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Brother Scan-N-Cut 650W and Allbrands.com

As mentioned in a previous post, several years ago I purchased a Cameo Silhouette (or Silhouette Cameo…I can never get that right) from Woot.com and had no idea what to do with it.  It was a deal that was too good to pass up at the time and I figured I’d use it one day.  Actually I forgot about it and it sat in a box for almost two years before it came to me that I could use it to cut out fabric applique pieces for quilts.  Once I had that in my head I tried and tried to work with it but to be honest, the learning curve on the software for that machine was too steep.  I ended up selling it.

On a Facebook page for Machine Embroidery Help I asked the question, “What can I use to cut out fabric applique pieces from a printed pattern, and then turn those images into machine embroidery files to applique to a quilt block?” The responses were numerous but one lady said, “Use a Brother Scan-N-Cut and Brother Simply Applique software”.  The software is designed to be a companion to the cutting machine.  Bingo.  I was on a mission to figure out how that might work.

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November 7th, I purchased a Brother Scan-N-Cut 650W from Allbrands.com.  Today is Cyber Monday – check them out!  They are a major retailer of all-things-sewing here in the southern US.  They are headquartered out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and just recently bought the Creative Sewing Center in nearby San Antonio where I went to a sewing class with Angela Wolf on Nov 17.  I’ll blog that amazing experience in another post.  I called the Allbrands 800 number for sales and purchased the machine and the software over the phone. I purchased a “seminar” model so I saved quite a bit from the regular retail price.  I’ve never been too proud for a floor model.  🙂

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The machine arrived in no time and I got everything all set up.  The only thing missing was the Wireless Activation Card which is included with the 650W model but not the 350 in case you are considering a purchase.  Go big.  Anyway, I called Allbrands the next business day and they sent a new Wireless Activation Card to me right away.  The wireless card is key because it’s what connects the machine to the Brother ScanNCut Canvas cloud that allows you to upload scanned image files directly from the machine.  The Canvas cloud allows you to save those files into a format that can be read by the Simply Applique software to turn that file into a machine embroidery file.  The Canvas cloud does a ton of other creative stuff too but I haven’t explored all that yet.  Brother has all this locked down pretty tight so you can’t go around scanning in proprietary images and embroidering them for profit.  “Cloud” means that you don’t have the powerful Canvas software locally on your own computer.  You do all editing online.  Here’s how it works.  I made this graphic to show you how it all works.  At least I think this is how it works.

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So…as I attempted to get the Canvas cloud to recognize the machine, I was never prompted to put in the 16-digit PIN on the new wireless card to associate the machine with my account in the cloud.  I ended up having to call Brother USA to see if they could disassociate the previous PIN used in the seminar demo so I would use my own PIN.  They were very nice and sent the trouble ticket up the chain and said they’d call me back.

The very next day, I received an email from the president of Allbrands.com, Mr. John Douthat (yeah right, like HE actually sent the email to me LOL) and it contained a survey asking about my satisfaction with my purchase.  I was nearly 3 weeks into this now with no direct connectivity yet to the SNC Canvas so my patience was dwindling.  I responded to the survey and in the comment box I wrote my story.  Well you won’t BELIEVE what happened!  About two hours after I hit “Send” my phone rang and it was a nice lady from Allbrands.com.  She told me that they were sending me another machine and a return shipping label for the other one.  Wow!  And in my email Inbox was an email from none other than Mr. Douthat himself instructing this lady to send me another machine.  I was cc’d on his email to her.  Now HOW NICE IS THAT??

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The new machine arrived this weekend and it connected to the Canvas cloud lickety-split.  Allbrands.com also tossed in a couple of other accessories like a pen holder (retail $15.99), a roll of high tack fabric support sheets (retail $19.99), and a Brother Scanning Mat (retail $22.99).  I couldn’t be happier!  Honestly, in this day and age, customer service like that is hard to find.  Maybe it’s just Southern Hospitality but I’ll continue to shop from them and sing their praises.  If you are ever considering an online purchase, please think of them first.

Here’s my first go at cutting out some dinosaurs.  They turned out great.  I haven’t had time yet to play with the download part back into Simply Applique and the subsequent stitching onto the blocks in my embroidery machine.  I’ll be tackling that this week.

