Thursday, August 17, 2017

American Beauty - Free Quilt Pattern


I really like this quilt pattern. I probably would do something a little different to the outside border, but the stars are quite eye-catching. A simple snowball square and four half-square triangle blocks are all that are needed to make the central part of this quilt. Thanks again Red Rooster Fabrics for another free quilt pattern.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sometimes it is the layout - free unique table runner pattern

Sometimes it is the color, the print, or the value changes that draw your eye to a quilting project. In this case, it was the layout that caught my attention. Thank you to studioE for this free table runner pattern. The pattern also includes a table topper and placemat pattern as well.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Make Beautiful Things - Free Machine Embroidery file

I am thinking of using this free embroidery design to make a machine cover for my embroidery machine - or maybe a framed piece for my studio wall. What do you think?

It is available for download in multiple formats. Click here to get the file.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Embird Outline Stitches - Free sampler stitch-out file

If you are an Embird user or are considering purchasing Embird, I created a stitch out file of all the outline stitches available in Embird (version 2017.) I think it is helpful to have stitch-outs on hand when deciding which stitches to use. These can be used on Appliques or just as decorative stitching, etc.

You can put them into stitch samplers. They can be placed on any outline shape you create. Spirals of some of these designs would be pretty - even as a design element on a quilt. Hmmm.....I've got my brain working now!

I found the candlewick stitches to be a little weird, here is a photo of the back of the stitch-out. See how there is virtually no bobbin thread showing? Not sure if it is the bobbin thread choice, fabric or the stitch. When I use it on another item, I will let you know if it turns out differently.

After I stitched out, I used a fine tip permanent marker to label them with the name they are referred to in Embird.

I know - I could have been more industrious and embroidered the text, but it was late at night and I was anxious to see the stitches.

I am pleased with the stitch-out, as I didn't use any stabilizer and had VERY little pucker with just the fabric hooped in the largest frame. The fabric is a table-cloth remnant, so it is fairly heavy.

All of the stitches are done in the default settings in Embird - I didn't change any sizes. Note they adjusted to the size of the line as well. I didn't plan the length of the line - yet they all seem to begin and end in a nice place.
If you would like to stitch out this sampler for yourself, I have included the file in PES. The size is for the 9 1/2 x 14 hoop on the Destiny embroidery machine. It should work on the Brother Dream machine as well. Click here to get the file.

If you want it in a different size or format - you can easily do this with you copy of Embird.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Scrap Buster placemats - or use mini-charm pack

I really like these placemats for so many reasons!

  1. They are adorable!
  2. You can use up some of those scraps - 2 1/2" squares.
  3. Or you can not mess with cutting all those squares and use a mini charm pack.
  4. You can use up leftover trims - doesn't have to be ric-rack as shown, can be lace, cording, whatever you have on hand.
  5. You can practice you domestic machine quilting.

Click here to get the free placemat pattern.

Thank you to Sew4Home for providing this free quilted placemat pattern.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Free easily customizable bag pattern

Click here for the free retreat bag pattern

Be sure to read this post, so you don't miss the options you have for this VERY cute and functional bag pattern.  Emmaline Bags has created this "retreat bag" and given us the pattern in two different sizes. The links/resources for the frames are on that website. However, you do not have to use the frames to make this bag.

Laura Coia has made this pattern even better, by creating a video tutorial and showing us how to add handles and pockets!

I love this bag pattern. I have never made a bag with frames, but after seeing how easy it is on Laura's tutorial, I am going to try it!

American Beauty - Free Quilt Pattern

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FREE QUILT PATTERN I really like this quilt pattern. I probably would do something a little different to the o...