I have done more free motion quilting in the last 2 weeks than I’ve done in months. This is really good for my soul and spirit and I need to find a way to be doing more of it daily again. Who would think that doodling with a sewing machine could be so fulfilling?
I had lots of fun the other day messing around with melding a quilted design I made on the embroidery machine with some freehand quilting. This is very easy to do so I want to walk you through how I did this. I began by stitching out a quilting motif on my embroidery machine and I used the feathered star motif that you see below:
(This motif is available as a downloadable design in our store and you can find it here.) Technically, I stitched this out as an embroidered design because I did not add a batting layer, but if you wanted to, you could have added a batting layer in your initial stitch out. I removed it from the hoop and trimmed away the excess stabilizer from the backside, so this is what the backside looked like once I was done:
Next, I pinned a piece of scrap batting behind the block and this is to create the trapunto layer. It’s very hard to see in the next photo, but I used a soap sliver to draw “boundary lines” 1 inch beyond all the outermost stitched lines of the star. This created an even larger star that I used as my boundary lines for freehand stitching of plumes around the original “star skeleton.” In the photo below, the stitching in turquoise thread is the plume stitching I’m talking about:
(The point of the boundary lines that didn’t show up at all in the photo was to make my freehand larger feather fairly symmetric.) Next, I went in with my trusty Robison Anton 24 karat gold rayon thread and hyperquilted those new plumes:
Yahoo! This design is coming to life, but we’ve just gotten started! Next up, I cut away all the excess batting that fell outside my quilted design. This is what the backside of the block looked like at this point:
(Notice that there are lots of big knots and untrimmed thread tails… no one will ever see this layer except you, so there’s no need to be neat on this layer!) Next, I added a border onto the block. I have no idea what I’m going to use this for, but I did this to show you that when you’re doing trapunto projects, you always want to work in ways that are easier for you. This step was merely to illustrate the point that you don’t need to even have a block or quilt top completely pieced to add trapunto layers or quilting details. (Smaller blocks=less work since there’s less weight and less bulk to move around on your machine bed.) Anyway, here’s what it looked like at this point:
Now is the time to add a batting layer under the whole quilt, and add that backing layer of fabric. (i.e. this is now in the final quilt sandwich.) This next step is where the magic happens! I put invisible thread in my top needle (Monopoly by Superior Threads) and a purple thread in my bobbin and began outlining “zones” of my quilted design. You are in the driver’s seat here, because you decide what you wish to highlight with the trapunto layer. The most important piece of advise I can pass along to you is that you don’t want to outline everything!
When you do this, always begin at the center of the design. I outlined the circular feather in the center (note that I did not outline the hyperquilting layer inside that feather), then I outlined the inside of the tiny plumes of the star. I then went in and outlined the outermost layer of gold star stitching. Lastly, I went in and outlined the outermost layer of my freehand plumes. I think you may get a better sense of the wonderful textures and “zones” that were created in this photo:
Lastly, I did my outline quilting surrounding the star:
I still haven’t done anything to that border zone, but this gets you an idea of what the center block looks like completed. This is a way to enlarge an embroidery design into a larger quilted motif. If you want to play wound with it, that original star motif can be found here.
I don’t know about you but I am so over this winter… is it spring yet?!! I am sure we will have at least a few more weeks of cold, just enough time to finish up another quilting project before we all start heading outdoors! Check out all of our great new products below to give you the tools you need to finish up that current project!
We will also be having a SALE! All Retail orders of $25 or more will receive 15% off their purchase. This is in addition to the free shipping our store now offers, and an additional discount on products for our International customers! These are HUGE savings that you can’t miss! Beginning immediately and running until Friday March 7, 2014 @ 6:00 AM (EST). Enter the discount code: 15% off at checkout to get the discount!
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Feathered Star 3.75″, 5″ and 7″
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Handi Quilter Rulers
Use the HQ oval set B to make curved lines, flower blocks, and looped border designs. Comes in 10″, and 6″ templates.
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Oval Ruler C 12in & 8in
Use the HQ oval set C to make curved lines, flower blocks, and looped border designs. Comes in 12″, and 8″ templates.
