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October 17, 2018
The Dreamweaver XE + HSTs = a fun and functional gift from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the Dreamweaver XE from Brother to embellish a store bought tea towel with some beautiful jewel-toned half square triangle units (HSTs).

Today the fun continues as I use a few more of these HSTs to make a fast and easy matching potholder.

 

The Dream Weaver XE
The Dream Weaver XE

 

The first thing to do is to figure out how many HSTs we need to make the potholder the correct size – somewhere between 8″ and 9″ square. Since my HSTs are about 3″ square, I’ve decided to use 9 to get the right size. If your HSTs are ...

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October 16, 2018
3 simple steps to embellish a tea towel with HSTs from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you 4 different blocks that could be made using HST units. Today I’m using the Dreamweaver XE to embellish a tea towel with HSTs! Here goes!

 

The Dream Weaver XE
The Dream Weaver XE

 

Since I never like to throw anything away, I seem to always have an assortment of different HST units on hand that have been made from the leftovers of either flying geese blocks or snowball blocks.

 

HST units
HST units

 

I’m happy to share how I’ll use the half-square triangle units (HSTs) that were made when I sewed the flying geese units for The ...

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October 15, 2018
4 creative quilt blocks using HSTs from Quilt Social

 

Last month on QUILTsocial, we used the Brother Dreamweaver XE to machine quilt our nine-patch and snowball block baby quilt using a few of the machine’s decorative stitches. This month, as promised, I’m showing you a few ways to use up the half square triangle (HST) units that were made from the leftovers of the snowball blocks.

 

The Dream Weaver XE
The Dream Weaver XE

 

In one of my August posts, I showed you how to get HSTs from snowball blocks using the guideline marker (laser pointer) on the Brother Dreamweaver XE.

Here are a few different blocks that can be made ...

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September 28, 2018
6 steps to creating an embroidered quilt label using the Designer EPIC from Quilt Social

 

It’s the end of the week. Already! Time sure flies when you’re having fun and there’s so much more I could share with you. The more I dig into the capabilities of the Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC, the more I want to sew.

Reading through the User’s Guide, Quick Help and JoyOS Advisor built in the machine has my creative juices flowing.

 

Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC
Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC

 

Before I get started, I thought I’d share this story with you. I love technology and for the most part, I’m pretty good with it. However, I was ...

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September 27, 2018
User’s Guide, Quick Help, JoyOS Advisor: sewing help at your fingertips from Quilt Social

 

Welcome back! Hopefully, you saw in yesterday’s post the importance of doing some sample stitching before committing to the final elements. That thread color just wasn’t going to work.

Today, I’m touching a bit more on some lettering, but I thought it was equally important to spend some time showing you how easy it is to learn the ins and outs of the Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC. 

 

Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC
Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC

 

Let’s face it, this sewing and embroidery machine has a lot of stuff going on. If you’re familiar with the Husqvarna Viking sewing machines ...

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September 26, 2018
6 steps: adding lettering to quilt sashings using machine embroidery from Quilt Social

 

Hi there! So, how did you like the tutorial on adding lettering to your quilt sashings in yesterday’s post? You could use those built-in fonts to add lettering to anything. I see loads of possibilities and you can make the lettering subtle or you can make it bold.

Today, I’m taking the embroidery unit of the Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC for a spin as we explore more opportunities to add words to our quilts.

Let’s have a look.

 

Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC
Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC

 

Step 1 – Set up the Designer EPIC for machine embroidery

It’s very easy to ...

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September 25, 2018
6 steps to add lettering to your quilt sashings from Quilt Social

 

Hello again! Isn’t that flange in the binding from yesterday’s post just the best? I love the look and it’s pretty simple to do.

I’m back today with the Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC to show you how easy it is to add some lettering to your quilts.

It’s exciting to walk you through the process, so let’s get started.

