August 22nd, 2016

Longarm Patterns – Now Available for Sale!

by Julie Hirt

Hey all!

I’ve been lacking in posts but that’s because I’m keeping BUSY!  So, it’s a good thing. I have lots of quilts I need to post and one of those is my finished Gypsy Wife quilt.  So happy with it and can’t wait to share it in the near future.

Back in April I was lucky enough to turn over a new leaf.  After working there for 16 years, I left my position with a real estate company and started long arming full time.  One of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

Because I love playing around in Illustrator, designing some of my own patterns came naturally.  Here are just a few I have available for sale in my ETSY shop.

 

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And this is one of my favorites – depending on how you place the rows, you get two patterns in one!

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Check them out if you are a long armer.  And if you need anything quilted, I have all the information at JulieHirt.com

 

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April 21st, 2016

Bernie Sanders Mini Quilt

by Julie Hirt

Came up with this while playing around with my longarm software.  I used Illustrator to draw the lines for the hair and glasses, then imported into Art & Stitch to turn it into a quilting pattern.

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I’m loving the combination of Illustrator with Art & Stitch and have made several modern style E2E designs that I hope to have for sale shortly.

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If you happen to be a Bernie fan (or want to make a mini for someone who is) and have a computerized long arm, the free pattern is available at JulieHirt.com under about > downloads. The pattern is the hair and glasses, but if you have the Art & Stitch software you can easily add some text!

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Tag me here or on Instagram @juliehirt if you make one.  I used baby blue Kona cotton, Omni Superior thread and Prismacolor pencils.

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March 24th, 2016

Longarm Services – March Special

by Julie Hirt

Did you know I now provide longarm quilting services at JulieHirt.com?  It’s pretty exciting!

I’m offering 20% off this pattern through March to kick off Spring.  The ‘Fluent’ pattern stitches up beautifully and provides wonderful texture.

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You know the saying, ‘March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb’.  Well, this pattern reminds me of wind and flowers so I thought it was fitting.

I’m excited to share the pattern special for April, so be sure to check back in!  I’ll also be hosting giveaways here, on Facebook and Instagram (username @juliehirt) in the upcoming weeks.

Pricing, FAQ and more patterns available at JulieHirt.com. Mail services are available.

To use: When you fill out the request form at JulieHirt.com use March20 as the coupon code.  The pattern style is called Fluent.

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February 11th, 2016

Honey Honey Quilt

by Julie Hirt

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This HST quilt was made using Kate Spain’s Honey Honey line.

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I intended for this quilt to be larger and actually purchased a couple of extra charm packs.  I just couldn’t bring myself to keep making the HST blocks!  I was done.

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I just love the colors in this.    The quilting was done on my longarm.

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This quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop!

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January 25th, 2016

Sleep Tight Dreamcatcher – Tutorial

by Julie Hirt

I have a new tutorial up over at Moda Bake Shop.

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These are a lot of fun to put together and are kid friendly. Probably ages 7+ with a little adult supervision.

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If you aren’t a quilter and don’t sew, this is a fun way to use fabric.

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You get completely different looks just by changing the materials around.

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You can find the tutorial HERE.

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January 19th, 2016

Needlebook with Scissors Holder

by Julie Hirt

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!!! Isn’t it cute?   A new needlebook has been on my list for a while. When I saw this free pattern/tutorial by Nana Company I knew it was the one.

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It did take a couple hours between fussy cutting and the hand stitching embellishments, but so worth the time.  If I’m going to use it and see it often, I may as well enjoy it.

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The interior is has a little strip of selvage from one of the fussy prints and 1973 ric-rac purchased from an estate sale.  I’ve been saving that little package for something special and this was it.  The pink button is from a jar of vintage buttons purchased from the same estate sale.

Here is my favorite part:

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My previous needle case has a little pocket but the scissors slip out.  Kam snaps came to mind and this is what I came up with.

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When making the pattern add medium interfacing the interior fabric so the snaps can attach to something with more substance.  Take a small piece of ribbon, fold the ends over a few times and add the snap.   This process is customized to your scissor size.

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When removing the scissors you really only need to undo one snap for quick access. You won’t lose the ribbon and the scissors are secure.

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I recommend using wool or wool blend felt and not the $.50 per sheet craft felt.  It’s better for your needles and just feels a bit luxurious.

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What is your favorite needlebook pattern?

 

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