This is my entry to the 2012 Christmas Quilt Show. It’s a 22 1/2 inch square wall hanging or table topper that was pretty fun to make. The center block is a machine embroidered applique block that’s embroidered as an easy 4-part split design. (This is one of the 4 swag wreath block options from this digital file.) When I first began learning MEA, I was afraid of multi-hooped designs because I figured that I could never get my block aligned correctly from 1 hooping to another, so my designs would always be off. With my system, you never have to hoop the fabric block because the fabric is always floated on top of the hooped stabilizer. Because there are cross hairs stitched onto both the fabric and the stabilizer, matching things up from one hooping to the next really couldn’t be easier. Here’s a shot of the center block as it’s partially stitched and I’ve just aligned my cross hairs for the next stitch out:
(Do you see those foam pin anchors? They have pins stuck through them that are piercing the cross hairs on the fabric and the cross hairs on the stabilizer below; this is how you can be assured that everything lines up perfectly. Those pin anchors hold everything in alignment and free up my hands, so I can easily go in and place a couple of straight pins to hold the stabilizer and fabric together during embroidery. I remove the foam pin anchors and the pins inside them once I’ve got my other pins in place, and then I return my hoop to the machine. See what I mean? Easy as pie!)
Once that center block has been stitched, the corner triangles are embroidered as a 2-part split design (each square holds 2 pairs of mirror image feathers) and then each square is sliced on the diagonal to yield 2 of the corner setting triangles. Once done, I attached corner setting triangles on 2 sides opposite one another:
and then once those seams are sewn and pressed, you attach corner setting triangles to the remaining 2 sides. I designed these triangles to be over-sized so they could be trimmed to a desired size once they were attached to the center block. I like a wider binding around my quilts, so I trim to a 1/2 inch edge. A lot of my friends like to trim it down to a 1/4 inch edging. Here’s a shot of it getting a trim:
Once I got it into a quilt sandwich, I started the fun of free motion quilting it:
…and now I’m quilting a larger quilt version of this design:
And here’s something fun for you: be sure to check out SewCalGal’s blog starting tomorrow, 12/1/12. I’m the guest teacher for the December posting in the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge. My post is all about machine quilting border designs and I’m hoping you’ll like it! If you haven’t been following the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge, get into it now! I’m not kidding…SewCalGal has put together a fabulous array of tutorials throughout 2012 and if you’re trying to learn to FMQ, this is a must-see. To access all of the FMQ Challenge tutorials, go here.
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