QCT5 – How to Plot a Quilt Design

There are many ways to quilt your quilt. In this article, I will explain how I use my Quilting Automation, with my Juki J350 QVP Longarm. Juki uses the QCT5 system. QCT5 stands for Quilter’s Creative Touch. The number five is the latest edition of the software. Also in this article, I will explain how I plot out an individual quilt block from start to finish. Let’s get started!

QCT5 Pinterest Pin

QCT5 – Getting Started

This system allows you to quilt designs, instead of using the free motion quilting method. I’m using QCT5 and choosing “Select & Sew”. This option opens a multitude of Quilting motifs and designs. The design that I chose is Basic pattern, which is square. However, I need it to Quilt onto a parallelogram shape.

This shape has four plotting points. I’m going to move the head of my long arm, and align the needle to each particular point on the parallelogram shape. I’m in going to assign each corner to the design on my QCT5 interface. Continue to plot out the shape and I’m also going to select the ditch feature. This will basically stitch around the perimeter of my shape.

Handy Tools

I am using a stylus instead of my finger to touch my screen. I have found this to be a more accurate way to command my movements into the system.

These little gadgets are super handy! I have even used them with my iPad and my iPhone! And since I often teach, I uses these on other peoples machines too! You can get these right HERE.

QCT5 – Optimize your Pattern

Once I’ve aligned everything then I’ll select the quilt button. This takes me to some additional features where I’m going to optimize my pattern. The first thing I’m gonna do is take out this trim line.

This aqua blue line simply means that it’s going to require us to move to another section and possibly cut thread and bury threads. Select Remove All. This will turn your trim line into a stitching line. I happen to like this stitching line, so I’m going to leave it.

Start and Stop Options

You’ll notice a red and green circles here. The green means this is where stitching is going to start and the red indicated the stitching end. I prefer to start my stitches on a corner. You can move your start and stops around by clicking the reverse all button.

You can also see how your pattern is going to stitch out by pressing the animate stitching button. I like to slow down the speed for this because I think it goes too fast. There are quite a few features on this page but we’re going to press on to Quilting our parallelogram.

Bobbin Thread Management

So you’ll notice that our stitching point is on the bottom left-hand corner of our shape. I’m going to manually move the head of my long arm towards that spot. You can let the computer do this for you but I like to go ahead and pull my bobbin thread up, before the stitching begins.

An easy way to move your bobbin thread to the top is to take a single stitch and then pass your top thread under your quilting foot and grab hold of that bobbin thread. You’ll see the bobbin thread come up. Simply grab that bobbin thread and pull it up and out to the top.

Let’s Press ‘SEW”

At this point, you are ready to stitch out your quilting pattern. Simply click the sew button on the QCT5 interface and your pattern will begin stitching, just as it was programmed. In case you’re wondering, I am using the glide foot. This is a great accessory to have.

The machine I’m using is the Juki J-350 QVP. It has 18 inches of throat space and has built in stitch regulator. You can learn loads more details about this machine right HERE. The QCT5 package is an added feature and upgrade from just having a Long Arm. Hooking it up to the QCT5 interface was easy. While I am comfortable quilting in the free motion method, you cannot compete with this quilting automation software! It’s so fun and easy!

QCT5 – Finishing the Quilt Design

Once the pattern is stitched out, it’s time to bring our bobbin thread to the top. This is easy to do.

Make a single stitch at your stopping point. Pull the head of your long arm away from that stitch and grab the top thread to create some slack. Go back to your stitch point and make a second stitch. Pull the head back again to reveal your bobbin thread. Now pull these threads and trim.

Bury your Threads

Finally we’re going to bury our threads. I love using the Snag Magic Tool. This little gem comes in a 2 pack and it really helpful for the tedious task of burying threads.

If you bury your threads, you will want to grab this for your quilting studio. You can get these right HERE. Once you’ve pulled your threads through, simply snip the excess threads and go onto your next block.

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Happy Stitches,

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Float A Quilt Top

I love to float a quilt top on my frame. There are several ways to load your quilt onto your quilting frame. My favorite way to load a quilt on a frame is to float a quilt top. I have found this method to be quick and easy. Make sure to watch the video at the end of this article as well!

