Monday, September 21, 2020

Yes- You can use your Janome Embroidery Machine to Quilt!

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Hi Janome Friends! I'm a Janome Maker, who loves her Janome 550E and M7.

Today I'm going to share tips on how to use your Janome 550E embroidery machine to quilt your projects and it's easy with Janome AcuFil Quilting Kit!


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A Frozen Quilt definitely needs snowflake quilting and  I wanted to create perfectly stitched snowflakes at home... so I let my Janome 550E do all the hard work for me! Elsa and Olaf love all the snowflakes!!!


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I used the Janome AcuFil Quilting Kit (ASQ18b) for machine quilting/embroidering my Frozen Quilt.  I chose to use the AcuFil Quilting Kit because it works perfectly with my Janome 550E (it will also work with 500E, 450E, 400E, eXpressive 830L, expressive 830). 


The Janome AcuFil Quilting Kit contains:

  • 7.2" x 7.2" hoop with magnetic clamps. This is a must have! The magnetic clamps allow you to hoop thicker fabric when machine quilting/embroidering a quilt. Plus it is soooo much easier and quicker to hoop your project.

  • Over 100 quilting designs are included. The snowflake I chose was an included design.

  • AcuFil Tool - This computer program (Windows only at this time) allows you to utilize the included designs plus import other designs into the software. The software resizes the quilting design to best fit your quilt and creates a printable template for perfect placement when quilting/embroidering.


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    How to start machine quilting with your Janome 550E:

    • Assemble quilt sandwich using a low loft batting - such as Hobbs 80/20. Quilt sandwich = pieced quilt top, batting, pieced backing.  

    • READ instructions - Quick Guide for Hoop ASQ18b starts on page 12.

    • Download Janome AcuFil Tool to your Windows Computer. 

    • OPEN AcuFil Tool on computer

    • SELECT Creating Original AcuFil Designs 

    • ENTER quilt dimensions 

    • CHOOSE design 

    • PRINT template

    • WRITE embroidery design to USB flash drive to transfer to Janome 550E

    • START quilting/embroidering


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    You might be wondering why you need to print the template???


    Printing the template allows you to precisely position the quilt/hoop so the machine quilting/embroidery designs will stitch out where you want it. I recommended trimming the paper close to the printed image before adhering the printed template to the BACK of the acrylic AcuFil template. Use the grid lines on the printed template to match the grid lines on the acrylic AcuFil template for perfect placement.  Your machine will stitch on the quilting/embroidery design exactly as shown as your printed template.


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    Helpful Tips:

    • Batting - Use a low-loft batting (Hobbs 80/20 or Warm & Natural or similar). Remember you will need to hoop ALL 3 layers so this is not the time to choose fluffy thick batting. 

    • Quilt Basting - I prefer to use basting spray adhesive so I don't have to worry about removing pins. You can you use pins if you prefer, but do not forget to remove them. Your embroidery machine will not be happy (nor will you) if you forget. 

    • Quilt backing needs to be at least 4-6" larger on each edge of quilt to allow for fabric to hoop while quilting edges of quilt. 

    • Embroidery tape. If you want to quilt to the very edge of your quilt top- be sure to use embroidery tape to tape the quilt top edge to the batting so your embroidery foot doesn't get stuck on the quilt top edge.

    • Choosing the Quilt Design. As this was my first time machine quilting with my embroidery machine, I chose a single design (NOT a connecting one). This allowed me to place the snowflakes randomly throughout the quilt and I didn't have to try and match up start/stop points for continuous quilting designs. 

    • Thread. Choose a thread that can be washed if you plan on washing/drying your finished quilt. I used a 40wt polyester thread, but I think I will try a 50wt thread (thinner) next time as this was a triple stitched design so it's a bit bold of quilting design.

    • Needle. Use a needle that you would use if you were free motion quilting (Janome Purple Tip).  I used a 90/14 Top Stitch Needle as I was using a 40wt thread.

    • Choose a quilting design that doesn't have multiple start/stops as each start/stop will make a knot on the back of your quilt. 

    • Choose a pattern backing fabric - this will hide the start/stop knots. I snip my thread really close to knot so it's not too noticeable. 

    • Stitch a test stitch out to make sure you like the design and thread you chose.

