Experience fun, new possibilities when you combine machine embroidery and quilting to bring out the best of both worlds!
Meet your instructor, Susan Stewart, and preview the amazing quilt you'll make from combining traditional quilting techniques with machine embroidery. Learn how color choice can dramatically change the color of your quilt as you discover which fabrics and threads work best for this project. Susan shares tips for marking and testing the first designs as you embroider the corner squares of your quilt.
Learn how to mark and embroider beautiful borders with repeating or mirrored designs. Discover how the swirl designs included with your class can be positioned four different ways for maximum creative freedom. Then, Susan walks you through the tricky process of embroidering on the bias as she discuses hooping and stitching the swirls featured on the quilt's triangular panels.
Learn how to use freezer-paper templates for precise piecing as you form the central radiating block design. Learn how to use your rotary cutter for maximum efficiency and find out which thread works best when piecing together embroidered quilts. Once you've pieced your blocks into the quilt center, learn how to mark and hoop for your four center embroidery designs.
Put the finishing touches on the center of your quilt as you embroider four large flowers. Don't have a large hoop? No worries! Susan shows you how to split your design in two so you can use your standard 4" x 4" hoop, and offers invaluable tips for marking and lining up the design. Then, discover some nifty ways to cover up bare spots in your embroidery and sew on a narrow border around the quilt center.
Complete your quilt top as you attach the triangles you embroidered in Lesson 2 and sew on two more borders and the corner squares. Susan shares a clever trick to eliminate stretching when cutting or sewing across a bias edge. Then, learn how to sew on your borders with precision for seams that always match up!
Now that you've pieced and embroidered your top, it's time to quilt! Pick up tips for pin-basting a quilt sandwich and learn how stitching in the ditch will add dimension to your piecing, and also around your embroidery. Then, brush up on your free-motion skills as Susan demonstrates how to echo quilt. She also offers advice for students who send their quilt tops to a long-arm quilter.
Students with more experience in free-motion quilting will love this advanced lesson in designing and quilting feathers around the embroidered swirls. Learn how to mark and quilt your feathers with Susan's expert tips. Add more echoing and Susan's easy and captivating background fill pattern. Your quilt will be richly textured in no time! Finally, set your imagination loose as Susan offers samples of her embroidered quilts. They are as inspiring as they are beautiful!