I have bought some quilting books over the summer since I wasn’t able to get out during my chemo treatments. I have also been watching quilting and sewing shows on tv and online. I watched an episode of Sewing with Nancy about using your embroidery module to make quilted squares. So I bought the book which also came with a dvd – Quilt with an Embroidery Machine by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche. I really liked one of the quilt designs – flowers on a solid gray background. I decided to change the background color to green and make the flowers bright colors for spring. I made four 8″ quilted squares which I joined together so that I could use it on an end table in the living room. I used a fabric scrap for the background – really bright flowers.
The technique to add the flowers was different than what I have done in the past. For each square: the background, batting, and backing is quilted before adding the flowers. I chose to add the backing at the end so only quilted 2 layers. Then the flowers are added one layer at a time and the layers are trimmed at the end which is a different technique. The pink flowers has 4 layers and the orange flower has 3 layers. At first I chose a different purple and white fabric which I liked instead of the orange fabric. But you couldn’t see the embroidery/quilting stitches on that fabric. So I started again with the orange fabric. I used black thread for the entire project. I used a yarn binding for the edges.
This project was fun. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna