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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!


Our Chat with Christine Conner of Amelie Scott Designs

After some minor difficulties (first time bringing on a virtual guest!), we’re so happy Eileen was able to chat on Facebook LIVE with our special guest Christine Conner of Amelie Scott Designs! Christine Conner is the author of Edge to Edge Quilting and her new book, Custom Quilting with Your Embroidery Machine.

Watch below to learn more about Christine and all the fun, exciting events coming up at DIME.

Quilts, Monster Blocks, and Birthdays-Oh My!

If you watched my Facebook LIVE session today, you know I discussed lots of things going on here at DIME including my promise of sharing the how-to for making the China Cabinet Quilt, Monster Block Maker, and birthday shout outs to our friends Scott Goodman and Marie Zinno! Marie will actually be joining us for our next Facebook LIVE event on June 12th.

Oh and great news! We did an entire broadcast without any sound issues or grainy images!

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Watch Below:

Make sure to take advantage of our weekly special, the Monster Block Maker, here:

China Cabinet

The China Cabinet was published in a very early issue (issue #5) of Designs in Machine Embroidery – dating back to 2000 – that’s 19 years ago!  Some of the information in the original article is not applicable today as the embroidery designs are not all of the embroidery designs are available.  Today, you can find most of the original designs at Many design companies have similar designs so be sure to search in your favorite source.  I searched at and found great substitutes for the designs shown on the original quilt.

Stack of teacups:

Collection of cups:

The original teacup with doily:,-doily–spoon/1/58183.aspx

The original Teapot collection:

Mimic Real Life Furniture

Observe the direction of wood grain in real furniture to guide you in cutting your fabric sections. In the China Cabinet quilt, the wood grain runs vertically in the back of the shelves, door fronts and side moldings sections.  The grain runs horizontally on the shelves, valance and kickboard.

Cut the Fabrics

Wood Grain (purchase 2 yd. to allow ample fabric for directional cutting)

Vertical Direction

Cut three recessed shelf panels: 28” x 9”

Cut two cabinet doors:  10 ½” x 10”

Cut four cabinet door frames: 1 ¾” x 8 ½”

Cut two side moldings: 3” x 33”

Cut one recessed book area: 6” x 7”

Horizontal Direction

Cut three shelves: 26 ½” 1 ¾”

Cut one top valance: 30 ½” x 3 ½”

Cut one valance: 25 ¾” x 3 ½”

Cut one kickboard: 30 ½” x 4 ¼”

Cut two cabinet door frames: 8” x 4”

Cut two cabinet door frames: 8” x 1 ¾”

Cut two facings: 32” x 3”

Black Tulle (2 yd.)

Cut six recessed shelf panels: 28” x 9”

Cut four cabinet doors: 10 ½” x 10”

Cut two recessed book area: 6” x 7”

Backing and Batting

34” x 42”

Recessed Panels: The addition of black tulle over the wood grain fabric adds a realistic dimension to your project.

Place two layers of black tulle on a Teflon pressing surface.  Place fusible web (paper side up) on the tulle.  Press with a hot dry iron.  Let cool.  Carefully peel the protective paper away and reserve it.  Place the right side of the wood grain fabric onto the adhesive side of the tulle.  Cover with the protective paper and press.  Continue pressing to melt all the adhesive into the wood grain fabric.  I found flipping the fabric over and pressing on both sides helped speed the process along.  Do this for three recessed shelf panels and the cabinet doors.

Piece the shelf fabric to the bottom of each tulle/wood grain recessed section with ¼” seam allowance.

Embroidery: Print templates of each design to use for placement.  Evenly space the embroidery designs across the shelves, sitting the base of the teapots, stacked cups and plates on the shelf. The teacup design with the lace doily will stitch over the shelf.

Hoop tear away wash away stabilizer with the tulle/wood grain fabric for each embroidery design.

Add other elements from your design stash.  The bottom shelf on this sample has pies, fruit bowls, candle, Shaker baskets and canisters.  Have fun with this!

Once all embroidery is complete, piece the bottom row:  the two cabinet doors and books.  The book section is strips of fabric (varied widths and heights) pieced to strips of tulle/wood grain fabric.  The finished size of this unit is 6” x 10”.

Piece the bottom row to the shelves.

Valance: Place the 30 ½” x 3 ½” valance right sides together with a 30 ½” x 3 ½” piece of tulle. Sew with a gently curved seam on the lower edge to mimic the valance on a real china cabinet.  Then turn right side out and press.  Baste the valance to the top of the shelf unit.

Piece the side moldings to the quilt. Piece the bottom kickboard to the quilt.

Quilt: Make a quilt sandwich with the quilt top, batting and backing fabric.  Free motion quilt in the direction of the wood grain in the recessed areas.  Stitch in the ditch in all seams.

Trim the quilt.  Place a strip of facing fabric on the top and bottom. Sew a shaped curved edge on the top valance.  Add feet on the bottom.  Trim close to the stitching lines and turn the facing to the back of the quilt and press.  Bind the vertical sides of the quilt. Add a sleeve for hanging.

I hope you enjoy the pattern and I encourage you to add your own touches.  Change the width, add more shelves or give it a modern slant with sleek lines and edges.  Most of all – make it yours!

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.

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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:

Hope to see you there!

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.

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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 pitching your idea and let’s get started!

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

WOW stands for Whirlwind Of a Wednesday!

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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 !

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:

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


Heirloom Hankies

My colleague, Richards Jardin, founder and owner of recently gifted me his private collection of 700+ hand embroidered handkerchiefs.  To say the least, it was a humbling experience to open the boxes and view this fabulous collection.  My intention is to share them with you over the next year in the pages of Designs in Machine Embroidery and occasionally, here on the blog.

In the January/February 2019 issue, I shared this beauty and talked about a conversation I had with another passenger on an airplane. My seat mate was a mature, refined woman. She carried an embroidered linen handkerchief and told me she never left the house without one. And she has done this her entire life. She considers them a sweet reminder of how to treat yourself well, find joy in the small things life offers, pay attention to the tiny details and appreciate the time spent in creating a small, lovely gift such as an embroidered handkerchief.

I’d love to know if you remember using an embroidered handkerchief? Or maybe you still do. If not you, then does it evoke memories of a family member? Possibly, your mother, grandmother, aunt or even father? My mother didn’t carry a linen handkerchief but my father did. And no matter what time of day it was, when he pulled it out of his pocket, it was crisply folded and clean. I found that quite amazing.

Isn’t it beautiful? Such a small work of art. I love the chain of leaves and each precisely-placed tiny flower. It’s colorful yet charming. And to hold it in my hand, it’s so delicate. The thread is soft and supple and has not changed the drape of the luscious fabric.

I wish we still carried these…they are a reminder of the joy of simple luxuries. Oh I know, they are not sanitary, but they sure are beautiful. And they make a lovely gift – unlike no other. As machine embroiderers, aren’t we always on the look out for a quick gift that’s personalized?

I would hoop a plain linen handkerchief with Sew ‘n Heat and select a delicate embroidery design. After the embroidery, the Sew ‘n Heat would dissolve under the heat of a household iron. Simple enough!