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November 26, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving from Nikki, In Stitches

It’s really early here (too early for two thirds of my children to be awake!) but I wanted to take a few minutes to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

As many of you know, this has been a hard year for me physically, with lots of unexpected twists and turns, but when I sit down tonight with my family for dinner, I will have more to be thankful for than I ever have before…laughter and love, family and friends, health and happiness.

Enjoy your time today with all of your loved ones. Give ...

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November 23, 2015
Snug as a bug from My Inner Thread

My sort of Christmas themed neonate mini quilt ...


I have a lot of white narrow strips of fabric, mostly left over from trimming quilts.  So started playing with a selection of red, orange and lime green fabrics cut into smallish squares with even smaller white squares on opposite corners like this ...

After sewing what seemed to be a rather lot of squares with even more to go to make a 27" square quilt something was needed in the middle.

The something was a ladybug, although here in New Zealand we call these ...

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Silhouette Mint Giveaway! from Nikki, In Stitches

Yes! You read that title correctly!

I’m giving away a Silhouette Mint! Woo Hoo!

It’s really easy to enter. Just leave a comment below telling me what your favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is, note in the Rafflecopter box below that you commented, and your name is on the list! (If you’re reading this email in your inbox and the Rafflecopter app is missing, just click here to go right to the Nikki, In Stitches site!) I’ll randomly pick a winner Thanksgiving morning, and one of you will have even more to be thankful for this ...

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November 5, 2015
Curious About The New Silhouette Curio? from Nikki, In Stitches

Just stopping by today with a quick video.

It’s actually a snippet of last week’s Masters’ Program inside The Nikki, In Stitches Craft Academy.

For those of you with Silhouette cutting systems, and those of you considering one, whether or not to invest in a Curio seems to be a big question these days.

I know many of you are curious as to how it works, and how it compares to both the Silhouette CAMEO and Portrait.

This video gives you a peek at just a few of the difference. Trust me…it can do WAY more than ...

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October 21, 2015
Tutorial – Cutting Applique Shapes With Modern Tools and Software from Quilt Shop Gal

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Today, I’m sharing insights on Modern Tools and Software that can be used for cutting fabrics for applique’, as well as cutting many other items.  I’m also sharing a tutorial to help you take a design created in various software (e.g. EQ7, machine embroidery designs or software, etc), or even sketched on paper, to create an SVG file that can be used to cut your shape on an electric cutter. And, there was a release this week of new software from Silhouette, that I want to increase awareness.

If you don’t ...

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September 24, 2015
Countdown To Halloween Blocks {DIY} from Nikki, In Stitches

Halloween is such a fun time in our house. It’s the start of decorating season (you know, the constant swap out of decor for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas?), sports kick into high gear for now two of my kiddos, and the yearly costume challenge begins.

The costume challenge goes something like this “Mom, could you make me look like this?” while one or more of my children point to a ridiculously expensive (and, mind you, very ornate!) costume in a magazine, I instantly start thinking of the man hours and supplies I’ll need to pull it off, and ...

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September 7, 2015
Know when to stop or not from My Inner Thread

A few days ago I decided to work on a quick and easy project - a neonate quilt.  I'd seen a picture of a pieced quilt using an orange peel/petal design.   

My version was to piece the background and then applique the petal shapes on top.  

Piecing the 3" squares went well, I was happy with the applique shape I'd designed using the Silhouette software.  

 Next step - quick and easy to cut the pieces out on the Silhouette Cameo ...

 ...  a little while later I had nicely cut and fused shapes that only needed the paper removed before ironing ...

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August 15, 2015
Creating Stencils from My Inner Thread

For most of my quilts I've used freezer paper stencils with textile paint, paintsticks or oil pastels.  Some designs I've drawn or traced then cut with a blade.  While I've become quite accurate with my cutting it takes time and is difficult to get precise small pieces.

Earlier in the year, after some research, I purchased a Silhouette Cameo.  With the combination of the Silhouette software and the magic little blade my world of cutting freezer paper has become way bigger.

For my current project I wanted to repeat the technique that I used in my quilt ...

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August 4, 2015
Fabric Treatment for Silhouette from Quilting Affection

For those of you that own a Silhouette know you need your fabric stiff for cutting step.  Well instead of applying several application layers of starch, I have found a great product that works in one application.

I prepare my fabric for my Silhouette, with Terial Magic Stabilizing Fabric Spray.  This spray allows your fabric to become stiffer, and fray-resistant which you need when working with Applique.  The product is easy to apply in just 3 steps you will have your fabric treated. Terial Magic lasts but is water soluble and can be washed out if needed.

I start by ...

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July 13, 2015
A New Applique Toy! from Quilting Affection

I have a new applique toy, and it is so much fun.  I pick up the Silhouette Cameo, and it so much fun to play with.  So far in the last couple weeks my applique projects have gone much faster.

As I'm designing in Adobe Illustrator I have save the template images as a SVG and the import the images in Silhouette.  Saving as SVG saves the image as its original size so I don't have to resize.

The Silhouette software is really easy to learn.  I found a lot of great information on internet and YouTube, if ...

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July 2, 2015
Almost a Quilt from My Inner Thread

My daughter's hockey coach has recently had a baby girl.  I was asked to make a polar fleece blanket from the team. 

Completed blanket

After wandering the aisles of Spotlight a navy blue and a light blue spotted fabric were chosen - even though we knew it was a girl.  The plan was to have hearts on one side and mostly the spotted fabric with the team name on the other side - instead of attempting to use each girl's name.

The 15 girls were asked to draw a heart that was a similar size to their hand - interpreted in ...

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