    • If the embroidery needle is not centered on the AcuFil template - Calibrate the  Center Position of the needle - page 22. 

    • When moving your quilt to a new section to quilt. Leave the hoop attached to the Janome 550E. Remove the quilt only and move the quilt to the next section you want to quilt. Use AcuFil acrylic template to check your quilt is in the correct spot then attach magnetic clamps.

    • Have fun!!!!


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      I absolutely love being able to perfectly machine quilt my quilts at home with my Janome 550E!  Since I had so much fun machine quilting this quick Frozen Quilt, I quilted another HUGE quilt with multiple quilting designs. Let me know if you would like another blog post about importing continuous quilting designs into Janome AcuFil


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      PS: If you need some Frozen Fabric for your Frozen fan - Panel HERE and Fabric HERE.


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      Have a great day and happy quilting! 

      Melanie

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Focus Quilt - Idyllic

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It's time for me to share my Focus Quilt with the gorgeous Idyllic Fabrics designed by Minki Kim for Riley Blake Designs. When I saw the bold floral prints, I knew I wanted the "focus" to be on these beautiful prints. This is why I chose the pattern name - Focus Quilt! Sometimes you have lovely fabric prints that must be left large so you can fully enjoy them and FOCUS.  

The variety of florals, small prints, stripes, and text with fall colors in the Idyllic Collection is absolutely stunning. Seriously gorgeous!!!
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I was so excited to make my Focus Quilt with this lovely bundle of Idyllic Fabric. I love making the Focus Quilt because the pattern uses my favorite (and more affordable) pre-cut 10" squares! I love being able to have a bit of an entire collection without spending my full fabric budget at once!

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The Focus Quilt uses large blocks so it is quick to sew plus you are able to FOCUS on the gorgeous fabric prints! I also love the secondary pattern that is created when the blocks are sewn together!

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Another awesome feature of the Focus Quilt is that it is a block based quilt pattern. This means you can easily enlarge or shrink the quilt by making more or less blocks OR you could even add a border! So many possibilities!

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Focus Quilt 53.5" x 70.5"
Supplies:
*All fabric for Focus Quilt top and binding is Idyllic designed by Minki Kim for Riley Blake Designs.


Of course I really love the Idyllic Navy Stripe fabric for binding and the sashing corners...stripes are my favorite for quilt binding!

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I'm totally a fan of using my AccuQuilt fabric cutting system for cutting my half-square triangles  because it saves me time plus I have perfect blocks! The Focus Quilt pattern gives traditional rotary cutting and piecing directions AND shares which AccuQuilt die to use if you would rather use your AccuQuilt to cut out your half-square triangles. 


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The Focus Quilt Pattern is also awesome for quilt panels too...here is my Focus Quilt with Blessed Beyond Measure Fabric designed by Buttermilk Basin for Riley Blake Designs. I love how the Focus Quilt can look different based on fabric selection! Check out my blog post for Focus Quilt - Blessed Beyond Measure HERE.


The gorgeous Idyllic fabric collection will be shipping to store this month - yay! Fat Quarter Shop will be carrying the full Idyllic Collection HERE.

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Have a great day and happy quilting! 

Melanie

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Sewers Club: Polite Patchwork (August)

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Hello friends! Today I'm sharing my Sewers Club (August Box) Polite Patchwork Pillow!!! I absolutely LOVE the Midsommar Fabric collection by Figo Fabrics plus there is purple!!! I did change the project a bit because I love patchwork pillows plus kids and placemats = lots and lots of washing :).  Yes - you have the supplies in your Sewers Club August box to make either the included (2) Polite Patchwork Placemats or a Polite Patchwork Pillow!

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Let's take a look at the Sewers Club August Box

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Sewers Club includes EVERYTHING you need to make (2) Polite Patchwork Placements including a full instructional video!

