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Grand Format Embroidery and Mylar

Grand Format Embroidery and Mylar

This has been the most fun project so far!

Sometimes I get a little carried away with adding bling. Someone needs to restrain me. Seriously. But when I have an embroidery area that is fourteen feet long, it’s easy to let my imagination run wild!

I didn’t have to hoop, and rehoop, and rehoop…. just to get an embroidery that fits a 60 inch table runner. I could do it all in one pass! No stabilizers! The back of my table runner looks as nice as the front does.

Back to the bling….. I stitched this table runner on a black fabric that I cross-hatched with a 3/8 inch design in the back ground. I love the way it looks when a small cross-hatching is washed and thrown in the dryer. After a little checking, I discovered that Mylar for embroidery can go through the washer and dryer without any harm or change to it. Perfect! I enlarged my design from Embroidery Library, brought it into Grand Format Embroidery on my Innova quilt machine, and pressed GO! Pinning a layer of Mylar under each flowered area was simple. All you have to do is tear away the excess, and then move to the next area. When the runner was complete, I added my beads. Like I said, someone needs to restrain me because I am having way too much fun!

Antique Quilting In A Modern Way

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IT ALL STARTED WHEN…

I bought my first antique sewing machine in 1978. My fiance and I were shopping in an antiques store, and I found one that I fell in love with and had to have!

I had already been sewing for a while, and already had a nice machine, but there was something so inspiring about this one. I would sit and look at it and dream of things that may have been done with it. Then I would wonder about the future of sewing as well as the past.....

Fast forward to the 1980's. My in-laws were visiting when I brought home my first embroidery machine. Instead of making dinner, I plunked that machine down on the kitchen counter and started embroidering! I was mesmerized by watching those designs take form. At that time, I was also doing a little quilting with my regular sewing machine. I was piecing on the machine, and doing all of the quilting by hand. Now I could add embroidered blocks to my quilts!

As years went by, I wanted a way to finish those quilts faster, and started dreaming about a longarm quilting machine. Yes, I've been down that road too. And that only left one more dream in my mind. What if I could combine quilting with embroidery.....all on the same machine? That would be the BEST, right?

Well, here it is 40 years later. I have never stopped sewing in all of that time. I wish I had a picture of everything I have ever done! And now, my dream has finally been realized. My Innova longarm quilting machine has an embroidery module on it that's called Grand Format Embroidery! Now, I am only limited to 14 feet of embroidery area! Yes, you read that right --- 14 feet! There is no stopping me now! With Innova, the future is NOW!

When you bring your quilts to Candy Apple Quilts, you have complete access to the type of quilting --- and now embroidery! --- that will be used on your heirlooms! Everything from designs to thread color is up to you --- the designer. Call 440-371-6409 today to schedule an appointment to create your next treasure! Leave a voicemail or send a text, please, just in case I miss your call -- I would really like to meet you!