 

So there you have it. Major is a bulky weight, core-spun, variegated, marled, acrylic yarn. In tomorrow’s post, I’ll talk more about the “acrylic” part. Join me!
So there you have it. Major is a bulky weight, core-spun, variegated, marled, acrylic yarn. In tomorrow’s post, I’ll talk more about the “acrylic” part. Join me!

 

Step 1 – Choose the sashing

While ...

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September 24, 2018
5 steps for adding a pop of color with a flange in the binding from Quilt Social

 

Welcome back to another super exciting week of tips to make your sewing and quilting easier and better! Let’s not forget that I’ve got an awesome sewing machine to demonstrate all those tips and tricks with.

This week, I’m having fun with the Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC, a sewing and embroidery machine. I’ll show you some interesting things from both a sewing perspective and I’m going to play around with some embroidery as well. Really, it’s all about playing and having fun!

I start the week off with another type of binding. This is ...

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September 21, 2018
10 simple steps for binding with perfect corners from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I finished up machine quilting a modern baby quilt using a decorative kite stitch on the Dreamweaver XE from Brother. Today I’m trimming the quilt and I’ll show you 10 simple steps for binding with perfect corners.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

The first thing I do is trim the edges of the baby quilt using a rotary cutter and ruler.

 

Trimming
Trimming

 

It’s always a good idea to label quilts, but I have to admit, it’s my least favorite part of quilting!! This is the solution I’ve come up with.

I ordered embroidered ribbon ...

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September 20, 2018
Decorative stitches plus laser pointer = beautiful machine quilting from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the dual feed foot on the Dreamweaver XE to do in-the-ditch and serpentine machine quilting on our modern baby quilt. Today I’m using another decorative stitch to do more machine quilting.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

I still have the dual feed foot attached to the machine and the grayed out stitches on the screen show that all of the stitches in this section can’t be used with this presser foot. Since I want to use the cute little kite stitch – 6-078 – I will have to attach a different presser foot.

 

Greyed out stitches
Greyed out stitches

 

Once ...

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September 18, 2018
Infinite possibilities for quilting with decorative stitches, Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial we used the Brother Dreamweaver XE  to stitch out some sample utility stitches on a quilt sandwich. I picked one of these stitches to use for quilting my baby quilt, but I’d like to use a more complex design as well. So today I’m checking out the character decorative stitches available on the machine.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

After selecting “Sewing” on the main screen, I press the Character Decorative Stitch key on the LCD screen of the Dreamweaver XE to access the many decorative stitches available.

 

The Character Decorative Stitch key
The Character Decorative Stitch key

 

There are 7 different ...

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September 17, 2018
Exploring utility stitches on the Brother Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

 

Last month on QUILTsocial I showed you how to turn a charm square pack into nine patch blocks and snowball blocks. This week, I’m using the Dreamweaver XE from Brother to finish these blocks into a modern baby quilt.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

I was able to make a total of 42 blocks from my charm pack – 21 nine-patch and 21 snowball. I arranged them on my design wall, alternating the two blocks and sewed them together.

 

The quilt top
The quilt top

 

Now we need to quilt it! I’m exploring some of the different stitches that are available on the ...

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September 4, 2018
JUKI DX5 Sewing Machine Video Review from Crafty Gemini

I recently purchased several JUKI DX5 sewing machines for my brick & mortar sewing studio in Gainesville, FL- The Sewing Coop.  I decided on this machine model for several reasons:

1) I already own a JUKI DX7 sewing machine. I’ve had it for 2+ years and love using it in my home studio for my garment sewing projects. Click here for a comparison sheet on the DX5 vs DX7 models. 

2) I wanted a sewing machine with more top of the line features for my students to use in the intermediate/advanced adult classes I teach.

3) After a lot ...

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August 31, 2018
How the PFAFF creative icon helped me finish a UFO quilt from Quilt Social

 

It’s my last post of the week. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the tips to happily quilt your projects. I had spent a lot of time figuring out how the embroidery unit worked on the PFAFF creative icon to be ready to quilt the two projects I had presented to you in April and June.

