Digitized Quilting

Posted by Ruth on 8 April 2014 | 0 Comments

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They say you learn something new every day of your life. Today I learned that the embroidery module on your sewing machine, isn't just for embroidery. You can use it for quilting as well. How useful is that? Joanne Winn does some wonderful digitized quilting with her machine which she teaches in Digitized Quilting at the Academy of Quilting, and today she shared some photos of her quilting with us.

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Classes Starting this weekend

Posted by Ruth on 5 April 2014 | 0 Comments

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It's not too late to join in some of these classes, but registration closes soon.... Here is a brief outline of what each is about.

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Beyond Basic Digitizing

Posted by Ruth on 26 March 2014 | 0 Comments

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I know if I had an embroidery module on my sewing machine that I'd be wanting to make the most use of it. I know Joanne Winn does with all the wonderful embroideries I've seen from her. So inspiring! The class Joanne has starting this week is beyond the basics, not for the beginner but rather to get more out of your machine. Why not take that extra step and who better to do it with than Joanne, the expert in her field? 

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Purses, Purses, Purses

Posted by Ruth on 25 March 2014 | 0 Comments

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I have a favorite handbag that I take with me almost everywhere, and it's great for walking because it's not too big, has a long strap that doesn't slip off, has lots of pockets and is stylist to boot. But there is one big problem with it (and a couple of small problems), my new leather wallet that I was given for Christmas which has rapidly become a favorite too, and my glasses case don't fit in so well. Another purse, is too big for walking, doesn't have a long strap, but fits everything in it. Yet another doesn't have enough pockets so I'm forever searching for whatever in the bottom (a bottomless pit one might say), but I love the style and shape of it - how can one win? I think Lily has solved my issue with her class "Designing Your Perfect Purse". Let's hear what she has to say....

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Quilt a Memory

Posted by Ruth on 24 March 2014 | 0 Comments

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Last week I was looking through some of the classes we have at the Academy and Betty Alofs class "Quilt Your Favorite Photocaught my eye as I read how she turned her home into a realistic quilt replica. Just look at the photo and her quilt to compare.

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Embroidery on Patchwork

Posted by Ruth on 12 March 2014 | 0 Comments

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I'm doing a blog Stitch Along for March which includes lots of scraps (could be considered a crazy block by some). When I was looking up which classes were starting this week, I realized that the techniques one learns in Joanne Winn's class "Embroidery on Patchwork" would be really cool to incorporate in this sort of work. I can just picture a large quilt, a great way to use up scraps and learn new techniques at the same time.

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Bodacious Blossoms

Posted by Ruth on 10 March 2014 | 1 Comments

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I make many different flowers for my quilts. In fact, last year I made a flower every week, but they are nothing like the flowers Leslie Lacika makes. You won't find her flowers listed in the plant category either. Instead, Leslie designs them to make them look like flowers without the added detail. This makes them easy to create and looking as beautiful as real flowers can be. 

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Filament Fastasy

Posted by Ruth on 5 March 2014 | 0 Comments

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What does "metallic", "heavy" and "twisted" all have in common? Some would say, "Difficult Threads", but not so for Linda Schmidt. With a combination of "drinking straw", "Sewers Aid", "Top stitching needle" and more, she makes stitching with unusal threads exciting and fun rather than frastrating and clumbersome in her class "Filament Fantasy". Today she told me a little bit more about her class...

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Fractal Fragments

Posted by Ruth on 4 March 2014 | 0 Comments

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Do you know about fractals? You might think they came with the computer age, but this is not so, they came long before that! Fractals are a special kind of pattern that are so amazing and different... only a mathematician could really explain their creation, but they are certainly fantastic inspiration for quilt designs. My heart starts beating rapidly with excitement as I imagine making quilts from every fractal I see, each more beautiful and unique than the last. Lily put together a short video to give you an idea of what her class "Fractal Fragments" is all about, but first lets see how she got started.

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Screen Printing for Quilters

Posted by Ruth on 24 February 2014 | 1 Comments

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Screen Printing is something I have never tried because I always thought it would be expensive and I'd need a lot of equipment, but after reading Shirley Goodwin's class, I realize that I've been missing out on what looks like, a whole bunch of fun. Shirley may not be well known around the world, but she certainly is in New Zealand. She is list mum for our Kiwi Quilter's group and owner of Tillia Dyes.

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