Life in our small town here in Florida has been quite feverish with the anticipation of Hurricane Dorian! I haven’t gotten nervous yet….
Our embroidery/quilt club meeting focused on techniques this week. The ladies wanted to know how I design my quilt projects using embroidery.
I am self taught so I’m sure there are better ways of designing quilt projects incorporating machine embroidery but I was happy to share my techniques with the group.
I brought in a few smaller quilt samples. I gave each member graph paper, pencils and crayons to follow along as we discussed each sample. I talked about:
- should you create the quilt first
- should you do the the embroidery first
- simple quilt math
- stabilizing the fabric before embroidery
- using heavy weight rayon threads
- Centering designs
- the importance/value of printing embroidery templates when designing quilt projects
Samples I displayed:
It was a good class, the two hours went by quickly — we had fun and I really could tell they were absorbing what I had to say — they asked excellent questions!
The “homework” assignment was to create the wall hanging almost a log cabin using their own designs similar to the layout I used below.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend — be safe!