Start with your Backing

First we will start with our backing. For this Quilt, I am using only solid fabrics from PaintBrush Studio. This line of fabric is called painters palette at and it is my favorite solid fabric because of the quality, color consistency and the high thread count.

I highly recommend you try this brand of solid fabrics. The color I’m using is called Honey and it’s really going to complement the front of the Quilt.

About my Quilting System

My quilting frame is Juki J350 Miyabi QVP. I can create beautiful stitches on my quilt with plenty of space. I have 18 inches of horizontal throat space between the arm of the machine and the needle and 10-inch height, unlike most long arm quilting machines, which only provide an 8-inch height or less.

All these amazing capabilities come mounted on a deluxe quilting frame of up to 12 feet. I have a 10 foot quilting frame, which fits perfectly in my home sewing studio. There are two (5 foot) rails that create this frame, so the center line is easy to find. I also have markings on my leaders which I intentionally aligned with my center marking of the top rail.

Loading the Backing

In a previous video, I shared how I use the red snapper system to load my quilt. This system is quick and easy and that is what I’m using here. I snap the top, center, of my backing onto the top rail. I pull the rest of my quilt through so that it goes underneath the dead bar.

The first thing we’re going to do is locate the center of the top of the backing. I’m just folding the backing in half to identify the center and then marking it with a sewing pin. Next, I am locating the center of my quilt frame. Using the turning wheel on the frame, I advance my quilt so that the bottom of my backing is easily accessible to my backing rail. Again, locate the center of my backing, this time, on the bottom. I repeat the same process by aligning and snapping the bottom of the backing to the backing rail. Once I get the top of the backing and the bottom of the backing attached to the rails, I move the backing back to its starting position.

Float your Batting

Now it’s time to load the batting. This particular batting is called Elegant Blend, by Stitch N Time. Stitch in Time Elegant Blend 80/20 (which is 80% cotton and 20% Polyester) is a premium blend batting designed by quilters for quilters. This batting is needle-punched into a very fine scrim providing a stable and tug-gable batting for frame quilting but still wonderful for hand or domestic quilting. I used the twin sized package, which is the perfect width for this quilt.

I’m just aligning the top of my batting against the top of my backing. I’ll let the remainder of the batting float over the edge of the rails. There are rails at the bottom of my frame that I could attach this batting to, but I like to float my quilts so I just let it drape over the edge. I’m using my side clamps to attach each side of my quilt. This helps to create an even quilting surface. These can easily adjusted to fit your quilt.

Float a Quilt Top

I’m also going to float my quilt top. This is just a personal preference. Many people like to attach the bottom of the top to the rail system, but I just like to float my tops. The quilt that I am loading is the Turntables Quilt. I have this pattern available in both paper or PDF format!

Once I align my batting and my quilt top, I’m going to do some large basting stitches with my long arm.

Baste Your Quilt

My Juki J-350 QVP has a basting function which helps me make sure that my Quilt stays put during the entire Quilting process. I’m simply basting and advancing the quilt until I get to the end. Each time I advance my Quilt, I make sure that the Quilting surface is taunt, but not super tight. It’s a delicate balance that you’ll learn over time. With each quilt advancement, I am applying another row of basting stitches.

My Juki J-350 QVP lets me choose how large I want my basting stitches to be. I usually choose the largest stitch, since these will eventually be taken out either as I am quilting or after I am done quilting. It’s helpful to use a contrasting thread for basting. This makes it really easy to identify what needs to be removed. I like to trim off the excess batting. I don’t trim it too close to the edge of the quilt because you might need a little extra room when you finally get to the end of the quilt. I just don’t want all of the excess rolled up on my rail, so I just trim it off.

Ready for Quilting

Once I have the quilt basted then I will move the quilt back to the starting point and prepare my machine for the edge to edge design I have chosen.

I also have the quilting automation package on my my machine. This package is called Quilters Creative Touch 5 or QCT5. Look for more articles and lessons on this quilting automation.

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I would love to hear from you about how you load your quilts! Do you like to float your tops?

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Happy Stitching!

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Studio Renovation

I recently renovated my quilting & sewing space!   Over the years, I have moved my sewing space from 3 different spaces.  Let me show you how I was able to knock out a wall and join 2 rooms to create my new sewing studio.  Follow along in the sewing studio renovation!  Be sure to watch the video at the end, which takes you every step of the way!

