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Last night I got an email from a customer who is loving our FabricStamps™. She requested a “Road Trip” stamp. I loved that Idea and came up with this….

Keep those comments and suggestions coming! We listen! (Thanks Judy!)

New Road Trip GetAwayStamp™ by Debra Gabel of zebrapatterns.com

New Road Trip GetAwayStamp™ by Debra Gabel of zebrapatterns.com

…and even more practice!

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So…. or should I say SEW…. – I am continuing to sew and sew! Each pattern take 18-35 minutes to sew out. The process is slow, but man am I learning a ton! LOVE THAT!!!! Yesterday I stopped at Ellicott City Sew Vac and was on a hunt to purchase a closed toe embroidery foot. The open toe foot I was using kept catching threads on tight turns. Brad (my super teacher) was there. He looked at me with question and asked what I meant. We went over to the Babylock Destiny in the showroom – and I saw exactly what I wanted! …A CLOSED TOE FOOT! Turns out I already have one! LOL – I was sewing with an open horseshoe free motion foot! LOL – The embroidery foot was this big fancy foot that has a laser plug in. It was in my tool box – never opened it! LOL My big lesson of the day was using an embroidery foot makes the embroidery so much better – no thread catching! LOL I was sooooo happy today because I just could not seem to find out how to stop catching threads.

That is an example of why I was so scared! There are so many moving parts and so much information out there sometimes the elephant in the room is under your feet! I had taken my lessons. When I went in for lessons I used the shop Destiny Machine and it was all set up. It is very hard to be sure you are using everything correctly and doing digitizing effectively. It takes time. When you get home it is hard to remember everything. When you are there it is hard to observe everything – especially something right under your nose – like the foot. It worked so well at the shop I must have not even noticed it! You have to do the work. I have been watching these things sew out for 2 months – 6-7 hours a day! That is how you learn. Maybe I am slow! LOL!

I received my first 100 flash drives today! My digital products will be provided on Flash drives. Most companies do CD’s, but I just think a usb stick is better. It eliminates the step of copying the images onto your computer and then putting them on a stick. Most new computers do not even have CD slot any longer. Yes, it will raise the price of the final product by 4 dollars +/-, but it is worth it – I think. Since we are just introducing this new product for Zebra – we should go with the latest technology. We shall see when I bring the product to market.

I am loving this process! I feel like I am progressing! Maybe 9,500-ish hours to go to be an expert! YEA!

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…And more practice!

As you know if you follow my blog, I am on my digital journey of 2016! I am digitizing my cute Alphabet Animals in an earnest attempt to become a supplier of digital appliqué by 2017! Last time I posted I digitized 4-5 animals. I am now just 6 animals shy of the 26 animals I need for my first digital release. Lots of learning! Another activity, I have been injecting in my self-designed digital school, has been sewing out other successful digitizer’s appliqué. That was so helpful! I learned so much just seeing their product and watching their art sew out. I have been playing with stabilizers – what a difference they can make! OMG! The pix below are evidence of sewing and sewing and sewing!

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My Design Board with finished Animals

One other bit of news – the 2017 fabric line for Row By Row 2017 with Timeless Treasures is complete! YES! It was a complex compilation of artwork. We will see strike offs soon! Believe it or not I am baking all the possibilities in my mind for 2018’s Row by Row Theme! Yep we know that one too! Working with Timeless Treasures is a pleasure. Shout out to Ruby! Ruby you rock!

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Sewn out trials – will donate for charity quilts

Practice Practice Practice!

Go big or go home – that is what I subscribe to. I said to myself.. What the heck…let’s try a flower! If you follow my blog you will see that last month I designed a new Passion Flower…well I digitized it! CRAZY right? I did it! First sew out was ok – hope to do it again tomorrow with corrections. This is going to be very addicting I can feel it! I am not looking forward to writing out all the instructions!  :(   I need to really get proficient at the digitizing, then move on to that task!

Here is my collection so far! Doing something new is so much fun!

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Going for the Big one – A Passion Flower!

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Practice Practice!

Eye Spy List for 2016 Row By Row Home Sweet Home Fabric!

Home Sweet Home Collection by Debra Gabel

Home Sweet Home Collection by Debra Gabel

Eye Spy List for 2016 Row By Row Home Sweet Home Fabric!

The fun new fabric for 2016 Row by Row Experience™ is popping up everywhere! There is a hidden Eye-Spy on the Home Sweet Home fabrics! It is fun to play! Print the list and have fun!

 

Bobbin Eye Spy Button

Read the Timeless Treasures Blog!

Details about this year’s Row by Row Fabric! Plus the HIDDEN SEWING NOTIONS LIST!

 

 

 

Lookie Lookie! PROGRESS

I have digitized 4 animals. I have made corrections and re-sewn out some. I have learned so much by doing! Those people at Nike have got it right….”Just Do It! The small successes have been so gratifying. Tonight I am looking forward to getting out into the studio and doing more! It is intoxicating. The more I learn, the more I want to learn. It is so much fun doing something new, something challenging and something that I will share with others!

I hope to digitize several more this week and then I will set up a yahoo group for my volunteers. Thanks in advance to those who will help me test these patterns. Here is a pix of what I did today! Yippie!

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