Saturday, March 28, 2015

Embrilliant Butterflies!

So I have finished the wall-hanging top! Now to quilt! Work has been crazy, so not sure when I will get videos done on how I digitized with StitchArtist1, but eventually I will!

Taking pics on a windy day does not help and quilting will make everything lay down nicely- (there's still some stabilizer in the back...)

So this was the original design. Decided to simplify and take out all piecing.
This is the final stitch out! Shout out to Lisa Shaw & her Craftsy Class "Big Embroidery in a Small Hoop." I took it a few weeks ago and that's what gave me the idea to just take a 24"x24" fabric piece and mark out the sections and then use her method for placing designs. OH MY WORD - it has really just opened up so many possibilities! If you have stalled or just not inspired with your embroidery, totally recommend her class!

Huge fan of Sarah Vedeler's work, so I tried some motif stitches - love the texture! (Also really enjoy her use of color!)

Little blurry, but here is the center. Only had to create the one design and then just rotate the fabric and layer. It stitched out fine!

I love side shots - Have to get rid of my markings now and layer and quilt!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Draw & Digitize Your Own Applique!

Two vids for you guys! First is using the Inkpad app on the Ipad to draw your own applique.

Second is using StitchArtist Level 1 to digitize for your embroidery machine! I learned tons as I went through the process today - Hope you enjoy!

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Embrilliant Butterflies - Lesson 1 Video Up!

Follow along as I learn a new embroidery digitizing software called Embrilliance StitchArtist Level 1!

You all know I love my Silhouette Cameo and the software with it called Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. I have designed a 24"x24" wall hanging and I will be digitizing components to the quilt.

Thanks for watching and share with other embroiderers you may know! (click full screen to easily watch!)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My Mojo Is Back!

Yep, major dry spell - but I am BACK, baby!

Design by Kelly Stodola
Got to designing this afternoon in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. I am excited because I also now have Embrilliance StitchArtist! So this little 24"x24" wall hanging is getting digitized for embroidery with all it's wonderful parts. I can then save the embroidery files as .studio cut files so no tedious trimming will need to be done. Plus I can do some cool stuff with my paints, pencils and markers - make my own custom fabric. 

Follow along as I figure this out, learn StitchArtist and give you tips and tricks to designing and digitizing your next quilt! If you haven't subscribed to my Youtube channel, now is the time so you don't miss a thing!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ahhh, summer!

I have great friends that give me their scraps and I love to dig in when I just am not motivated by any particular project - just cut, cut, cut and sew, sew, sew and see what you get! That's what I did with this bag (you know those bags you get that package bedding - that's how big this bag is)

So I turned that bag and two different colors of white fabric (more on that in a just a sec) into this:

Yep, in my sewing room, totally thought the whites matched - note to self - walk OUTSIDE and double check before you sew the entire quilt top! ;) 

So here's the deal, I am calling it my front porch quilt and after it's quilted, it will be a cozy, keep the breeze off my legs. something for the pups to rest his head on, quilt. So don't give a rip if it has two colors of white - after a few, oops, forgot to bring it in  - colors fade, things mellow and no one will ever know! Another note to self: when you buy white - big quantities - put a note on the fabric and then keep a large ziploc with all the pieces, scraps etc - so everything stays together. 

I used my Accuquilt to cut all the triangles and squares. Just cut and cut and cut from the bag of scraps until I had pretty much gone through the entire bag. Then I got out the white and cut out more. Took an entire evening - scraps are wrinkled and you press, stack and cut and then find some more the right size and do it over and over. Very meditative!  After sewing all the colors with a white triangle - I then played and figured out the layout you see.

See those iris'? My garden and getting back into fitness are primarily why it's been so quiet here on the blog. You just cannot quit exercising, eat donuts all winter and then expect to run a 10 mile this next September without getting a little more in gear! Healthy eating - check, back to my run/walking - check, regular blog posting - ehhh, hmm sorry bout that! (Hey, if you are on My Fitness Pal - make sure you hook up with me - I am Kstodola1!

So chat with your quilty friends, they may love to get that ugly bag of scraps out of their sight - just make sure your background fabric matches! 

What's the worst thing you found out after you got the whole quilt done? 

I am a proud Craftsy affiliate - check out their big sale right now! I have my eye on the Artisan Cheese making class! 

All the fun weekend linkups!
Crazy Mom Quilts - Finish It Up Friday
Whoop Whoop Friday - Confessions of a Fabriholic
GDay Saturday