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My goal is to fully automate applique quilts.  I’m loving this adventure!

 

 

McCall’s 6844

In keeping with my “Creative Fraud” persona, Sarah Gunn from GoodbyeValentino.com made an amazing sweater with some yummy oatmeal boucle’ and  I HAD to have it.  Isn’t this precious? Sorry for the screenshot stuff off my phone. 🙂  If you don’t follow her blog but love to sew garments, you should check her out.

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So I immediately hopped over to StyleMaker Fabrics to get the exact same fabric.  They still had some (it’s on backorder as of the date of this post) and then I searched and searched for the pattern by looking for $1.99 sales at JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby without any luck.  I decided to buy it full price since I couldn’t find it on sale (impatient with impending cold weather) but come to find out, that stinking pattern is out of print.  So Amazon came through again but I had to pay $12.99.  (sigh)  I wanted view B which is a bit longer without the peplum.  Girls built like me ought not wear anything fluffy added to the backside or hips, ya know?

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During all my searching, I came across a couple of blogs that had made the same pattern but had not exactly followed the directions in the pattern.  Detective Houndstooth (who has allowed her blog to expire  – shame on her) made the collar using what she called “the burrito method” and I’ll explain that later.  It’s fabulous!

First I had to do an FBA.  I did some searching and chose this method because the description of the fabric says it’s a “knit” and I didn’t want a dart on knit fabric.  Lo and behold, this boucle’ isn’t a knit at all.  There’s no lengthwise or widthwise stretch to this stuff but this FBA worked just fine.  When I’m altering pattern pieces, I like to use Pellon Red Dot Pattern Tracing Cloth.  I love this stuff because it forms to your body for fitting much better than paper and it’s so easy to see movement of measurements by counting dots.  I added 1″ to the FBA since most commercial patterns are a B and I’m …not.

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I had to lay the fabric and pattern pieces out on the pool table to cut it all out.

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The beauty of the “burrito method” when attaching a collar, is that there are no exposed seams on the inside neckline when you’re finished.  Style Arc describes it here.  Basically, you create the collar (tortilla) as directed and put it face up on the table.  Then you roll up the body of the garment (burrito stuffing) and place the roll in the center of the tortilla.  Then you pull up the sides of the tortilla around the stuffing to meet each other making sure to capture the top edge of the back neckline (lettuce leaf) as you go and match all markings as you sandwich the lettuce between the edges of the collar, er…tortilla.  Pin like crazy to make sure you don’t capture any of the burrito stuffing in the seam other than that single piece of lettuce.  You with me so far?  I ended up with something like this.  That’s the lower collar on top with the interfacing pinned to the upper collar (on the bottom) with the rest of the garment rolled in between.  The back neckline is right sides together with the upper collar and is located between about 10 and 2 o’clock in this burrito roll.  What you see sticking out of the ends are the bottom edges of the front bodice pieces.

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Then sew the normal seam allowance from end-to-end and be sure to backstitch.  The hardest part of all this is the wrangling as you pull the insides out and flip it around.  Ta-da!!  Perfect!  Look at that!! Not a seam in sight!  Factory!

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My next deviation from the pattern was to sew the sleeves to the sleeve cap opening vs. a set-in sleeve as directed and then sew a long seam up the side seam and down the arm to the wrist.  Here’s the sleeve sewn to the armseye.

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I brought out the big guns with the Janome 900 Cover Stitch.  Totally professional on the inside hem and you can’t even see it on the front.

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I’m SOooo happy with how this turned out!  I ended up adding a hook & loop to the waist line so it would stay closed.  The only thing I would do different, and this was a total oversight because I was so thrilled with how the burrito turned out, is that I should have narrowed the lower collar by 1/4″ to 3/8″ so that it would naturally roll under.  I have some miniscule collar flipping going on at the back of my neck but my hair covers it.

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It totally fits!  I wore it to work today on our first cold day this year and it was so snuggly.  I don’t think my dog is impressed.  🙂  She’s watching me take pictures thinking, “Would you put me outside already and give me my treat?”

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Scrappy Travel Neck Pillow

I let my perfectionism go and just dove into my scrap bag to make a neck pillow for travel.  I’ll admit, I didn’t create this pattern…it was a freebie hand-drawn pattern I received on a shop hop years ago.   I re-created it and you can find it here.