I had set two days aside during my vacation to be able to quilt them and be ready for my August blog posts. What I didn’t expect was the fact that the creative icon is really user-friendly and I finished the quilts ...

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August 30, 2018
The best kept secret to beautiful quilting designs from Quilt Social

 

Here’s another post to help you change your perspective on quilting! I know it can be quite a challenge and I have been giving you great tips to help you quilt your project since my first blog posts in February. So far this week I have featured the great tools you can use on the PFAFF creative icon using the embroidery arm. But today, I’ll show you my best kept secret to beautiful quilting designs without using the hoop.

 

The PFAFF creative icon is my favorite quilting partner!
The PFAFF creative icon is my favorite quilting partner!

 

Remember my Flying Geese quilt I made using the Canvas ...

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August 29, 2018
Why I’m so excited about the PFAFF ImageStitch app from Quilt Social

 

In my June 2018 post, I showed you how to perfect the flying geese block using the PFAFF creative icon while making a modern throw using the wonderful Canvas collection from Northcott.

In the last post of the week, I started the quilting portion and showed you how to use the Shape Creator. But I have to say that I have found an easier way to quilt this project! And I have the ImageStitch app to thank for this: it’s the best app ever for quilters!

The PFAFF creative icon is your bestie when it's time to quilt a project!
The PFAFF creative icon is your bestie when it’s time to quilt ...

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August 28, 2018
PFAFF creative icon stitch creator lets you add oomph to a simple binding from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use the embroidery feature on the PFAFF creative icon to quilt the project I made with the wonderful Sleepy Sloth fabric collection from Northcott. Today, I’ll show you how the Stitch Creator helped me create a nice and quick binding. I only had two days to spend quilting while on vacation and four quilts to finish. I knew I could bring some of the quilts to the cottage for hand binding, but not all! So I decided to have at least one of the projects completely bound by machine. I’ll now show ...

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August 27, 2018
The beauty of vacationing and quilting with the PFAFF creative icon from Quilt Social

 

Hello everyone! Hope you’ve enjoyed your summer and have found some time to keep on track of your quilting projects. With the heat waves that we have had, I have been keeping cool indoors with my fantastic PFAFF creative icon and I must admit that it has changed my perspective on quilting and vacationing.

 

PFAFF creative icon comes with a carrying case for the embroidery unit and accessories. Making it that much easier to bring it to the cottage!
PFAFF creative icon comes with a carrying case for the embroidery unit and accessories. Making it that much easier to bring it to the cottage!

 

If you’ve been following along since February 2018, I’ve had fun making quick and easy quilt projects while ...

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August 24, 2018
How to piece a perfect nine-patch block from a 5″ charm square from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you the steps to correctly change the presser foot on the Dreamweaver XE from Brother. Now that the ¼” foot with guide is attached, I’m ready to start piecing the nine patch blocks.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

As I did on Tuesday, I’ll cut the 5″ charm squares into four 2½” squares. Each of the nine patch blocks will use four 2½” squares cut from the same charm square and five 2½” squares cut from our background fabric.

 

5" charm square cut into quarters
5″ charm square cut into quarters

 

I cut my background squares from some leftover fabric from ...

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August 23, 2018
6 easy steps to correctly change the presser foot on the Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday we used the awesome guideline marker (laser pointer) feature on the Dreamweaver XE to make no-waste snowball blocks from 5″ charm squares. Today I’m sharing how to correctly change the presser foot on this machine so that tomorrow we can piece our nine patch blocks.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Step 1

The first thing to do is to press the “needle position” button to raise the needle.

 

The "needle position" button
The “needle position” button

 

Step 2

Press the presser foot/needle exchange key. This key locks all other keys and buttons on the machine and prevents injury to you or the machine ...

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