Starting my Studio Renovation

The first order of business in my studio renovation was to remove EVERYTHING from it’s current space! It was amazing to see how much stuff I was able to accumulate and actually fit inside a 10′ x 12′ room. My husband and eldest son helped move all the heavy things. I boxed up everything else, labeled it and placed it into my living room. It was not fun or easy to have this mass of equipment and supplies in our living room for over 2 weeks!

Tearing Down the Wall

I have always needed (wanted) a bigger studio. The only way I knew to get this (without renting retail space) was to tear down a wall. You see, my eldest son who was occupying our basement bedroom, recently moved into his first apartment. My youngest son was occupying another upstairs bedroom and my studio shared a wall with this bedroom. Well, when the eldest moved out – my youngest immediately laid claim to the basement bedroom. This left an available space for me to expand! We planned this several months in advance. During late 2021, it was not easy to find contractors! We were very fortunate to secure our favorite hometown handyman, who has always been so great to work with!

Taking out the Carpet

Once we had the wall down, it was time to tear out the carpet. This carpet was long over-due to come out. We built this house in 2004 and it was the original (builders grade) carpet. It was seen more action than any other carpet in this house!

Studio Renovation – Painting the Walls

Only one of the rooms needed several coats of paint. That didn’t stop us from putting several coats on all the walls! I have enjoyed having white walls in my old studio. This just make for better photography and it really brightens up the space. To learn more about how to brighten your sewing space, check out this article. My youngest son, and his friend Ava, helped with most of the painting. I am very blessed to have kids that want to help! My husband also did most of the finish and trim work. You can see his handi-work in the video linked below!

New Flooring!

Over the years, we replaced most of the carpet in our house. The rest of our house has hardwood floors. The only exception to this has been our bedrooms. Because the price of hardwood is kinda outrageous in 2021/22, and finding a contractor to install (only a small amount) was nearly impossible as well, we decided to get LVP (Luxury Vinyl Planks). My contractor had a worker assist him and the install of the flooring only took them one day! I am so pleased with the results and now we want to do the same to our Master Bedroom!

IKEA to the rescue

I have always loved IKEA furniture. The quality may not be the very best, but it is fairly affordable and will last a decent amount of time. Just about every piece of furniture in my studio (as of right now) is IKEA furniture. For this studio renovation, I added several more pieces to help me better organize all my stuff! And believe me – after going through my entire studio – I have a bunch of stuff!

Believe it or not, I am an IKEA assembly expert! In fact, if there is anything in my house that needs assembled – that’s my job. I think I get that from my Dad. I love to read instructions and love it even more when there is a video tutorial! That might explain a lot about why I have a blog and YouTube Channel! Ha! If you would like to see a linking list of all my studio IKEA furniture, as well as all my machines and misc wall quilts, click the blue button below!

Don’t forget the rigging!

You may have noticed that I have a bunch of equipment attached to the ceiling of my studio. You see, I create and produce a bunch of video content for YouTube, Social Media and a variety of contract work. Because of my work, I have a bunch of lighting and cameras that tend to get in the way of making! I had my handyman attach rigging to my ceiling to keep this video equipment off my floor and over the surfaces that I film. This makes for easier video creation and gives me more space to move around my studio. If you want to learn more about this rigging, be sure to check out this blog post.

Move it all back in!

Now that all the major items are taken care of….. Wall removal, carpet removal, walls painted, rigging installed and we even added more electrical outlets and CAT-6 data ports – the next thing to do is to move back in! Check out each station to see how this came together. Be sure to watch the video below and grab your renovation list too!

I put together this video, which is a better demonstration of my renovated studio. I hope you enjoy it! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel, so you never miss a thing!

I hope you enjoyed this tour of my studio renovation! Be sure to grab your renovation list so you can track down anything of interest in my studio tour!

Happy Stitching!

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How to plan an Quilt Retreat

You all know that I love to sew with friends, right?  In fact, I like to fill my schedule with these types of events!  Having the right space, mix of friends and even some sponsored goodies can really make it a great time for everyone!  I wanted to share a really fun event that we had.  I hope you can glean some tips from my event planning and make a fun event for you and your own Quilty friends!  Let’s take a peek into my process of how to plan a quilt retreat!