This project is pretty simple and requires a minimal amount of thought…which can be nice and fun at times. 🙂

Cut 30 – 3″ squares.  Put them together centered like so.   A row of 4, a row of 6, two rows of 8, and another row of 4 with two blanks in the center.

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I used fusible batting for both the front and the back.  I double stitched all the seams to “quilt” the top and add a bit of strength to the seams.

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Using the pattern, cut out the top making sure the pattern lines stay within the boundary of the sewn squares.

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Find another scrap large enough for the backing.  Pin the top to it and cut out.

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Sew right sides together leaving a 3-4″ opening.  Turn, stuff and sew the opening closed.  Done!

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It has a new home in my carry on bag.

Efficient Quilt Piecing Techniques

I’m just beginning a Christmas gift quilt so I can’t show you the finished image yet, but this one has a ton of repetitive piecing.  A TON!  You know the type:  Cut 28 each of these 4 different width rectangles at 2.5”, 3”, 3.5”, etc.  And cut 128 2.5” x 2.5” squares.  Oh, and you need to keep them all organized and sorted. I literally spent almost 3 hours on my feet today standing in front of my cutting table.  This isn’t all of it. There’s sashing and borders on another table across the room.

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In my short life as a quilter, I’ve discovered that my natural tendency to be a bit organized is a benefit.  “A bit”  ha ha.  Even though I’m not one, I have a master’s degree as a Medical Librarian which is the ultimate in organization.  Maybe that’s why those Alpha Bitties called to me.   For the longest time, my thriftiness got the better of me and I just used tiny post it notes, but I found these little gems on sale somewhere and I really like them.

Cutting efficiency is everything when doing a project like this.  This pattern didn’t use a pre-cut so I ironed all the yardage before I started but I left the bolt fold un-ironed.  I normally leave the fabric folded in half as it came off the bolt and cut all selvages right away in one fell swoop.  That saves time cutting them off on each WOF (width of fabric) cut.  I normally cut multiples if possible as well.  So let’s say the pattern calls for 12 of something that is the same, I’ll stack 3-4 folded identical width cuts and cut the needed amount.  And I always start with a fresh rotary blade for these projects.

Sometimes Needle Center isn’t always the best spot on my machine for these projects.  In this case, I wanted to use the Needle Left because there is a guide mark on the face plate for the ¼” mark on this machine that is ¼” to the right from Needle Left.  I normally remove the presser foot and lower my needle into a Scant Quarter Inch Ruler.  The mark on my machine’s face plate is exact to the stitch line on the ruler.  Pretty cool huh?  I put a strip of painter’s tape down the front of my machine from that mark to use as a guide.

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The instructions in this case said to begin at the top inner background corner and sew to the lower left corner.  On the first one, I always draw a stitching line with a Frixion pen so I get it right.  The rest of the pieces don’t need the line after that.  That’s a HUGE time saver.  The trick here is two-fold:  line up the lower left corner first and snug up the starting point against the needle, and don’t watch the needle while sewing.  I watch the lower left corner of the piece to make sure it stays true to the edge of the painter’s tape.

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My sewing method is to chain piece and do as much as possible in one go.  I cut them apart on the cutter on the side of the machine and do as many as I can hold at once.

When I have a large chain piecing project, I always set up a cutting and ironing station right next to my machine.  My ironing surface is an old board covered in batting and extra fabric from my first grandson’s nursery.  He’s six now.  🙂    I have a small travel iron, a small cutting mat and cutter, and ruler if needed in this work space.

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I normally don’t use a ruler to cut whatever needs to done.  That takes too much time.

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After I cut one piece, I toss it to the side with the darker fabric to the top.  This way I can iron and press the seam allowance to the dark side without having to flip the fabric around when I’m ready to iron it all.  I do take the extra time to finger press the seams open after I set the seam with the iron.  I finger press to prevent the fabric from going wonky as I give it a final press.

Check out that perfect quarter inch!