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Oval Ruler D 10in & 4in
Use the HQ oval set D to make curved lines, flower blocks, and looped border designs. Comes in 10″, and 4″ templates.
Circles Template Set
Use circle templates for concentric circles, Baptist Fans and assorted arcs. Set of 6 circle templates. Use to quilt circles in the following sizes: 2″, 4″, 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″.
Don’t forget we also have the Handi Quilt Arc Rulers!
Super Bright LED Light
Light is powered by sewing machine’s USB port or electrical outlet. Includes velcro backing and a cord guide.
From Artistic Creative Products
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Zentangle Pigma Pen Set 9pc
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Zentangle Pigma Pen Set 3pc
2 each of micron 01, 1 each of micron 05
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Ultimate Marking Pencil Set II .7mm
Made of quality stainless steel. Pinpoint accuracy, wide handle for a steady grip and reliable clasping strength
Pin Pal Magnetic Pin Collector with 25 pins
Pin Pal magnetic pin collector with convenient handle comes with 25 quilting pins.
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Topstitch Needles Assortment Pack
SUPERIOR Titanium-coated Topstitch ASSORTMENT PACK. Guaranteed to last 5-8 times longer than regular needles. Pack of 5.
Needles in this assortment: #70/10 (1), #80/12 (1), #90/14 (2), #100/16 (1).
From Superior Threads
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Quilt Lab – The Creative Side of Science
A quilting book like no other, Quilt Lab—The Creative Side of Science by Alexandra Winston is as cerebral as it is artistic. Extrapolating from ideas such as states of matter and calculus, you’ll see scientific disciplines transformed into vibrant quilt designs. Each of the 12 projects, including 9 quilts, has a story, lesson, and idea that exemplifies its scientific design. The author also illustrates the simple “scientific process” of quilting with step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and hypotheses for customization. This mind-expanding book will encourage you to find inspiration in unusual places and learn something new!
By Alexandria Winston
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Tilda’s Seaside Ideas – Softcover
Recreate memories of the seaside with simple sewing, papercraft, crochet and knitting projects using the beautiful Tilda fabrics, yarn and embellishments. Be inspired by life at the beach and in the ocean to make gifts, toys and pretty accessories for your home. From adorable whales and fishing girl dolls to hanging mobiles, applique blankets and summer scarves, the designs will take you on a journey of the perfect seaside holiday.
By Finnanger, Tone
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Night Sky Quilt
Baby 32in x 46in, Lap 56in x 65in, Twin 70in x 89in, Queen 96in x 102in, King 102in x 108in
From Jaybird Quilts
By Julie Herman
Finished size: 142cm x 142cm (56” x 56”)
This pattern includes the complete instructions to create this very sweet quilt that any little girl will fall in love with! The quilt could be used as a wall hanging or a topper for a bed. The design is completed using machine blanket stitch appliqué, turned edge appliqué, free motion machine stitching & trapunto, making the quilt a fun project to try out some new techniques.
The sky is the limit with this design as you can use these appliqué shapes over and over again to create any number of wonderful creations such as; cushions, wall hangings or why not use them to design your own quilt top!
From Don’t Look Now
By Kellie Wulfsohn
$18.00… This week only $14.84
Finished size: 196.5cm x 159cm (78 ½in x 63 ½in)
This pattern includes the complete instructions to create this fun quilt that any little girl would fall in love with! The design is completed using raw edge appliqué and simple piecing techniques, making the applique quick complete & the quilt easy to construct.
The sky is the limit with this design as you can use these appliqué shapes over and over again to create any number of wonderful creations such as; cushions, wall hangings or why not decorate a tote.
From Don’t Look Now
By Kellie Wulfsohn
I went back in and echo-outlined them a couple times w/turquoise rayon thread, just as I had on the other feather structures. After that, I hyperquilted them with gold rayon thread, also like I’d done with the earlier feather structures. Here’s what it looked like at that point: Don’t they look like they are all meant to go together now? Now to finish up the ruler work and feathers along the vertical axis! If you haven’t tried playing with rulers yet, you really should. This opens up a whole new world of FMQ possibilities.