I read a comment on last Wednesday’s blog post that got my creative juices flowing. It is from one of our frequent Designs in Machine Embroidery contributors, Joanne Banko. Here’s an excerpt of her comment:
Denise you outdid yourself. Wow, wow, and triple wow!!! Lovely little lace designs and great ideas for hair ornaments and more!
I think these would also be pretty added to crazy quilt blocks. One of my favorite uses for pieces like this is to attach them to custom stitched greeting cards for a 3D effect.
I absolutely love Joanne’s suggestion of using the lace designs with crazy quilt blocks. My reply to her suggested I’d be posting some more shenanigans… so as promised, here we go!
I knew I wanted to try out one of Eileen’s quilt blocks from her book, Today’s Crazy Quilting with Your Embroidery Machine. I foraged through my home to find fabrics with a sheen. (They are not required but I wanted to try something new.) Since satin fabrics tend to fray so easily—I don’t generally want to work with them! But I knew the machine embroidered version of a crazy quilt design would make it easier.
I was curious to see what the FSL Flourish Flower from Embroidery Online would look like if it was stitched in two colors. It was digitized for a single color only. I’ll pause a moment and insert caveats to my idea:
- Not all ideas work! Embrace the need to test and be open to positive outcomes as well as learning experiences!
- I can’t say this enough. Test, test, test.
- Repeat Step 1 and/or 2!
I opened the FSL Flourish Flower in embroidery software. Then I selected the stitches I wanted a different color, and inserted a new color. Depending on how lace is digitized this technique may or may not work. Remember, the digitizer had a specific plan for the design when it was created. In my example, my idea worked! (Whew!)
Some tips: Consider the effects of highly contrasting threads. I found the results were nicer when I stitched the off-white thread first—then finished up with the accent maroon color on top.
Also featured on the crazy quilt block is a leaf design courtesy of Embroidery Online. In fact, you may download it from our website for free if you haven’t already. Visit our Free Designs page on the Designs Plus Newsletter. Scroll to March 2015. Click here to do it now.
Here’s a look at the finished block. I added ribbon, buttons and a cute key to finish off the block. Remember, making crazy quilt blocks is your chance to embellish with bits and pieces of treasures you have saved over the years.
After working with the FSL Flourish Flower, my mind wandered to miniatures….
I have a miniature wooden table that is in great need of being adorned with lace linens. The freestanding lace designs make great doilies for my table!
Takeaways for the Day:
- Experiment and have fun.
- Look at embroidery designs with an open mind. Maybe there’s a use for a design you haven’t considered.
Last week we asked you to tell us which supplies from Embroidery Online you are most in need of in your sewing studio. This week I get to announce the lucky FIVE random winners who will each receive a $25 shopping spree to the EmbroideryOnline website.
Here are the winners!
“FSL was one of the first projects I tried, so much fun! I can always use new needles and a small pair (or two!) of applique scissors would be nice.”
“I have made several baby bonnets and booties using the FSL. I love the wash away stabilizer, it is really neat to wash it out and you have something so neat.”
“I could use sharp embroidery scissors, and there’s some new stabilizers I’ve not tried. The hair accessories are a cute idea!”
“Wash Away Stabilizer always comes in handy”
“I love doing FSL! I discovered Embroidery Online in your July/August 2014 issue with there FSL Patchwork Quilt Birdhouses on the cover. I’m making wind chimes with them. Their Alligator clamps are a must, and the AguaMesh Wash Away Stabilizer, and well as Vilene’s is the best for FSL.”
Congratulations, everyone! If you need help spending the shopping spree money, let me know! 😉
This week’s assignment:
What type of projects would you like to see more of? Quilts, crafts, adult clothing, children’s clothing or home decor? One lucky winner will receive a 1 year subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery.