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Day 7 on the Nancy Zieman Tablet Keeper Tour

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E-readers, tablets and iPads have changed the way we digest information. They are quite portable and can get caught in the mix when travelling or attending meetings so make yours stand out. Nancy Zieman thought of everything when she designed the E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keeper template by Clover. Really – everything. Why? Nancy will tell you (okay, I didn’t ask her but I’m pretty sure she would agree) the devil is in the details. And ‘homemade’ is definitely in the details. What makes one project look like it was thrown together and another to have been created over days and weeks? The details – the binding, the trim accents, the feel of the fabric and the fit. If you nail the details, then you’ll be pleased with the outcome.

Nancy has addressed all the details with helpful products that make the finished project look very professional.

First, there’s the E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keeper template. A 3-in-1 pattern (that will probably outlast your tablet) for small, medium and large readers includes markings for a tab closure, magnet, center accent, pockets and the like. No guesswork here, just mark your fabric and cut.

Second, Clover’s Pre-cut Tablet Keeper Shapers. Oh my, slip this sturdy material into the keeper and voila! Your keeper is stiff as a board.

Third, Create-a-Strap fusible interfacing with precut folds. If you struggle with cutting and pressing strips into perfect rectangles, then this product is for you. Every time I use it, I’m so darn impressed with my results, I can’t help but grin. Nancy’s products make me look brilliant!

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With these tools in hand, I couldn’t wait to get started. Since I’m a machine embroiderer, I wanted to embellish the outside cover. I played around with fonts in digitizing software and created this fun design. Then, I selected a faux suede fabric and hooped it in Magna-Hoop Jumbo to avoid hoop burn.

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After the embroidery was complete, I simply followed Nancy’s instructions and completed the Keeper in about an hour.

I used elastic hair bands at the corners to hold my Kindle in place – per Nancy’s suggestion. I just tacked them on the corners (I followed the markings on the Tablet Keeper Template for placement).

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The ends get hidden under the inner spine and later, the binding.

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Wow – it was way easier than I thought it would be!

Love the embroidery design? I made it just for you!  Download the free 5” x 7” embroidery design by clicking here. You’ll find two versions – a youthful multi-color version and a more sophisticated two-color design.

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Blog Tour Details

The Tablet Keeper Blog Tour is underway. Twenty featured bloggers have been selected to create a Tablet Keeper and host a stop on this exciting Blog Tour. Clover sent each blogger a Tablet Keeper template set, plus all the findings (shapers, create-a-strap, hardware, etc.)

Each weekday, for 20 days in January, be sure to visit the guest blogger’s site to see their Tablet Keeper creation. Each day on Nancy Zieman’s Facebook page, Nancy will be directing everyone to the next stop on the Blog Tour.

January 3 Nancy Zieman http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
January 4 Amy Ellis http://amyscreativeside.com/
January 5 Sharon Pernes http://craizeecorner.blogspot.com/
January 6 Vicki Christensen http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
January 9 Joan Hawley http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
January 10 Pat Sloan http://patsloan.typepad.com/
January 11 Eileen Roche http://dzgns.com/blog/
January 12 Liz Hicks http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
January 13 Fran Ortmeyer http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
January 16 Ilene Miller http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
January 17 Julie Herman http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
January 18 Jenny GabrieL http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com/
January 19 Natalia Bonner http://www.piecenquilt.blogspot.com/
January 20 Frieda Anderson http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
January 23 Cindy Cloward http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
January 24 Beckie Hansen http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
January 25 Amy Webb http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
January 26 Allie Robertson http://thinkcrafts.com/
January 27 Mary Mulari http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
January 30 Laura Wasilowski http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
January 31 Carol Porter http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog

Be sure to stop by Nancy Zieman’s blog for information on how you can win a Clover Prize Package valued at $135.00.

Here’s your assignment this week:

So tell me, would you use the Table Keeper for a Kindle, Nook, iPad or traditional paper notebook? Leave your comment and you’ll be in the running to win a PAL – Perfect Alignment Laser. Don’t know what that is? Click here to read more about it.

Love the embroidery design? I made it for you – click here to download the free 5” x 7” embroidery design. You’ll find two versions – a youthful multi-color version and a more sophisticated two-color design.

