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March 27, 2020
2 essential tools for precise positioning of embroidery designs from Quilt Social

It’s the end of the week already! I’m having so much fun and there’s so much more to share with you.

In yesterday’s post, I shared tips for successful quilting in the embroidery hoop. Today, I’m using the Design Positioning feature on the Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC 2 with the mySewMonitor app to show how easy it is to get your embroidery (or quilting) design exactly where you want it to be.

Let’s get started.

Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC 2 with the embroidery unit attached

Dream Big

I’m quilting one of the Dream ...

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March 26, 2020
7 tips for successful quilting in the embroidery hoop from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I chatted about ruler work. For those of you who love free-motion quilting, the rulers provide a wee bit of control when a straight line is needed. Or if you’re trying to break into free-motion, the templates provide physical support.

Today, it’s all about quilting with your embroidery machine! I’m using the Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC 2 to walk you through some great tips on quilting in the hoop.

Let’s check this out.

Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC 2 with embroidery unit attached

TIP 1 – Use thin battings

When hooping a quilt sandwich in the embroidery ...

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March 25, 2020
5 tips to ruler work success: quilting on a domestic sewing machine from Quilt Social

I’m so excited about the designs you can create using the decorative stitches in embroidery mode of the Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC 2, that I showed in yesterday’s post. I had to put my experimenting on hold as I explored another aspect of quilting – ruler work.

I have some great tips to share with you as I show you some samples that I stitched out.

Let’s get started.

Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC 2 with optional extension table

 

The ruler foot

This is the ruler foot for the Designer EPIC 2. What I love most about this foot ...

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March 24, 2020
Quilting using decorative stitches in embroidery mode – Designer EPIC 2 from Quilt Social

What do you think of the Integrated Dual Feed (IDF) and the Adjustable Laser Sewing Guidance I talked about yesterday? Those are just two of the new features on the Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC 2 that will make your life as a quilter so much easier.

I hear it all the time from sewists and quilters. “I don’t use the decorative stitches on my sewing machine.” Why is that? Partly, I think because people are afraid to venture into the unknown.

Today, I’m exploring the use of decorative stitches as it pertains to quilting or for decorating your ...

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March 23, 2020
Amazing features for straight line quilting with the Designer EPIC 2 from Quilt Social

Welcome!

I hope you’ve all been getting some sewing done and you’ve lots of things to quilt. This week, I’m using the amazing features of the Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC 2 to give you some ideas for quilting.

The Designer EPIC 2 is not only a sewing machine, but it’s a phenomenal embroidery machine as well and I’ll share some tips for quilting using the embroidery model.

It’s a jam-packed week, so let’s get started.

 

Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC 2 with the embroidery unit

 

The Integrated Dual Feed Technology

I’m so excited ...

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March 19, 2020
Brother SE1900 Embroidery Machine Review from Quilter's Review

Brother’s SE1900 embroidery machine is one of the most talked about sewing machines on the market. Feature-rich and designed with the skilled embroiderer in mind, this machine comes with a touchscreen LCD, over 200 stitches, an automatic needle threader that actually works, free-motion sewing and a lot of additional features that we can’t wait to […]

The post Brother SE1900 Embroidery Machine Review appeared first on Quilter's Review.

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March 7, 2020
Juki HZL-G220 Sewing Machine Review from Quilter's Review

The Juki HZL-G220 computerized sewing machine can tackle both sewing and quilting projects with ease. This full-sized sewing machine has all of the features you could want in a computerized machine, yet the design is simple and intuitive enough that non tech-savvy users will still be able to use it. There are a few unique […]

The post Juki HZL-G220 Sewing Machine Review appeared first on Quilter's Review.

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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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February 21, 2020
Brother BQ3050 and its 3 free motion feet and 5 from Quilt Social

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed making some crumb quilt projects this week using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine.

 

Block with crumb pieced border made on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine.

 

Yesterday I showed how to make blocks using crumb quilt strips for borders. I made 3 – 10½” blocks for a table runner, but of course, you can make as many blocks as you like.

How to finish the table runner using 3 crumb-pieced blocks:

  • Sew 1½” x 10½” sashing strips between the blocks.

 

Sew sashing strips between the blocks.

 

  • From border fabric, cut 2 – 5″ x 32½” for side ...

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February 20, 2020
Piecing the crumb quilt is easy using the ¼” foot with guide from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed how the use the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to make some crumb quilt fabric cut into 2½” x 8½” strips to use for borders. Now I’ll put it all together.

sewing instructions

  • Sew a 1½” x 6½” strip to one side of a 4½” square using a partial seam.
  • Press seam toward strip.

 

Sew a 1½” x 6½” strip to a 4½ square, using a partial seam.

 

  • Sew another 1½” x 6½” strip to the next side of the square.

 

Sew another 1½” x 6½” strip to the next side of the square.

 

  • Sew on the ...

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February 19, 2020
How to piece crumb blocks into larger pieces of fabric from Quilt Social

 

My first crumb quilt made on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050

 

Today, I’ll show another project using the same crumb quilting technique, but this time I’ll be using dark-colored scraps. The batiks are so easy to use in a project like this, as the edges don’t fray or stretch. This is really important because of all the bias edges that occur when crumb quilting.

Here are the basics for creating the crumb blocks, but please refer back to the QUILTsocial blog posts on Days ...

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February 18, 2020
Crumb blocks for a wall quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed how I used my Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to make some crumb fabric with little scraps of fabric I had been tucking away for a future project.

 

Crumb fabric made from little scraps

 

Now it’s time to use my new fabric. Of course, I could have kept making these crumb blocks, but I wanted to get on to another project using my dark batik scraps. So I decided to make a little wall quilt which could also be used as a table topper.

Let’s get started!

  • From crumb fabric, cut 9 – 6½” blocks.

 

 

Arrange the ...

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February 17, 2020
Crumb quilting: What’s it all about? from Quilt Social

Most quilters can’t bear to part with scraps of favorite fabrics and tend to keep them in little bins and boxes for future use. Crumb quilting, although not a new idea, is enjoying a resurgence now as we try to use up all those bits of fabric we’ve been saving. Basically, it’s sewing small pieces of fabric together to make new fabric which can be cut up to make blocks, borders, sashing and more.

 

My batik scrap bucket

 

This week on QUILTsocial, I’ll be using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to do some crumb quilting using ...

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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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