Who to invite

We all have a variety of sewing and quilting friends. When you think about who you want to attend your Quilty Retreat, try to think about which of your friends are best suited to spend time together. As you know, not all personalities will mesh well together. With that in mind, see if you can’t pair your friends nicely. This doesn’t mean that you have to have assigned seating but it’s always nice to sew with your favorite Quilty people.

Overnight Accommodations

Sometimes, you’ll get an opportunity to either attend or plan an overnight retreat. This is usually done in a facility that can accommodate overnight guests. Sometimes, you’re lucky enough to have a friend who can host something like this, but that is few and far between. Many of the overnight retreats that I have attended are either in a facility that was built specifically for this purpose or in a hotel type setting. Which ever you planner attend, it’s important to pick your roommates wisely. Many times, we won’t get our own bedroom. Sometimes, we even have to share a bed! It’s always a good idea to bring earplugs and anything that helps you feel comfortable sharing a sleeping space.

Location, Location, Location

I’m always on the hunt for a new retreat location. In fact, I just learned of a new place that’s only a couple hours away. I’ll be able to share more about that after our planned retreat this fall. One of my favorite things to look for in a location is whether or not it’s relatively easy to drive to. I’ve only attended retreats that have been less than three hours away and that seems to be a manageable amount of distance to drive for a retreat. I know there are several of my friends that have flown to destination retreats and even attended retreat cruises!

The Sewing Lounge (owned and operated by The Fabric Chic in Parkville, MO)

Workstation Setup

Another important thing to consider is each attendees workstation set up. Will each quilter have enough room to work on a project? Are there enough ironing boards and irons? Sometimes, a location can’t even accommodate the amount of wattage that’s required in order to run multiple irons at once. I like to ensure that there are ergonomic cutting stations available. There’s nothing worse than leaving a quilt retreat with a desperate need for a massage. Working in an awkward position all weekend to cut out your different projects can be hard on your back! Another nice thing to have at our “retreat is a design wall. Obviously, you can bring those portable design walls. But it’s really nice if you have a location that already has this affixed to the wall.

Inside the Sewing Lounge – Adjustable height tables, comfortable swivel chairs, design walls and plenty of outlets for all your tools and devices

Food and Snacks

Most quilt retreat centers will have a fully functional kitchen. If you are retreating overnight, you are looking for a full-size refrigerator, an oven, microwave, and all the dishes and pots and pans and utensils that you and your group will need. If you are just planning a retreat (without the overnight), then you can settle for a place that perhaps has a smaller kitchen/dining setup. You can increase your daily cost by catering in your meals, or or you can get organized and assign meals to the attendees. Programs like sign-up genius or even a simple spreadsheet can help you stay organized when you want to make sure that everyone understands how the meals will be handled. Never fear, there’s always gonna be way too many snacks to go around!

This was our SBG and Sew Hot Mamas Quilt Retreat in the Spring of 2022

Planned Group Projects

When you plan a retreat, you can also plan a group project. This could simply mean that you have everyone make a specific quilt block for a specific project like Project Linus or Quilts of Valor. You could also organize an instructor to teach a technique or offer a little project as a learning experience through the course of the retreat. I’ve also attended retreats where the theme is UFOs. Everybody brings something they haven’t started and the goal is to finish an unfinished object. You certainly don’t have to plan a project or even a theme for your retreat. It’s always nice to have options though.

We made our own Quilt Retreat T-shirts, with the help of the Ricoh Ri100 DTG Printer

Games and Giveaways

Everyone loves to win prizes! You can either arrange to have prizes donated by a sewing or quilting related company or you can ask each retreaters to donate a giveaway. I like to keep it fun and exciting and draw names from a hat during the retreat. Playing games is also a good time at a quilt retreat. I like to let folks know, in advance, that we will be playing my favorite game when I schedule a retreat.

I love the dice game of left right center. Tell all interested attendees to bring three fat quarters with them in order to play. Most recently, we started theming our fat quarters so that the one winner will have enough fabric to make an entire quilt instead of them winning a random variety of fabric. Having door prizes and a fun game keeps things interesting and lively the entire length of the retreat. We had some very generous sponsors for this retreat!

