WOW! I’s been and still is a busy time, but I did manage to get a Christmas project finished. A small wall hanging (18″ x 23″), stitched on my Bernina 780 using different techniques.
The Christmas branches were sewn with Razzle Dazzle, a heavier than normal thread that had to be wound on the bobbin and therefore stitched from the back. Once that was done I turned it around and free motion stippled the background from the front. The poinsettia petals and leaves were sewn separately and assembled into flowers and then later attached to the background to give a 3-D effect. The gold curls are regular embroidery files and stitched directly on the background. The holly leaves were embroidered as free standing applique that were attached by stitching a very narrow satin stich over the center vein so they sort of float over the background as well.
A pattern with full instructions, templates, embroidery files and tips on placement is available on my website at http://www.quiltersniche.com/Embr-Appliq-SVG/New-Embroidery.htm. It does require you to make some decisions on the exact placement of all the elements, but it should not be hard as you have the stitched Christmas branches as a guide. It does not require a large hoop as the branches are stitched on a regular sewing machine, but as they are sewn with a heavier thread you may have to lower the tension on your bobbin a bit or get a second bobbin you use only for bobbin work.
WOW, another month flew by. I really don’t know where the time goes, but I did manage to accomplish quite a bit.
I made progress on my paper pieced quilt. The top is done, the border is pieced, but still has to be attached and I still have to go over the pattern once more and make sure everything is okay and to check the yardage before I release the pattern. After that I’ll create the quilting designs and do the quilting. Because I have so many interests and projects, it is taking me much longer than I had expected and new ideas are already swirling around in my head.
I did get new quilting designs finished for June – late, but now done and I’ll post those around the same time as this blog. If you are interested, please visit my website. This month I wanted to show how essential and versatile triangle designs are in quilting. There is hardly a quilt block that does not have a triangle in it. Okay, that is probably an exaggeration, but they are very common and can be used in different ways. Here are some examples:
There are 12 triangles on my New Design page. A few of them are not actually new, but I included them to show what you can do with a triangle. And prices are greatly reduced through the end of this month.
I also tried something new. These triangles are not only available as quilting designs, but also as embroidery files and as PDFs for free motion stitching. If your background is a light fabric you can place the fabric over the design and trace it. Or you could transfer the design to tracing paper and place that on top of the quilt and stitch right over the lines. If necessary you can reduce or enlarge the designs with the help of a copy machine.
Be careful not to order the wrong type. They are digital designs and I cannot send refunds once they are downloaded.
It appears that I have been talking a lot about the Silhouette Cameo lately. I confess that I am in love with that little machine, but that does not mean that I have been neglecting my quilting designs. It just means that I have been busier than ever. Designing takes me quite a long time to make sure that everything is correct and on top of that there is my newsletter and my website to maintain. That is my excuse for not posting to this blog sooner. I’ll try to do better in the future, but today I want to show some of my latest quilting design. These are all digital designs for quilting systems that are computer guided. They are available on the New Designs page under Quilting on my website quiltersniche.com.
For those of you who do not have computerized quilting systems, I have great news. With the help of some research I have discovered a way to cut quilting stencils on the Silhouette Cameo. With those stencils and a pounce you can mark your quilts quickly and easily. I believe the pounce uses chalk or something similar and the lines are not permanent. It can be used to quilt with a regular sewing machine or to stitch free motion on a long-arm. I am busy converting a bunch of my designs into stencils that you will be able to download and cut on your own Silhouette on some other cutting machine as long as it can open Studio3 or SVG files. I’ll have more information soon. In the meantime I would like to hear from you if that is something you would be interested in. If so, please leave a comment. Below is one example.
I am not a Free Motion Quilter, but I do design quilting patterns and with Halloween just around the corner I thought it would be fun to add something for those of you who quilt on your regular sewing machine. Or perhaps you are fortunate enough to have the Handiquilter Sweet 16. We all know that free motion quilting takes practice, but this bat design should not be too hard to do. Even if you are not into quilting, you may find some other use for it. More about that later.
Here it is: the friendly bat.
Just connect several of them with long flowing lines, like this:
Or add some loops in between if you think there are too many empty spaces:
Not into free motion quilting? No problem. How about you cut them out of black fabric and applique them to a simple quilt with some fusible web. Stitch them down with a satin or blanket stitch.
Not up to applique either? I have another suggestion. Cut a whole bunch of them in different sizes from black cardstock and hang them from the ceiling in a kid’s room, on a porch, from a tree, in a hall or……? Let the kids help you if they are old enough to handle scissors. Or, if you have a Silhouette Cameo or Scan and Cut machine, cut them from vinyl and stick them to the wall. Your kids or grandkids will love it.
Does anyone have any other ideas? Please leave a comment.