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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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