Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Quilting with Rulers: Dahlia Template

I got out a neglected, partially quilted project to try out a new size of the Dahlia template that we carry in the shop. It's a pretty striking batik panel in black and my favorite turquoise. I've been quilting on it with specialty templates by TopAnchor. We've had these rotating templates since the online shop first opened in the 9 and 12 inch sizes, but they recently released the new 6 inch size.



I shot a video while I used this template on the Janome 8900QPCSE in my shop, Sew Simple of Lynchburg and it was the first time I used my regular camera mount in my new studio area. I still need to tweak the lighting and the mount itself. It was twisted off to the side a little bit.

A note about videos: I was having trouble uploading the video without losing the quality. After getting quite frustrated and changing the file types, deleting and re-uploading, I discovered that my video quality settings had been changed with YouTube. This means YouTube was resizing (so to say) the video to a lesser quality.

I record in high def, and many people now have high def capable devices, so you might want to check your settings. You can do this by clicking the gear icon at the bottom right hand side of any YouTube video. It will show you a range of quality sizes and which one you are currently set on. (I think my setting got changed when using my phone which has a lesser quality resolution.)

I love these rotating templates from TopAnchor! They make fabulous designs without marking, have very clear markings on the templates to keep you on track, and the patented anchor post is easy to insert as you do it from the top of the quilt.

The only downside is that they are a full 1/4 inch thick so they are harder to use with a low-shank sewing machine. Not impossible, but definitely harder. Some of their templates are easier than others to position so they aren't behind the foot where there is little clearance.

With the addition of this new size dahlia template and the Celtic Knot templates from TopAnchor several months ago, I want to finish up this project since I'm starting to feel the burden of being overloaded with unfinished projects. So many ideas, so little time!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Quick Peek into Sew Simple of Lynchburg

Happy Sunday! I love Sundays lately. A little later time to wake up, church service, extra time with the family and no going to my shop. Yes, I am happy to not go to my shop. All work and no play and all that jazz. Six days a week is plenty.

But I do love it. We're still seeking a routine and definitely working too late each night, but things are starting to come together. I shot this video below a few weeks ago and wasn't sure I'd post it since it features me, but I got over myself and decided to post it. Nothing fancy and the shop is a diamond in the rough, but it's come a long way and is starting to feel like my own place.



It's not much, but it's a great opportunity to serve the sewing community in my area and have a place for me to work as well as my husband.  He's been working on machines and they come in the door as fast as we get them out! This is a total blessing because his job has been rather shaky for quite some time and as we got going with the shop, his boss's business pretty much shut down!

Big hugs to you and I better sign off before six days become seven!


Friday, July 15, 2016

Bernina Ruler Foot for Ruler Work on Sewing Machines

Big beautiful Bernina news! I don't know details, but educators from all over the US are at Bernina University this week and one just posted this picture of the new Bernina approved, official ruler foot for the domestic Bernina machines.

Now you can do ruler work on your Bernina and talk about it with your Bernina dealer without getting the stink-eye. More details to come.