was fun mixing up the warm toned fabrics and the 14" blocks repeat to create an explosion of light against a dark navy background. The quilt is 56" square, I seem to have a thing for square quilts... they do work well for lap quilts.

Fireworks Quilt by Lucy Brennan Charm About You

I quilted in using my favourite straight line pattern, cross hatch, in a bright yellow thread to continue the theme. You can see the Sewing Quarter demo here.

When I get time I intend to recreate this using print fabrics, it would be ...

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October 26, 2018
And My Project for Peek A Who… from Seams To Be Sew

I had originally created a set of Owl Placemats. However, they were a commissioned item for someone at Frank’s work. He took the placemats to work with him Tuesday without realizing I hadn’t taken the pictures yet. These were for a birthday gift for his boss, and the woman who was adding them with his other gifts was pestering him to bring the placemats to work, so thinking they were done and they were … he took them to work.. I looked everywhere on Wednesday for those placemats, realizing I should have left them in the sewing room as ...

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October 16, 2018
Tuesday To-Do: Machine Embroidered Sawtooth Star Name Tag from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Happy Tuesday morning, y'all!  I just have a couple of quick things I wanted to share with you:


Name Tag Embroidered and Sandwiched, Ready for Quilting!
This is an "orphan" 4" sawtooth star block leftover from my Paint Me A Story WIP (that quilt top is finished and waiting for me to quilt it).  When I joined the Charlotte Quilter's Guild last month I discovered that I need to make myself a nifty little name tag to wear at guild meetings.  Since I have plenty of projects in progress already, I decided to repurpose something that I had ...

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October 7, 2018
Christmas Embroidery and Quilts from Magpie Quilts

Last fall I purchased a combination sewing/embroidery machine (Brother NQ3500D) and I've been discovering ways to use some designs in my quilts. I've shared a Christmas quilt with you a while back that used some beautiful red work designs from Bird Brain Designs
 I love the way this quilt combines some of the elements that I really love. The scrappy little squares that form the criss cross of the Irish chain part of the design.
 And the swirling quilting that Marie of Blueberry Hill Quilts did on her long arm quilting machine.
 This quilt fits so well ...

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September 29, 2018
Done, done and done! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Today it's all about what I've been working on. While it seems that my focus has been scattered and I worked on the computer for most of the week, I did manage to get some sewing done.

Even better, yesterday was a fairly relaxed day. Oh, you're never going to believe this. I've struggled for a while to upload books to my tablet. Mostly reference books. Well, yesterday I was loading stuff like crazy. I think I know what the problem was. It took a wee bit of response time to upload the book and perhaps ...

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