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March 7, 2021
My best tips for buying a sewing machine from Quilting with Claire

Looking for a new sewing machine but don't know where to begin? Start by reading this blog!

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November 4, 2020
Learning is so much fun! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Another GREAT day - I hear rumors that our temporary pandemic closures might be lifted this weekend. That means we can get back to the gym next week - observing all safety protocols, of course! I can't wait except that I won't be around next week for the spin class. I'll be leaving for my sewing retreat with our small bubble of people. I can't wait!

Two more great presentations yesterday! It's so refreshing to actually do the presentation and not worry about the internet going down. And the fact that most of the presentations are totally ...

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April 25, 2020
Working on a serie of quilt can help you improve your skills from Quilting with Claire

If you’re bored and looking for a new challenge, might I suggest working on a series of quilts to improve your skills. That’s what I realized when I decided to work a my rainbow series.  But little did I know that it wasn’t just the piecing of the quilts… it was also a learning experience … Continue reading "Working on a serie of quilt can help you improve your skills"

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April 10, 2020
Let's go shopping from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

You're probably like me - I've no idea what day of the week it is. I have to remind myself every morning. This is Thursday. This is Friday. It is Friday today? Isn't it? Where are those days of the week underwear when you need them? I could embroider some! I'm sure like the rest of you, we're not getting our hair cut like normal. Well, I'm a slacker on that anyway so I can just put it in a ponytail if I need to.

Murphy is in bad need of a hair cut so ...

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February 28, 2020
Sewing a ‘pot of gold’ thread catcher from Quilt Social

To say I’ve been feeling lucky this week is an understatement! Having the PFAFF performance icon in my sewing room is a real treat. In yesterday’s post, I added finishing touches to complete the Lucky 2B a Quilter pincushion. I told you there was more and today I’m sharing what a lucky quilter would find at the end of a rainbow pincushion – a lucky thread catcher!

I used a fun stitch on the PFAFF performance icon and added another sequence, combined with black fabric to resemble the pot and yellow fabric to resemble gold to make my ...

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February 27, 2020
Finishing the Lucky 2B a Quilter pincushion from Quilt Social

Everybody needs a little luck! In yesterday’s post I started to make a rainbow pincushion using the PFAFF performance icon. The body came together quickly and I decorated it with several of the built in animal stitches. Today’s post will add a few more fun details using the PFAFF performance icon before completing the pincushion.

PFAFF performance icon

Sequence Creator

I wanted to add words to the rainbow pincushion and decided to stitch out a little label. The performance icon has the Sequence program that is accessed by pressing the SEQUENCE CREATOR at the bottom of the Multi-touch ...

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February 26, 2020
PFAFF performance icon and its animal kingdom of decorative stitches from Quilt Social

It’s time to put some of the many features to work on the PFAFF performance icon. In yesterday’s post, I made a list of features to convince you to take this big machine with you on sew days. Today I’m making a rainbow pincushion. Why? Because I feel lucky to be using this machine </p>
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February 25, 2020
Your big PFAFF perfomance icon? Don’t leave home without it! from Quilt Social

Features on the PFAFF performance icon make it an irresistible sewing day partner. In yesterday’s post I went through several of the little things that make a big impression on this machine. Today I’ll focus on the features that I think will convince you to take the PFAFF performance icon with you when sewing away from home.


PFAFF performance icon


Right from the start I was excited to see all of the features that made it easy to decide to take this machine with me to my guild sewing day. Of course, many of these features are great ...

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February 24, 2020
Little things make a big impression on the PFAFF performance icon from Quilt Social

The PFAFF performance icon is a large sewing machine. It takes up a lot of space! And yet it’s all the little things that make this machine a dream to use. Today I’m taking you through several of the little things that immediately made me want to quilt! I think you’ll be impressed too. Let’s take a closer look at the PFAFF performance icon.


PFAFF performance icon


More Space

The first thing I noticed when unboxing the PFAFF performance icon was its size. It’s much bigger than any other sewing machine I’ve tried. In ...

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January 31, 2020
The adventures of creating embroidered, appliqued, precut shapes from Quilt Social

It’s the end of the week. ACK! I’ve got so much more to explore in the PREMIER+ ECQ software. If you’ve been following along this week, you’ve seen some of the amazing things that you can design and create.  Yesterday, showed some of the ways the files can be exported.

The PREMIER+ ECQ software packs a huge punch, not just for embroidery files, but different formats as well including computerized quilting machines and digital cutters. I’m using the Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC 2 to stitch out my files, but ECQ will save the embroidery ...

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January 30, 2020
File export possibilities in PREMIER+ ECQ from Quilt Social

What do you think so far?

The PREMIER+ ECQ software is pretty amazing. I can’t believe how easy it is to use the software and how easy it is to create a design or to modify existing designs.

Yesterday I went over the PREMIER+ ECQ Drawing Tools. Today, I’m exporting a design into the various file formats.

The ladybug

The ladybug is a design from the Design Gallery included in the PREMIER+ ECQ software. I’ve enlarged the ladybug to better fit the canvas size (200mm x 200mm) I’m using. I’ve had to make a few ...