The Grace Company, Magic Quilting Spray, Aurifil, Oliso, Birdie Batting, and The Fabric Chic were very generous with the door prizes and random drawings throughout the retreat weekend. We are so grateful!

I want to know!

I would love to hear from you (in the comments below) of your favorite retreat location! Maybe you have a favorite retreat tradition to share.

I’m looking forward to learning more about new places to quilt together!

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Easter Bunny Table Runner

It has been a tradition of ours to host my husbands family for holiday meals.  Each year, for Easter Sunday, we all gather and share a meal.  We all slow down and share this special time to celebrate traditions and enjoy the holiday together.  Dressing up my dinner table with a festive table runner is always a great idea.  I used my Bunny Block and added a really fantastic finish that I know you will want to see.  I love how my Easter Bunny Table Runner turned out!  There is even a new video to show you how I quilted this on my LongArm and then showcased my special finish.  Check for the video at the bottom of this post!

Materials List

Tools and Supplies Used

Quilting the Easter Bunny Table Runner

Once you assemble the Bunny Quilt Blocks, add your sashing and borders – you can load your table runner onto your Long Arm. If you don’t have a LongArm, you can always sandwich your project and baste in the method of your choice.

I used a simple meandering quilt design to quilt my Easter Bunny Table Runner. This was easy to do because of the regulated stitch that my Juki J-350 QVP provides. The overall measurement of the table runner was approximately 20″ x 72″. It seems like kind of a long table runner, but I have a very large table. We usually have at least 10-12 seated at our family gatherings. This size table runner fits perfectly when I have all the leaves of the table installed.

It only took two passes in my LongArm to finish quilting. I am able to quilt my projects (large or small) with my LongArm Quilting System very quickly!

Trimming the Quilt & Cutting the Binding

Once I finished the quilting, it was time to trim everything up and cut the binding strips. Using my TrueCut Acrylic Ruler and My TrueCut Straight Cutter, I was able to cut accurately and safely each time. There are so many good things to know about the TrueCut Track-Guide Technology.

I had enough backing left over that I decided to use this as my binding. I love it when that happens! Normally, I would try to make my binding stand out a little more by using a coordinating/contrasting fabric, but I wanted my rick-rack to the the star of my Easter Bunny Table Runner, so this solution was perfect!

Finishing the Easter Bunny Table Runner

My Juki TL2010Q was used to piece the top of my table runner and also to sew the binding strips together. I purchased a special extension table called the Versa Table, by Sew Steady. This comes with a Grid Glider, which is one of my favorite ‘must haves’ on my sewing machine. The Grid Glider has markings that help me piece my binding strips without the need to draw a diagonal line. Quick and easy is my favorite way to make things and my Grid Glider is perfect for this step as well as helping me maintain my seam allowance and snowballing. To learn more about using a Grid Glider, visit this post. There is also a video included.

To add the rick-rack, simply align the edge of the trim against each raw edge of your Easter Bunny Table Runner. Sew this in place, using a quarter inch seam allowance. I recommend using a thread that blends with your rick-rack. I used Snow White Finesse thread.

Using my Oliso TG1600 Pro+ Smart Iron, I pressed my binding strips (wrong sides together) and attached the binding on top of the already placed rick rack. Once I finished attaching my binding and joining the seams, I pressed my binding out and decided that hand binding would give me the best results for this finish. I love how the rick-rack just peeks out of the edge of my Easter Bunny Table Runner! What do you think? Will you try this fun and easy technique?

Be sure to grab your Bunny Block Quilt Block pattern and a Precious Pastels Fat Quarter Bundle and make an Easter Bunny Table Runner for yourself! You will love it! Be sure to watch my video below for all the steps I explained in the article above.

Let me know if you have questions or suggestions! I would love to hear from you! Happy Quilting!

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Lucky Leprechaun Quilt Block

St. Patrick’s Day is always special to me.  You see, it’s my Dad’s birthday!  So it has always meant more than wearing green and trying not to get pinched!  It has always been a day to celebrate my Dad, Larry!  That’s why I wanted to name this quilt block after him.  Now, I’m not sure if he would be happy about this or not, but be sure that I will always be thinking of him on his special day – and what better way than with a quilt block named after him!  Meet Larry the Lucky Leprechaun Quilt Block!

