On my way home from HMQS

Posted by on May 11, 2014 | 0 comments

I am sitting in LAX waiting for my delayed flight to San Jose after  a wonderful 3 days at Home Machine Quilt Show for info click  here.  Oh what a wonderful time I had and plan to add this to my calendar for many years to come.  I met some great friends and made some new friends, I enjoyed amazing classes, saw some of the best quilts I have seen at any show and created wonderful memories. I will write other posts for each day but for how I will talk about some highlights. I suppose I should start very early last Monday morning after a night of very little sleep, I  made  the decision to check and see how much it would cost to fly to SLC and after a search I found a reasonable flight form San Jose on Wed after work and back on Saturday. I had been on MQR a few days before and in a post I said I would love to go but would probably be next year, my good friend Carol said if I got a chance to come that I could stay with her. I think she was very suprised to get an message on Facebook asking if  the offer still stands. With in about 30 mins my plans were set and I was singing the Happy song all day. Wednesady morning I drove to the office very early for an 8am meeting but by 3:30pm I was  on the road to the airport and boarded my first of 2 planes to get me to SLC. My first flight was a little late but as soon as I got to Las Vegas I just walked to my second flight and boarded straight away. It was about 10:30 pm when I touched down in SLC   and within 10 mins I was hugging Carol. We meet at my first Art and Stitch class about three years ago at the HandiQuilter in SLC and we had such fun, laughing all the time, getting lost and learning lots about Art and Stitch. This trip was just as fun with lots of laughter but no getting lost and no visit to Walgreens. You need to ask Carol about the Walgreen reference I am not telling.   We got back to the hotel room, caught up on respective news and made plans for the next day. The day began at breakfast when we met up with 2 more fellow MQR members Donna  and Lisa. Much laughter was had before we even got into the car to head to the Expo center where we took wonderful classes, met amazing quilters, shopped until we dropped, saw jaw dropping quilts and           Check back soon for my day one report and lots of  pictures of quilts. I will leave you with a picture of the Best...

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Tuesday Tips!

Posted by on May 5, 2014 | 0 comments

Starting a series of Tuesday tips where I find useful videos on quilting that I find very interesting and provide practice tips for quilting issues. I am sharing two tonight the first from the wonderful Jamie Wallen on tension and also wonderful video from Shelly Sieverkropp on how to add extra fabric when the backing is too short on the longarm. Yes! I said when it is on the longarm. Some of Jamie’s key tips are: Ensure you check your bobbin case for lint as even a little bit of lint can mess up your tension Don’t wind your bobbins too tightly 95% of your tension issues come from your bobbin case …………Yes 95% readjust your bobbin tension for each of your tread types when you snap in your bobbin case never open the toggle/ lever The second video by Shelly has been  a lifesaver for me more than once. I know I have loading a backing the wrong way and it was too short more than once and this 4 mins of a video help me not have to take the quilt off the frame to add more fabric.   If I ever meet Shelly in real life I will give her such a big hug and kiss for this video. Hope you enjoyed this first series of Tuesday Tips and tune in next Tuesday for some more tips!...

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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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A dream is coming true…………

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 | 0 comments

I have been planning for a while to set my sewing studio space up to teach some classes in Art and Stitch and my first class is going to happen this weekend when I teach a ” A Weekend of Art and Stitch Fun”. The class will start on Friday night and go until Sunday afternoon at 4pm and will cover Beginning ANS features, will spent sometime on the new feathers in Ver. 3 and then some of the more advanced features. Here are some photos of the studio all set up for the class:   Just got to print out the class handouts and I am ready to get this party started!  Today I came across the following quote and it totally resonated for me:   “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life, which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau I will finish by encouraging you to go follow your dreams, make it happen even if you only have 10 minutes a day to devote to it. Go for it……………… You are a manager of the gifts God has given to you. They may be great or small in your eyes, but they matter to God. “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV).   <a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/4975819/?claim=j6ydqrhd5g4″>Follow my blog with...

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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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