In the middle of summer my friend and I went hiking at Lost Maples State Park. We’ve hiked before but neither of us realized what we were getting into. The walk was difficult from the start. I tried to distract myself by admiring the rocks. They were pretty white rocks!
We walked for several hours before reaching a stopping point. My friend asked if I wanted to take the same trail back or continue toward new territory.
I detested the thought of walking back. Moving forward seemed logical.
But then the terrain changed. Steep inclines. Vultures were circling us. I wondered if they spotted dinner. My friend rallied and encouraged me. He kept telling me I’ve trained for this – it’s just like the stairmaster at the gym.
We made it up the incline. But the trek down was worse. I turned silent. I began praying. Not even in English— I pulled out Latin prayers from my memory. I was afraid. I wondered if I’d reach the point of despair.
The trek was cruel—with loose rocks covering the entire incline down. I hung on to branches to prevent slipping and falling.
My friend helped me along by testing the steeper rocks and making sure I stepped on firm rocks. I wondered if we’d end up in the news.
We reached what I thought was the end of the trail and I ravenously ate my rationed chocolate granola bar—not caring that chocolate was probably all over my face. (I’m usually very fastidious). But the trail wasn’t over yet. We walked through a creek then reached some shade before finally reaching the car. I lay on the parking lot pavement—grateful and exhausted.
Somewhere along that trek I coined a new name for the trail. Quicksand Mountain. The name doesn’t make sense but in my delirious, panicked condition, the name stuck.
That day on Quicksand Mountain is my reference point. If I can survive that day I can do anything. My friend and I made it through—learning valuable lessons and having a great story to share.
That’s why I decided to make this gift for him for Christmas. It’s simple yet has a lot if meaning.
I encourage you to stitch a simple, yet thoughtful gift for a friend or family member. No one but you and the recipient may understand its meaning— but that makes it all the more special and unique!
The block was made in My Quilt Embellisher—but your thoughtful creation can be made using any software. Choose your own message and design to make it a personal gift. Follow the steps below to get an understanding of your software then create your own version.
In this article you’ll learn:
- How to convert artwork to embroidery stitches
- How to incorporate lettering and quilting stitches using the Outline feature.
Open My Quilt Embellisher. Click on the Select Block icon on the top Tool bar.
Click on Basic Quilt Blocks. Then select Peaky & Spike. I chose the 8” x 8” block size but you can change to whatever size suits your needs.
With the block selected, click the Transform tab and click Flip Vertical. Note that the entire quilt block is just artwork right now. The next steps will convert it to stitches.
Click on the Red Triangle. Click on the Convert to Run icon.
Click the Text icon to add text. I chose to do 4 individual lines of text because I wanted the most freedom. The first two lines of text are the Arial font. The third line, “Quicksand” is the Mini Lancer Script. I thought it captured the look and feel of quicksand well. The 4th line, “Mountain” is the Arial font. I chose to italicize it to enhance the ominous look and feel.
Next I chose the Arial 4mm font to type additional messages for the ‘side’ of the mountain. Then I rotated the text to align with the side of the triangle. Message 1: “Let’s go to Quicksand Mountain!”
I repeated this step for the other ‘side’ of the mountain. Message 2: “It’s just like the stairmaster!”
I added the year to the ‘peak’ of the mountain, using the same Arial 4mm font.
The last step is to convert the rest of the artwork to stitches. But you’ll want the stitches to work around the text.
Select both lines of text as shown in the diagram. Right click and select Group.
Right click again. Select Create Outline.
A window will appear. Keep the defaults and select Ok.
An outline will appear around the text. This outline is Artwork only—there are no embroidery stitches.
Select all the Artwork images.
Click the Combine icon.
With the Artwork still selected, click the Stipple icon to convert the area to stitches.
Your embroidery design should look like the image below.
Finish the block by color sorting. Then save the embroidery design and send to your machine.
Purchase a frame and trim the fabric to fit.
Not only do you have a one of a kind gift unavailable from any department store – but you’ve spent a moment learning your embroidery software!