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Sharing Techniques

Happy Friday!

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.

Log cabin mini
Log cabin mini

Hope you have a wonderful weekend — be safe!

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17 thoughts on “Sharing Techniques

  1. Our daughter is in Florida too, attending grad school, so we are watching the weather as well. Stay safe, Karla.


  2. I hope you and your family stay safe! These minis are very cute and you’ve got me thinking about how I need to change out my décor as well! Great post, thank you!

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  3. Hi Karla! Oh, that sounds like a very fun class. I would loved to have attended it. Using some of the features on my little Brother embroidery machine would be fun to do. YOU be safe. ~smile~ Roseanne


  4. Sylvia anderson on said:

    Your embroidery quilts are so pretty and eye-catching. All of the Florida residents, in the path of Dorian, will be in my prayers for this coming week, beginning now. Nature can be so extremely cruel at times, and unfortunately Florida has had more than it’s share of her wrath. Stay safe.

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  5. Your class looks like it was very informative and of course beautiful! Keep an eye on the storm and stay safe!!❤️❤️

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  6. What lovely fall embroidered quilt projects! Hoping Dorian passes you by!

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  7. Karla, all your projects are just so wonderful! Great work. Hope all goes well with Dorian, calming down before landfall in Florida.

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  8. Hope everything was okay with the hurricane and that looks like a great class you had for your embroidery/quilt group!

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