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Festival of Quilts 2017

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This year’s Festival of Quilts promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Positioned as Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event attracting 24,000 quilters from all over the world. The show is a celebration of quilting in all its forms, with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies, professionally curated galleries of quilts from leading international makers, 350 workshops, talks and demos plus a magnificent display of over 700 competition quilts. It is the ultimate patchwork and quilting experience.

Workshops run for the duration of the event, and this year they have more classes than ever in the Quick & Easy programme, covering an exciting and diverse range of patchwork, quilting and other stitching, dyeing and printing crafts. Quick & Easy classes are perfect for people looking for a taster class or who have less time to spend at the show.


This year they will once again be hosting a programme of Talks & Lectures from leading tutors and gallery artists. They…

'Man - Sewing' with Guy from Brother Sewing UK

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Recently I welcomed a baby Niece into the world. Within a few months, I was asked: "Can you get someone to make a quilt from baby grows she's grown out of?". Never one to shy away from trying something new and given the fact I've been working with Brother Sewing Machines for over 10 years, I had to give it a go. So, armed with my Innov-is VQ2 long-arm quilter, and some other bits and bobs I ventured into the Quilting unknown...



Chatting to colleagues and doing a little research, I realised I would need some key tools.
A good sewing machine - if you're creating a large quilt, one with a long-arm is better (I'm using the Brother Innov-is VQ2). A cutting mat A rotary cutter for cutting the fabric A cutting ruler Some key sewing feet - including 1/4 inch foot, walking foot or dual feed foot, stitch in the ditch foot. Some iron-on-backing may be needed. Some good quality branded sewing or quilting thread

Using the cutting mat and rotary cutter, I cut the arms and l…

NEW! PR1050X Scan Frame Upgrade Kit – Part 2

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The new PR1050X Scan Frame Upgrade Kit is a great addition to your PR1050X machine. It enables you to convert your own drawings and designs into stitch data without the need for additional software. With the upgrade kit, you can also create your own designs on the machine screen using the many built-in fill stitch, outline stitch and shape options.

In part 1 we looked at how to scan and convert a line drawing. In part 2 we’ll look at the various fill stitch options.

Main Features
Scan and convert line art and colour illustrations, import designs via SD card or USB stick, or draw directly onto the LCD screen.

Includes 10 new built-in decorative fill patterns, 60 closed shapes, 30 open shapes, and 5 outline options - satin stitch, straight stitch, triple stitch, candlewicking and chain stitch.

Using the fill options

Pressing the bottom page/settings button in My Design Centre will take you to your fill or region property options.




















Here you can select different fill stitches like plain fill…

NEW! PR1050X Scan Frame Upgrade Kit – Part 1

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The new PR1050X Scan Frame Upgrade Kit is a great addition to your PR1050X machine. It enables you to convert your own drawings and designs into stitch data without the need for additional software. With the upgrade kit, you can also create your own designs on the machine screen using the many built-in fill stitch, outline stitch and shape options.

Main Features

Scan and convert line art and colour illustrations, import designs via SD card or USB stick, or draw directly onto the LCD screen.

Includes 10 new built-in decorative fill patterns, 60 closed shapes, 30 open shapes, and 5 outline options - satin stitch, straight stitch, triple stitch, candlewicking and chain stitch.

Part 1 - Scanning and converting a line drawing

Attach your drawing or printout to the scan frame using the green magnets to hold it in place.










Attach the scan frame to the machine directly and secure with two screws (remove your embroidery frame arm before doing this)












When you have installed the upgrade kit you will …