Quilting

Starch

September 11, 2013
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Starch is the unsung hero of the sewing room.  We often overlook it but I have a favorite use for liquid starch and so does Sherry McCary, seamstress extraordinaire at Designs. I apply liquid starch to the wrong side of delicate fabrics that will be embroidered with water soluble adhesive stabilizer. It not only...

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Doodles!

August 12, 2013
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Have you checked out the free design in the August Designs Plus Newsletter?  Our sponsor, EmbroideryOnline donated a design from one of their newest collections, the Doodle Line Quilting collection.  The Doodle Flowers Centerpiece is yours free to download and enjoy from the Designs Plus Newsletter!  (Read on to find out details!) We were...

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Polka-dots, Stipple Blocks and Creativity, Oh my! Part 1

August 7, 2013
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Polka-dots, Stipple Blocks and Creativity, Oh my!  Part 1

I was recently discussing color schemes with my associate Sherry.  Sherry was working on a quilt using our newest collection, Stipple Fab Flowers & Medallions.  That’s when I caught the sewing bug. Denise:  “Oooh!  If I were to stitch the blocks… I think I’d make one that was black, white and pink!” A few...

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Hand is a Four-letter Word

April 10, 2013
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I’m a machine girl, always have been, always will be. I’m amazed, impressed, in awe, humbled by those who stitch by hand. But truth be told, I don’t get it. I think the ONLY thing I like about handwork is, it’s portable. You can throw it in a bag and take it anywhere. Kinda...

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Nancy Zieman Hobo Bag Tour

February 26, 2013
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Hip, Hip, Hooray! Today we’re a stop on the Nancy Zieman Hobo Bag Tour. Nancy sent me all kinds of goodies Hobo Tote Templates Create-a-Strap interfacing Magnetic snap closures Bag feet and a Create-A-Shape bag shaper Lazy Girl Designs sent interfacing – Face-It Soft (woven fusible interfacing) and Stiff Stuff Firm (sew-in interfacing). I...

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You’ll still have time to decorate your holiday table

November 21, 2012
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Eileen Roche Tutorial on Stipple Jingle Bells

  Here’s a tutorial on a fast easy centerpiece.  You can stitch this in about two hours, and then just slip your potted plant, floral bouquet or a glass vase of sparkly Christmas ornaments inside the tube. It’s a fast and easy way to dress up your table.   You’ll Need: Stipple! Jingle Bells...

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Craftsy – What a way to learn!

August 22, 2012
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Craftsy – What a way to learn! I have to admit I’m having a blast over at Craftsy – my Machine Embroidered Quilt class just went live last week and it’s been a ton of fun chatting with the students.  If you’ve never heard of Craftsy, let me take a minute to tell you...

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Those annoying tie-offs…

August 1, 2012
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Those annoying tie-offs… I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you on the road and I’ve heard you express your disappointment in the backs of your machine embroidered quilts. Specifically, the Stipple blocks.  So here’s an easy way to avoid those unsightly backs.  Instead of hooping a quilt sandwich, hoop a quilt cracker....

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The Bubble Quilt – Complete!

October 26, 2011
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I finished! Yippee! Not only finished but I flew it across the country, wrapped it up in pretty paper and hand delivered it to my precious niece, Christin Morrow. I have to say, I’m quite proud of myself because there’s something you don’t know about me. I finish 95% of the projects I have...

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The Bubble Quilt

October 12, 2011
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Doesn’t time just fly? I mean zoom by? It seems just like yesterday that my niece called to tell me she was expecting her first child. I hung up the phone thinking what wonderful news. I really need to make a quilt for that baby. Well, that was four months ago, and now the...

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