Oct 30 11

Playing Around with a New Shape

This is an embroidered applique shape that I cut from The Sizzix BigZ die called “Snowflake #2:”

and you can find it here. I’ve been playing around with digitizing it in different ways, like this:

Here’s a sequence that shows you how much thread can add to what is already a great applique shape. Here we see it as just an applique shape that’s been fused into place:

…and here it is after the edges have been finished in gold rayon thread:

Next up, I added the filler stitching inside a series of internal shapes:

and here it is after those internal shapes have had an outline of stitches placed around them. I used Isacord Polyester thread for this, and that is also a new product line in our store. Isacord works really well for both machine quilting and machine embroidery:

I actually had digitized this design to place a star in each of the snowflake tips, but I took it off the embroidery machine before it got there because I think I’d rather add Swarovsky crystals in those tips. I’ll have to wait until after it’s been quilted for that, though. (I’ve lost 2 free motion feet by adding beads before the quilting was done, and I don’t need to learn that lesson a third time!)


  1. a1angiem Says:

    oh you’re killing me now with these beautiful embroidered things…now combining with the big shot (which I have, the little one). I’m so beyond curious how you get an exact shape you’ve cut to be digitally accurate in/on the embroidery machine – magic! It’s lovely and my next challenge may just be to use COLOURED thread – ooooh, scary! Happy Halloween! (I forgot to mention that the graveyard sounds cool!)

  2. Mary Stori Says:

    Wow……I’m so amazed at how much the applique appears beaded!! What a quick and attractive way to achieve such great details.

  3. Debbie St. Germain Says:

    Love the idea of using a die cutter for snowflakes, love the idea of putting them on quilts. I usually make mine with wool since it is easier to cut and sew, but with fusible, it would be fun to try some in a quilt.


  4. Kelly Jackson Says:

    Now there is a wonderful die for a winter quilt…I bet you digitized that design too!