Technology: Friend or Foe?

images-58With the advances many gifted humans have made throughout time it is not surprising to witness applied science making its way into the quilting world.  Beginning with the birth of the first patented sewing machine in 1791 to the now visible computerized quilting machines; mechanics has evolved quilting into an amazing hobby and business.

Somehow in this ever-changing quilting world I still embrace the tried and true, (a.k.a the old-fashioned way) pencil and paper.  Bells and whistles are in abundance; enhancing the efficiency and uniqueness to what can be created with a small needle and thread.  Yet, I forever find myself holding my graphite pencil prepared for brainstorming battle on sketching paper.  I know my BERNINA 750QE is a playground of fun that I have allowed myself to only slightly enjoy.  Maybe, one day, I’ll venture to the BERNINA playground filled with wonderful stitches.  Or maybe not.unknown-22

 

 

 

 

In regards to computer programs and the quilting world I do possess the EQ 7, however, I do not utilize it often.  I am reluctant to be unfaithful to my pencil and paper, I simply find it faster and reliable.  I even hesitate to stray from my handy-dandy calculator for determining yardage.  The words “Computer Savvy” and “Lisa Calle” do not seem to compute.  However, I  do make use of “Illustrator”.  I am actually quite proud to share that Illustrator and I are going on a 7 year relationship.  I honestly cannot ever see me totally breaking up with Illustrator as this program has definitely become a small piece of me.  There are moments during my creative process that, with the help of handsome Illustrator, I will produce an appliqué design.  The results have me grinning from ear to ear as my eyes take in printed designs in various sizes.  But every relationship needs a break, and I since I’m not very good at juggling relationships I always follow my heart back to my pencil and paper.

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Breaking up is hard to do.  So until my loyal pencil and paper decide to call it quits with this designer, I will be sticking with the tried and true.  That’s not to say that technology won’t tempt me into putting my pencil and paper on the back burner.

Has technology found its way into your quilting world? I am sure there are many tech savvy quilters among us, so share your modern must haves!

ProEcho Rulers, What’s the Big Fuss?



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Not too long ago in a previous post I mentioned the rulers that are used most often in my studio, which are the ProEcho’s.   These rulers are a jack of all traits. I use them for drawing out applique motifs, paper piecing, and stitching out continuous curves.  Basically if my project calls for a curve, I reach for one of my ProEcho Rulers.  And since we all incorporate variations of curves into our quilt, wouldn’t it be a little silly not to have different size rulers to choose from? So of course these rulers are available in different sizes. If you look at the below picture of ProEcho rulers you will notice they all have a corresponding number on them (i.e ProEcho 12).  The number on the ruler refers to the size circle that the arc of the curve comes from. These rulers range from a       ProEcho 3 all the way to a ProEcho 22.  There will no project to small or to big for the ProEcho’s!

 

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Maybe you are thinking, “Sounds great, but what exactly do they do?”                                                                                    Somehow I knew you might have that question.  So take a minute a view this video , hopefully you will get a little glimpse of what these curves of heaven will do.

 

Don’t let this be you:

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Days spent in a bad mood over templates are simply unneccessary, let the ProEcho keep you smiling.

**For those that find your templates slipping a bit or you are using a domestic machine, a great product to prevent movement is the Handi Grip. I don’t generally use anything on my templates but I definitely would give the Handi Grip two thumbs up!