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Hurricane Harvey

We got word of Harvey forming in the Gulf of Mexico early last week and began to think about what it might mean for our house in Port O’Connor, Texas.  It was just a tropical storm then or maybe even only a tropical depression but by Wednesday, they were predicting it would form into a full-on hurricane and would probably make land on Friday somewhere around Corpus Christi, Texas.  Our coast house is about a 2-hour drive from Corpus.  I told my boss on Wednesday that I probably wouldn’t be into work on Thursday because we would need to go down and put boards on the house.  We live approximately 2.5 hours from Port O’Connor.  The image below shows the red star where we live in LaVernia (la-vern-ya), the green circle is our house in Port O’Connor, and the triangle is where the full force of Harvey hit.  Prayers please for our fellow coastal friends in the wake of Harvey.  The devastation is incredible.  Houston is in the upper right corner where all the flooding is happening that you see on the news right now.  While Houston is all you see, we’re hearing that Port Aransas and Rockport were flattened.

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On the way down we called other friends in LaVernia and Weimar, TX who have houses there and asked to see if they needed their boards put up as well.  Friends take care of each other in these situations.  One friend had gone down the day before and pulled the boat from the sling and parked it on high ground but still in P.O.C (as we call it).  It was becoming obvious that we really didn’t want to leave it there.  I also wanted to get the perishables out of the freezer and fridge.  Nothing worse than coming back to a fridge of rotten food.  I’ve done it and oh my,…it’s awful.  You might as well just strap it up and tow it fully closed to the dump.  It took a year to clear that out the last time it happened from a power outage and we tried to salvage the fridges.  Here’s a hint if that happens to you.  After fully power washing the refrigerator, put paper plates of high-end kitty litter on every shelf and change monthly.  It will absorb all the odors.  And yes, it takes about a year.

Now, …about the Weather Channel.  I know these guys are not only in business to report the weather but also to make money.  They also don’t want to be liable if they under-report the weather and people die as a result of their under-reporting.  I get that.  But there also has to be a balance.  We heard reports such as “Port O’Connor will be leveled”, “9 to 12-foot storm surge”, and “35 inches of rain”, none of which happened.  They did get the increased rating of hurricane correct from Category 1 to a Cat 4 but that’s because of the verified wind speeds by all the sophisticated weather equipment in the world.  I think we all need to realize that the weather forecasters report the weather in a vacuum.  They don’t know the on-the-ground conditions that the city planners have put in place to deal with enormous amounts of water that can come from a hurricane.  Heck, when we bought the place at the coast, I held the firm belief that eventually, one day, it might blow away.  We would do what we could to protect it and I would only decorate it in Early Modern WalMart, but still, one day it might be gone.  In fact, because it is a mobile home within 40 miles of the coastline, it cannot be insured for flood, wind or hurricane damage.  Fire and vandalism?  I’m covered.  I’m paying about $200 a year for that.

So Keith and I went down on Thursday and boarded up our house on a blue sky day and prepped it to prevent things from flying around.  It’s a 4 bedroom, 2 bath trailer across the street from $750,000 homes with wet slips.  🙂  Location, location right?

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And boarded up the guy we bought our place from across the street.  It’s a two story…with 13 upstairs windows and 9 downstairs windows.  That’s the other end of my house in the background.

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And our friend’s house a few streets over.  That’s my 3-legged dog Harley.

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Let me tell you.  That’s some WORK!   Keith was on the ladder screwing in the boards and my job was to move the ladder and hand up the plywood to him.  All told, it was about 50 sheets of plywood.  And 13 of them had to be hauled up a flight of stairs.

Then we went and hitched up the boat from the high ground and headed home.  By the end of the day, as we say in Texas, “We were give out!”  I did bring back my sewing machine and my margarita machine too.  A girl has to have her priorities ya know!  The Honda Metropolitan scooter and family antiques?  I’ll cross my fingers.  But by golly I brought home what was important!

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On Friday, Keith stayed home from work but I went in to my job in North East San Antonio.  However, we were released about noon because of the frenzy to get to the stores to buy supplies to hunker down for the impending storm.  Can I say I’ve never been so glad to be “old-school” as I am in a storm?  I like to shop at the big box stores like Sam’s and Costco so I have multiples of literally everything.  Zipper bags, foil, toilet paper and paper towels; canned veggies, soups, frozen meats, chips and bread.  My house is stocked like a prepper!  Not because I am a prepper mind you, but because my mother is from Wisconsin and there was never an empty shelf in the basement pantry.  She froze everything and always bought or made things in quantity.  It was helpful in my early years when the electricity went out every time a cloud passed over but I really have no excuse now.  I just can’t help myself.  Keith is from Kansas and grew up with tornados so we’re pretty compatible in that sense.  Good thing too, because the grocery stores had empty shelves.  The only thing I really needed was beer. 🙂   Come to find out, hurricanes and cookies go hand-in-hand.  The cookie and chip isles were empty and there wasn’t a can of Spaghettio’s or a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese to be found.  I guess people need comfort food in a disaster ya know?

