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Month 07 – Digitizing & Design

July felt like a month where we really were demonstrating our cumulative learning. I gave myself grace for July. I started the month – July 1 with an emergency room trip. By Sunday, July 3, I went into surgery for an unexpected/anticipated ‘pacemaker’! I just finished myt 6 week mark.

I decided to focus on ‘Christmas’ for this project because I believe in eternal, love, joy, hope, and peace. My goal is to make this design a medallion center surrounded by 12 blocks reflecting the twelve days of Christmas. Most of my hooping for this project uses my 272mm x 408mm hoop. The only exception is my center design that uses my 200mm x 200mm hoop. I created 3 versions before I got the design placed successfully, including breaking my outer ribbon for July’s design. I ended up with 7 hoopings to stitch out, excluding the quilting.

Below are pictures of my first version, including cutting the applique. For the second version of the design, I tested the stitching without using my applique. For this test I used the ‘knife’ tool to ‘split’ the outer ribbon. It was much closer than my first stitch out but you can still see the ribbon has not fully lined up correctly. As I stitched this one, I revised the design a third time for my final version.

For the third design, to break the ribbon, I created a circle 22.5” in diameter. Next, I used the ‘12’ and ‘3’ clock positions and digitized an open shape, tracing along the curve from “12” to “3”. Next, I zoomed in and ‘reshaped’ the curve to match the 22.5” circle. Then, using the ‘circle layout’ tool, I replicated 3 times. Finally, I zoomed in to make sure the 4 arcs were laying on top of the solid ring. Finally, I was able to delete the initial 22.5” circle and changed the ‘4 arcs’ stitch type from single stitch to ‘single motif’. Below are images of my final design files, the applique cut using my ScanNCut SDX330D, stitchout test1, amd stitchout test2.

Class 6 – Digitizing & Design

June was challenging for many reasons beyond class. I am happy to have been able to create the assignments. I will need to continue cleaning up and moving my connectors for a more continuous design. I am a longarm quilter and want to be able to create continuous motifs. I have one I created that includes freehand connector lines/swirls. I am hoping to adjust so I end up with one continuous design.

Busy week filled with lots of projects!

This week was a very productive week! There was a ton of learning, quilt piecing, quilting on the longarm, embroidering, and even a new paint job on the house.

I finished up month 4 of my digitizing master class. Our project required using our Corel Design skills, Hatch embroidery digitizing skills, to creation of our cut files and embroidery design files. We then stitched out what we created. This month we are learning all about color.

My sweetie has been busy piecing his own quilts. When he finishes his quilt tops, he passes them on to me for the longarm. This week I quilted another ’fish’ themed quilt, a ”Christmas Doxie, and also a ’Touchdown Football’ quilt. (I will post pictures later today)

I was able to longarm my ”Little Red Wagon” quilt and finish up with binding. This was also a learning opportunity. For the first time ever, my machine threw the thread off the upper tension spring (of course when I wasn’t here watching) When I discovered it happened, it had completed two rows and sewn a pleat in the back. Yes, I really did pick out all the stitching. Since there was essentially no top tension, the bobbin thread was just laying on the back. This made for quick picking. Fortunately, I was able to place my zones again and am quite happy with the result. Thank goodness it was on my own quilt, I would have been panicked if it was someone else’s project.

My other project is my “Simply Dreaming Quilt” designed by Sarah Vedeler. I started this quilt right after my Mom passed away last year. I was able to work on Month 07, one of the outer borders. It was the perfect month because it is filled with lots of beautiful flowers. Mom and I used to spend a day in May visiting our favorite nursery together. With the one year anniversary of Mom’s passing, along with Mother’s Day, these beautiful bouquets remind me of our time together.

We also had our house painted this week – by a company and not us! This was a definite first – paying someone to paint our house. The last time we rented scaffolding, replaced siding, added cedar shingles, and painted. The crew that did the house pressure washed one day and spent two really long days painting. Love our new colors – navy, cream, and light gray!

Month 04 Stitch out…..