Materials List to Make the Lucky Leprechaun Quilt Block

Cutting up the fabric

It’s no secret that I love Painter’s Palette solids from PBS Fabrics! I carry quite a few colors in my own shop because it’s so nice to have your favorite colors to hand. You can check out my selection in my ONLINE SHOP. I have started using the TrueCut Cutting system for preparing my fabric and I have really started loving the track guide system. If you want to learn more about this cutting system, check out the TrueCut website. Be sure to use my coupon code NICOLE10 for 10% off your order!

Sewing the Quilt Block Together

I think that piecing the quilt block is my favorite part. Of course I am using my Juki TL2010Q for piecing. What I love about this quilt block is that are NO NESTING SEAMS! What a fun sew when you don’t need to worry about that! You still need to try your best for a quarter inch seam allowance! I have a great article about that right HERE. I always use my quarter inch presser foot and my Sew Steady Grid Glider. These two products, used together, have really helped me perfect my seam allowance! I also love good lighting and my Daylight Company Slimline 3 is perfectly perched above my sewing machine station!

The final touches!

Finally, no quilt block is perfect until it is pressed! I loved using my Oliso Mini Iron! These cute irons come in a variety of colors. I thought that the yellow iron was a perfect match for the project I was working on. Side note: These little irons get super hot and even have a steam function! I take one with me on retreats and use them next to my machine. Perfect!

Larry the Lucky Leprechaun

I just love how this Leprechaun Quilt Block comes together! I will be making more and incorporating several into either a table runner or maybe a table topper! What would you make with this fun and simple quilt block? Let us know in the comments!

Be sure to share your creations in my Modern Quilts Facebook Group! We’d love to see what you’ve been making!

Happy Quilting!

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Ricoh Ri 100 DTG Printer

I never thought I would be excited about a printer until I learned about the Ricoh Ri 100 DTG (Direct-To-Garment) printer!  There are so many possibilities for a small business!  I can even see an ambitious hobbyist enjoying this printer as well!  At the bottom of this post, I have an un-boxing video and first project posted.  Let me tell you a little bit about this printer!

Free Software for the Ricoh Ri 100 Printer

One of the best things I’ve learned about this printer is its ability to produce a finished product with very little effort. I was able to take a canvas tote blank and personalize it for my business in less than 5 minutes! I did have to iron the bag first, since my Amazon order came in a pack of 5 and they were kind-of jammed inside a shipping envelope. Once I prepped the canvas blank, it was easy to grab my Logo file, add my URL to the bottom and print!

You can easily download the software to your personal computer. I am using my MacBook Pro. The software also works for Windows operating systems as well. It is really simple to use. You can also design your own art and import the finished image into the Ricoh Ri 100 software. RICOH Design Software lets you easily edit and import images before printing. Use the desktop software, convenient iPad app, or simply send prints from your smartphone with ease.

Loading the print tray

You can get two different types of trays for printing. I have both, but have only tried the largest tray. The large tray has a print area of 11.7” x 8.3”. The small tray has a print area of 5.8” x 8.3”. Loading your product onto the tray is simple!

Setting the canvas bag in the tray was simple. Even beginners can accomplish this task with ease. There is enough room underneath the tray to fit an entire yard of fabric, sweatshirt and lots of other products as well! With a print size of 11.7” x 8.3”, your options seem limitless!

The RICOH Ri 100 adds value to your bottom line because of the multitude of products it can print on, such as:

• T-shirts
• Pillowcases
• Tote bags
• Infant onesies
• Towels
• And much more!

High Quality Images

I’m so happy with how my logo turned out! First, you can insert the tray into the finisher to smooth out creases. (I didn’t know this at first and used my iron. I could have saved myself the time and just used the finisher for this step). Next is to insert the project into the printer. Printing takes approximately two minutes. Just load and unload the tray – it is that easy.

Once the printing is done, then I just used the finisher (with built in safety features) to fix the ink and lock in the design. The entire process took less than 5 minutes!

Finished product – quickly!

In the past, I have been cutting fabric (with a cutting machine) and fusing it onto a project. I have also used vinyl, take the time to weed the vinyl and fused it onto a project. I will still do this for products that are based in darker fabrics. The RICOH Ri 100 all-in-one printer system prints images directly onto light-colored cotton garments using state-of-the-art DTG technology with the lowest initial investment. This machine is not for use with dark-colored cotton or polyester garments. (I have seen it used for polyester garments, but because the printer gets hot – caution is required for sure). The canvas bag turned out great! Take a look!

