Machine Embroidery

Machine embroidery is a type of free motion machine stitching that uses either the basic running stitch or built-in stitch types to decorate a fabric surface with thread.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Machine Embroidery

Do you add machine embroidery to your sewing and quilting projects? I’m learning how to embroider with the machine here at our office, and I need all the help I can get! Lucky for me, and every other machine embroidery novice, Sara Gallegos is here to save the day with her quilting show Absolute Beginner…

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Reverse applique

You can find directions for this small reverse appliqué sampler (by Beryl Taylor) that can be left as is, further embellished, or perhaps even inspire a series of work. From Quilting Arts Magazine Dec 2010/Jan 2011 Most everyone is familiar with raw-edge or needle-turn appliqué, but unlike these more conventional types, reverse appliqué can offer…

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Free Motion Machine Quilting – Resources

Free-Motion Machine Quilting Free-motion quilting is more than just a way to hold the pieces of your quilt together. Stitching lines, swirls, and motifs onto your quilt can add dimension, depth, meaning, and interest. You can use free-motion quilting to accent parts of a quilt or as an overall texture. And you can change the look…

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Make Exotic Cuffs with Machine Embroidery Designs

Quilters from across the world share a passion for unique accessories to wear. But you don’t have to travel the world for an exotic adornment. With snippets of fabrics you probably already have in your stash and machine embroidery, you can create your own. Jill Amanda Kennedy created the rich-looking, Indian-style cuff shown here using…

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Learn How to Quilt in a Group

My favorite work day is Tuesday, because that’s when our office holds show-and-tell. Given the array of quilters, sewists, and mixed-media artists in our group (many of whom also knit, crochet, and make jewelry), you never know what to expect. Managing editor Rose deBoer (L) and Assistant editor Kristine Lundblad (R) made these quilts (each using…

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Art Couture: Three Wearable Art Techniques to Try

Whenever I go to an art exhibit, a quilt show, Quilt Market, or a similar kind of event, I always keep an eye out for fashion. Not haute couture, but art couture–garments or accessories that reveal someone to be an artist or art enthusiast. At quilt and fiber-related gatherings, you often spot felted handbags, fiber…

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Creative Embroidery Using the Seed Stitch

No matter how fancy your current sewing machine, no matter whether you make tiny quilts or wall-sized ones, chances are, your first experience with needle and thread was hand sewing. In Gerrie Congdon’s piece ‘Fiesta,’ featured in the Feb./March 2015 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, she uses the seed stitch to create lines, movement, and texture.…

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Ho-Ho-Holiday Gifts for Quilters Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to stop 4 on our week-long Ho-Ho-Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite gift ideas to make for your friends and family, as well as gifts for quilters that would be welcome at your guild’s holiday party swap–or under your own tree. To add to the fun,…