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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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March 1, 2019
Can anything be more fun than Stacking Stitches?? from Quilt Social

Creating designs with the stitches on the PFAFF quilt expression 720 is slowly turning me into an ’embellish-er’. What can I say? I haven’t found a stitch I don’t like!

In yesterday’s post, I completed my quilter’s name badge. For that project, I tried out one of four alphabet fonts included on this machine and used the floating stitches technique. In this post, I’ll show you some of the stacking stitches that are available on this machine too!

PFAFF quilt expression 720
PFAFF quilt expression 720

The stacking stitches are located in menu 8 along with the floating stitches ...

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February 28, 2019
Making a quilter’s badge extra special using font and floating stitches from Quilt Social

This week I’ve been exploring some of the stitching techniques available on the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720. In yesterday’s post, I started to make a quilter’s name badge. I listed the fabric requirements based on my badge and invited you to join me! Today I’ll show you how I completed my name badge.

Quilter's name badge with PFAFF quilt expression 720
Quilter’s name badge with PFAFF quilt expression 720

I added the fabric to the sides of the center of the badge first. I thought it would be fun to add some floating stitches that look like dots to go with the ...

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February 27, 2019
Making a quilter’s name badge using the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

Sometimes it’s worth the wait! I’ve been planning this project for a long time. In yesterday’s post, I tried out the floating stitches, one of the stitch techniques available on the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720.

In this post, I use one of the fonts included on the machine to start making my very own quilter’s name badge!

Quilter's name badge using the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720
Quilter’s name badge using the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720

Sooner or later, whether you’ve joined a guild or go to a quilting retreat, you’ll be asked to wear a name tag. I finally joined ...

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February 26, 2019
Floating stitches are extraordinary on the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

There’s more to explore on the PFAFF quilt expression 720! In yesterday’s post, I listed my top 5 favorite features of the quilt expression 720. Today I’ll show you one of this machine’s exclusive stitch techniques called floating stitches.

I was really curious to try these stitches out because they DO really look like they’re floating. Only some of the stitching line appears on the right side of the fabric so it looks like they aren’t connected to anything.

Special stitch technique called floating stitches done with the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720.
First attempt at floating stitches

The floating stitches are one of the stitch techniques found ...

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February 25, 2019
Top 5 features on the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

The PFAFF quilt expression 720 is the perfect combination of reliable features I expect when using a PFAFF and its creative possibilities. These possibilities are made possible by the myriad of exclusive stitch techniques and programs that enables you to create the quilts you want – and quilt them too!

Welcome to an exciting week exploring the quilt expression 720! Here are my top 5 features to watch for on this machine.

Top 5 features on the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720
PFAFF quilt expression 720

Color Touch Screen

The Color Touch Screen lets you see what your stitch will look like and gives you options for adjusting stitches. You can ...

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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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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 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 28, 2019
2 critical steps to prepping a new quilting project from Quilt Social

Hello everyone – I’m super excited to be back talking about the HUSQVARNA VIKING Designer Brilliance 80. There are so many creative things you can do with this amazing sewing and embroidery machine – a few blog posts won’t even begin to cover it all.

I’ll spend the week working on a couple of machine embroidery projects and techniques. I haven’t been doing a lot of machine embroidery over the last couple of years, but the more I delve into it, the more I love it.

Did you know that the first HUSQVARNA VIKING embroidery machine was introduced ...

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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

To ...

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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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