Quick Trip Quilt Classs

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I had a great time teaching the Quick Trip Quilt to Ashley and Betty Lou. Both had never sewn before so the whole process of picking the fabrics, using the machine and sewing the 1/4″ seams was new. Grandmother and great grand daughter did a great job. The class only allowed enough time to cut and piece the quilt top, so I hope to see them come back to finish the quilting.

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Another Quick Trip Quilt is born at Jenny’s

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shirleyShirley had always thought quilting was too hard for her to do. I would ask her to try a class in quick trip and she would put me off by saying she was not interested. Finally she said yes and she did wonderfully. I am posting a picture of Shirley modeling her quilt for a granddaughter who is yet to be born. Shirley plans to make a stuffed bunny doll to go with the quilt. The quilting and binding are her home work, but I think Shirley is up to the task now.

Sign up now for a sewing or quilting class in the new year. Here is the links to all the classes offered.

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Learn to applique for the holiday

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I want to shcardinal-fullare a fun little wall quilt that makes a great holiday decoration. It is my “Cardinal Wall quilt”! Click on the link for a free pattern. Learn to applique by taking a class at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. I suggest you take a 3 hour session. If you need help with assembly of the quilt, quilting and binding the quilt to finish the wall hanging you might want to schedule another 2 or 3 hour class.  cardinal

 

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InvisiGrip by Omnigrid

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During a recent class I had several students who were trying to use the rotary cutter to cut 2 1/2″ strips for a quilt. The ruler kept slipping and the strips were cut crooked. I have experience using a cutter and ruler so completed their strip cutting. I then went shopping for something that may help in the future keeping the ruler from slipping for beginners cutters who are not used to how to apply pressure to the cutter and ruler. I found it with InvisiGrip. I applied the thin cut membrane to my ruler and it worked. The students loved it and there was no ruler sliding and slipping. I recommend this product to everyone!

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Fabric Purses and Wallets

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I have been having fun creating quilted fabric wallets and purses along with my Hancock students.  I keep finding fabrics that inspire me and the next thing you know, I am quilting fabric to make another custom gift for some lucky friend.

The fabric wallet and purse are great beginner projects and are so easy to do I recommend anyone who would like to explore sewing again to spend a day trying these projects. The first thing we do in class is pick out the fabric and trim. Next we mark and quilt the fabric using the walking foot. I give everyone a free pattern and we use this guide to draw the cutting lines on the quilted fabric. After we cut out the pieces the edges are serged to give a nice finished look. I provide the serger for you to use. Next we spend the remaining class time constructing the pockets and inserting the zippers and handles and trim. by the time you leave class you have a finish purse or wallet.

 

Hope to see you in class soon.

 

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Electric Quilt 7

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You can now purchase Electric Quilt 7 from Jenny’s Sewing Studio! Read more about this creative tool and watch the You Tube videos from the link below.

Drag and drop blocks, fabrics, and now photos to create your own spectacular quilt

  • Crop and edit your own scanned fabrics into EQ7 in minutes
  • Easy to learn and easy to use, even for new users; do fun, quick step-by-step lessons to learn the basics and more
  • Find help any time! The built-in Help buttons are everywhere and targeted to the task you are doing
  • Instantly create original blocks without drawing
  • Blocks size themselve just drag and drop on the quilt
  • EQ7 has exactly the same friendly interface plus loads of new user-requested features

More details from our Sewing Advisors:

  • EQ7 is the most user-friendly full-featured quilting software yet
  • Activate the program on multiple computers and transfer activations from computer to computer
  • Use EQ on netbooks in addition to laptops and desktops
  • Includes complete user manual
  • 22 printable full color PDF lessons (115 pages)
  • Point and read info on each tool, now linked directly to Help topics
  • 10 videos targeted for beginners
  • 67 “How do I?” topics: printable stepped out instructions for doing everything from printing English paper-piecing templates to drawing a New York Beauty
  • Built in Help buttons are everywhere, targeted to the task you’re doing
  • New block tools for creating original blocks instantly without drawing
  • Blocks size themselves-just drag and drop on the quilt
  • 5,000 copyright-free blocks
  • 5,000 new scanned fabrics, plus grayscale textures
  • 120 new pre-designed quilt layouts
  • Snap blocks to a quilt grid
  • Instant border blocks with greatly expanded Auto Borders
  • Print multiple photos on fabric
  • Create original fabric designs from photos, then print on fabric
  • Mirror and use myriad symmetries on photos
  • Use dozens of artistic effects, making everyday photos look like watercolor or impressionist paintings
  • 79 new features in all
  • Complete reference manual
  • Minimum System Requirements: Windows XP, windows Vista, Windows 7. 32 or 64 bit, Internet access, 750 MB of available hard disk space, CD-ROM drive. Internet required for activation, deactivation, and periodic validations
  • Recommended: monitor with screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater, Adobe Reader, and sound card for demo videos

EQ7 Upgrade:

  • If you already have EQ6, you know EQ software is easy and user-friendly
  • See magic happen as you turn everyday photos into quilt art images, plus more with EQ7!
  • Simply drag and drop blocks, fabrics, and now photos to create your own spectacular quilt
  • Quickly crop and edit your own scanned fabrics into EQ7 in minutes
  • It’s easy to learn and easy to use, even for new users; do fun, quick step-by-step lessons to learn the basics and more
  • Find help any time! The built-in Help buttons are everywhere and targeted to the task you are doing
  • Instantly create original blocks without drawing
  • The blocks size themselves just drag and drop on the quilt
  • EQ7 has exactly the same friendly interface plus loads of new user-requested features To see more about Electric Quilt I have loaded video on the web site for you to view.
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Free motion machine embroidery and quilting

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h_10For years I loved doing free motion machine embroidery, especially before the embroidery machine made embroidery so easy. At that point I sharpened my skills on free motion quilting. Both skills were creative and I found them relaxing once I got my machine to work smoothly. One product that really helped was to use of an open toe foot free motion foot. There are not many accessory feet produced but I have found a few that give great visibility and are easy to use. Singer has some free video on how the free motion foot is used. Stippling is the term used to describe the free motion technique using small meandering S shapes to quilt the background area in a quilt.

threadpaintingFree motion embroidery can be shown with many different technique. My favorite is a technique by Terry White. Here are some links to her video and products showing free motion embroidery. Any straight stitch machine can do free motion embroidery. Time and practice develop the skill.

The first thing to do is know what kind of shank your sewing machine has. Most machines are low shank, slant shank, or high shank. Before you purchase a foot for your machine tell the merchant your machine make and model. That way you are sure to buy the correct shank for your machine.

Juki has a great low shank open toe free motion foot with adjustable pressure that makes embroidery and quilting easier. If you do not own a Juki, I have a generic open toe free motion foot that will fit most low shank machines. My personal favorite is the rocker foot for the low shank machine and is made for Singer.

One final idea for free motion work is to have a flat wide sewing surface. Some machines have optional slide on tables you can purchase to make the quilting and embroidery much easier. I also offer a generic table and custom cut tables called sew steady tables. Take a look. These tables are well worth the price for the support and extension they give.

 

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