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Block of the Month – Block 9

Block 9 – Wacky Tree Block Instructions

We’re up to Block 9 in the Block of the Month series from the May/June issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery.  You’ll find everything you need for Block 9, video instructions, step-by-step instructions and all download files.  Enjoy!

If you prefer watching the video directly on YouTube, click here.

Download the files for block nine here: Block 9 

Materials for 1 block

Base Blocks: 9” squares – muslin or No Show Mesh
Front – all cut parts from MBP
Warm and Natural or White Batting: 7 7/8” square

Here are the parts you’ll need for the Big Block

1 – Back Block

2 – Bottom Base Muslin

3 – Top Base No Show Mesh

4 – Batting

5 – background

6 – trunk

7 through 11 – tree parts

12 – sky

13 – side borders

14 – top and bottom borders

LOADING THE MONSTER BLOCK MAKER

Follow the directions included with the purchase of Monster Block Maker to apply the Maker to a 200mm x 200mm Baby Lock/Brother hoop.

Place the muslin flat on the table. Center the Monster Block Maker on the muslin.

Insert the batting in the opening of the Maker.

Place the Top base No Show Mesh over the batting.

Working from the center out, firmly
press the No Show Mesh (top) and muslin (bottom) onto the adhesive tape on the edges of the Maker.

Attach the hoop to the machine. 

STITCHING THE BLOCK

Stitch color #1, the block layout. Place glue at fabric #1. 

Place fabric #1, right side up,
aligning the fabric edges with the stitched outline.  Stitch color 2, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #2.

Place fabric #2, right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #3. Place glue at fabric #2. 

Flip fabric #2 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #4, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #3.

Place fabric #3, right side down,
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. 

Stitch color #5, the seam. Place glue at fabric #3.  

Flip fabric #3 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #6. Place glue at the seam for fabric #4.

Place fabric #4, right side down,
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #7, the seam. Place glue at fabric #4.

Flip fabric #4 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #8. Place glue at the seam for fabric #5. 

Place fabric #5, right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #9, the seam. Place glue at fabric #5.

Flip fabric #5 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #10. Place glue at the seam for fabric #6.

Place fabric #6, right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #11, the seam. Place glue at fabric #7. 

Flip fabric #6 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #12, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #7. 

Place fabric #7 right side face aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #13, the seam. Place glue at fabric #7. 

Flip fabric #7 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #14, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #8.

Place fabric #8 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #15, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #8.

Flip fabric #8 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric stitch color #16.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #9. 

Place fabric #9 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.  Stitch color #17, the seam. Place glue at fabric #9.
 

Flip fabric #9 open and finger press the seam. Stitch color #18, the tackdown.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #10. 

Place fabric #10 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. 

Stitch color #19, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #10. 

Flip fabric #10 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric stitch color #20. Place glue at the seam for fabric #11. 

Place fabric #11 right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #21, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #11. 

Flip fabric #11 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #22, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #12. 

Place fabric #12 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #21, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #11. 

Flip fabric #11 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch Color #22, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #13.

Place fabric #13 right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #25, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #13.

Flip fabric #13 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #26, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #14. 

Place fabric #14 right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #27, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #14. 

Flip fabric #14 open and finger press the seam.  Smooth the fabric and stitch color #28, the tackdown.

Stitch colors #30, 31, 32 and 33 – the embellishments

Congratulations your Wacky Tree block is complete!

 

Top 5 Tips For Continuous Borders Video!

Hello Embroidery Friends!

On Wednesday, Eileen filmed a LIVE video giving her Top 5 Tips on Continuous Borders. She also gave an awesome demonstration on how helpful the perfect alignment laser (PAL) is!

Watch below.

Note: Please excuse the graininess in the beginning, still working out the kinks and the video clears up after a few minutes.

Designs in Machine Embroidery

image via giphy.com

 

Enjoy!

Take advantage of our Special Offer and get $10 off both PAL 1 and 2 (plus FREE shipping) when you use code FBPAL.

Happy Stitching!

Top 5 Tips for Continuous Borders

Join me on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM CST on Facebook Live.  You’ll learn my five top tips for continuous borders.  It doesn’t matter how big your hoop is, the technique is the same for 4″ x 4″, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 12″ and larger!

Just log onto facebook and go to the Designs in Machine Embroidery page at 1:00 PM CST.  It’s more fun with a crowd so mark your calendar!  Here’s the link to our page: https://www.facebook.com/DesignsInMachineEmbroidery/

Hope to see you there!

