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Lori Miller & EQ8

January 17, 2019

Hello!  My name is Lori Miller and I am teaching Electric Quilt classes at Decorative Stitch.  I am an EQ8 fanatic and use it to design quilts, blocks and more.  I am excited to share with you this wonderful world of design.

A little about me, I have been sewing since I was 11.  I mostly sewed my own clothing but did make a scrappy quilt to take to college.  After I married and had my son, I started making quilts for him.  Then I started designing quilts.
I was using graph paper and pencils to create my quilt designs when I discovered EQ7.  I treated myself to a copy of the software and never looked back.  I started designing quilts and blocks using all of those creative ideas in my head.  I submitted my designs to magazines and put together my own original patterns and Electric Quilt made that process so much easier.
But you don’t have to publish your own designs to love EQ8.  It lets you do so many things easier to create a beautiful quilt or cherished gift.
Here are my top 5 reasons to purchase and use EQ8 Quilt design software.

1) You can start designing right away with over 6000 pre-drawn quilt blocks.  They have traditional pieced, applique blocks, paper pieced, you name it, that are all copyright free and ready for you to use.  There is even a book with all of the blocks, I like to peruse it and get ideas for future projects.

2) You can size your blocks and quilt to any size you want.  Do you have a 6 inch block that you want to be 12 inches? With a couple of key strokes, you can have the larger size.  Need to change a twin size quilt to a queen size, just add more blocks with a few clicks.  If I don’t like something, it is so easy to make the changes and look at the quilt virtually.  I can easily make updates and changes until I like my design.

3) You can use actual pictures of your fabric to try out in your quilt design to see how it looks before you even cut the fabric.  Some manufacturers provide the pictures, like in my Baby Bandit Raccoon quilt.  I used the actual fabric pictures before I made the quilt.

4) You can print out lots of information, like how much fabric yardage you need.  You can even print out the templates, paper pieced patterns and rotary cutting instructions for your quilts and blocks.  It is so helpful when you start to put your quilt together.

5) Help is available in whatever way you need it.  You can call, chat, email or go online to a huge support database to get answers and help for whatever you are designing.  The staff at Electric Quilt is super helpful and will definitely point you in the right direction for whatever issue you are having or any help you may need.

Have you always been interested in design or are ready to go to the next level with EQ8 Quilt Design Software?  I am offering Beginner, Advanced Beginner and Skillbuilder classes to learn EQ8 at Decorative Stitch.  I will be there to help you and inspire you in the design process.  I am looking forward to meeting you!

Lori J. Miller lives in Oxford, Michigan, where she designs, stitches and sews quilts and quilty things. She loves experimenting with fun colors and designs to make playful and clever products for the modern stitcher.  Sewing since age 11, Lori has deep roots in sewing and quilting traditions that add a unique dimension to her designs.  She loves designing using Electric Quilt 8.  You can follow her quilting adventures on her blog at or on instagram @lorimillerdesigns.  Follow her EQ8 lessons on the Electric Quilt Blog

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AccuQuilt GoMe! by Sara Gallegos

November 8, 2018

This post was originally published on Sew Positively Sara on November 7th


Do you AccuQuilt? That is the tag line I see on so many AccuQuilt ads and I totally get it now! I’m kind of a new AccuQuilt convert…. Recently, I have been appreciating the speed and accuracy of cutting on this wonderful machine and I am really getting the hang of figuring out which die I can use to cut out my quilts. 

Aside from cutting out pieces for quilts, I love all of the different shapes and animal dies! AccuQuilt recently launched a new cutting machine called the GoMe! And it is perfect for inspiring younger sewers. It comes packaged with a few dies, including an adorable owl with a kit to put it together. 

I took home the GoMe! And let my 7 & 9 year old daughters go crazy with it. We cut out the felt owl kit, experimented with cutting the puppy die out of Shannon Cuddle fabric and then got creative with the shapes. Gracie discovered that an upside down owl becomes a fun monster! I love how easy and safe cutting is with this system. I talked with my girls about not running their fingers over the dies and how to layer fabrics with the mat. After our quick safety lesson, I let their imaginations run wild!

Working on smaller stuffies is a new technique for my girls. I let them play with stitches and create their own construction techniques. I try not to inhibit their creative expression when it comes to sewing. While sometimes the stitches look a little “messy” we learn from each project we sew. When they ask me how to fix things, I work with them on improving their techniques. For us, this approach keeps stress level low and the fun meter high in our sewing studio. So much of my sewing time is dedicated to work, it’s nice to have simple, creative projects like this that I can share with my kids.

Do you have any budding crafters or sewers in your life?  With the Holiday season fast approaching, I think this could be an awesome gift. My kids are getting to the point where they are growing out of toys and stuffed animals, but are too young for the tech gifts on the market. I think it’s going to be an AccuQuilt Christmas at my house! New dies to play with, assorted fabrics for the animals and monsters, trims and buttons for eyes, even extra mats would make great stocking stuffers!

If you already have an AccuQuilt, I’d love to see how you’ve been creative with the fun dies. If you haven’t purchased one yet, be sure to stop by and check it out at Decorative Stitch in Shelby Township, Michigan or right here.

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Why Accuquilt?

