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Designs magazine regularly includes articles about In-the- Hoop, (aka ITH designs). Who doesn't love the foolproof results you get when stitching machine embroidery projects in the hoop? They are always so perfect!!! In this new issue my friend Marie Zinno shows you a set that will have you doing a hula dance!
Beginning on page 26 of Volume 98 you'll find my article titled It's Official! You're a Designer. The project is aptly called a Project Planner. It's designed as an organizer for Machine Embroidery, Sewing, and Quilting projects. Initially, my idea was to make a personalized embroidered notebook of sorts. I needed something to take on a shopping trip to securely hold my "what to buy" list. Has this ever happened to you . . . you get to the store and "think" you remember the exact color of thread you need or the name of that stabilizer your are short on? You try to rely on your memory and sure enough upon returning home you remember what you really needed but neglected to purchase!
I thought a little more about planning my planner and decided it would be handy to carry fabric swatches, perhaps a spool of thread or buttons I needed to match, time sensitive coupons, etc., so I added an ordinary zipper bag to hold all of the above. This project planner is multi-purpose and compact.
I suggest you keep it handy for aha moments while you are stitching too! Jot down ideas and machine settings you don't want to forget. Keep notes of design modifications. This list could go on and on. This little notebook can be modified for many different uses! You're sure to have lots of great ideas of your own.
While the larger version was "digitized" on the Brother Dream Machine™, I used the Brother PE Design® program to create the mini version. Digitizing right at the machine is fast, fun, and easy, but with full-featured computerized digitizing software the possibilities are endless!
- Featured fabric is from the Henry Glass Cute As A Button cotton quilt fabric collection.
- Approximate finished size of planner in V.98 is (9h"X6.5"w).
- Approximate finished size of mini planner is (6h"X4w"), with an actual design size of (9"X6").