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Weighed Down by Quilting?

Not anymore with the ease of the Weightless Quilter!

Watch today’s Facebook LIVE and see why the weightless quilter is a perfect solution to your quilting needs.

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There’s Still Time to Win BIG!

If you read our last blog, you’re aware of our recent trip to St. Louis MO for Baby Lock Tech 2019! Baby Lock retailer Christopher Blakeman and Eileen had a blast going from vendor to vendor gathering over $2000 in prizes including two Baby Lock sewing machines, the Zest.

There’s still time to win one of the prize bags! All you have to do is watch the video, share it with your friends, show some love with smiley faces, hearts and a thumbs-up.  The person who engages the most will win half of the goods!  The other half of the prizes go to Christopher Blakeman’s winner from his page.

The winners will be announced this Friday, September 6, 2019 so make sure you hop onto this wonderful opportunity while you can! We hope you win!

 

Want to Win a Sewing Machine?

Jump over to Facebook and watch the Baby Lock Tech Vendor Walk on the Designs in Machine Embroidery page. Click here to view. 

Baby Lock retailer Christopher Blakeman and I walked the vendor mall and chatted with each vendor.  We gathered over $2000 in prizes including two Baby Lock sewing machines, the Zest.  The Zest is a terrific machine for taking to class, teaching newbies how to sew and using as a back up when your embroidery machine is busy making beautiful embroidery.

All you have to do is watch the video, share it with your friends, show some love with smiley faces, hearts and thumbs-up.  The person who engages the most will win half of the goods!  The other half of the prizes go to Christopher Blakeman’s winner from his page.  The winners will be announced on Friday, September 6, 2019.

This week, I’m off to Montana to fly fish in the great Glacier National Park.  Whew! It’s been a busy summer so I’m really looking forward to a week of chilling out and tuning out.  I’ll be back to our regularly-scheduled activities the week of September 9.  In the meantime, watch the BLT Vendor Walk – hope you win!

Stabilizers with Deborah Jones LIVE

Happy Thursday Embroidery Friends!

Eileen and Deborah had a wonderful time getting down to the “nitty gritty” of stabilizers in their Facebook Live today. If you missed it, watch the rebroadcast below! We are currently looking for suggestions on what to call our Facebook Lives so be sure to let us know in the comments your ideas!

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The Nitty Gritty on Stabilizers

The fabric/stabilizer combo is the first step in producing professional results for your embroidery. Even seasoned embroiderers often need a reminder when it comes to selecting the right stabilizer for your fabric.  Tomorrow, Deborah Jones and I will be chatting about stabilizer in Facebook Live at 1:00 CST.

We’ll look at a variety of samples – sweater knits, wool felt, cotton, moisture-wicking fabrics, denim and more!  Deborah will ll share her 30+ years of commercial embroidery expertise and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions during the live session.

We are doing our best to improve the Facebook live broadcasts and we appreciate your patience during this growth period.  Hope to see you tomorrow, August 22, 2019 at 1:00 CST.  Go to our page and watch: https://www.facebook.com/DesignsInMachineEmbroidery/

 

Let’s Get to the Point LIVE video

Eileen and Deborah had a great time discussing valuable tips on needles! Watch their live video below and make sure to leave any questions you have in the comments!

When viewing, use the scroll bar at the bottom of the video to advance to 2:31 and the sound and hi-res quality will kick in.  I apologize for the poor quality in the first portion of the video – but you’ll find valuable information at point 2:31 and beyond.

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Let’s Get to the Point!

Join Deborah Jones and me tomorrow (8/9/2019) on Facebook Live at 1:00 CST for the scoop on needles!  You’ll be amazed at the information Deborah will share.  Every time I hear Deborah do a presentation, I always come away with valuable tips that I immediately apply to my embroidery projects.  I’m confident you’ll feel the same after tomorrow’s Live session.  To watch, log onto Facebook and head over to our page @designsinmachineembroidery at 1:00 PM CST.

I hope you’ll join us because it’s always more fun with a crowd!

Block of the Month – Block 12

Block 12 – Star Block Instructions

We’re up to Block 12 in the Block of the Month series from the July/August issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery.  You’ll find everything you need for Block 12, 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 ten here: Block 12

Materials Needed – for 1 block

Base Block 9” square – muslin or No Show Mesh

Back Block – 9” square

Front – all cut parts from MBP

Warm and Natural or White Batting – 7 7/8” square

Block 12

1 – Back Block

2 – Bottom Base Muslin

3 – Top Base No Show Mesh

4 – Batting

5 – Background

6 – Corner

7 – Star Points

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 Snap Hoop Monster.

 

Place the muslin flat on the work surface. Center the Monster Block Maker on the muslin.

Insert the batting into 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 edge 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 edges and stitch color #3, the seam.  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, and
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, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam of fabric #4.

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #4, right side down, and
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, the tackdown. Place glue at
the seam for fabric #5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #5, right side down, and
stitch color #9. Place glue at fabric #5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip open fabric #5 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, and
stitch color #11. Place glue at fabric #6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip open fabric #6 and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLOCK EMBELLISHMENT

Stitch colors #14, 15 and 16 – the
embellishments

Congratulations, your Star Block is complete!

 

 

 

Apollo 11 Embroidered Patches

Patches on the moon?  Not only did they go to the moon on Apollo 11 but they were made in Dallas, Texas!  Not only made in Dallas, Texas but made in the factory owned by the father (Marvin Gardner) of my business partner (of 21 years) Gary Gardner. We have the patches to prove it along with a personally signed letter from President Richard Nixon. How cool is that?

Don’t believe me?  Click on the video below to hear the whole story, see the history of making patches and learn just how many men have walked on the moon.

Since we showcase a special product in every Facebook Live, our brand new Hoop Mat is the week’s star. Click here to learn more about the mats.   They’re on sale Now! 

If you were alive in 1969, leave a comment telling us about your experience watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. Hard to believe it was 50 years ago!

Block of the Month – Block 11

Block 11 – Diamond Snowball Block Instructions

We’re up to Block 11 in the Block of the Month series from the July/August issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery.  You’ll find everything you need for Block 11, 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 ten here: Block 11

 Recommended fabric for 1 Block

Base Block one 9” square – muslin or No Show Mesh

Back Block – 9” square

Front – all cut parts from Block 11 Diamond Snowball

Warm and Natural or White Batting – 7 7/8” square

Block 11 Diamond Snowball Block Supplies

1 – Back Block

2 – Bottom Base Muslin

3 – Top Base No Show Mesh

4 – Batting

5 – Center

6 – Middle Corners

7 – 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
Snap Hoop Monster.

 

Place the muslin flat on the work surface. Center
the Monster Block Maker on the muslin.

Insert the batting into 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 edge 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 edges and stitch color #3, the seam.  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, and
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, the tackdown. Place glue at the seam of fabric #4.

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #4, right side down, and
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, the tackdown. Place glue at
the seam for fabric #5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #5, right side down, and
stitch color #9. Place glue at fabric #5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip open fabric #5 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, and
stitch color #11. Place glue at fabric #6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #7, right side down, and
stitch color #13. Place glue at fabric #7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Place fabric #8, right side down, and
stitch color #15. Place glue at fabric #8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip open fabric #8 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, and
stitch color #17. Place glue at fabric #9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip open fabric #9 and finger press
the seam. Smooth the fabric and stitch color #18.

 

 

 

 

ADDING THE EMBELLISHMENT

Stitch colors #20 and 21, the
embellishments.

Congratulations your Diamond Snowball block is complete!

 

 

 

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