Happy Belated Thanksgiving!
Just a few things today! I’ve been busy finishing this and that! First my 16 place mats for my Thanksgiving dinner along with matching napkins! I really used my new Brother Dream Machine 2 with all the new features! I used the panel from Robert Hoffman Shades of fall.
I used their coordinating fabric to make the napkins!
Let me explain some of the things I did with the new features. After cutting the place mats into four parts with backing, batting and the top, I hooped the entire place mat. It fit perfectly! My next step was to open my Design Center on the sewing machine and then scan the place mat into the machine. Now I have a picture of the place mat center on the screen of my machine. I then traced the design with my stylist and selected single stitch and the machine stitched around my entire place mat with metallic gold thread. Since I was doing multiples of the same panel and had saved each of these traces, I could use the camera and line up the drawn stitches.
After the main design was stitched, I scanned my design again and did a large stipple around the design on the cream part of the fabric. After this, I removed it from the embroidery machine and stitched a cross hatch in the green part of the fabric and used the laser to sew straight lines down the edges. Just a pin down the sides as guides but no marking necessary!
This worked great but I did learn some valuable lessons.
- You need to study your design so you can plan out your starts and stops. Each time you stop it cuts your thread and starts again. This makes a messy backing. If you draw out your design on paper I think you can plan out an easier path than just winging it on the screen. These were very detailed designs and I’m glad I did them as I learned a lot about my machine.
- I would turn off thread trimming as I think if you trimmed the thread it would give you a nicer back of your design. Having the machine do all your trimmings makes a mess of small trimmings.
I hope some of these ideas and suggestions will be of help to anyone who has the Brother Dream Machine 2 or the Baby Lock Destiny. The new features are so nice and definitely worth taking sometime to get comfortable using.
Are any of you following Pat Sloans Mega Fun Book Tour? If your not you really need to go check out her website at Mega Fun Book Tour with Pat Sloan. She has so many quilters with ideas listed everyday since November 18 through November 30th. This is a great way to expose yourself to many different quilters websites! They all have some great ideas on how to machine quilt your quilt! Pat wants you to make 5 baby size quilts that are not important to you. Each of these quilters she has chosen to highlight her new book, Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt, say what they like about her book. I found the things they stated were very interesting and found myself thinking I might like a copy of this book myself. Check out the website, it’s very interesting.
A new book that will be released in February is Simple Friendships by Jo Morton and Kim Diehl. This book includes 14 different patterns designed by two of the top creative geniuses in our field! $28.99
Quilter’s Patch by It’s Sew Emma is due out at the end of the month. Edyta Sitar states she wants to help you grow a garden quilt. She hopes you will challenge yourself by trying something you have not done before and enjoy learning new techniques. $27.95 The fatquartershop is offering this as a block of the month. Here is the link to the blog Quilter’s Patch BOM.
I’ll write more after my family leaves about all the BOM’s there are for the new year!
Enjoy every day, as we love to create no matter who likes it or doesn’t, we loved making it for them!
New Rotary Blades
Precision Quilting Tools offers rotary cutting blades in three different sizes – 28mm; 45mm; and 60mm; as well as a Skip blade in the 45mm size. At $2.50 for a 45mm blade!