Today is the fifth stop on our blog hop so head on over to SewCalGal’s blog to read about her project. She created the The Love Birds Wall Hanging in a class with me, and this is a derivative of the Harmonic Song Birds Quilt which you can find here. (It is created by using bird block 1 and the corner setting triangle feather pairs files.) Here’s a shot of the full Harmonic Song Birds Quilt:
If that’s a bit of an overload of color, here’s another version of it created with less color:
It’s quite easy to isolate a block from a large quilt like this to create a small wall hanging. For instance, this little wall hanging was made using Bird Block 3:
SewCalGal spent some time playing around with these files and did some really cool stuff. She took the bird block #2 files and stitched part as machine embroidery applique and the other part as purely embroidery with a trapunto layer! She also isolated the swirl shapes from Bird Block 2 and created a beautiful pillow using them in a mirror image format! This is a fabulous lesson in the versatility of machine embroidery…you can take a set of design files and play with them in many ways beyond their original purpose. To see what she’s done and learn more about how to play with design files, head on over to SewCalGal’s blog now! While you’re there, be sure to make a comment so you can enter the give away!
I hope you have enjoyed the machine embroidery blog hop and if any of you have been on the fence about getting an embroidery machine, I hope this blog hop helped to tip you over the edge! When you combine machine embroidery applique and quilting…look out! The results are fabulous! If you haven’t visited all the participating blogs, here’s the full lineup:I Have a Notion Blog Mon 11/10/14 Gene Black An Alabama Artist and Quilter Blog 11/11/14 Marjorie’s Quilting Bee Blog 11/12/14 Jean Creates Blog 11/13/14 Sew Cal Gal Blog 11/14/15
Today’s blogger is the wonderful Jean of Jean Creates Blog! Jean used a simple machine embroidery applique design called the PA Dutch Flower which can be found here. It’s the same flower I used recently to make a quickie pin cushion using blended wool felt and bamboo felt:
This flower with a pair of leaves at the base is stitched in only 1 hooping so it’s an easy-peasy design. Jean did a wonderful tutorial showing how to stitch out a machine embroidery applique design if you don’t have pre-cut applique shapes and want to do it in the fashion of placing fabric over the placement outline and then cutting away the excess material. It’s as simple as stitching the placement outline, placing the over sized fabric in place, then repeating the placement outline stitching sequence before cutting away the excess fabric! Run over to Jean’s blog to see how to do this in a step by step tutorial that is very clear. Check out the wonderful mat she created with these shapes on each pocket-I love her idea! And don’t forget to leave a comment on her blog to be entered in the give away of a free digitized design! Designs like this that are stitched in single hooping are very easy to convert into larger quilt block designs. Here’s an example of the exact same file stitched in 4 quadrants of a square to create a whole quilt block:
Keep checking back as there will be an upcoming lesson in how to create an entire quilt block using a single design like this one! And don’t forget…tomorrow is Day #5 of the Machine Embroidery blog Hop, and you’ll want to head on over to SewCalGal’s blog for that!
It’s the 3rd day of the I Have a Notion Machine Embroidery Blog Hop and today’s post is by Marjorie of Marjorie’s Quilting Bee Blog. She created 2 small wall hangings/table toppers that are each created using an easy multi-hooping technique and they came out beautifully! Here are the pictures of what she created:
…and here’s version 2 where she has played with the orientations of the swirls. This one almost has a sense of movement because of the positioning of those swirls:
Gosh she did a beautiful job! To read about how she did it and to enter for a chance at a free digitized design give away, head on over to her blog by clicking here. While you’re at her site, be sure to check out her online shop because Marjorie creates her own digitized designs and you may well find just the right designs for your next project! And here’s the line up for the whole week again:
I Have a Notion Blog Mon 11/10/14
Marjorie’s Quilting Bee Blog 11/12/14
Jean Creates Blog 11/13/14
Sew Cal Gal Blog 11/14/15
Before I sign off, I wanted to check back in about the project I was working on last week. I had a few days of sweating bullets as I went to finish the sides and corners of this wall hanging with setting triangles:
You can kind of see my dilemma in this next shot. Because the setting triangles always “begin life” larger than they will actually be at the end (the excess is trimmed once all setting triangles have been added), it’s dicey when you digitize the applique shape placement because you won’t know their positions are too close to the edge until you’ve stitched everything out and pieced it all together. Here is what it looked like after the side setting triangles were in place:
Check out where the arrow falls in this closeup of a side setting triangle in the next photo:
The nail-biting part was not knowing if those applique shapes near the edge would end up being cut off in the final trimming or, if they weren’t cut off, would they be so close to the edge that the design wouldn’t work and I’d have to start over? In the end, it worked out ok. This next shot is after the corner setting triangles were added and everything was trimmed:
You can see that those outermost applique shapes will barely be out of the way of the seam, but I think it will work. This will be the center section of a much larger quilt, but it will be left alone for awhile. I have a couple other projects that I’m going to focus on in the short term. Now get yourself over to Marjorie’s blog!