Cara’s Baby Shower Quilt – first finish for 2015!

Cara’s Baby Shower Quilt – first finish for 2015!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 | 0 comments

During the last week of 2014, I  had some time off from work and I spent lots of time in my studio mostly working on a quilt for my friend Cara. Cara has been on the journey for adoption for a while now and at Thanksgiving her dream came true when Baby Logan made her a Mom. A group of friends started planning a baby shower to welcome baby Logan and shower Cara with some love to show how happy we are for her. Of course I volunteered to make a quilt so my proposal for friends to send me a quote or a greeting they would like to add to the quilt, I would digitize in Art and Stitch  and then  I would  use my embroidery machine to stitch them out. These blocks would then become part of the quilt. The theme for the shower and then the quilt was –  ZOO so I immediately searched for zoo fabric and found 2D Zoo pool by Alexander Henry  which was just perfect. Here is it I also got to look at a two pictures that Cara liked as an inspiration for Logan’s nursery and I minute I saw the photos I knew the above fabric was the right one to pick!   I went to buy the fabric and couldn’t find it anywhere but after a longer search I found the white version above and also a version with a blue background on 2 separate Etsy stores.  Each were selling a yard cut and I messaged them to see if they had more and lucky they did!  I ordered the white version to use on the quilt top and the blue for the backing. Based on the nursery pictures I  decided a medium grey solid would work best for the background fabric and I just needed to decide what solid fabric I could uses to stitch out the quotes. I decided to shop my stash first and came across a half set of Laura Gunn fat quarters with colors that were just perfect. Here is the fabric I started out with:   Slowly but surely, the quotes can in and I think I spent nearly 2 days digitizing then all  as I love playing with Art and Stitch it was great for me to learn more about digitizing text. Here are some of the quotes as they looked in Art and Stitch I worked on over 20 different quotes and it took about 3 days to stitch them out. Here are a few more of the wonderful quotes: Final I got to to a point of being able to decide how to layout the quilt and played with the fabric on my design wall and very quickly it went from this:   To this: To finally loaded on my longarm:   For quilting I decided to use an edge...

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A Weekend of Art and Stitch Fun

A Weekend of Art and Stitch Fun

Posted by on May 3, 2014 | 1 comment

I am offering " A Weekend of Art and Stitch Fun" in my studio space in Pleasant Hill, CA. The weekend will start at 6 - 8 on Friday night followed by 2 days of classes - 9 - 5 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday which will cover beginning to advanced features, will review all Ver. 3 new features and also my method of digitizing Celtic Knots. For full information on what will be covered check out this page on my site http://tirnanogstudi…-fun-workshops/ Cost is $250 for the weekend which covers training and lunch. A minimum of 4 required for a weekend to go ahead but have space for up to 6. Two weekend options are available for June either the weekend of 6-8 or 27-29 of June. Deadline for signing up would be May 24th. Pleasant Hill is in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area and accessible on BART (local train) we can pick up at the local station!. Nearest airport is Oakland but San Francisco is also an option. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please email me at...

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Art and Stitch – fun with new features of Ver 3 – AccuQuilt Go Shapes

Art and Stitch – fun with new features of Ver 3 – AccuQuilt Go Shapes

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 | 0 comments

One of the new features in ANS Ver. 3 that I am most excited about is the fact that in the Library  there is now a folder which has AccuQuilt Go Shapes as vector files. I nearly jumped for joy when I first read this. To access them click on the Library button on the Artwork tool bar on the left-hand side  and from the Folder pull down menu pick Emb AccuQuilt Go Shapes and here is what you will get:   For this tutorial I will use the die # 55029 Heart 2” 3” 4” inch Click on the Library button on the Artwork tool bar on the left-hand side From the Folder pull down menu pick Emb AccuQuilt Go Shapes And choose 55029 Heart 2″ 3″ 4″ inch Which will look like this when it is opened In  the Sequence View. you will see 4 objects, the 3 hearts and a rounded rectangle around them. To start with I remove the rounded rectangle as it it is not needed. Next up is the part fun to turn these into applique and add some decorative stitches to the inside  Select all the hearts (ctrl + A) Click on the Applique button in the Stitch Menu this results in the outline becoming 3 layers for the applique as follows: Each will have three layers as follows: Layer one is the placement line to outline where the fabric should be placed Layer two is the tack down which holds the fabric in place Layer three is the decorative stitch  for around the edge which can be Satin, Blanket or Motif The default third layer is set to Satin but the can be changed to either Blanket or Motif.  For this tutorial I will use one of each of the applique types. For the 2 inch Heart, leave the Applique type set to Satin and decorate as follows: Click the Cut and Paste buttons to duplicate the heart and then press artwork Select the newly created heart in the Sequence View Click on Properties tab  then Transform Tab and then reduce the size to 1 inch Click on Motif Fill button and then in the Properties Fill tab select the Pattern “emb_f070” Click on Apply   For the 3 inch Heart,  change the Applique type to blanket  and decorate as follows:  Select the 1 inch heart made above  and  click ctl + d to duplicate 3 times Click the Cut Select all three in the sequence view and click on artwork Move them to fit inside the 3 inch heart as desired  In the Properties Run tab and select the Motif “emb_Stem Stitch Line” Click on Apply   For the 4 inch Heart,  change the Applique type to Motif type you like. I used “emb_225”  and decorate as follows: Select the 3 inch heart. click on Artwork  and  click ctl +...

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Using Art and Stitch with my Cameo Silhouette

Using Art and Stitch with my Cameo Silhouette

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 | 0 comments

As promised in my first post in the Art and Stitch series my next post would explain what I did to create this applique star   The original art work for this design started out as this AI file: and the first step was to use “Import Vector Art” on the Art work toolbar on the lower left hand size which opened up the design on a new page. I increased the size of the design to have a width of 7.75.  I had already decided that I wanted to use my 200mm X 200mm hoop and that has a 7.87 inch sew field. Next step in the Sequence view I changed the art work into two colors one for the star outline and one for the center flower. Creating the applique With the star outline selected I hit the Applique button on the Stitch toolbar, this results in the outline becoming 3 layers for the applique as follows: Layer one is the placement line to outline where the fabric should be placed Layer two is the tack down which holds the fabric in place Layer three is the decorative stitch  for around the edge which can be Satin, Blanket or Motif The default third layer is set to Satin but I decided to change that to a motif  as follows:  In the Applique  tab of the Properties Panel, Select  “Motif” from the Applique Type pull down menu  Choose Motif Pattern f033  and changed the stitch length to 8.0 Click on Apply   For the flower design inside the star I decided to test out the new Stem Stitch Line motif as shown here in the properties tab:   ; Time now to check in the Sew Simulator then save to the format of your machine. Here is what  the design looked like in 3D mode    Creating a file to use with the  Cameo Silhouette 1. Prior to creating the applique for the star outline I had saved another copy of it to use as a cut file. 2. Ensure that it is set to Artwork work and change the Pen Width to 0.4mm. 3.  Select File, Export Image and save as a JPEG Now in your Silhouette software 1. Open the JPEG and position the Star on the mat where you want to place the fabric 2. Select the Open the Trace Window icon then  Select Trace Area and move your mouse over the star to select it as follows: In the Apply Trace Method option select the Trace Outline Edge, you now have a file ready to cut. Next up is to set up the Cutting Settings for “Fabric like Cotton Prints” for the material type and ensure your Silhouette is set up with the  right fabric blade and the right settings, I used the default as follows: Prepare your fabric with fusible web, I have...

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