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April Door Reveal

I’m wrapping up National Quilting Month with quilting projects: one large and one small. I’m quilting a large – and I mean – large quilt! It’s 90″ x 90″ and I’m quilting it on my embroidery machine. I spent weekends in March piecing Red Ribbons by Kaffe Fassett and added extra borders as the original size of Red Ribbons is 68″ x 68″.  You can find the pattern in his Quilts in America book.

Truth be told, when I’m piecing a quilt, all I think about is the next step – the quilting – as that’s my favorite part of quilting!  I love seeing the design come to life and watching the quilt morph into a dimensional, cozy quilt sandwich.  The texture of the quilt completely changes as the stitches are added and the end of the task comes into view.  It’s motivating!

But there are quite a few challenges along the way – like what design to select, what hoop to use and how to handle the bulk of the quilt.  Tomorrow, on Facebook Live you can watch the process as I’ll be quilting the second half of the quilt.  I finished the first half this past weekend.  Come see for yourself how you can handle a 90″ x 90″ quilt on single needle embroidery machine!

And…meet Becky Thompson, from San Antionio, TX, my guest on tomorrow’s Live session. Becky is the force behind Power Tools with Thread (fun name wouldn’t you agree?). She’s so passionate about machine embroidery, I just had to introduce her to you.  We’re going to have fun because she’s going to be quilting an Edge to Edge design in her studio while I’m quilting in my studio!  Join us at 1:00 CST PM on Facebook Live!

But wait there’s more!  My small quilting project is the big reveal of the April Door!  If you’ve been looking for a breath of spring – you’ll find it in the April Door. I can’t wait to share it with you tomorrow on Facebook Live.  See you at 1:00 PM CST on March 26, 2020.

 

Micro Lettering Isn’t Just Small

Micro lettering isn’t just smaller than standard embroidery fonts, it’s digitized completely different.  If you want professional results in small embroidered text, then you have to start with professionally digitized micro fonts.

You most certainly can create a text phrase in a standard embroidery font and shrink it.  But the results will not be pleasant.  The stitches will pile up at the column intersections, small openings will collapse and the lettering will be illegible.  So why waste your time, energy and materials?  Start with a true micro font and you’ll be pleased with the results. Let’s take a closer look.

At a quick glance, the two letters look very similar except for size.

But if you look at the framework, you’ll notice the areas where the columns meet are treated differently.  On the large letter, at the top of the A, the columns actually overlap.  That’s important on standard size letters to avoid gaps between the columns.

It’s not just the peak of the A,  overlapping is also visible where the horizontal column connects with the vertical columns as shown in the highlighted areas below.

On the Micro A, the top of the A is a wider satin, rather than two angled and overlapped satin columns.  The horizontal column stops at the edge of the vertical columns. This digitizing technique allows the tiny lettering to stitch with crisp edges making it legible.

The underlay is also different as the columns are narrower and the stitch count is smaller in micro fonts. You can purchase 11 Micro Fonts with full editing abilities in Inspiration’s Embroidery Tool Shed.  Just click on the shopping cart at the bottom right of the screen. Scroll down to Micro Fonts.

Click on the ellipse to purchase.  This week, the Micro Font Pack of 11 fonts is on sale for $179.99, a savings of $20.00.  That’s only $16.37 per font and each font includes upper and lower case along with numbers and punctuation.  You’ll use these fonts on every quilt label, recipe, logo, bible verse, birth announcement and more.  You can learn more here. 

The Micro Font Collection works only in Inspiration’s Embroidery Tool Shed.  If you already own Inspiration’s Word Art in Stitches, you already own the 11 Micro fonts.

Bring Your Questions!

Two embroidery experts are joining me tomorrow on Facebook Live at 1:00 PM CST, Christine Connor of Amelie Scott Designs and DIME Inspiration Education Consultant, Ashley Jones.  It’s going to be so much fun as I continue to celebrate National Quilting Month.  They will both share their secrets on quilting on their embroidery machines – from Christine’s Edge to Edge quilting  techniques to creating the perfect quilt label.

Hope to see you there – it’s going to be fun and packed with tips and techniques to help you quilt those quilt tops!  You can watch on Facebook Live or YouTube Live at 1:00 PM CST. Bring your questions, we’ll be happy to help.

Special Techniques with Mylar!

It’s still National Embroidery Month so we’re continuing with our special technique series. Were you able to catch us live today discussing the wonderful world of Mylar ?? Don’t worry, you can catch up on the rebroadcast below! We went over the extra pizzazz Mylar gives your projects while answering some of your questions on the technique, exciting events coming up that might be near you, and more February #dimedoors! Next week we reveal the March door so I hope you’ve been stitching!

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Happy Stitching!

One of My Top 3 Favorite Projects

When you create and design for over 20 years, you’re bound to have some favorites.  Join me tomorrow on Facebook Live at 1:00 CST to take a look at one of my top 3 all-time favorite projects.  This project, actually, a group of projects, is something you can use everyday. Boy, can I testify to that!  I have one that has traveled everyday with me – for over nine years!

