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« on: February 09, 2011 01:35:18 PM »

This weekend while all the boys were at Learn-a-lot scout camp, I decided to see what I could learn about using my embroidery machine to quilt. 

I pieced together a simple border and wrapped it around a big white empty space.  I had PLANS for that empty space.  Unfortunately, I wasn't quite up to my plans so it is a little bigger and a little emptier than I'd like,  I purchased a set of single stitch feather quilting patterns from embroiderylibrary.com. I marked out an arrangement of several different patterns across the center of the quilt and then got out my magna quilter frame.  This was my first time trying to use the magna quilter.  It is designed with magnets instead of the standard hooping process.  In theory you can quickly and easily hoop and move your quilt as you embroider it.  In theory.  In real life, there is that whole problem of how to position your fabric in the hoop so that your design fits and ends up where you actually want it to end up.  That is the part they never really show you on any of the videos or in any of the classes.  Either they are magic and it all works as easily as they say it will OR... they go off camera and sweat and tug and curse just like the rest of us. 

After stitching the first heart, I decided that I really liked how this was working out.  After stitching the third one.  I decided I didn't have the patience to fight with it any more and that I really did like it and didn't want to goof it all up.  That was when I decided I would do some free motion stippling around it and move on. 

You can see a bit of that in this picture.  You can also see the diamonds I did through the patchwork using red thread and my walking foot.  The hearts in the corner were free motion. 

It still looked plain so I decided to add the heart stitch around the center.  this was done with a built in stitch on my machine. About half way through, I discovered I was not using a consistent pressure on the quilt and so I got some long skinny and some wide fat hearts along the way.  Once I figured that out I was able to hold the fabric so that it fed through evenly.  The only tricky bit about using the machine stitch is figuring out how to handle the corners.  It is really a matter of getting the rhythm of the stitch so you can stop at the end of the design.  Then you have to figure out what you need to do on your machine to make it start at the beginning as you go around the corner. 

There were plenty of challenges, but for a practice piece, I really do like how it turned out and I Learned a lot! 


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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2011 03:53:03 PM »

Very cute! I love all the fabrics you used.

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2011 04:56:18 PM »

Ooh oooh oohh!!  I love it, every single inch!!  The simple border sets off the white and the hearts so perfectly.  You just gave me some good ideas for some quilts I have to do this year too. Thank you for sharing, this quilt is awesome and the tips along the way are really helpful!

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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2011 08:09:16 PM »

I think your piece is very pretty, simple yet elegant.
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2011 07:12:14 AM »

I love this quilt!

Thanks for the tips...I have been wanting to experiment with my embroidery machine as well...and I need a quilt for a wedding...what is more perfect than hearts? Cheesy


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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2011 12:33:58 PM »

What a beautiful quilt. 
Practice quilt?   Every project is practice.  Even the 20th one. 
Doesn't matter what number this one has--its gorgeous.

« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2011 04:29:56 AM »

I agree with Kaypee -- this is really beautiful!  You have a nice eye for design.  Your heart embroidery is nifty and really adds a nice touch.  The fabric selection is super as well!  Nice work!

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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2011 05:45:32 PM »

Just an update...  My mom stole this quilt from me.  She said she really liked it.   She then gave it to my niece.  It appears that they have been trading hearts since forever and she wanted to give her a whole bunch of them.

Here she is opening it.  Apparently, mom had told my niece about stealing the quilt.

Guess it is all worth it.  She really likes it!

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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2011 09:00:24 AM »

Of course she really likes it - it's adorable!

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