Machine Embroidery Using Die Cut Applique

I’ve been having so much fun doing machine embroidery using die cut appliques. It makes the dies so much more usable because you can get a project up and going in no time at all. I have digitized a lot of the Accuquilt dies, but the ones I’ve been playing with this week are the Critters die, the Fun Flower die,  and the Holiday Medley die.

Using die cuts is the best way I have found to do machine embroidery applique. I have tried stitching the fabric down and cutting around it as well as cutting the applique shape by hand. Neither way has been satisfactory to me. Die cuts are the cat’s pajamas!

Another option you can consider is that you can use Elmer’s school glue stick (the purple stuff) on the base fabric just inside the die line and fit the appliqué shape onto that and then press that with the mini-iron.

Here’s the quilt top that is almost finished:

Closeup of Critters and Flowers

 

Notice that for most of the appliqué that I do, I only use one color thread – that makes it easy to stitch – but it’s a way of showing off and enhancing the appliqué shape and the fabric.

And here’s a closeup:

Butterfly

 

 

Fun Flower

 

 

And a pic-tutorial showing how I did these – it’s so easy and fun.

Notice that I ventured into Christmas!

Stitch the Die Line onto the Base Block

 

Fit the die cut applique onto the die lines

 

Fuse appliqué shape into place using small iron

 

And a completed Christmas Tree

 

Holly Leaves

 

And here’s the Christmas quilt I’m going to make with the holiday medley die:

EQ Christmas Quilt using Holiday Medley Die

 
 

Christmas Stockings

I’m back today with a little change in venue. My younger daughter asked me a few weeks ago if I could make Christmas stockings for her children. When I told my older daughter, she thought that was a fantastic idea and perhaps I could make some for her children too – LOL! I’ve had this terrible cold for over a week (gifted from one of those children) and feeling tired and out of ideas yesterday, I decided to sit down with EQ7 and see what I could do in the way of Christmas stockings. Now you know the time is short–actually these need to be done by Thanksgiving. So, what would be quick and easy and look great for years to come?

Well, I still have some of the pre-printed fabric from the stockings that my children used throughout their childhood and teenage years, so that is certainly a possibility. Isn’t it great that we always buy a little extra just in case we need it someday! But rather than doing things the easy way, I thought perhaps I could just trace the designs from the fabric and make original appliques. But that really didn’t please me–why would I ever do it the easy way? So, I decided to do some drawing in EQ7. And this is what I did. I think I can make simple snowmen on stockings and add their names – thank goodness they all have 3-5 letter names. I used my son-in-law’s name on this example just to see how many letters would fit.  It sort of bothers me that there’s not a band on the top, but I can think about that while I quilt today. I’d welcome any thoughts or ideas you have.

Christmas stocking