December Projects

25 12 2011

As is our usual tradition, we opened gifts on Christmas Eve night.  Which means, I can finally show the projects I’ve worked on this month.  It has been several years since I did many handmade gifts and this year I made up for it.  First up is the whole cloth quilt I made for our quilt group gift exchange.  The color isn’t quite right on the screen — it is a red, red.  The quilting designs were derived from some Hawaiian fabric.

We only exchange gifts with extended family if we are together.  My sister and her family came here this year.  So for her I made this Handbag.  The Pattern is “The Large Angled Pocket Handbag” from Dixons Designs. (The fabric for my purse came into the store this week 😀 )

My sister and brother-in-law have a foster daughter who is 11 months old today.  For her I made a baby doll from a “Dinky Baby” pattern.  I used Doll Skin fabric rather than the craft velour called for by the pattern.  I think the velour would have been easier to work with.  The pattern directions come on a CD so there are loads of pictures which means the instructions are pretty easy to follow!  The real baby’s first reaction to the doll was to rip off its hat and bite it on the top of the head.  We think maybe she considered that a kiss.  LOL.

I was cleaning out Jesse’s outgrown clothes a couple months ago and there was a large stack of T-shirts.  I was ready to donate them, and it suddenly struck me I had about enough to make a T-shirt quilt.  I stuck them in the closet and forgot about them.  I remembered them at the beginning of the month.  I bought the stabilizer for the shirts on December 4.  I didn’t have as many T-shirts as I needed to make the quilt the size I wanted, but I did have the backs.  So I digitized video game titles and images on 7 squares.  I was clearly reminded of the fact, I dislike auto digitizing.  However, I had to live with it as I didn’t have time to manually digitize and finish by Christmas.  I also didn’t stitch out samples.  All the embroidered blocks are the first try.  The boys got out of school on December 20 and I managed to finish the binding on the 21st early in the morning.  Thankfully they are fairly typical teens and slept in. There is Dr. Suess flannel on the back and wool batting.  It all paid off when Jesse pulled it out of the box and proclaimed he LOVED it!

For Guy I made a turtle police car pillow from one of the blocks in Amy Bradley’s “Traveling Turtles” pattern.  He had seen a picture of the pattern and asked me to buy it.  He said he would make a pillow from that block if I would help him.  I just saved him the trouble.  I think this pattern is a hoot, and after making this am considering a whole quilt.

I made pillow cases for both Nolan and Jesse.  The pattern can be found by searching either “Hot Dog Pillow case” or “Burrito Pillow Case”  I used this pattern.  Nolan got Converse like shoe fabric because he has a pair of bright yellow ones exactly like one shown in the print, and Jesse got cats, because he has been crazy about them for years.

Finally a new wall hanging for Guy’s office.  He has two already and this is to rotate out with one of them.  The Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs postcard blocks are from Olde America Antiques Vintage Quilt Blocks.  The pattern comes with the blocks but is also available free from their website.  I still need to hand stitch the hanging sleeve and will probably get to it today.

Whew, I should be tired just looking at this, but I’m ready to move on to the next project, or three.


Bernina V.6 Software — After Playing with It

29 12 2009

I finally took the time today to go look at the newest version of the Bernina software.  I’ve read on Bernina’s website the new and/or enhanced features, but I just wasn’t sure there was enough to justify the upgrade price.  It seems the fact that Coral Draw is included is one of the biggest new features being touted.  To me that isn’t a selling point.  I have other graphics programs that I’m already comfortable with and don’t really need another.  Another feature is the ability to finally be able to edit blocks in the Quilter portion of the software.  Again I have other programs that do this, so not a selling point. 

I must admit the only new features that tempted me at all were the were the spiral fill, the sculpted fancy fill, and the star stitch.  These are very cool features as are some of the improvements in lettering, unfortunately, they are not tempting enough to make me fork over $500.  In my opinion there were far better new features in V.5.  The multi-hooping feature and the Advanced applique being huge ones.  I had no problem upgrading to that version.   I’m not saying V.6 isn’t a good product.  If I were still teaching the software I would buy it.  But for now the software will stay on the store shelf.

