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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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January 24, 2020
Creative projects using Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 Circular Attachment from Quilt Social

Welcome back! I hope you’ve enjoyed making some Valentine themed projects this week using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine and the Circular Attachment.

 

Brother Innov-is BQ3050

 

I’ve used the laser light for several projects over the last 3 months. Here are a couple of videos that you might like to watch for even more information about this great feature. In Video 2 you’ll see the Brother Dream Machine, but the laser light works the same way on the BQ3050.

Video 1 Laser Guided Sewing

Video 2 Half Square Triangles with laser light

 

The laser light shows an ...

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January 23, 2020
Piecing the heart together on this sweet Valentine-themed quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed how to make 2 decoratively stitched fabric circles using the Circular Attachment and the SA186 open toe foot on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine. Today I’ll show how to make a simple pieced heart and use these circles to make a border for a little Valentine quilt.

 

Brother Innov-is BQ3050 machine

 

materials

Red heart fabric

2 – 3½” x 6½” rectangles for heart shape
4 – 4½” squares for outer border

Light border and background

4 – 1½” squares
2 – 3½” squares
2 – 1½” x 6½” rectangles
2 – 1½” x 9½” rectangles

 

Squares and rectangles cut for a pieced ...

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January 22, 2020
Using the Brother Circular Attachment for a new quilt design experience from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I finished off piecing a Valentine table topper using the Brother Innov-is BQ3050. The sewing fun continues as I make another Valentine-theme project today. Let’s go!

 

Brother Innov-is BQ3050.

 

Last month in my QUILTsocial posts, I introduced a fascinating attachment for the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine – the Circular Attachment. You can read my post, Endless design possibilities with the Brother Circular Attachment here.

 

This Circular Attachment fits several different Brother machines.

 

The Circular Attachment can be used on several other Brother machines as well. There are two extra feet with the attachment – a braiding foot and a cording ...

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January 21, 2020
This ¼” piecing foot makes easy work of piecing the Valentine table topper from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed how to make the strip sets and add background squares and rectangles to them with the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine. The laser light feature makes sewing those half square triangle corners so easy! Now it’s time to put everything together.

 

Brother Innov-ís BQ3050

 

Sewing instructions

  • To make one heart block, arrange the strips as shown in the picture below. Try not to have 2 squares of the same fabric next to each other.

 

Arrange 5 pieced strips like this

 

 

The very useful ¼” piecing foot for the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050

 

  • Sew the strips together using either ...

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January 20, 2020
Making a Valentine’s Day four heart table topper from Quilt Social

Welcome back to QUILTsocial! This week I’ll be using some unique features and attachments on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to create some easy Valentine’s Day projects.

 

Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine

 

Today’s quilt uses a pieced heart design. I used scrap fabrics for my quilt, but you could use fat quarters or jelly roll strips for the pieced hearts.

 

Four Heart table topper or wall quilt

 

cutting instructions

Hearts (red)
16 – 2½” x about 16″ strips in a variety of colors
1 – 2″ square to use in the sashing

Background (light color)
16 – 2½” squares
8 – 2½ ...

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January 18, 2020
Best Mini Sewing Machine in 2020 – Small Repairs Made Easy from Quilter's Review

Looking to take a sewing project on the road? Interested in learning to sew but don’t want to make a huge initial investment? Using a portable sewing machine is an excellent way to start sewing, make your long-time sewing practice a mobile endeavor, teach a child to sew, or to simply have a back-up machine […]

The post Best Mini Sewing Machine in 2020 – Small Repairs Made Easy appeared first on Quilter's Review.

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January 11, 2020
Brother SE600 Review – Fun and Inexpensive Embroidery Machine from Quilter's Review

The Brother SE600 embroidery machine offers dual functionality, with the ability to sew and embroider. The LCD touchscreen display and computerized functionality make this machine easy to use and fun to work with. While Brother includes built-in designs, you have the option of importing your own for virtually unlimited design options. Features Highlights 80 embroidery […]

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Which is the Best Embroidery Machine For Your Home in 2020? We Review Our 12 Favorites from Quilter's Review

Hand embroidery is impressive and fun, but does take a lot of work. Embroidery machines open up a new world of possibilities with your sewing projects. These machines allow you to easily personalize, embellish and decorate virtually any fabric. Some of the best embroidery machines also offer regular sewing features, which allows you to enjoy […]

The post Which is the Best Embroidery Machine For Your Home in 2020? We Review Our 12 Favorites appeared first on Quilter's Review.

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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.

The first thing ...

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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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December 20, 2019
Endless design possibilities with the Brother Circular Attachment from Quilt Social

Welcome back! I hope you’ve enjoyed making some disappearing blocks using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine this week. I encourage you to try this technique with other blocks as well. Starting with a large block, like the 18″ ones I made on Monday and Tuesday, makes it easy to use this technique. Choose a block with simple piecing and you’ll have endless design opportunities. Have fun!

From my September QUILTsocial posts, I showed how to make several projects with some Disappearing Nine Patch blocks. You might like to have a look at these posts for more inspiration.

 

Disappearing ...

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December 19, 2019
Quarter square triangles make many disappearing quilt blocks from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed how to use the laser light on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to make very accurate quarter square triangle blocks.

 

Use the laser line as a guide for accurate sewing.

 

Now itʼs time to cut the blocks apart, make the original design disappear and create a whole new block. I made several quarter square triangle blocks using a variety of 10″ squares, so I’ll have lots of design possibilities.

  • Cut 2½” strips from 2 sides of each block as shown in the picture below.

 

Cut 2½” strips from 2 sides of each block.

 

  • Rearrange the 2½ ...

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December 18, 2019
Turn 10-inch squares into quarter square triangle disappearing quilt blocks from Quilt Social

Yesterday I used the laser light on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 to make half-square triangles. Today, I’ll use the same great feature to make quarter square triangle quilt blocks.

This is a good project for using 10″ squares (layer cakes) or using fabrics from your stash. It’s a very scrappy look, so don’t be afraid to mix and match.

Start with (12) 10″ squares – you can always make more blocks later if you like this design.

 

10″ squares ready for the quarter square triangle blocks

 

  • Turn on the laser line by pressing the laser line button.
  • Press ...

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December 17, 2019
1 quilt block, 3 disappearing quilt block options! from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed how to use the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 to make a simple, disappearing quilt block. Today I’ll make 2 quilt blocks, rearranging the fabric placement in each one for a different effect.

fabric for 18″ block

 

Fat quarters from Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection

 

cutting instructions

Fabric 1

  • (1) 9½” square

Fabric 2

  • (4) 2¾” x 9½” rectangles

Fabric 3

  • (4 ...

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December 16, 2019
FUN with disappearing quilt blocks! from Quilt Social

Last month in my QUILTsocial posts, I showed how to use the cord guide bobbin cover, decorative stitches and bobbin work on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to make some quick and easy gift bags.

 

Gift bag embellished with bobbin work on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine

 

This week, I’ll be exploring the magic of disappearing block designs. In previous QUILTsocial posts, I showed how to make several projects using a disappearing nine patch technique. I thought since this technique works for nine patch blocks, it can probably be used for other blocks as well, so I decided to ...

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