Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Quilting is finished!

Just finished the quilting of this queen-size quilt. Now to trim and bind.

This is the disappearing hourglass squares- used fat quarters and a 12 1/2 square ruler to make the blocks.........the borders are leftovers cut and pieced
 I have never been disappointed with the thread tension on my APQS Millenium....not sure how well you can see it, but the stitches are perfectly balanced.

The thread is Glide in both the upper and bobbin. And the pantograph is Dogwood from Urban Elementz.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Little bit of quilting my APQS Millenium

What are you working on? I have been working on this quilt - hope to finish soon. I have been pretty sick for a couple of months now, so my stamina hasn't been so good.....hope to pick up the pace soon, because it is time to start preparing for Christmas!

Here is a full shot of the top, just after I finished piecing it.

The pattern is a disappearing hourglass, I just used the scraps to make the borders. 

The pantograph quilting pattern is Dogwood on the Urban Elementz site.

Pieced on my Baby Lock.

The quilting is being done on my APQS Millenium. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

American Beauty - Free Quilt Pattern


I really like this quilt pattern. I probably would do something a little different to the outside border, but the stars are quite eye-catching. A simple snowball square and four half-square triangle blocks are all that are needed to make the central part of this quilt. Thanks again Red Rooster Fabrics for another free quilt pattern.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sometimes it is the layout - free unique table runner pattern

Sometimes it is the color, the print, or the value changes that draw your eye to a quilting project. In this case, it was the layout that caught my attention. Thank you to studioE for this free table runner pattern. The pattern also includes a table topper and placemat pattern as well.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Make Beautiful Things - Free Machine Embroidery file

I am thinking of using this free embroidery design to make a machine cover for my embroidery machine - or maybe a framed piece for my studio wall. What do you think?

It is available for download in multiple formats. Click here to get the file.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Embird Outline Stitches - Free sampler stitch-out file

If you are an Embird user or are considering purchasing Embird, I created a stitch out file of all the outline stitches available in Embird (version 2017.) I think it is helpful to have stitch-outs on hand when deciding which stitches to use. These can be used on Appliques or just as decorative stitching, etc.

You can put them into stitch samplers. They can be placed on any outline shape you create. Spirals of some of these designs would be pretty - even as a design element on a quilt. Hmmm.....I've got my brain working now!

I found the candlewick stitches to be a little weird, here is a photo of the back of the stitch-out. See how there is virtually no bobbin thread showing? Not sure if it is the bobbin thread choice, fabric or the stitch. When I use it on another item, I will let you know if it turns out differently.

After I stitched out, I used a fine tip permanent marker to label them with the name they are referred to in Embird.

I know - I could have been more industrious and embroidered the text, but it was late at night and I was anxious to see the stitches.

I am pleased with the stitch-out, as I didn't use any stabilizer and had VERY little pucker with just the fabric hooped in the largest frame. The fabric is a table-cloth remnant, so it is fairly heavy.

All of the stitches are done in the default settings in Embird - I didn't change any sizes. Note they adjusted to the size of the line as well. I didn't plan the length of the line - yet they all seem to begin and end in a nice place.
If you would like to stitch out this sampler for yourself, I have included the file in PES. The size is for the 9 1/2 x 14 hoop on the Destiny embroidery machine. It should work on the Brother Dream machine as well. Click here to get the file.

If you want it in a different size or format - you can easily do this with you copy of Embird.

Quilting is finished!

Just finished the quilting of this queen-size quilt. Now to trim and bind. This is the disappearing hourglass squares- used fat quarter...