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

Tell us what embroidery/sewing/crafting tasks you would use the PAL for and you could win a $25 shopping spree on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.

The winner is:  Carol Morrow!
Her comment below was randomly drawn:
“This looks like a terrific tool.  I would use it to align logos on shirts etc.  It’s always hard to get them aligned straight.” – Carol Morrow

Congratulations Carol!

We have a backup plan if Santa does not deliver the goods.

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Don’t leave it up to Santa to deliver the goods you want this year!  Take advantage of your last chance to win some some unbelievable prizes!  All it takes are four simple steps to enter the Everybody Smiles with Designs contest. All you have to do is ‘like us’ on Facebook (http://www.dzgns.com/facebook). Post a photo on the Designs in Machine Embroidery Facebook page showing your winning smile while holding any copy of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine. You can have a lot of fun with this – shoot it in your sewing room, in front of your favorite embroidery project, at your local dealer or buried in your favorite stash!Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog
Tag Designs in Machine Embroidery in your photos, add a caption to your photo and consider yourself entered to win over $6000 worth of prizes – including the grand prize a Koala studio. You’ll find a ton of prizes from Klasse, Sulky, Creative Options, Clover, Madeira, Embroidery Library, Urban Threads, Oliso and Baby Lock.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog You have 19 chances to win. The top prize is a Koala Studio and you get to choose the style and color you want. Next, there’s a Madeira Thread Chest (fully stocked with 194 spools and Amazing Designs embroidery collections) followed by the Incredible Threadable Embroidery Box, a nifty double-duty thread storage system full of 80 spools plus bobbin thread.
Baby Lock has so generously contributed a machine trolley and trolley tote for hitting the road with your machine. Have you had your eye on that too-hot-to handle Oliso Smart Iron Pro? You might just win it if you enter the Everybody Smiles with Designs contest. If you do take home the Smart Iron you’ll find it’s not too hot to handle, in fact it’s quite cool. It’s a high tech iron that activates with the touch of your hand.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog If you’re a Sulky fan, you’ll be glad to know you might win Sulky’s Embroidery Starter Collection with 27 of the most used 40 wt. rayon colors stashed in a Slimline Storage Box.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog Two lucky winners will enjoy $100 shopping spree coupons from two of our favorite design companies: Embroidery Library and Urban Threads.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog Of course, what’s a sewing contest without some much-needed tools? Our friends at Floriani have donated Floriani’s Favorite Embroidery Tools Kit which includes EZ Snips, angled tweezers, 4 ½” large ring micro tip scissors, appliqué scissors and 5” straight trimmers.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog Hoping to win an heirloom to pass on to the next generation? The Nantucket Sewing Basket from Sudberry House could be yours. You’ll treasure the American dark walnut and maple dowel inlay on the lid and basket base.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog We all need something to stitch on and many of us turn to The Sewphisticated Stitcher for fun and funky blanks. They have contributed a Dream Bundle of Blanks that includes a sport bottle, damask apron, damask print canvas bag, zebra print mouse pad and a laptop sleeve – all tucked into the collapsible (and embroiderable!) Market Basket.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery BlogTo round out the prizes you’ll find Designs’ bundle of Stipple! Collections, Designer Necklines and two one-year subscriptions; Clover’s Mini-Iron and Stack ‘n Stitch Thread Tower; Creative Options Craftician Bag and Klasse’s Embroidery Needle Value pack. Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

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Hurry!  The contest ends December 31, 2011.  To show our gratitude for your entry, we’ve posted a free design for you to download. Just click here for the rules, prizes and design.

Need inspiration?  Check out the latest entry we received from Beth Rowan below. Don’t miss out on your chance to win!  Click here to enter now! Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog“Look Ma, I’m stippling!! It may be winter, but the butterflies are still around and we’re having fun!” – Beth Rowan

Your assignment last week:  Tell me what Nancy Zieman uses to press the seams on her Designer Handbag and you could win a copy of Designer Handbags. Does she use a clapper, a seam roll, a wooden dowel or a pressing ham? Leave your comment and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Designer Handbags.Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog And the winner is… Lorie! “Nancy uses a wooden dowel.Nancy’s videos are so helpful! I always learn something new.” – Lorie Congratulations!

