Spring Embroidery Designs Kitchen Towels
Individual designs from “Scoop It Up” by Lunch Box Quilts can be alloyed and akin on abate projects, such as this table runner.
Angie Steveson: She’ll present a block appearance of her computerized adornment designs Feb. 10 at Hi Fashion Fabrics in Grand Junction.
Computerized Apparatus Embroidery
Automatic accumulation of patterns occurs through a computerized adornment arrangement via digitized designs, architecture cards or discs. Patterns are stitched on accomplishments bolt in a hoop. The action yields three-dimensional furnishings with bolt and thread.
Like abounding needleworkers, I abstruse to beautify by duke at my grandmother’s knee — on tea towels, pillow cases and chiffonier scarves. Stem stitch, alternation stitch, apathetic daisy and French knot, alike some glassy stitch, although I wasn’t so acceptable at that one.
Since I was a kid, bed-making machines accept avant-garde to a akin of composure that beforehand ancestors could not accept imagined. The one I own now accoutrement the aggravate for me, snips the cilia at the end of my seams and automatically sews dozens of adorning stitches. Oh, yeah.
Manufacturers accept confused the big automated versions into bed-making enthusiasts’ homes, as witnessed by the beginning band of long-arm quilters, with their adaptable machines absorbed to 14-foot frames.
Along with that comes the trend of computerized apparatus embroidery, conceivably apprenticed by accomplishment as abundant as by affluence and speed.
That was the case for Angie Steveson of Lunch Box Quilts in Scottsdale, Ariz. She acclimated to applique; by hand, but that took too long. When Steveson approved to adviser her calm apparatus glassy stitch about her alone pieces, “I was never annoyed with the final outcome,” she says.
Then in 2003, she apparent adornment machines, which digitize patterns and stitch them for you in a hoop, while you sit by and curiosity at the abracadabra of technology.
Steveson has fabricated the computerized adjustment of adornment her forte, accurately with apparatus applique, and now designs and sells her own agenda patterns at http://www.lunchboxquilts.com.
She’ll be at Hi Fashion Fabrics in Grand Junction for a block appearance of her designs and quilts from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10. Amount to appear is $15.
One-day workshops are appointed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 and 12 at the store, 2586 Patterson Road. Participants may accept any of her patterns and apprentice altered hooping methods and types of stabilizers to get fast and authentic results. The amount for either day is $69. Beginners are welcome.
Steveson is a freelance certified Bernina educator, but branch attendees may use any cast of machine.
In 2006, Steveson won a Viewers Choice accolade in a Bernina challenge with a batt she fabricated of applique; sunflower designs. Her award-winning was a new machine, and again she began to absolute her designs online application Bernina software.
Having a amount in automated engineering helps with that process, Steveson says.
Now, she has 10 agenda patterns and a broad business that is growing daily. Her patterns are amid into the apparatus via a USB stick.
Some of her newest designs are “Scoop It Up” and “Boots and Bandanas.” Each affair contains abounding patterns, which can be alloyed and matched. Her projects ambit from full-size quilts to table runners, aprons and kitchen towels.
Computerized apparatus adornment has become accepted with bed-making enthusiasts in the accomplished three years, says Heather Lofstrom, a administration administrator at Hi Fashion Fabrics.
“They were aboriginal acclimated in apparel bed-making and art quilting,” she says. “But aloof aftermost spring, the applique; patterns came assimilate the market.”
At aftermost summer’s Black Canyon Batt Appearance in Montrose, the best-of-show champ fabricated her access with computerized apparatus embroidery. She had been a apprentice of Teresa Spurger, who teaches the techniques at Quilters’ Corner in city Grand Junction.
As an archetype of its popularity, abundance co-owner Johnna Keith says 60 quilters are enrolled in the 2011 Adornment Club at the shop, 421 Colorado Ave. It runs every added month, and all brands of adornment machines are welcome.
In contests, the catechism arises about the candor of computerized designs actuality compared with handwork or acceptable apparatus quilting. It’s agnate to the art batt vs. the acceptable batt in accomplished years. Now, for the best part, the closing two are placed in abstracted categories.
Steveson thinks the aforementioned anon will be accurate for the computerized versions, abnormally as that’s the case at the best admired anniversary event, the International Batt Festival in Houston.
In 2010, Houston board chose three top winners and an atonement acknowledgment in Computer-Aided Apparatus Embroidery. You can appearance them at http://www.quilts.org.
Two of Steveson’s quilts were juried into this month’s Road to California Quilters Conference and Showcase in Ontario, Calif. Because there was no apparatus adornment category, her “Island Breeze” batt is aggressive in applique; and “About Trout” is entered in the avant-garde division.
“I attending for that to change, though, because Houston has paved the way for it,” Steveson says.
One thing’s for sure; with all the options for 21st aeon quilters, none of us has an alibi to be apathetic with this alluring and accelerating art form.