  • (6) 6" x 22" Midsommar Fabrics - Figo Fabrics Prints 
  • 15" x 44" Northcott Colorworks Premium Sold Fabric
  • 15" x 44" HeatnBond Fusible Interfacing
  • Gutermann Sew All-Thread
  • Polite Placemat Pattern INCLUDING full video instructions (link in pattern)
  • Bonus - Quiltsmart Pre-Printed Wine Glass Shade Interfacing with 12" x 18" fabric to make the bonus project!
  • ADD-ON: Best Press Spray Starch scent free
  • ADD-ON: Allary Ultrafine Gold Plated Stork Scissors

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Mini-tutorial:  Polite Patchwork Pillow (18" x 18")
  • Cut (6) 3.5" x 3.5" squares and (1) 2.5" x 22" strip from each 6" x 22" piece of fabric. Please cut carefully as there is no room for an oops.  

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  • Arrange (36) 3.5" x 3.5" squares in desired 6 x 6 layout.
  • Sew together with 1/4" seam allowance.
  • Polite Patchwork Pillow Top measures 18.5" x 18.5"
  • Fuse included fusible interfacing/batting to wrong side of Polite Patchwork Pillow Top
  • Quilt as desired. I chose to use the included Gutermann thread and stitched 1/4" away from seams.
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  • Use included Northcott Colorworks Premium Solid to create pillow backing with your favorite method, such as zipper or envelope style.
  • Choose (4) 2.5" x 22" binding strips. Sew together. Attach binding to pillow edge.
  • Your Polite Patchwork Pillow fits a 18" pillow form perfectly!
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I loved creating this month's Sewers Club project! The fabric selection and patchwork just makes me so happy! I absolutely LOVE that all the supplies are included in each Sewers Club Box!  Don't forget to watch the included video tutorial included with your box! I love learning new sewing tips! 

PS - I just received my September Box and it is AMAZING! I can't wait to make it!


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Have a great day and happy quilting! 

Melanie


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Monday, September 7, 2020

Hello Deer Christmas Stitch-a-long

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I can't wait for the Hello Deer Stitch-a-Long to begin on September 28th! I really love stitching the mystery stitch-a-longs designed by Sally at Caterpillar Cross Stitch - her patterns are fabulous and so easy to read! This is my FOURTH one! 

Hello Deer Stitch-a-Long PDF pattern or KIT available HERE. Use coupon code SCRAPSTUFF10 to save 10% off your PDF pattern or kit.

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I chose to order the full Hello Deer Kit along with the adorable robin needle minder because it's so cute! I love how Caterpillar Cross Stitch kits come with pre-cut DMC threads already on a floss card - so convenient and easy! I much prefer using a floss card compared to "bombinating" my DMC threads. The fabric is also by Zweigart - high quality!

Hello Deer Kit Contents:
  • Full, easy-to-follow instructions 
  • Color PDF digital chart (to download)
  • DMC stranded cotton in 14 shades 
  • White Zweigart fabric - 14 or  16ct Aida or 28ct even weave (my choice).
  • 1 DMC branded needle 
  • 1 pre-sorted caterpillar thread holder
OPTIONAL ADD-ON - Robin Needle Minder. I love having a matching a needle minder - it makes me happy! I own quite a few of Caterpillar Cross Stitch needle minders and the quality is awesome! Plus my family likes knowing that I won't leave stitching needles for them to stand or sit on.

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Hello Deer Stitch-a-Long PDF pattern or KIT available HERE. Use coupon code SCRAPSTUFF10 to save 10% off your PDF pattern or kit.

I would recommend ordering your Hello Deer Kit soon as Caterpillar Cross Stitch is located in the UK, but don't worry - I received my kit quite quickly! 

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Every 2 weeks, Caterpillar Cross Stitch releases 1 section of the mystery Hello Deer SAL. This breaks down a larger pattern into smaller pieces so that you can finish in time for this Winter!

Release schedule:
Part 1 - 28th September
Part 2 - 12th October 
Part 3 - 26th October
Part 4 - 9th November
Part 5 - 23rd November

I can't wait until September 28th for the first part of Hello Deer! Who else is joining in??????

Be sure to sign up for the Caterpillar Cross Stitch email newsletter for 5 FREE patterns -HERE. Plus you can share all of your Caterpillar Cross Stitch projects on the Caterpillar Cross Stitch Facebook group HERE.

Hello Deer Stitch-a-Long PDF pattern or KIT available HERE. Use coupon code SCRAPSTUFF10 to save 10% off your PDF pattern or kit.

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Have a great day and happy stitching! 

Melanie


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