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January 29, 2020
PREMIER+ ECQ Drawing Tools from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed how easy it is to get your artwork onto the PREMIER+ ECQ software canvas.

Are you excited about the possibilities of creating your own embroidery designs? Or your own cutting files for the digital cutter? Or quilting designs for the long arm robot?


Premier + ECQ design software


I’m super excited about how easy the PREMIER+ ECQ software is to use. I’m not afraid of the blank canvas and I’m excited to see what I can create today. The one thing I’ve learned is the more I play with the software, the easier it ...

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January 28, 2020
Creating artwork with PREMIER + ECQ software – draw, lettering, design from Quilt Social

Isn’t the new PREMIER+ ECQ software I introduced yesterday exciting?

I heard you say you can’t draw so the PREMIER+ ECQ software isn’t for you. Wait! There are some very cool ways you can create designs in PREMIER+ ECQ and none of them involve drawing.

While I’m very creative, my drawing skills are a wee bit on the weak side. I’ve learned practice makes perfect, especially doodling which has helped my free motion quilting. While I continue to practice my doodling and drawing on the side, I’m happy to use the tools within the ...

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January 27, 2020
PREMIER+ ECQ software to spark your creativity – embroider, cut, quilt! from Quilt Social

Welcome back!

This week, I’m sharing something a little different with you. There’s no sewing machine or serger. No – I’m taking a look at a new software package. I’m very excited about it and can’t wait to share it with you.

The software is from the creators of the PREMIER+ Embroidery System. It’s a stand-alone software that does different things than the three levels of the PREMIER+ Embroidery System. While you can create embroidery files in ECQ, it also does more.

It’s called PREMIER+ ECQ. The ECQ stands for Embroidery, Cut, Quilt. Some ...

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December 27, 2019
Celebrating the New Year in style with a bow tie table runner from Quilt Social

Time to celebrate! Well, almost. In yesterday’s post, I pieced the bow tie blocks and put together the table runner. The PFAFF quilt expression 720 will be doing all the work again today! Today I’ll quilt and bind the table runner.


Quilted bow tie block table runner



PFAFF quilt expression 720


To prepare the table runner for quilting, layer the top with batting. For the runner I fused batting to the top and then layered them on top of the backing, right side down. This let me avoid having pins to move as I quilted.

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December 26, 2019
Decorative stitches sparkle on black bow tie quilt blocks from Quilt Social

Are you ready to piece? This week is all about preparing for a party by making quilted table decor. In yesterday’s post I used decorative stitches to create stitched fabric. The stitched fabric will be used with a neutral fabric to create a quilted table runner. The PFAFF quilt expression 720 will help me sew the blocks together with precision.


Bow tie block made with stitched fabric



PFAFF quilt expression 720


Let’s get started!

For the table runner, approximately 1 yard of neutral fabric is needed. I used the same fabric for the pieced blocks, the plain blocks ...

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December 25, 2019
Decorative stitches create a New Year’s party bow tie table runner from Quilt Social

A quilter can never have enough quilted table decor, right? With the holidays in full swing making something small is a quick finish. In yesterday’s post, I made buttonholes for the first time to complete the quilted napkin rings. Today’s post starts creating the stitched fabric to use for a quilted bow tie table runner.


Quilted black bow tie runner


The table runner lets me explore the built-in stitches on the PFAFF quilt expression 720. There are over 400 stitches built-in, with the option to use them in free motion mode, as well as to modify them with ...

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December 24, 2019
Quilters can make buttonholes too with the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

Time to try something new! In yesterday’s post, I started making quilted napkin rings using the Sequence program on the PFAFF quilt expression 720.

Now comes the fun part of turning the flat quilted fabric into a napkin ring by making a buttonhole.


PFAFF quilt expression 720


You can sew buttonholes manually with the PFAFF quilt expression 720, but it also comes with the Sensormatic buttonhole foot which is what I tried out. This was the first time I made buttonholes – what a great way to learn a new sewing technique before the end of the year!

The PFAFF ...

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December 23, 2019
Ring in the New Year with quilted napkin rings from Quilt Social

Even as we deck the halls for the holidays, the new year is fast approaching. Maybe a small gathering of friends or family will mark the beginning of 2020 at your place. I’m making a couple of fun table decor projects this week to add to a New Year’s Eve party. I relied heavily on the features and stitches of the PFAFF quilt expression 720 to help me create and wasn’t disappointed!


PFAFF quilt expression 720


First up, napkin rings!

Celebration dinners have a bit of formality to them so I thought quilted napkin rings to use ...

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November 1, 2019
Using stacked stitches to make quick quilted add-on gifts from Quilt Social

It’s been a busy week around here! One stitch has led to another and several add-on gifts have been created. In yesterday’s post, I made some mini stitched ornaments using the decorative stitches in the PFAFF quilt expression 720. Today I want to show yet another type of stitch available on this machine – stacking stitches – and a fun way to turn them into a gift!

Quilted mushroom bookmark anyone??  </p>
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