Saturday, March 25, 2017

Adding borders to quilt in the hoop projects___my Way!

My quilt in the hoop project UFO pile has been growing! And what is the hang-up? Borders! Yup, simple strips of fabric to finish off those quickly completed blocks.

In my last blog post I shared how I create my own quilt in the hoop blocks in StitchArtist. (You can link to that post here:)

Today, I'd like to share how I quickly finish those quilted projects with a simple border. It is a more traditional looking border, and not finished in the hoop (yet), but really looks nice on the project! I do have a disclaimer....there are multiple ways to add borders. This is simply what works best for me! I hope it helps you finish those almost done projects too!


Until next time! Keep sorting those scraps and generating your gems!




Saturday, March 18, 2017

Adventures in Stitch Artist: Create an in the hoop quilt block

I am a person who likes to push my toys to the "let's see limits." But, it has taken me a LONG time to arrive at creating quilt blocks in the hoop of my Janome 15000. Did I think it possible? Yes. Did I try it? Yes. Did I love it at first? No. But, I have long been a more traditional quilters and had to rethink the art. And I have....with the help of Embrilliance StitchArtist software.

It is so easy to create the basic block using the provided StitchArtist Outline shapes. You will be amazed! I was! So, join my latest adventure in creating my own basic quilt in the hoop block.

But, before I embark on my journey I must clarify a couple of things:

  • This block is intended to be joined without sashing---all batting is trimmed away.
  • As it stands it is pretty plain jane; but we will use it for more over the coming weeks and months. 
  • If you wish to save the BASIC block (without stippling) save your file as "8_inchBASIC" before you add the stipple fill to the outline. This will hopefully become clear as you watch the video. 
  • I apologize at the length. I just am so excited about this that I had to share it all. And I apologize that my brain and mouth were not always in sink (I think I needed a nap!) 

Thank you for joining me....let's begin this journey!


Until next time! Keep sorting those scraps and generating the gems!




Saturday, January 7, 2017

Adventures in Embrilliance: BX fonts and Digital Cutters


I have been fascinated by the applique BX fonts. That said, the fact that I MIGHT be able to use my digital cutter with them really intrigues me---I like things as easy as possible. But as I looked at the purchased fonts I wondered how I could translate that BX font into a file capable of cutting. Enter Embrilliance suite and its applique features! 

Join me as I show how I used the Jolson Font Tuscan Split to create the applique pictured. And I cut it with my Cricut Explore! Come on along for this adventure: 


Thanks for watching the video! I would like to reemphasize one correction. When I went to stitch the pieces (cut with an inflation of 1.5 mm) I found them just about that much too large. I still had manual trimming after the tack-down stitch. After some additional play I will now change the inflation to 0 - 0.5 mm. Lesson learned: dry-run first! 


Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you have added a few scraps of information in order to help you generate some amazing gems of stitch! 

Until next time.........