We sat outside on Friday evening under the car port and watched the weather on the TV hooked to the RV.    Once it started seriously raining, we went in.  It is Sunday evening as I write this and it hasn’t quit raining since Friday night.  I’m SO grateful I’m a quilter/seamstress!  I had a ton of projects to keep me busy all weekend.  Keith however is a different story.  He can’t go to the ranch or even piddle around outside.  Even though we never lost power, we lost Dish Network cable on Friday night because the dish got shoved around by the wind.  Finally, on Sunday afternoon, he broke out an old-school antenna to hook to the TV and can now get local stations.  I had bought that antennae to put up at the house at the coast but one day Keith found some Dish guys on another job and paid them cash to run cable in the house so the antennae has been under the pool table here at home for months.  Good thing huh?  At least now he can watch TV.  This rain is strange.  No thunder, no lightening, but just a steady downfall of a what I’d call a soaking rain for the past 30 hours.  The wind felled two 50 foot trees in our backyard and has left the entire yard, front-and-back, in a total mess.  My pool is a disaster.   And even though I lost two trees, you can’t tell.  There’s another 40 back there to make up for them.

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On Saturday there wasn’t much to do.  We actually pulled out some lawn chairs and sat on the front porch of our house for the first time in the 11 years that we’ve owned the place because we had the house itself to block the wind and rain.  Keith likes his cigars so we hung out outside with the dogs, drank a case of beer, and watched the trees blow around.

On a bright note, I got a call from my State Farm agent to check on me and to remind me that my trailer at the coast isn’t covered for flood or hurricane.  Gee thanks.  But she was happy we were high and dry.  How nice.  Good ol’ State Farm.  Like a Good Neighbor…

Update – Monday evening.  We’ve had updates from those hardy few who stuck it out in Port O’Connor and there was about a 2.5 foot storm surge.   There’s my yellow trailer on the left.  Look at all that water.  That’s nothing in Port O’Connor.  That little fishing village is ready for it and handled it like a champ.

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The floor of my house is about 5.5 feet off the ground so it seems there was no interior flooding thank goodness.  We did lose a board off the master bedroom window which is double paned.  The exterior pane broke and bent the frame but the interior pane held so there wasn’t major water damage I don’t think.  The power has been off since last Friday so I’m glad when we went down we grabbed all the perishables.  They don’t think it will be back on until Wednesday.  At least my bill will be less for August.

Keith and I spent this evening cleaning up the yard.  He cut up one of the felled trees that fell over the neighbor’s fence with his chain saw and I took a big rake to the yard.  I live on an acre and a half so it’s a lot of yard.  I managed to clean up one half of the back yard and we tossed all the tree branches back onto our side of the fence that fell in the neighbor’s yard.  I’m going to have Popeye shoulders if I keep all this heavy outdoor work up.

So that’s my Hurricane Harvey update.  More to come if anything else happens.  We plan to go down on Thursday night or Friday unless the power isn’t back on.  This girl isn’t going to do without air conditioning!

 

 

 

#2017FALQ3-PowerToolsWithThread

I have a lot of UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and I’m very happy I found the 2017 Finish-a-long even if the year is half over.  It will give me the motivation to finish a few of them.  These are NOT WIPs.  They have been put down and walked away from for months…years and still need to be completed.

UFO #1 – Dinosaur QAYG from ShinyHappyWorld.com.  I’ve got the blocks cut, background batiks applies, and some of the blocks are quilted.  Some of the applique pieces have been cut by hand but I’m no where near even halfway through.  It’s been sitting for months and I want it done for Christmas.  I have a Cameo Silhouette and what I REALLY want to do is some serious magic with this.  Not only do I want to cut out the dinosaurs in fabric on the Silhouette, but I want to load the image into my Embrilliance embroidery software and then machine embroider the applique onto the squares in the hoop.  I’ve seen it done on YouTube and I really want to figure that out because I HATE to applique on the sewing machine.  I’m seriously wondering why I took this project on.  Probably because it’s such an adorable quilt and I’d had too much wine when I ordered it.  Hey, don’t judge.