Block of the Month – Block 8

Block 8 – Storm Geese Block Instructions

If you prefer watching the video directly on YouTube, click here.

Download the files for block eight here: Block 8 

Materials Needed – for 1 block
Base Blocks 9” squares – muslin or No Show Mesh
Front – all cut parts from MBP
Warm and Natural or White Batting: 7 7/8” square

Here are the parts you’ll need for the Storm Geese Block

1 – Back Block

2 – Bottom Base Muslin

3 – Top Base No Show Mesh

4 – Batting

5 – Left Centers

6 – Left sides

7 – Right Center

8 – Right sides

LOADING
THE MONSTER BLOCK MAKER

Follow the directions included with the purchase
of Monster Block Maker to apply the Maker to a 200mm x 200mm Baby Lock/Brother hoop.

 

Place the muslin flat on the table. Center the Monster Block Maker on the muslin.

Insert the batting in the opening of the Maker.

Place the Top base No Show Mesh over the batting.

Working from the center out, firmly press the No Show Mesh (top) and muslin (bottom) onto the adhesive tape on the edges of the Maker.

Attach the hoop to the machine.

 

STITCHING THE BLOCK

Stitch color #1, the block layout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place glue at fabric #1 as shown.

Place fabric #1, right side up, aligning the fabric edges with the stitched outline.  Stitch color 2, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #2.

Place fabric #2, right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #3. Place glue at fabric #2 as shown.

Flip fabric #2 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #4, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #3.

Place fabric #3, right side down,
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. 

Stitch color #5, the seam. Place glue at fabric #3 as shown.

Flip fabric #3 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #6. Place glue at the seam for fabric #4.

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #4, right side down,
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #7, the seam. Place glue at fabric #4.
 

 

Flip fabric #4 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #8. Place glue at the seam for fabric #5.

Place fabric #5, right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #9, the seam.  Place glue at fabric #5 as shown.

Flip fabric #5 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #10.

Place glue on fabric #6.

 

Place fabric #6, right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #11. Place glue at fabric #7, the seam.

Flip fabric #6 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #12, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #7. 

Place fabric #7 right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #13, the seam. Place glue at fabric #7. 

Flip fabric #7 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #14, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #8.

Place fabric #8 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #15, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #8.

Flip fabric #8 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #16. Place glue at the seam for fabric #9.

Place fabric #9 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.  Stitch color #17, the seam. Place glue at fabric #9.
 

 

Flip fabric #9 open and finger press the seam. Stitch color #18, the tackdown.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #10. 

Place fabric #10 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. 

Stitch color #19, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #10. 

Flip fabric #10 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #20. Place glue at the seam for fabric #11.

Place fabric #11 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #21, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #11.

Flip fabric #11 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #22, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #12.

Place fabric #12 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #21, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #11 .

Flip fabric #11 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #22, the tackdown. 

Stitch colors #26, 27, 28 and 29, the embellishments.

Congratulations your Storm Geese block is complete!!!

 

 

 

People Want to Know

Do you love to embroider?  Do you love to share your techniques with other passionate embroiderers?  Do you get asked, “How did you do that?” Then maybe it’s time to share it with others.  Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine readers want to know what you’re stitching and how you make your projects look so beautiful.  Have you ever considered writing for an embroidery magazine?  Now is the time.

Designs in Machine Embroidery

image via giphy.com

 

Today, DIME is the only embroidery magazine publishing 6 times a year and we want each issue to be filled with new ideas and techniques. As the editor of DIME, I’m always on the lookout for fresh approaches to embroidery to share with our readers.

If you stitch on a Janome, Pfaff, Viking, Bernina, Brother or Baby Lock machine, then you probably have something to share.  You don’t need a college degree in English to write an article, we can help polish your work.  Is photography a concern?  Well, we really shine there!  If you make beautiful embroidery, then we will make sure it looks its absolute best!

I love to hear from you and help you share your passion with our readers.  Send me an email at Editor@dzgns.com pitching your idea and let’s get started!

Designs in Machine Embroidery

 

Worth the Wait!

The May, 2019 FREE update for Perfect Embroidery Pro will be available on Monday, May 6.  When you open the software on May 6, you’ll receive a notice to update.  I strongly encourage you to do it because the updates are fantastic!  Here’s what’s in store for you on Monday!

PEP Ver. 12.92

New Features:

Hi-Resolution Displays: New hi-resolution toolbar icons for 4K displays.