July 19, 2018

I have only been “Quilting” & “Sewing” for about 10 months now and I have to say I am officially addicted! I have made two quilts to completion and a really cute tote bag. I have 5 projects “In Waiting” and a very large fabric stash that continues to grow. However, my newfound quilting reality almost wasn’t. I took a terrific “Learn to Quilt” class right here at Decorative Stitch where I learned the basic foundations of quilting. I also leaned how to properly measure and cut my fabrics, measure twice, cut once. As I started to assemble my blocks I quickly became aware that many of them were different sizes and there was no amount of creative sewing that was going to mask my measuring and cutting mistakes. I, like any other crazy perfectionist that struggles having to try, try again did what one should always do when faced with a struggle; I quit. 

Yep, you read that correctly, I placed that gorgeous fabric in a paper bag and slide it right into a drawer and walked away. I felt defeated and ruined, I added this attempt at creating and failing to a long list of crafty failures. A little side note about me, I suffer from ADD and mild dyslexia. A perfect formula for struggling in the real world. As an adult I have structured my life around my little shortcomings and that includes the long list of things I just don’t do because my brain doesn’t work like others and it can be very embarrassing to share this fact. But this time, sharing is just what I did. I talked about it, and just like that, a door was opened to me.  I was introduced to the Accuquilt Cutting System ( insert angels singing here ). 

Accuquilt cuts with fine precision any shape in several sizes therefore I don’t have to spend hours and hours attempting to cut my fabric into the shape and size I need while risking inverting numbers in my head and not realizing it until I am trying to piece blocks together.  I really wanted an enjoyable hobby that had zero limits in creativity and I found that in Quilting; and using Accuquilt made it possible! 

I now jump into projects with what I can only guess is the same awesome confidence that someone without my disabilities does. I am making and designing quilts (i.e the quilt featured with this blog post). It’s amazing when you can just get an idea, cut out some shapes, arrange them on a design wall and fall in love with it.  Then cut and piece away knowing that every piece will be fitting perfectly and every block will be the correct size, as long as I nail that quarter inch seam… 

But thats a different story! 

To learn more about Accuquilt and how it can make your quilting experience more enjoyable come join us in August for an Accuquilt Event! 

Click Here For More Details! 

*Blog Post written by Brandi Briggs

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Cabins of The Carolina’s

July 14, 2018

Let me tell you about my Cabins of Carolina quilt…

Last fall, I was so pleased to be able to host my buddy Denise Schober as a guest on “Love of Quilting”. Together, we created and presented “Cabins of Carolina”, a bright, cheery quilt featuring fabrics from the Mayfair collection by Paint Brush Studios.

This quilt has some history: I’ve worked in the sewing industry for about 15 years now. My very first year I was asked to go to Houston International Quilt Festival to assist in the classrooms sponsored by the sewing machine brand I previously worked for. I got to sit in on a “Let Me Surprise You” class by the hilarious and talented Charlotte Angotti. To say I was inspired is an understatement! I dreamed for a decade about being able to host my own Mystery Quilt Retreat. Once Decorative Stitch opened up ( my Quilting store in Shelby Township, Michigan), I had my venue and decided it was time. I teamed up with Denise and we created the original version of Cabins of Carolina which was a GORGEOUS holiday inspired quilt.

At our Mystery Quilt retreats, we precut all of the fabrics and everyone shows up to a surprise. Nobody attending knows anything about the quilt when they arrive on the first day. Together, we open a pizza box with all of the pre cut fabrics and start to create. One block on the first day, another block on the second and at lunch time on day two – the Big Reveal. It is so much fun listening to the ladies wondering what the quilt will be and watching the fabrics come to life as they sew! It truly is one of the most gratifying classes I teach.

Creating a second version of this project for the show with Denise made the experience all the more special! For me, sewing, quilting and teaching really is a way to connect and share love with my friends and family. Being on set with Denise and sharing our “Love of Sewing” with all of you brought that quilt, Cabins of Carolina, and my early aspirations as a teacher, full circle.

Here’s the good news, you can join in on the fun, too! We have kits for Cabins of Carolina available on our new web store at! You can purchase the kit for $99.00 plus tax & shipping. As an exciting bonus, if you haven’t already purchased the May/June issue of Love of Quilting for the pattern, don’t stress because you will receive a copy signed by both Denise Schober and myself!

Happy Quilting and I hope you enjoy your Cabins of Carolina!


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A Little Bit about Decorative Stitch

March 6, 2018

It’s been almost 4 years since Decorative Stitch has opened their doors and if you ask several of their customers, they will tell you it has SEW changed their lives! With lots of classes monthly and a staff full of knowledgable sewers, embroidery enthusiasts and all around fabricholics you can always find what you are looking for at Decorative Stitch.

Decorative Stitch was founded by Sara Gallegos, Host of Fons and Porter’s “Love of Quilting” and Mary Verstraete. This step-mother, step-daughter duo  removes any and all negative condemnations to the term “Step”. Just spend five minutes with them and you will quickly see that they are the best of friends and the closest of family!

While Mary oversees the day to day operations, Sara is hard at work developing the education of the store staff, teaching all types of awesome classes and making sure those that purchased their sewing, embroidery and serger machines from Decorative Stitch receive free owners lessons to assure they are getting the most out of their machines.

Need a sewing, embroidery or serger machine repaired? No worries, Decorative Stitch has you covered as they offer “In-house” certified repair of Baby Lock Machines. Don Calderone, the  “in-house” repair technician also services and repairs most brands of sewing, embroidery and serger machines.

In need of a new sewing, embroidery or serger machine? These ladies have you covered! From travel machines to longarm quilting machines, Decorative Stitch has it all! Did I mention that you receive FREE owners lessons for the life of your machine?

From fabric to notions to machines to classes, Decorative Stitch truly has something for everybody. Stop in today and check them out!!

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