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#2 A Starry Night Quilt.  I started this before Christmas in 2015 with the full intention of finishing it before the holiday.  It’s one of those where you punch out the stars and add a little light pack behind it so the wall hanging lights up.  I got the wild idea that I’d do a small meander all around the outside of the tree.  I got about half way finished before I got bored.  You can see where I outlined the tree shape to meander around.  I started the meander on my sit down.

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#3  Lap size pink quilt.  This is a Villa Rosa Designs pattern but I’m not sure which one.  I didn’t think it was going to be THIS pink but it will make a nice gift for a young girl.  I still need to get backing fabric.  I made this top in summer of 2016.

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#4  Another Villa Rosa Designs – lap size.  This was a kit and the backing for it is around here somewhere.  This one I put together in Spring of 17.  I thought it would look good in my living room.

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That’s enough UFO’s for this quarter.  I hope to get just one done but I’m glad to have finally put thoughts-to-blog in this #2017FAL to get me going on them.

Link up your UFOs.  I’d love to see them!

 

Bag Making Tips, Arabesque by SewSweetness

Last weekend I made the Arabesque Bag from Sew Sweetness, by Sara Lawson.  You can get the free pattern here from Craftsy.  This is probably the 3rd bag I’ve made from one of her patterns and they never disappoint.  The instructions are always very clear with great photos and she takes you step-by-step to create a great bag.  The purpose of this bag was to have a special one to traipse around on quilt shop hops.  I changed up the pattern a tad to make it cross-body so I have my hands free to fondle all that pretty fabric.  🙂

I found this adorable fabric last week at my local quilt store.  I had a variegated teal thread I thought would be perfect and a bright blue zipper in my stash.

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Tip #1:  When you have to cut foam or interfacing that must match exactly in shape and size to form one piece when fused or sewn to another, cut the fabric to size and cut the other piece just a bit larger all around.  Then sew and trim.  You will save yourself a ton of wonky-seam frustration and the end result is a beautiful smooth perfectly sewn piece.  In the case of fusibles, I iron in the center first to within about an inch from the edges with the sticky side of the interfacing up and the wrong side of the fabric down.  Then I trim and go back afterwards with the iron to fuse the edges together.  This prevents sticky residue on my iron and ironing board.

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Tip #2:  When sewing the zipper, leave the pins in the pin cushion.  Sorry I didn’t capture photos of this but I NEVER use pins or clips on a zipper.  If you want to master zippers, 1/4″ Steam-a-Seam (Lite or Regular) is your best friend.  Put the SAS on the zipper, adhere the zipper to the fabric in perfect placement with your iron and then sew.  Easy and a perfect result every time.  I checked on YouTube for a video showing how to use SAS in zipper placement but couldn’t find one.  There’s a lot of SAS videos, but not one for zippers.  I guess I will have to do one myself!

Tip #3:  When sewing bulky fabrics, begin sewing in the middle of the stitch line somewhere to give yourself something to hang on to from the back to help the feed dogs do their job.  The box seam on a bag is the shortest sewn part of the bag.  If I had started on one end, no forward movement would occur because of the bulk.  I pin down the seam allowances on both sides so they don’t get all smushed up under the presser foot and begin a couple of stitches behind of center seam.  Pull the pins before sewing over them.

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Whatever the seam, either with foam or Soft-n-Stable, I begin the stitch a couple of inches down from where I would normally begin and sew to the bottom.  Then I flip it over and finish the seam from the other end.  It’s an extra step but I don’t need a leader and the seam is always straight and true from one end to the other.  Here I’ve done the first part and have flipped it over and starting  the finish.

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Here’s  the finished product.  I totally forgot to quilt the bag darn it.  Side #1.

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Side #2.  I fussy cut the center designs on both sides.

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See how straight that zipper is?  That’s Steam-a-Seam my friends.  It comes in sheets or rolls and you can get it everywhere from Walmart to Amazon.

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I cut the length of strap to fit me perfectly.  I’m ready for a Shop Hop!

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