 

General Options: New look to Tools/General Options:

Realistic view option: (Optional) Increase double and bean run thickness in Realistic view; Tools/General Options/View.

Default Colors: Set default colors on a new design page:

  • File/New
  • Set Colors
  • Click on “Make Current Default”
  • Click “Yes”
  • Go to File/New, notice that the new default colors appear.
  • May also click on an empty box on the color bar for the option.

 

Print Preview: Print Preview screen is set to “Size to Fit” as a default with a new look.

Eye is sequence view: The eye icon is darker.

Drag and Drop: You can Drag and Drop image file into the center of the work field.

Note:  If you have an image on the screen like above, it will transfer to “Auto Digitizer Wizard” If selected.

Hoops: Added filtering to the Hoop feature; remove or add a check mark for the desired hoops. Jumbo Hoop is now fully supported and new hoops have been added:

  • BabyLock-Brother 240×240
  • BabyLock-Brother 270×400
  • BabyLock-Brother 240×360

Trim: A fast way to add a basic trim to the end of an object.

  • Click on object
  • Click on the “trim Icon”

When using this feature, it will:

  • Add the trim and basic tie off to the end of the selected object.
  • Add basic tie in to the next object.

Trim Branches: A new trim function giving you more control on how you want the trims to be added.

  • Auto: (default):  Trim if the stitch is longer than 2 mm.
  • Always: Will always trim
  • Never: Will never trim
  • Longer than: User can set the distance

Trim, Weld, Intersect: These three functions have been moved to “Shaping” and can be used with a right click when two objects are selected.

Auto Save/Recover: Setup can be found in Tools/General Options/Environment and File/Recover.

To use this feature: go to File/Recover.

Raised Satin: adds multi-layer satins on top of each other.  The default is 4.

Radial Fill can be found in Complex Fill.

Special Files:  We have moved Inspirations special file formats out of the standard Open and Save.  It has its own selection under File called “Special Files”.

Auto Digitizing: Improved color reduction, tracing, support for transparent PNGs, direct victor files (svg, ai, etc.) conversion without tracing. You can try the new same images in c: /dime/Images (Autodigi_*.png and Vectors_*.svg).

 

  1. Effects panel: One click conversion to various stitch types:

Batch Conversion (Updated): New Batch Conversion options, several additions including conversion embroidery format to PNG. Note:  it will convert in 3D realistic mode with no cross hairs. Select by File, Select by Folder.

New and improved curve editing: A new mouse icon appears when editing a curve in an object when the Shape tool (F9) is selected.

More Efficient Editing: The Shape tool (F9) now remains in active mode while selecting new objects for editing. To return to the Select tool (F7), left click on Select.

All Inspirations software programs will have the free update on Monday, May 6.  If a feature is standard in that software module (My Block Piecer, My Quilt Embellisher, Word Art in Stitches, etc), then it will be updated on Monday.  This software gets easier and easier to use!  It’s like the developers know exactly what we want before we do!  Enjoy your free updates!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s New: May/June Issue, Lakehouse Panel, Events, and More!

WOW stands for Whirlwind Of a Wednesday!

Designs in Machine Embroidery

Today, Eileen had a fabulous time as a special guest on Angela Wolf’s Behind the Scenes Facebook LIVE. She spoke all about embroidery giving us the rundown on her highly anticipated My Lace Maker Software, as well as Angela’s new Touch of Lace collection.

After that interactive fun, Eileen showed us what’s new in DIME’s May/June volume 116 issue. She also went over exciting upcoming events and revealed the newest addition to the Farmhouse collection: Lakehouse!  Watch below:

If you’re currently on social media, SHARE this video! You may be chosen to win Eileen’s newest Lakehouse panel ! If you only watch us on the blog, be sure to SHARE this blog post and you will have a chance to win as well !

Block of the Month – Block 7

Block 7 – DSDS Block Instructions

The May/June 2019 copy of your magazine subscription is on it’s way to you – most likely you’ve already received it.  So if you’re making the blocks of our year-long Block of the Month, then you’re ready for Block 7.  Block 8 and 9 will be published here on the blog over the several weeks.  Enjoy!


If you prefer watching the video directly on YouTube, click here.

