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September 02, 2014

“Inspiration to Bring Your Creations to Life”

September 2, 2014

Quilting Memories, Issue #015 -- September Quilting Prep

Quilting Memories brings you the latest information about quilting. We are a place for beginners to learn and experts to get new ideas.

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Welcome to our September 2014 quilting newsletter issue. It’s sure to inspire you towards your next quilting inspiration.

In this installment you will find:

The winner of the monthly contest for August 2014.

See the new quilting designs that are up for grabs for the monthly contest of September.

Our store and Discounts!

This month’s free quilting pattern just for e-zine subscribers.

The other free patterns that were posted in August.

Additional new pages and patterns.

The Review!

Best Quilting Moments Contest Winner for August 2014

Is…

Patricia Guiff of Indiana

For her wonderful story of Quilting Fun for Friends!

You're very talented and we can't wait to seeing more of your work!

Be on the lookout for your winnings (patterns) in your email. To read this winning story please visit
Patricia's story.

Remember that this is a monthly contest. You can enter as many stories as you like every month.

Who will be the winner for September?

Submit your story and see if you’ll be a winner too!

Here is what the free quilting design for just entering looks like:


Visit our contest page to see the video of the designs that can be won for September 2014!

Quilt Shop

Remember that we opened our new quilting store on QuiltingSupport.com?

Now you can purchase your quilting patterns without ever having to leave our site.

Everything is available from applique patterns to whole quilt patterns.

Save even more before October by stocking up for the holidays and using this coupon code to save 10% on your total purchase of $50 or more.

A checkout just use the coupon code: TENPERCENT

Take a look around our Shop and see if there is anything you like.

Nothing strikes your fancy?

Please be sure to give us new ideas of inspiration by email and we’ll see what we can accomplish.

We love suggestions!

Etsy

Do you prefer to make purchases through Etsy?

Even though prices are higher, we have a coupon code for you to save 20% on purchases of $50 or more made before October 1st.

Use this code for Etsy: HCQUILTING20

Check out our store, Humburg Creations , to save big!

E-zine Free Quilting Pattern Before Any One Else

“Beautiful Rose 2”

Grace your quilt with beauty.

This is a simple applique quilting pattern shows our pride!

Here are the steps to complete it:

Save the image and adjust the size if needed. This typically makes an 8x8” block when the applique is done on its own.

• Trace the design onto lite fusible adhesive. Preferably, Heat n Bond ultra-hold. (Lite hold may be used if the applique will be stitched down.)

• Cut the pieces around the lines. Leave the inner designs to be cut away later!

• Select which fabrics will be the pieces of the applique and which will be the background.

• Iron press fusible onto the back of desired fabric.

• Now cut fabric on the line of the design that was traced (as well as the inner design) so none of the ink shows on the interfacing paper.

• Find ideal placement for the applique pieces on the background fabric.

• Peel off the paper from the fusible and iron press applique into place.

• When all the pieces are pressed in the correct places, sew them into place with a tight zigzag stitch (aka. Satin stitch) around the edges of the applique pieces if lite hold was used. If ultra-hold was the fusible, then leave the design as a raw edged applique.

Now your quilting block is complete and it can be used any way you see fit.

August’s Free Pattern Pages

Free Whirlwind Foundation Pattern: start and begin honing your skills for paper piecing.

Free Applique Quilting Pattern: Is it a flower or is it a star?

Free Crazy Pineapple Pattern: We have to be crazy to give this one away!

Free Continuous Line Pattern: The holidays are coming. Use this one for all your holiday quilts.

Waves Continuous Line Pattern: Simple and easy enough for a beginner or just to make fast work of quilting!

To find these pages just visit QuiltingSupport.com and use our search feature.

Additional New Pages

Spooky Fun Stained Glass Quilting: Make the perfect wall hangings for Halloween.

Quilting Shop: Find out what more we have to offer.

• Blade Fan Foundation Patterns page 7

• Petal Fan Foundation Patterns page 8

If you would like to find these pages quickly, use the site search option.

The Review


We’re going to do something different this month. Instead of doing a review about a quilting book or magazine, we figured it was time to start reviewing different quilting and sewing machines.

Welcome to our first sewing machine review.

This is a machine that we are intimately familiar with ourselves.

The Brother Innov-is 1200 is the upgraded version of our home sewing machine (the 900-D).

This is an extremely versatile machine.

Let us go over its advantages and then cover its drawbacks. That way you can tell if it’s even worth your time to look at.

To start with, ask yourself these questions:

What do I want to use my machine for?

Sewing?

Quilting?

Machine embroidery?

Big jobs or small?

How big of a project to I need my machine to be capable of doing?

Do I need to be able to sew through thick materials, such as denim or leather?

We’re sure you can come up with a few more questions as well, but this is a good place to get started.

Now, while those questions are running the track in your mind, let’s look over what this machine can do.

The main reason why we have this machine is because of the different capabilities we needed.

A lot of regular sewing and mending tend to happen in our home.

Halloween costumes for all of the kids can be a really fun project!

Machine embroidery is a wonderful treat, because you can make your own designs or use a premade one. This machine comes with 136 patterns already built in and ready to go!

The man of the house always has his projects that involve sewing through thick leather or denim as well.

We needed a machine that could stand up to the force we'd be putting it through.

Needless to say, until we bought this machine, the only one we saw that could tolerate the workload was an antique. That machine was powered by a foot pedal that you had to keep pumping. If you've been to a museum like the Pioneer Museum in Gunnison, Colorado then you should have an idea as to what they look like. It’s not very portable!

This machine doesn’t only hold up to working with the heavy material, it goes through it like soft butter! We even made a quilt out of old blue jeans and it never had a problem!

Now that’s all good, but how does it do while quilting?

The first month of having this machine, we made over 15 quilts. Not only did it do a good job, but it never overheated, miss thread, or acted up in any way.

As long as it was clean of lint before working, it ran great.

In fact, we’re ashamed to admit it, but we didn't clean the Innov-is till working on our 20th or 30th project.  It’s an embarrassing fact, but it goes to show how well this thing is meant to last.

Before buying this sewing machine, we had gone through 2 others in 2 years and we hardly used them.

This one works so well, it’s hard to stop. We keep thinking of more projects to use it with.

Best of all it comes with a 25 year limited warranty!

There are very few downsides to the Innov-is 1200.

Here are the most important ones.

The throat of the machine, the space between the arm and the body, is only big enough to quilt a queen size quilt or smaller. It would be extremely difficult to quilt anything larger. As it is, lite batting needs to be used and that quilting cookie needs to be rolled up tight to quilt it on this machine. So if you plan to make king size quilts and want to quilt it by machine, it’s better to look at a long arm quilting machine.

The next drawback is that if you are not a very technical person, you may be lost by all the buttons and special features this machine has.

There is an easy solution for this though. The manual that comes with it is very throughout and if you ever need assistance you can always call your local Brother dealer. Sewing Machines Plus is very good with customer service calls of this nature!

Some local dealers even have classes to help teach you different things that your machine can do.

To sum up, if you’re looking for a versatile sewing machine that can handle most quilting projects and even embroidery, then this is an awesome long lasting machine. It will be perfect for you.

However, if you want to do large (bigger than queen size) quilts then it would be better to look at long arm quilting machines. This model is better for smaller projects.

Wrap Up

We hoped you enjoyed this month’s issue of our quilting newsletter.

Comments? Ideas? Feedback? We'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this e-zine and tell us what you think!

Until next month.

Happy quilting,

Rebecca

QuiltingSupport.com

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