I’m really pleased with the quality of this printing! You can achieve superior prints thanks to RICOH’s inkjet technology, which prints directly onto the fabric. Preserve the look and feel of garments while still maintaining a high level of image vibrancy. With a low price and an easy-to-use design, the RICOH Ri 100 makes it easy to begin DTG printing right away. Because all printing is on-demand, you can fulfill even highly-customized orders quickly and efficiently.

I’m looking forward to more projects with the Ricoh Ri 100 DTG Printer! Watch the video below to see how simple the setup was and how quick this project came together!

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Juki J-350 Quilting System

Juki J350 QVP Miyabi on a frame

I am super excited to announce that Juki has sent me a frame (and lots of other goodies) for my Juki J-350 Miyabi Longarm!  If you recall – I already owned the machine, but mine was on a table with extension leaves.  This new setup is the same model machine, but now on a 10′ frame!  I can’t wait to share more about this, so let’s dive right in!

Juki J350 LongArm Table

Juki J-350 Package Details

Not all Juki J-350 packages are created equal. In fact, there are several different ways you can build your own long arm. For the past five years, I’ve had my J-350 on a table and that has served me very well. Until just recently, I’ve expanded my sewing space to accommodate a larger Quilting system. Juki sent me an entirely new system. I have a new J-350 head, they sent me a 10 foot frame, they even sent me the Quilting automation system. I’ll be sharing more about the automation system after I receive training and obtain an interface for the software. Click HERE If you want to see all the frame options, for this system.

You’ll notice a large black frame above the machine head. This is where a tablet will go so I can stitch out computerized designs with a software package called Quilter’s Creative Touch. More about that – once I receive my training next month!

Look at the size of this frame

I knew that I needed a bigger space to accommodate a system like this, so we recently knocked out a wall in our house and created a new studio for my home based business. This was a long time coming and I can’t wait to share more about my new space in an upcoming article. The frame that I knew would fit nicely in my new space is ten feet long. You have to figure a few more additional feet on each side to accommodate the side pieces and general maneuverability around the system. I could’ve probably fit the largest frame, which is a 12 foot frame, but I knew I needed to be able to maneuver comfortably and so I opted for the 10 foot frame. Just take a look at the entire system from this Birdseye view.

This view is a little tricky to comprehend, but when I share more about my studio renovation – this will make more sense. The system spans across the back wall, but is still leaving me room to maneuver on either side and even behind the machine. You have to leave a little bit of room behind the machine so that the head can travel behind the frame to make the most use of the 18 inch throat space on the Juki J-350. To learn all about the features of this amazing machine, check out my first article HERE.

The best service and install!

I feel really lucky to have some fantastic local dealers. Joan and Robert with Quilters HQ have been my friends for the past several years. I’ve purchased all of my Juki machines through them and they have been so great and easy to deal with. This power couple personally set up my machine and even stayed to help me test it out and showed me some tips and tricks along the way. I reordered the entire installation, so stay tuned for that video coming soon!

If you are in the Kansas City area, I highly encourage you to stop by one of their shops and say hello.

If you are looking for a Juki dealer in your area, click HERE and see where you can test drive a J-350 yourself! I know you will love it! If you want to test drive a machine at a show or an event, click HERE to see all the places that Juki plans to be with this amazing machine!

Watch the Installation Video!

More quilting goodness to come. Keep up with me daily on Instagram!

Happy Quilting!

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Clover Mini Quilt Walking Foot

How to use a Walking Foot

Let me show you how to make this adorable clover mini quilt. We’re going to be using a walking foot, so I’ll show you how you can incorporate this sewing machine attachment to help you finish your projects. The Even Feed Foot or Walking Foot, is used for sewing several layers of fabric, and is great for quilting, matching plaids or stripes and sewing fabrics with nap or pile, to keep them from shifting. This foot has its own set of feed dogs that work together with the sewing machine’s feeding system, for perfect fabric feeding!  Be sure to watch the video!

How to use a walking foot

Supplies

Anatomy of a Walking Foot

Anatomy of a Walking Foot

Let’s take a look at the anatomy of this walking foot. 