Wondering what it is?  Well, tune in tomorrow to find out. Hope to see you there – cause Facebook Live is definitely more fun when you join in and say hello!

You can also watch Live on YouTube, just subscribe to our YouTube channel and you’ll be notified when you start to broadcast. Click here to subscribe to the Designs in Machine Embroidery YouTube channel.

Resizing the January Door for 5″ x 7″ Hoops

During Thursday’s Facebook Live session, several viewers expressed an interest in making the January Door in a 5” x 7” hoop. I mentioned you can resize the design to fit your hoop. If you do not have embroidery software, you can download our free embroidery software, Embroidery Tool Shed, just click here

Embroidery Tool Shed allows you to resize (and recalculate the number of stitches), copy, paste, mirror image and more.  Once you download and install the software, click the Embroidery Tool Shed icon on your desktop, and click on Open a Design.  Locate the January Door design, select the .C2S version and click Open.

Click on the Select tool. The Select tool is a red arrow, circled in green below.  Select the design by holding down the left mouse button and dragging the cursor over the design.  You will know it is selected when the design is all blue with a boundary box around it.

To resize, click on the Transform tab in the Properties Box.

Change the height to 7”.  Since there is a check mark in the Maintain aspect ratio, the software automatically resizes the entire design keeping the original proportions.  You’ll also notice there is a check mark in the Regenerate stitches box, that ensures stitches are removed when a design is shrunk and added when a design is enlarged.  Always keep that box checked. Click Apply.

The design now measures 4.30” x 7.01”.  The size is displayed at the top of the screen.

If you want to completely fill your 5” x 7” hoop, you will lose the original proportion. Follow the next steps to see the results. It’s best to start with the original 6” x 10” file.  Go to File, Open and locate the original January Door.c2s file.

Select the design, remove the check mark from Maintain aspect ration box and enter 5” in the width box and 7” in the height. Click Apply.

The design will fill the hoop but be a bit wider than the original.  If you like it, use it! Regardless of the size you choose, go to File, Save As and save the newly-sized January Door as JD_Small in the appropriate format for your machine.  Send the design to your machine and you’re ready to stitch!

Before you move to the machine, I suggest getting familiar with this handy, free software. – you’ll find many uses for it.  Just click on the shopping cart in the lower right corner of the screen (red arrow below) and click on the ellipse next to Embroidery Tool Shed (green arrow below).  You’ll be taken to 10 tutorial videos on YouTube by Inspiration’s Educational Consultant Ashley Jones.  Watch each one to learn how to get the most out of Embroidery Tool Shed.

 

 

 

Finish Those Quilt Tops LIVE

Happy Thursday Embroidery Friends!

Today we had our best LIVE yet! It was so much fun engaging with all of you and Eileen loved answering all of your questions. We also featured more of your #dimedoors for our #dimesewalong ! The creativity is inspiring. Check out the video below to see for yourself and get some questions you may have about magnetic hoops and quilting answered!

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See you next Thursday at 1pm CST!

Finish Those Quilt Tops!

Quilt with your embroidery machine?  Yes, you can!  There’s so many ways to quilt in the hoop.  You can quilt and applique in one hooping, or custom quilt individual blocks or finish a whole quilt with overall quilting. Join me on Thursday, January 16 at 1:00 PM CST on Facebook Live. We’ll have fun exploring all the possibilities so bring your questions, I’m happy to help you finish your quilt tops. See you on Facebook Live or YouTube.  All you have to do is log on at 1:00 on either site to join in the fun.  See you at 1:00!

A New Year’s Gift for You!

Join me tomorrow on Facebook Live at 1:00 PM CST where I’ll kick off 2020 with a New Year’s gift for you.  Watch the broadcast to see this fun in-the-hoop project.

It’s just one hooping but it’ll last for the whole month as I’ll be making a new 6″ x 10″ design every month.  And sharing the designs with you!  That’s right they will be free, – all year long!

There’s tons of opportunity for you to personalize it by fabric selection and well, you’ll have to watch tomorrow to see the details.

See you at 1:00 CST, January 2 at https://www.facebook.com/DesignsInMachineEmbroidery/.  If you’re not on Facebook, you can watch on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/dzgns.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel and you’ll notified when a new video or live broadcast is released. Hope to see you there!

Expanding Your Quilting Designs

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Today Eileen demonstrated how to turn quilting designs into magical applique using Pebble Passion and Fiber Markers! We talked about what we are releasing in 2020 (an entirely new decade) and even showcased an incredibly realistic Santa Claus design by our very own Roy Garland III. Get your FREE Santa Claus design when you CLICK HERE.

If you missed our live, watch below and be sure to catch us in the New Year on January 2nd, 2020 at 1:00pm CST as we reveal a very special project.

For more embroidery inspiration, be sure to follow/like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel Dzgns.  If you already follow us and are subscribed to our channel, tell a friend!

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DIME wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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