Sunday, July 31, 2011

Embroidered Butterfly

This is one of my weekend creations. It's a simple to embroider butterfly pin. It was made using the quick trace features and is one that is a little larger with a smaller on on top for depth. I added some beads to represent the body. It actually looks much better in person. I used a hot glue gun to attach the pin to the body rather than sewing it on. It just seemed much easier to do that way. Work smart, not hard is my motto!! Anyone wanting the directions can email me directly. And is almost already August? Will this heat ever end?? I'm ready for the cooler weather of fall. It's one of my favorite seasons. I'll be posting more of my weekend creations shortly. So please stay tuned!
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Switching back to Windows

So where have I been?  Well, about a month ago I decided that it was time to move my sewing and embroidery software back from the Mac platform to a pure Windows machine.  My decision was based on a couple of factors.  First, my beloved MacBook Pro was only being used as a vessel in the sewing room to house my Windows sewing programs.  Second, my virus protection was about ready for needing to be renewed and last but not least, I knew I was going to eventually move off of Windows XP.

I purchased a inexpensive Toshiba laptop at my local Best Buy.  I didn't have all the wiz-bang features of some of the mid to higher end machines but it was fine for hosting my embroidery and quilting software programs.  I didn't need a big hard drive, bluetooth or any of the fancy-pants video cards.  So for about $400, I have a new Windows7 machine with a nice display (not as nice as my MBP but acceptable) and I have loaded my 5D Professional and my EQ7 software on it. 

It took awhile to transfer all my designs and I'm still not sure I have everything moved I needed.  Before making the move, I cloned my MBP hard drive so that stuff is safe and secure if I need to go back and find it. 

For back up, I decided to use Crash Plan and back up to my iMac in my office.  I also plan on setting up a back up routine locally as I have a couple of USB drives laying around.

So what's up next?  Well, I'm going to be working on a fall table runner.  It's simple and elegant Patick Lose Studios pattern.  I have chosen all my fabric and wanted to get started today but alas, I don't seem to be able to find any Steam-A-Seam2 for the appliques.  So I'll pick that up tomorrow when I'm in town and plan on working on that next weekend.

So for the few who follow me, thank you, and please be patient. I promise to get back to my hobby shortly and post more often and show you what I'm working oon in my wonderful sewing cave!!