Bernina Embroidery Software V.6

15 06 2009

Edited 6/17 — None of the links from this post work anymore.

I’m sure if you use Bernina Software you have been hearing the buzz that V.6 is coming out soon.  If you want to see a very fast preview of some of the features in V.6 there is a video located here.

I’ve signed up for the Webinar on Wednesday, but I think it is already safe to say I’m going to “need” this new version.  Cough, Choke did I say need, — want, yep I want it!  Unfortunately, I don’t work for the Bernina store anymore, so I won’t get my hands on a store copy ahead of time this go round. Sigh.

Edited:  After registering and receiving a confirmation email for the webnar, I got another email saying it had been cancelled.  I’m going to keep watching the site to see if they put up new dates.

Chicken Divan Block

8 07 2008

We are using the book Chicken Buffet by Linda Huber & Bonnie Collins to digitize a block every other month as part of software club.  I stitched out my test of “Chicken Divan” today.  Here she is

I also recorded the digitizing process and loaded the videos on YouTube.  It is in five parts to deal with the size constraint.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

I also uploaded the videos in a webshots album.  I’m trying to find some way to have better quality on the web.  I don’t know that webshots did it, but you can be the judge.

I talk about digitizing the fringe on the lamp in the video, but I didn’t mention that the bobbin thread under the fringe needs to be clipped after the block is finished.

Importing Fabric Scans into the Bernina Software

26 05 2008

There was a question on the QSS email list about how to import your own fabric scans into the Bernina Software for use when digitizing applique.  I  pulled up the software and was refreshing my memory from teaching the Quilter portion of the program when I stumbled across a method I hadn’t taught.  Reneah had already posted that she had free videos on her website of how to do bring the fabric scans into the program.  I watched the videos and they were a little different from the way I just discovered.  So I made a very quick video of another option for achieving this task.

Multi Hooping

10 04 2008

It occured to me while I was writing last yesterday’s tutorial, some people may not have familiarized themselves with the multi hooping portion of V.5 Bernina Embroidery Software.  This feature was one of the main selling points for me when I upgraded to V.5.  There are other very nice additions in V.5, but just this feature would have sold me.  I did software club on this subject some time ago and created a video that was a little over an hour in length.  I’ve pulled a couple of portions from that video and uploaded them to my YouTube account.  This should give enough information to get someone started with bigger embroidery designs.  This portion of the video does not talk about rotating and deleting hoops, but those are certainly options.

I showed some pictures in yesterday to explain how to stitch out the files after using the multi hooping feature.  I had an explaination of that in my CD also so I went ahead and uploaded that short video.

The feather shown in the first video is one I drew and digitized especially for that class and to use on a sample for Embroidery Club when we were embroidering on fleece.  This is a picture of that sample.  By the way, it would have been much easier to load the fleece on my longarm and stitch that feather than it was to digitize it and do all the hoopings.  However, it made a good educational tool.

I’m adding the embroidery design file to the Free Embroidery download box on the side bar.  It is not split, because it would need to be split for whatever size hoop you plan to use.  As usual I can make no promises for formats other than ART.

Digitizing Auto Applique in Bernina Embroidery Software V.5

14 03 2008

There has been discussion on how to use the Auto Applique feature in the Bernina Embroidery Software on one of the email forums I read.  This is the subject I taught this week at software club, and I was trying to answer some questions through email.  However, they say a picture is worth a thousand words.  How much is a video worth that includes words?

 I sat down and created this very quick video on using the Auto Applique feature.  I was talking and working fast to keep it within the 10 minute limit for YouTube.  I didn’t want to have more than one part.  Please be aware there is much more you can do with the applique.  The class I taught on Wednesday was 2 hours, but this should get people started.

Another caution, I am showing blanket stitch as the cover stitch in the video.  If your pieces have sharp points or tight curves you may need to reduce the width and length of the cover stitch.  At some point you may need to switch to a satin cover to get good results.  If the pieces are pointy enough you may want to digitize them as embroidery objects.

I wish the videos maintained their clarity when uploaded to YouTube, but I guess you get what you pay for.