Sep 14 11

Another Morsel for the Hungry Free Motion Quilter!

I’ve been quilting feverishly and playing with my embroidery machine at the same time…why did it take me so many years to figure out I could do 2 things at once?!  SewCalGal has been encouraging me about ME (machine embroidery) behind the scenes and she has got me so juiced up about it that I’m lying in bed at night dreaming of what I could try to do with my embroidery machine.  She also wrote the nicest blog post about our DVDs that you can see here…thanks, Darlene!

I’ve got a new quilt started that’s based on machine embroidered applique, but it’s in its infancy, so I can’t show it yet.  But, I’ve got a few fun background fill designs to show you.  This first one is called “spiders;” it’s not meant to represent spiders but it makes me think of them:

If you have some “empty areas” on your quilt that need a background fill design, this one lends a really nice sense of movement.  I liked this next one better when I drew it out on scratch paper, but it’s still an ok background fill design.  I call it “quivering octopus” because that’s kind of what it looks like:

This third fill design is my new favorite.  It takes  along time stitch out, but man, is it worth it!  I call it “waterfall feathers” and it is ooh-la-la:

I also got to spend one morning this week playing with Kelly Jackson of I Have a Notion, showing her some fun stuff that I’ve learned on the embroidery machine.  She stitched out a gorgeous heart block based on Sarah Vedeler’s designs and got a taste of how powerful thread can be. I think that she, too, has now been infected with the ME bug, so watch out…you may be next!


  1. Lisa Says:

    Oh these are all very nice!

  2. a1angiem Says:

    Oooh, I love all of those designs and you make me want to try them!! I think the octopus look more like spiders! lol! the waterfall feathers are gorgeous and those are what I’m going to try next! tfs…and I love that you are ALSO laying awake at night thinking of this stuff! I can’t wait for you to share embroidery stuff with us all…can you do it before Christmas so I can ask Santa for a machine????? thanks!

  3. Debbie St. Germain Says:

    Wonderful designs. I need to practice on some small pieces and get better at my hand and speed coordination.


  4. Elaine Adair Says:

    Oh Patsy – thanks for some new ideas – these are all great – why can’t I think of these myself??? I certainly have all your DVDs and memorized them but can’t seem to come up with my own ideas. I love these new ones! I was even going to write and ASK you to come up with more. 8-))) Thanks a bunch!

    Elaine Adair, in western Nebraska

  5. Danielle Hudson Says:

    I LOVE the Quivering Octopus!!! Mine always look better stitched out than on paper. All 3 designs are great:)