Thursday, August 13, 2015

Virtual Quilting

Let's just say that I am pretty frustrated today.  It is mostly my fault because I left my blog posts to the last minute which I should not have done. I am editing away last night and BAM - the entire post is completely out of order. How did that happen?????

But enough of that crappy stuff - let's get to the good stuff.

Let's talk about Virtual Quilting. We know that there is a super product called Electric Quilt 7.  Yes - I have just scratched the surface, but I am becoming a super duper virtual quilter.  I can't share with you what I am creating at work - but it is going to be a free download on the Northcott web site so that is something to watch for.

So here's the thing - I showed you how the border prints worked the other day. Well I have now learned that I can slice and dice ANY fabric (at least those that are scanned and on the Northcott web site) to virtually make any quilt that I want.  If I want to virtually fussy cut the fabric - make blocks with stripes or whatever - I CAN DO IT!!!!!!

Oh shoot - I made these blocks quickly at work the other day - the first one, I randomly put in the fabric and the second one was fussy cut - however something got lost in translation!   I will try to design a small quilt today showing the really cool effects of virtual quilting.

You can't get much more precise with cutting than when a little box on the screen tells you that the size is 3 inches by 5 inches.  Now if would happen in real life!

The one thing that you must be careful is that if you are cutting a motif or using a border print, you MUST use it in real scale.  No sense trying to fit a 4 inch border print into a 9 inch virtual border - it doesn't translate well. I am in the process of writing up the pattern and hope to make the quilt however I think we are missing a couple of the fabrics that I need. Must check on the back orders.

I do have to admit that I went into the warehouse with a small ruler and actually measured the fabric on the bolt to see if the measurements on the scanned fabric images is the same as the real fabric.  IDENTICAL - OK - we have an excellent team of fabric scanners somewhere. I must search them out today and congratulate them.

I did start sewing something yesterday and I will share it with you tomorrow?  If I finish it today I will.  Suzanne is the resident sewer and once I get insanely busy? Suzanne will be doing some of my sewing?  Not sure how all this is going to work out.  I do know that there will be lots of stuff to prep for Market in October which is not that far away and I have a feeling that we are going to be going crazy.  So far - I am just helping pick fabric for guild challenges - yeah!  and I've been "shopping" in the fabrics at our disposal for a couple of projects.  Now that I have started to sew - watch out!!!!!!!!!!!   I still have a number of other virtual quilts to create. Yes - I will make a little one with lots of fussy cuts - just so you can see how easy it is. Well it isn't all that easy - but each time I do it - it becomes much easier!  Time to learn a new feature in the program!

What did you have for breakfast this morning????   Look what awaited me in the fridge. A jar of steel cut oats and chia seeds that had been "cooking" all night in almond milk - I think.  There was a bag of nuts/seeds to go with it and instructions to add strawberries.

Prepped breakfast


It was pretty yummy and my original thought was wow - this is a LOT of cereal, but I gobbled it all up!!!!!

On that note - I had best get myself ready for work. I doubt they would like me to arrive in my PJs, but it would be comfy!!!!

Have a great day!!!!


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