- All 72 designs for 4×4, 5×7 & 6×10
- Includes, pre-formatted block and corners for the 6×10 hoop.
Applique is a novel concept that has been sewn in machine embroidery for a long time. I prefer it for large areas instead of flat solid fills. Plus the wide range of fabrics that can be used, esp the almost solid fabrics with their various shades and minor prints, adds a special touch to the design you can’t get with machine embroidery thread alone.
Some applique designs are quite ornate as the Applique Elegance Collection.
With some minor variations it follows something like this:
1. Sew the outline of the applique shape onto the background fabric
2. Lay the applique fabric over that area
3. Sew the tack down stitches that apply the fabric to the background fabric
4. Take the hoop off the machine – Don’t take the fabric out of the hoop
5. Trim the excess applique fabric from around the outside of the stitching
6. Return the hoop to the machine
7. Sew the details on top of the applique fabric
8. Sew the finishing stitches around the raw edges of the applique fabric – usually satin stitching.
Applique is the perfect choice for towels and other fabrics with a pile (ie. velour, velveteen, corduroy). The applique fabric prevents the pile from coming up through the machine embroidery stitching and creates a flat smooth surface for the design to be sewn.
Some applique designs are quite elegant as the floral design in the Spring Quilt Banner.
If you have not sewn applique before, don’t be afraid to try it in your embroidery hoop. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
My method for aligning multi-hoop designs works best with a light box or light box set up.
This is the method I use to create large designs like the ones you might create using one of embroidery design collections: Hardangish Rainbows, Cutwork, Pillowcases, Prisms Amour, Fantasy Applique, Monogram Potpourri and more.
For a ‘Master Template’, print a paper template of the entire design. If you have a computer program that will allow you to put the entire design together onscreen, do that. Then print it actual size. This master template is 6.5 x 11 inches.
My embroidery software program allows me to do this. When I print the whole design actual size, it prints on several sheets of paper. It creates registration marks on each page for aligning the individual pages. I tape them together trimming the excess margins as needed using a rotary cutter and mat.
Alternatively, print the “individual” designs. Cut them out and tape them together creating the whole design for a ‘Master Template’.
Fold the master template in quarters to create the x/y coordinates for the whole design. This is needed to align it with the fabric.
The x/y coordinates are shown here in black on the master template.
You will also need templates of the individual designs.
Print paper templates of each individual design and cut these out.
Be sure the x and y coordinates are drawn on each one.
Shown here this design is divided into 6 parts. Each part will be hooped into a 4×4 hoop and sewn to create the whole design.
Prepare you fabric as you normally would for embroidery.
Fold the fabric in quarters to create the x/y coordinates and mark with a washable marking pen (shown here in blue).
Using a light box or light box set up, place the ‘Master Template’ on the glass with the light turned on.
Tape it onto the glass.
Place the fabric on top aligning the blue x/y coordinates on the fabric with the black x/y coordinates of the Master Template.
Using the individual paper templates, place the first one on top of the fabric.
You should be able to see the master template design through the fabric using the light box. Align the design of the individual template with the design on the master template.
Hint: For darker fabrics cut off the overhead light to see through the fabric. This is how I did the Fantasy Applique blocks, borders, and corners.
Tape or pin the template in place. Pin thru the fabric and individual template only.
Once the first template is in place, repeat this process for the second one. I usually put 2 templates on at a time before starting to sew.
Hoop the fabric/stabilizer as you normally would using the x/y coordinates on the individual paper template to align it with the 4×4 hoop and hoop template.
NOTE: The x/y lines on the master template and the fabric are only for placing those 2 together. It does not apply to the individual templates.
I prefer to hoop only the stabilizer.
Using a ruler mark the x/y coordinates with a washable marking pen shown here in blue. I used the quarter marks on the hoop for alignment.
Spray the stabilizer with spray adhesive.
Place the hoop on the light box.
Lay the fabric over the hoop aligning the x/y coordinates on the stabilizer with the x/y coordinates on the individual paper template.
Once aligned, press the fabric onto the spray adhesive. Pin around the edge of the hoop with straight pens. I prefer my pins be a little bent for this.
Be sure to pin close to the outside edge of the hoop so the machine will not hit any pins when sewing.
Bring up the design on you machine. Rotate, mirror, whatever needs to be done, before placing the hoop on the machine.
Once the hoop is on the machine align the needle at the center x/y intersection printed on the individual template.
Once you have done this, write down your machine settings (rotation, mirror, left/right/up/down, etc).
Remove the pins from the template.
Remove the template.
Sew the design.
Repeat the above process for the next design.
This shows the second template hooped and aligned at the machine, ready to remove the paper template and sew.
Once you have sewn the first series of designs, return to the Master Template.
Place the fabric on top and realign the blue x/y coordinates of the fabric with the black x/y coordinates of the Master Template.
It is ready to repeat lining up the next 2 individual templates and sew some more.
Shown here the next 2 designs are aligned and ready to be hooped.
This shows all 6 templates sewn.
This method works well for me for any size design including very large designs like the Together quilt. This design is 19”x 32”. I hooped it 27 times.
I use this same method for embroidering multiple designs on garments as well. I hope this method works good for you too.
Shown here sewn on an 18” pillow.
This pillow was made for my friend Cyndi
She was my Secret Pal 2002.
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I’m a long time quilter (~1975) so its my natural tendency to create quilt designs. I have been able to divide some of them into categories all their own. Visit the Outdoor Quilts page to see some of these quilts. Also the Hoop N’ Quilt page for this category quilts.
I made small quilts or Quilt Banners my husband calls them, to hang on the front door instead of wreaths which are so difficult to store. More about them on the Quilt Banners page
Applique Quilts are relatively quick to make since the addition of fabric makes for less stitching to create a wow project of any type. This is a table runner I made to protect a table that gets a lot of use.
But there are so many that fall under simply Quilts. I wish I could add a photo of each one here but you’ll get more by clicking on one of the Other Quilt Projects.
One of the many favorites of these is the Trapunto Flowers
And one of my most favorites the New York Beauty full sized with the Lone Star also full sized quilt designs
I hope you enjoy clicking through the various quilt collections.
Other Quilt Projects
Floral embroidery is an ancient obsession. I think you will agree when I say that obsession still lives today. My machine embroidery floral designs range from simple to complex, from small to extra large. There is something for everyone.
They are a mainstain among machine embroidery. Everyone loves flowers and can never get enough of them. I’m one of those people. What’s more, florals are so versatile you will find them in many categories and variations.
- Quilt Designs – indoor and outdoor
- Quilting Designs aka “Quiltering” designs
- Fringe Designs
- Cutwork Designs
- Trapunto Designs
- Hardanger Designs
And the list goes on…
When it comes to florals the sky’s the limit…
Simple Kaleidoscope Petals…
Large arrangements of flower favorites…
Florals audacious in their details…
Take a gander and check it out!
Flowers, flowers and more flowers...
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