Download the files for block seven here: Block 7 

 Materials Needed for 1 block
Base Blocks  9” square – muslin or No Show Mesh
Front – all cut parts from DSDS Block 7/Cut Files
Warm and Natural or White Batting:  7 7/8” square

Block 7 Supplies

1 – Back Block

2 – Bottom Base Muslin

3 – Top Base No Show Mesh

4 – Batting

5 – Center

6 – square corners

7 – diamond

8 – outside square corners

LOADING THE MONSTER BLOCK MAKER

Follow the directions included with the purchase of Monster Block Maker to apply the Maker to a 200mm x 200mm Baby Lock/Brother hoop.

Place the muslin flat on the table. Center the Monster Block Maker on the muslin.

Insert the batting in the opening of
the Maker.

Place the Top base No Show Mesh over the batting.

Working from the center out, firmly
press the No Show Mesh (top) and muslin (bottom) onto the adhesive tape on the edges of the Maker.

 

Attach the hoop to the machine.

 

STITCHING THE BLOCK

Stitch color #1, the block layout. Place glue at fabric #1 as shown in blue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #1, right side up,
aligning the fabric edges with the stitched outline.  Stitch color 2, the tackdown. Place glue at
the seam for fabric #2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #2, right side down, aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #3. Place glue at fabric #2 as shown in blue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #2 open and finger press
the seam.  Smooth the fabric and stitch color #4, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #3.

 

Place fabric #3, right side down,
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. 

Stitch color #5, the seam. Place glue at fabric #3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #3 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #6.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #4.

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #4, right side down,
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #7, the seam. Place glue at fabric #4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #4 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #8. Place glue at the seam for fabric #5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #5, right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #9, the seam. Place glue at fabric #5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #5 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #10. Place glue at the seam for fabric #6 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #6, right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #11, the seam. Place glue at fabric #7 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #6 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #12, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #7 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #7 right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch Color #13, the seam. Place glue at fabric #7 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #7 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #14, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #8 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #8 right side down aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. Stitch color #15, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #8 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #8 open and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #16. Place glue at the seam for fabric #9 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #9 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.  Stitch color #17, the seam. Place glue at fabric #9 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #9 open and finger press
the seam. Stitch color #18, the tackdown.

Place glue at the seam for fabric #10.

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #10 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline. 

Stitch color #19, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #10 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #10 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #20. Place glue at the seam for fabric #11 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #11 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #21, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #11 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #11 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #22, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #12 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #12 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #21, the tackdown. Place glue at fabric #11 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #11 open and finger press the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch and  color #22, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam for fabric #13 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #13 right side down
aligning the raw edge with the stitched outline.

Stitch color #25, the seam. Place glue at fabric #13 as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip fabric #13 open and finger press the seam. Smooth
the fabric and stitch color #26, the tackdown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilting the Block

Stitch colors #28, 29 and 30, the
embellishments and quilting.

Congratulations your DSDS block is complete!

 

 

 

My Lace Maker Software LIVE Demo

Last week, Eileen talked all about LACE, delving into the secrets to success in thread, needle, stabilizer and design selection on Facebook! She hosted a LIVE tutorial on how to use the FREE demo download of our My Lace Maker Software.

Click the link “FREE” above for the download and Watch below!

Be on the lookout on May 1st when Eileen and Angela Wolf will announce the second lace contest winner on Facebook LIVE at 1:00PM CST. Even though the winner will be announced on Facebook, it’s not necessary to be on Facebook to enter.  Just click this link to enter: https://contest.app.do/dime1162

We’ll also post the winner here on the blog.

 

They’ll Never Guess You Made It

People will never believe you made these clutches on your embroidery machine.  They look like they were purchased in a high-end artsy boutique.  But they were stitched with our polyester matte embroidery thread – 40 wt. and 15 wt. That chunky 15 wt. makes all the stitching look like it was done by hand.  But nope, the secrets in the digitizing!  Just take a look.

There’s the Floral Spray

 

And the Geometrics.

And possibly my favorite (it’s so hard to choose), the Stacked Loops. 

Best of all, they’re on sale this week!  And they come with the thread, instructions and designs to make all three!

This collection is just in time for Easter, Mother’s Day’s and grad gifts.  They are fresh and new and stitch up in no time.  Start it at lunch and wear it to dinner! You can learn more here.

Which one’s your favorite?

I’ll hope you’ll join me on Wednesday, April 17, at 1:00 PM CST on Facebook Live!  I’ll be talking about My Lace Maker and all things lace.  How to hoop, what stabilizer, thread and needles to use!  And don’t forget to enter the contest…there’s still a chance to win.

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