Taking a design from a graphic application, to embroidery digitizing software, and finally to stitch out is a lot of learning! Each time you move from one process to the next, you find areas for improvement. As I stitched my file, I discovered areas to improve my design. Places where there was duplicate stitching, not right type of satin underlay stitches, and missing candle-wicking stamps. As I stitched, I identified the opportunity for improvements to my design. I was able to revise my digitizing then send it back to my machine. I didn’t need to rehoop. I just loaded the new design on the machine, loaded my hoop with the stitching, then moved the revised design to where I was in the stitch out. My design isn’t perfect – all learning is like peeling an onion – you improve one layer, then are able to see what can be fixed next. Before I stitch this design agains, I would like to adjust my placement for the fills on the petals with stars.

Month 04 Digitizing Class

For month 04, we were challenged to create a design with petals that are overlapping and a center that has interlocked (woven) pieces. With the petals, we learned how to remove the overlaps, reducing bulk. For the interlocking pieces, it is identifying all the intersections, then using colors, changing to give the affect of ’over and under’ for each ring. For extra credit, we were challenged to take our design from Corel Draw into Hatch. From there we used our designed cutting files and embroidery designs to stitch out our designs. Below are my Graphic designs for the petals and center, followed by my digitized design within Hatch. Last up…..to stitch out my design today.

Digitizing…

Month 3 for my Master Digitizing Class. This month we learned to work with circular designs, fills, effects, and layouts. I chose to create a 12-petal flower. The trick is in getting the guidelines created at the correct angles. The 9 block (3×3) is a design to practice playing with fills and effects. By adding and moving the guidelines, it creates the illusions of ‘movement’ and ‘perspective’. The final design was using the different types of layouts available. I created an unsymmetrical design with an outline. I chose to use a ripple fill giving the effect of movement in water. Finally, I used the ‘copy reflect’ feature to mirror both vertically and horizontally. Tomorrow I will stitch out my flower and update this post.

Digitizing Class Month 03…..

This month our class is heading back to Hatch for digitizing. To prepare us, Sarah (Vedeler) gave us a challenge to complete before class. Since we are alternating between two Sofware applications for class, Hatch and Corel Draw, this is an excellent plan. For the challenge, she sent us a blurry fish picture. Our task was to create the fish using only open and closed objects, as well as outlines and fills. Finally for this design, it is embroidery only and no applique’. Below is the starting image, my take on the digitized fish, and finally the stitch out of my design.

Looking foward to today’s class!

Digitizing Master-Class with Sarah Vedeler

I absolutely love creating embroidered appliqué quilts. Sarah Vedeler is my favorite designer for this type of quilt. I have made many of her block-of-the month (BOM) quilts. Each one increases my learning exponentially! So when she offered the Digitizing Master-Class for 2022 I signed up!!!

I am so excited to be able to turn my own ideas into beautiful, embroidered applique. Knowing how Sarah’s designs stitch-out was extremely helpful as I created my own design. It greatly helps with the sequencing and layering of each design. We are using two different pieces of software for design: Hatch2 and Corel Draw. We just finished Month 01.

For this first month, we learned to setup Hatch2 and create a ‘template’ for our embroidered appliqué designs. We learned how to digitize open/closed objects, use standard objects, and free hand objects. We also learned to use different stitch types, from running stitches, to motifs, and satin stitches.

The hardest part for me was creating holes. This is where you create a filled shape, then add another design on top. The ‘hole’ removes the fill for the object added on top of the bottom object. I finally got the process down after much trial and error. I was able to create my third and final design, for the month 01 challenge, shown on the left above. I am so happy with the concentric circles. I created multiple holes to really get the process down.

Finally it was time to save and export my design. I exported my cutting file (SVG) and digitized design (PES). The cutting file was imported into CanvasWorkspace and then transferred to my ScanNCut. This allowed me to cut my appliqué’ shapes. The design file was imported into PEDesign11, then sent to my Luminaire. My final stitched design can be seen on the right in the picture above.

For Month 02 we were introduced to Corel Draw. The challenge this month will be to create a twin size quilt. Can’t wait to get started!