It’s a wonderful time of year. July is a good reminder for us all that we should get started on our Christmas sewing and quilting if you haven’t already.
When I was single, I always waited to buy Christmas gifts till just right before Christmas, when I got married, I bought all year long, and now, I feel lucky if I get everyone covered, I’m really good at gift certificates now.
This year tho, I am determined to create all my Christmas gifts for everyone. I have a new grand nephew/niece due next February and I am very excited about being a Grand Auntie. I can’t wait to make his/her first quilt for her.
I was supposed to participate on Wednesday with this hop, but my day got shifted thankfully by the good people participating. I’d like to thank all of you who volunteered to switch days with me.
Zooming onto the scene today came Sure Cuts Alot version 5. This new version has so many great new features it’s well worth the $24.99 cost to upgrade your software. Of course, if you don’t own SCAL, it is well worth the price in the first place at 75.00 (normally on sale at around 60.00). While I don’t make it a habit to use SCAL to create my SVG files, I do use the software once in awhile especially when I don’t want use Brother Canvas and just want to create my Brother SNC FCM file quickly. Yep, SCAL creates SNC FCM files, but it already did this in version 4.
One of IMHO, the best features of the new upgraded version is a technique called nesting. I first saw this in Silhouette Designer Pro, when a new level was announced with the ability to bring your machine embroidery designs into the software to make your cut files for applique designs. I loved it, but at the time, you had to save files in .studio format only, no ability to export out to SVG, Continue reading
Well, this is definitely not my best work, but my thought was more towards showing you various ideas for creating your own ornaments. I love ornaments that are cute and have a story to them, but I also like ball ornaments, just a simple round ball in various colors. I think they bring light to the tree.
You can literally make ornaments out of anything, wood, spices, herbs, beads, buttons, fabric, the possibilities are endless. The cool thing about using fabric to do it is that your ability to add things like paint, drawings, pictures, pockets, buttons, beads, and many more items to fabric is so easy to do.
In my ornaments today, I used fabric and felted wool.
And sadly.. I have nothing… literally, I hate to blame it on the move, but I have not been able to finish a single solitary thing for this hop.. When we got our things I was so excited to finally have everything again, but I forgot that perhaps my hubby would like his clothing, or I would like a better change of clothes, that the kitchen to needed to be unpacked. Over the years of living overseas, I have gotten slower in how I do things, and get them done, so unpacking has gone slowly. I don’t even have my sewing machines up yet in my sewing room. I was lucky enough to have Joan from Moose Stash Quilting come for a day last week and she really got me in gear to get my sewing room up and running and over the weekend I managed to get my desktop in place. Then comes the process of having to transfer everything from the laptop to the desktop..
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I’ve said it many times over, I love Electric Quilt. It is the most amazing software, they offer great support and when I really need them, they have always been their for me, including when I needed a replacement cd, because I didn’t have mine to reinstall EQ with. These are really great people that go well beyond what you’d expect for tech support, a helping and always friendly attitude and getting you so you feel comfortable using the software. They have been around now for 25 amazing years. Only the best softwares in the world can boast that kind of record.
I am my usual late self, for some reason, I just had it in my head that the 10th of the month was tomorrow, even said it on my post yesterday, and then last night Quiltshop Gal was sending me the rafflecopter code and letting us know she would not be online today.. Sadly, her site is down, so it’s just Tina and I today doing lessons for you.
Today, I have 10+ tips for using Electric Quilt that will make drawing just a little bit easier.. This is not a short video, it’s just right around 42 minutes long, but it is packed with tips and techniques that will make it well worth watching.
Talk about flopping… this is the biggest one yet… I just didn’t finish, period, end of story, so instead I created tutorials to help you with your layouts. Yesterday I posted the lesson for Electric Quilt here, and today I’ve posted one for those of you who may not own any quilting software. Yes, we have all the old-fashioned ways to do things, but once in awhile those of us who have learned how to use our PC’s may like to play and have some fun on our PC’s by creating a quilt layout.
This lesson uses Inkscape to help you create your layout.
This lesson is based on the lesson Heidi at Electric Quilt showed us last year. It’s based on the same lesson but is different because it uses photos of rows, with border stripes and panels to show you how to create a simulated layout of what your quilt may look like or the goal to achieve for finishing your quilt.
This lesson was created specifically for the Road Home Row Along, but also in conjunction with my lesson of the month for EQ’s 25th anniversary celebration. Other blogs participating are listed inside the post.