Nov 14 14

Day #5 of the Machine Embroidery Blog Hop


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


  1. Leslie mcneil Says:

    Your results are stunning. Always have been. Maybe… Someday! I have the machine… But oh my, I will have to consider this! Yikes!

  2. Sue singer Says:

    I like anything with birds

  3. Lorie Bugaiski Says:

    Thanks for a great blog hop, I enjoyed playing! Hoping to win one of your designs! You are amazing!

  4. Diane Evans Says:

    Gorgeous, Patsy! Question: I have the Love Birds block with three tulips. What do I need to purchase to have the swirls and feathers in the places where the tulips go?