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May 1, 2007

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ON SALE this month
Prisms and Outdoor Quilts

Prisms - Transleucent Applique Cutwork.
The blue graph lines behind the applique fabric is graph paper showing through.

These delicate designs are quite durable for a variety of uses. But be careful where you put these on garments - they are see through - smiles

On Point Layout

Outdoor Quilts
Running out of space for quilts inside your home?

Now is the time of year to be showcasing your talents in your yard. Add color by adding quilts to your garden. The fabric is translucent and works great inside your home or office in the windows.

This quilt layout has 25  4”  floral blocks and 16  4” plain blocks

To assemble the on point quilt layout follow the same directions as for the horizontal quilt layout.

However, with this layout you will need to make 16 blank squares to fill in the outside row.

To do this, simply embroider another block sewing only the outline of the block. Remove from hoop and trim as the other blocks. Sew the blocks together as you do with the other blocks.

Once assembled, use your rotary cutter/ruler and mat to trim away the excess points from the blank blocks. This creates the straight edge with which to add the borders.

The 2 inside borders are 1” wide finished. The outside border is 3” finished.

Once the quilt tops are assembled, complete the quilts by add batting, backing, and binding as you normally would for any quilt. If you select batting that can be quilted as far apart as 4 inches, a simple stitch in the ditch between the blocks is all the quilting that is necessary.


Albert’s Cubicle

Should I or Shouldn't I? 
Things to Consider Before Upgrading Your Software

With the new Vista operating system out, more than a few folks are asking themselves whether they should upgrade the operating system on their PCs.  Twenty years ago, the answer would a simple and straight forward yes.  After all, Microsoft DOS was taking over the world of home computing, any new release had to be an improve over what was currently available.  However, as the PC has matured and with it the complexity of choices we make, the answer to if and when to upgrade things like the operating system gets less clear.

Traditionally, software upgrades were intended to introduce new features, take advantage of new computer hardware, and fix a lot of minor problems found since the last major release.  This is still very much true and is at the heart of why software companies release new operating systems and software programs.  Sometimes software has built-in obsolescences.  Internet Security software must expand its ability to ever changing threats.  Financial software must adapt to new rules of accounting as dictated by the government and the courts.  And, operating systems must be able to capitalize on faster or better hardware that did not exist even a few years earlier.  A lot of these issues can be addressed through the distribution of software updates that adapt to new Internet threats, changes in tax law, and new computer hardware.  Often these updates can be found for free.  However, making these updates available is not done by a team of independently wealthy philanthropist.  Rather, these changes are created by folks working for wages, who expect to be paid for their time.  As a result, the culmination of these software changes are rolled into a new release of the program or operating system along with a few more bells and whistles, then offered up as the next best thing since sliced bread.

Of course the question still remains, is that new version of operating system, embroidery software, of internet security software right for you.  That's where things can get murky.  A few good rules of thumb to remember when upgrading software are as follows. 

First, typically,  new computer software tends to require faster computer hardware to perform at the same speed as the old software.  While this is not a hard fast, rule, I have found it to be rule rather than the exception.  If your PC is more than a few years old, consider putting off installation of new versions of software so long as the software maker continues supporting your version of the program.  Also, if your computer is a laptop, rather than a desktop, you may want to remember that laptops, in general, are designed to provided you the longest running time possible.  They do so by controlling the speed of the central processor relative to the internal temperature of the computer and the power output of the battery.  If it gets too warm or the battery starts to drain out, the laptop will slow down.  As a result, newer versions of software may run noticeably slower on laptop than desktop PCs.

If you must have the latest version of graphics program or embroidery software because it has just the feature you've been waiting for, then take stock of you computer hardware.  Most software list on the box, the minimum hardware requirements to operate adequately.  These should be viewed as conservative numbers.

Second, however, do not allow critical programs such as Internet security and financial software to age past the point of reliability.  If you use these programs – and so you should if you're reading this article – then make sure they stay current.  Finding your PC has been violated because your firewall, anti-virus definitions, or encryption routines were not up to snuff with modern day hackers can be disconcerting.

The latest and greatest is not always the best.  Take into consideration that computer hardware evolves nearly as fast as the programs that run on it.  If your PC is more than a few years old and was not on the cutting edge of performance when you bought it, consider replacing it before or at the same time you upgrade the software to avoid performance issues.

Spring Sale Continues

On Lace Dreams Sophia and Anastasia dress patterns with lace yokes and hems. Only $19.95

Colonial Floral Quilts

Colonial Floral Quilts is a new collection of 7 designs each set into a 4x4 block outline to aid you in sewing them together into quilt tops.

The block outline sews last so is optional should you prefer to sew the designs onto other projects.

The collection includes 4 primary designs, plus 1 corner, 1 border, and a single. All fit the 4x4 (100X100mm) hoop

The last color change of each design is a 4x4 block outline.

After removing the design from the hoop, use your rotary cutter/ruler and mat to trim the block 1/4” outside the outline.

Make all the blocks needed for your project

Arrange blocks as desired.

Sew 2 blocks together at a time. With right sides together align the stitched outlines, pin, and sew together. Sew onto or just inside of the stitched outline.

Press seams open. (Don’t press the embroidery.)

Sew the block pairs together into rows.

Sew the rows together into the final layout.

Use the Quilt layouts shown or create your own.

Horizontal Layout

This quilt layout has 49  4” floral blocks

Extra Extra

 Mettler Cotton 60 wt silk finish thread is available in large spools sold at a discount.  This cotton thread has a lovely sheen and doesn’t produce alot of lint in the bobbin area like other cotton threads. This is the thread you want to use for your lace. Only $5.49 US for 875yd spool

We have plenty of VILENE.  This is precut and packaged in 2 yard lengths and is 72” wide (that’s 2 yards wide). Discount price includes free 1st class shipping within the US. Only $16.US

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Copyright Laura Waterfield 2006




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