Quilting With Embroidery

Quilting with embroidery

Quilting with embroidery

Quilting with embroidery can give a lovely finish to your quilt, although I wouldn’t want to try it on a large quilt because it takes a lot longer than ordinary free motion quilting.

Why try quilting with embroidery?

My main reason for using embroidery on this block was to separate out the elements of the design, giving each section more emphasis than I could have achieved with quilt in the ditch.  I used my walking foot and one of the embroidery designs on my normal sewing machine.  It’s a sort of double zigzag to look at, and I think that it gives a lovely lacy look to the edges of the squares.

Use the walking foot

Use the walking foot

I began by embroidering around the central brown square, then the cream diamond around it and finally around the pink star section.  In order to move along any section where I didn’t want the embroidery to show, I just put the stitch back to normal running stitch and used stitch in the ditch to move to another section for quilting with embroidery.

Strings of stars

Strings of stars

Other examples of quilting with embroidery

I tried out various different stitches from my machine, sticking to designs that were fairly open – the more dense embroidery designs would risk causing the fabric to bunch up a bit and also take much longer to cover any distance.  For this one I used a design of strings of stars. First I outlined the dark blue shape, then ran another line of  echo embroidery just inside the first line and finally crossed the central square with some curves of the same design.

A selection of embroidery designs

A selection of embroidery designs

This placemat will only be used by me so I went to town and used a selection of embroidery designs.  The first design (top left) was a running stitch with three stitches side by side which gives a nice bit of texture.  The second design across the middle is of crescent shapes, followed by a feather stitch and then a blanket stitch.  All worked well and I’d be happy to use any of them again when quilting with embroidery.

Embroidered E with sunflower

Embroidered E with sunflower

Embroidery with Matilda

I haven’t been ignoring Matilda, my embroidery machine.  She produced this gorgeous design (sent to me by the kind friend who sold her to me), which is absolutely lovely.  Now I just have to see if I can figure out how to produce the same design but with different initials.  These are for the flower girls’ bags.

Bunting in progress

Bunting in progress

And when I get a spare moment there’s also plenty of bunting to be sewn.  This is also for my son’s wedding and although it’s not till August I feel that I need to keep at it so that I don’t have to panic in July!

Here’s a video showing the quilting with embroidery:

 

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you Rose for giving me the freedom and courage to use embroidery stitches when quilting. I really like the effect.

  2. April Smith says:

    Great idea. And the way you’re doing this means you can do as much or as little as you want. Going to try it on my next lap quilt.

    • Hi April. That’s right – you can use just a little embroidery with plenty of stitch in the ditch or loads of embroidery and hardly any stitch in the ditch. It’s your project!

  3. Dear Rose – you are going to ne so busy in the next few months. My head is spinning with all the balls you already have in the air. Thanks for showing this.

    all best Janny

    • Thanks, Janny. It’s nice to have a bit of variety – I always have several projects on the go at any one time.

  4. You are Amazing talented lady. You wouldn’t have a crazy quilt. Block brewing would you. Something simple am trying to learn some new hand embroidery stitches . No pressure Rose.

    • Hi Irena. It’s a good idea – I don’t know a lot of embroidery stitches, though, so you might not learn anything new from a crazy quilt.

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