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How the PFAFF creative icon helped me finish a UFO quilt

 

It’s my last post of the week. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the tips to happily quilt your projects. I had spent a lot of time figuring out how the embroidery unit worked on the PFAFF creative icon to be ready to quilt the two projects I had presented to you in April and June.

I had set two days aside during my vacation to be able to quilt them and be ready for my August blog posts. What I didn’t expect was the fact that the creative icon is really user-friendly and I finished the quilts in less than two days… which meant that I had time on my hand to finish a UFO!

the creative icon is really user-friendly
the creative icon is really user-friendly

 

I have to say that I never thought this day would come! I had made a rainbow panel almost two years ago and had no idea how to finish the project so I set it aside in my UFOs. But I noticed the cute butterfly embroidery outline that’s included in the creative icon and thought that it would just be perfect for that panel. I pulled out all the beautiful Sulky Rayon 40 wt I had and auditioned them on the project. I decided on the Variable red to pink for this one. Usually, I go for a neutral thread colors so that the quilting doesn’t show too much, but I knew the embroidery would come out perfect so I didn’t hesitate to go bold.

 

Auditioning Sulky Rayon threads on the project
Auditioning Sulky Rayon threads on the project

 

It was easy to choose the design and to position onto the project. Thanks to the large screen on the creative icon I was able to resize the pattern, rotate and duplicate to create the layout of my choice. I placed the project onto the hoop and began the embroidery. It was just wonderful to see the butterflies come to life on my project!

 

Thanks to the large screen, it was easy to choose the design and to position onto the project.
Thanks to the large screen, it was easy to choose the design and to position onto the project.

 

Once the first overall layout was finished, I noticed that I had big areas without any quilting. It didn’t feel right to my artistic eye. So I decided to cheat with the creative icon. I would reposition the design layout and stitch only one butterfly in the location I wanted. You’re able to tell the creative icon at what stitch you want it to start. You can either press a location on the screen, or input the stitch number, the creative icon will go to that location and begin embroidering. Which is what I did! And I would press stop when the butterfly embroidery section was completed to my satisfaction.

 

Embroidery stitch out screen enable me to input the stitch number, the creative icon will go to that location and begin embroidering.
Embroidery stitch out screen enable me to input the stitch number, the creative icon will go to that location and begin embroidering.

 

 

I felt an immense sense of accomplishment when the binding was finished
I felt an immense sense of accomplishment when the binding was finished

 

And that’s how the PFAFF creative icon helped me finish another UFO during my two-day quiltcation. I still can’t believe I got so much done in just two days. I went to the cottage with all the quilts to bind and truly enjoyed finishing them by hand. I felt an immense sense of accomplishment and came back home recharged a ready to go back to work during the day, and to my studio every time I have a few minutes I can call my own.

I hope you have also enjoyed your summer and are looking forward to heading back to your studio. If you’re not sure you want to go back into your studio, might I suggest you go and see the PFAFF creative icon at your local dealer. It’s the best thing that happened to me 🙂

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: The best-kept secret to beautiful quilting designs

Married with three young boys, Claire Haillot shares her passion for quilting among her neighbors in the United States and Canada as well as her cousins in France. Claire has been active in the quilting industry since 2004. At first, she opened a quilt shop and started to teach, write how-to guides and translate patterns and product information into French for American companies. In 2006, she started her own line of patterns and later began publishing patterns and articles in Canadian, European and American magazines. You might have seen some of her work in Quilter’s World, Pratique du Patchwork or Canadian Quilter. She decided to close her brick & mortar quilt shop in 2016 to be able to concentrate more on teaching, writing and creating. She collaborated with PlumEasy patterns to launch the Dancing Diamonds and Gem bag patterns. Claire has also won a few awards for her work: • Juror’s choice at the Salon 2012 for her quilt Thomas goes fishing • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival of 2014 for her quilt Bienvenue • Second Place in Salon 2016 for her Lone Star quilt, and • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival 2016 for her quilt Remembering Sotchi. Her quilt Remembering Sotchi will be part of the Special Exhibit "A Celebration of Color" at the Quilt Festival in Chicago and Houston in 2018.

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