First we have our presser foot lever.  It’s in the shape of a fork which fits around the needle bar of your machine.  Next, we have the foot clamp for the screw.  This is attached to the post.   Then we have our feed dogs, which work in conjunction with the machine feed dogs.  Watch the video to see how easy it is to install.  The trick is to make sure you have the foot clamp and the presser foot lever in the proper place before you install the screw.  This dual feed dogs system will help keep your quilt top and quilt backing from shifting. You don’t have to use this just for Quilting. Many people use it for piecing also! 

I think it is important to note that I also don’t recommend aftermarket accessories/parts as this can void existing warranty and cause issues. I recommend using EOM parts and accessories only.

Prepare for Quilting

prepare for quilting with a walking foot

Now that we have our walking foot installed, we can start quilting our quilt top. I’ve drawn a line for reference, because it’s the easiest way to get started. You don’t have to draw lines on your quilt top. If you feel confident enough in creating a straight line, then just skip the drawing or chalking step.   For this project, I’m drawing lines and quilting lines that are 2 inches apart. You can certainly add a row of quilting in between each 2 inch mark which will add more interest and definition in your finished project. I am using a Sewline Chalk Pen and a TrueCut Ruler to help me create my quilting lines.

Quilting with a Walking Foot

Quilting with a Walking Foot

Using a walking foot to finish your projects is an excellent way to start quilting your own quilts. Start with small projects like these and work your way into larger projects. 

Sewing with this foot is very straightforward. Once it is attached, you can just sew like you would with a regular presser foot. Don’t go too fast. It works best at a slower pace, medium speed.  

The Even Feed Foot or Walking Foot, is used for sewing several layers of fabric, and is great for quilting, matching plaids or stripes and sewing fabrics with nap or pile, to keep them from shifting. This foot has its own set of feed dogs that work together with the sewing machine’s feeding system, for perfect fabric feeding! 

The Perfect Mini Quilt

Mini Quilt with Kitty

This little 18 inch Lucky Clover Mini Quilt took me about a half hour to quilt with my Walking Foot. That doesn’t include the block assembly, trimming and binding but it makes for really cute project.  This fits perfectly on my wall.  It’s even kitty cat approved! Be sure to watch the video below and comment on your favorite use for the walking foot!

If you’d like to make your own Lucky Clover Mini Quilt, add the Quilt Block Pattern to your cart and get sewing! Be sure to share your finished project in my Facebook Group or tag me on Instagram!

Happy Quilting!

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Hugs and Kisses

Hugs and Kisses Quilt Block

The Hugs and Kisses Quilt block is a fun and versatile quilt block!  These blocks have also been called “X & O”.  How cute!  You can make an entire quilt with either the ‘X’ quilt block or an entire quilt of the ‘O’ quilt block.  It is even better when you mix up the quilt pattern with a little bit of both!  Check out the materials list and get your pattern and let’s make some fun quilt blocks!

To get your cutting measurements and specific sewing directions, you have a couple of choices:

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Option 1: Download for free.

To download the cutting measurements & specific sewing instructions for free, you can subscribe to the Sew Much Moore Newsletter.  AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern access email. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!

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Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase a pattern file. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that references the instructions in this tutorial and provides the cutting measurements for this pattern.  You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.

Hugs & Kisses QUILT BLOCK SUPPLY LIST

  • Quilt Block Pattern
  • For the Quilt Top pictured above, I made a total of (48) sets – which is actually 192 individual units. I will list the fabric requirements to make this many:
    • Qty (1) Fat Quarter Bundle of Love Cats
    • Qty (11) Fat Quarters of a variety of solids
      • Pale Pink
      • Silver
      • Coral
      • Poppy Red
      • Christmas Red
      • Rosebud
      • Bubblegum
      • Real Red
      • Petunia
      • Vintage Red
      • Pewter
    • Qty (1.5) yards of White

BASIC SEWING SUPPLIES NEEDED

Check out this video where I show my process to make an entire quilt top – just utilizing this simple quilt block. to You will love how easy it is to make and want to make one too!

Be sure to show your completed Hugs and Kisses Quilt Blocks in my Facebook Group!

We would love to see your work!

Modern Quilt Block of the Month Group

Until next time, Happy Quilting!

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