Everybody Smiles with Designs in Machine Embroidery Contest

Want a chance to win some very cool – and pricey prizes? All it takes are four simple steps to enter the Everybody Smiles with Designs contest. All you have to do is ‘like us’ on Facebook (http://www.dzgns.com/facebook). Post a photo on the Designs in Machine Embroidery Facebook page showing your winning smile while holding any copy of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine. You can have a lot of fun with this – shoot it in your sewing room, in front of your favorite embroidery project, at your local dealer or buried in your favorite stash!
Tag Designs in Machine Embroidery in your photos, add a caption to your photo and consider yourself entered to win over $6000 worth of prizes – including the grand prize a Koala studio. You’ll find a ton of prizes from Klasse, Sulky, Creative Options, Clover, Madeira, Embroidery Library, Urban Threads, Oliso and Baby Lock and more.

You have 19 chances to win. The top prize is a Koala Studio and you get to choose the style and color you want. Next, there’s a Madeira Thread Chest (fully stocked with 194 spools and Amazing Designs embroidery collections) followed by the Incredible Threadable Embroidery Box, a nifty double-duty thread storage system full of 80 spools plus bobbin thread.
Baby Lock has so generously contributed a machine trolley and trolley tote for hitting the road with your machine. Have you had your eye on that too-hot-to handle Oliso Smart Iron Pro? You might just win it if you enter the Everybody Smiles with Designs contest. If you do take home the Smart Iron you’ll find it’s not too hot to handle, in fact it’s quite cool. It’s a high tech iron that activates with the touch of your hand.
If you’re a Sulky fan, you’ll be glad to know you might win Sulky’s Embroidery Starter Collection with 27 of the most used 40 wt. rayon colors stashed in a Slimline Storage Box.
Two lucky winners will enjoy $100 shopping spree coupons from two of our favorite design companies: Embroidery Library and Urban Threads.
Of course, what’s a sewing contest without some much-needed tools? Our friends at Floriani have donated Floriani’s Favorite Embroidery Tools Kit which includes EZ Snips, angled tweezers, 4 ½” large ring micro tip scissors, appliqué scissors and 5” straight trimmers.
Hoping to win an heirloom to pass on to the next generation? The Nantucket Sewing Basket could be yours. You’ll treasure the American dark walnut and maple dowel inlay on the lid and basket base.
We all need something to stitch on and many of us turn to The Sewphisticated Stitcher for fun and funky blanks. They have contributed a Dream Bundle of Blanks that includes a sport bottle, damask apron, damask print canvas bag, zebra print mouse pad and a laptop sleeve – all tucked into the collapsible (and embroiderable!) Market Basket.

To round out the prizes you’ll find Designs’ bundle of Stipple! Collections, Designer Necklines and two one-year subscriptions; Clover’s Mini-Iron and Stack ‘n Stitch Thread Tower; Creative Options Craftician Bag and Klasse’s Embroidery Needle Value pack.

The contest runs from August 29 to October 3, 2011 and to show our gratitude for your entry, we’ve posted a free design for you to download. Just click here for the rules, prizes and design.

In case you didn’t know, there are added benefits to ‘liking’ Designs on Facebook. When you click Like, you’ll have access to the More section of our Facebook page. There you’ll find instructions for the newest project “More Variations” on Eileen’s T-Shirt Revamp as featured in the current Volume 70 Sept/Oct issue.

Once you’re a fan, you’ll have immediate access to all future projects, special coupons and insider information. So come on, what do you have to lose? Like us and be a big winner!

Having difficulty reading the rules for the Facebook contest?  Be sure you are using Explorer Version 9 or better, or the most current version of Google Chrome, Firefox, or other internet browser.

Here’s your assignment this week:
Go visit the Designs in Machine Embroidery Facebook page and have a little fun!
The winner of last week’s assignment answered the question:

Have you tried quilting with your embroidery machine?  Let us know if you’ve ventured into this wonderful territory by posting a comment.  A comment will be randomly chosen to win a copy of Stipple! Butterflies. 

“I quilted a Christmas stocking – challenging and fun!” – Beth R.

Congratulations Beth!  You are the lucky winner of Stipple! Butterflies!  Enjoy!

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