I do not know why, but it suddenly occurred to me that I can use my awesome Embrilliance Suite software to layout and plan my in the hoop (ITH) quilting projects! It is easy and makes planning my project a snap!
Why? There are several reasons to preplan my projects. First, it saves precious fabric; I know exactly how many blocks of each I want to stitch. Second, it gives me greater creative power; I can flip blocks, rotate them or even decide not to use a specific block! Finally, I can print a layout of the project and make notes all over it! For example, I like to not trim the batting away on the outer edges of my blocks; I leave enough to have a 1/2" of batting to bind. In printing the layout I can easily identify the blocks which I choose to not trim. Like this:
Pictured is the Freeform Table Runner from Sweet Pea Embroidery
Join me as I share how to use an amazing, hidden ability of the Embrilliance Suite and layout your "in the hoop" designs, too!
Until next time!