Digitizing and Embroidery with my Favorite Things

Hi everyone.  As you probably have noticed, I have not posted in quite some time.  Life can sometimes take over and you have to choose your priorities.

I have been working hard though, so I have lots of information to share with you over the next few weeks.  I have been busy digitizing  a lot of machine embroidered appliques which can be purchased on my website soon.  I wanted to share with you my favorite notions and products and the stitching process of my machine embroidered appliques.  Some posts on digitizing with Bernina’s Designer Plus Software are in the works for posting as well.

Since I digitize my own designs, I have my computer close by with my all time favorite software,  Bernina Designer Plus Version 6.  This software is so powerful and gives you creative capabilities that are amazing.  This software is not just for Berninas and is used by many who own other brands of machines.  In my opinion,  it is the very best.  By the way, if you own or plan to own Designer Plus, the very best book that you can purchase to help you learn the abilities of this software can by found on http://www.creativesewing.com.

And, of course, my Bernina 830 sewing and embroidery machine which by itself,  will knock your socks off.  This particular weekend, my friend Gina trusted me with her 830 so I could get a lot of blocks finished for the quilt I am doing.  You might think that was a good thing,  but now,  after having two 830’s running, I am obsessed with having two of my own.

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I am in love with my Koala Quilt Pro IV sewing center.  The drawers and storage of this center are to die for.  The swing outs are perfect for my computer on one side and tools and such on the other.  I love having my computer close by the machine for making corrections to the designs I have created while I stitch them out.  I stitch my designs many times to make sure they are as close to perfect as I can get them.

Add a nice cup of hot tea on my mug rug and a few bites of candy and I’m sitting pretty.  My friend Belvalee made the mug rug and also the tea carrier which holds several tea bags .  Perfect for your purse.  I think it was made for charge cards, but it”s also handy for tea or coffee packs.

I have two cutting tools that are a must when machine embroidering my applique designs.  My Gingher Double Curved 6 inch embroidery scissors and my Side Hopper Jump Stitch Scissors.

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Those little Jump Stitch Scissors are amazing.  In my future posts,  you will see how I position them to get the perfect snipping of tiny thread tails.  They snip threads so close to your fabric you will be amazed.

I use my Gingher scissors for trimming the excess applique fabric away after the machine tacks it in place.  They cut close to the stitching which is so important in achieving neat and good results to your applique.  Leaving too much fabric extending from the tacking stitch will cause frayed fabric edges in your final stitching because the stitch cannot cover the edges of the fabric.  If you cannot find the scissors in your area, visit my friend Gina on her website http://www.ginasbernina.com and contact her for purchase and shipping.

I also love my Jumbo Hoop for creating large embroidery designs for my quilt blocks.  This embroidery measures 10.5 inches square.  Perfect for a twelve inch block, or a larger block with room for decorative quilting.  I also have embroidered quilting designs available on my site, http://www.kathydrewquiltingandembroidery.com.

That’s it for today’s post.  Future posts will include more of  the tools and products I use,  but more importantly, the stitching process of my embroidered appliques.

Let me know if  these planned future posts are going to be of interest to you and feel to ask any questions you may have or things you would like me to include.

See you at my next post.

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My Website is Up

Hi everyone:  I have been very busy the past few days and have finally got my website up and running.  I still have lots more to do, but at least I am visible and have a few of my products up to view and purchase.  I hope you will stop in and let me know what you think.  You can visit my site at www.kathydrewquiltingandembroidery.com

I have to show you a quilt that I finished for Jodie this week.  She wanted an all over pattern and I chose a golden brown color of thread which I think really popped on her fabrics.   The quilting design I chose was from Pat Ritters collection of Longarm Designs and I think it looks great and fits the look of the quilt.  I have two more to do for Jodie and will share photos of those as well.  Jodie has some wonderful applique quilts that I will be working on in the future.

 

The following quilt is one that I finished for my friend Gina’s quilt and machine store.  The embroidery designs are adorable.  I think this is the  perfect quilt not just for the holidays but for those wintery months as well.   I loved it.  The wonderful snowmen were a digitized embroidery applique by Purely Gates.  If anyone is interested, contact Ginas Bernina and they have kits and everything you need for this adorable quilt.

Little Boy Quacker Embroidery Design CD

Hello Everyone:

Sorry its been such a long time since my last post.  Life sometimes has a way of throwing you curve balls and I have been busy with other things.  Thanks to my laptop and its portability, I have been able to spend some time on digitizing and have finally finished another of my Embroidery Design CDs in my Children’s Line.  Little Boy Quackers is now printed and available for purchase.  I hope you think it’s as cute as I do.

The CD contains Satin Stitched Appliques for the embroidery machine and also digitized backstitch versions.  The multi-color backstitch designs look great as a standalone design and also are great fun to color with crayons.  How fun would that be to embroider and have your children or grandchildren color the design with crayons and then construct those into a quilt.

I also included a single color back-stitch version which is great for redwork,  bluework or any color you wish to use.  They look so precious and are fast to stitch and soft to the eye.

I love sewing garments for children, and have also included small embroidery designs to compliment the appliques.  These designs are adorable accents for  a collar, pocket or sleeve.

I also have included instructions for how my appliques are stitched out with the embroidery machine and also instructions for making the quilt pictured on the front cover.  The instructions are included on your CD either for viewing on your computer or printing.

I hope you think the designs are as cute as I do.  I would love to hear your  ideas for where they could be used.  I need to make more samples, so please, if you have time, give me some suggestions.

I hope to be able to show you Little Girl Quackers  very soon.  The quackers are with the printer and I hope to have them soon.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me.