Last week, I showed you how to how to draw a simple flower design in Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro and turn it into a large applique quilt block. I ended the lesson with this comment: “I’ll stitch a sample before creating the whole block.” Testing an applique design is the sure-fire way to beautiful quilt blocks. But you can take some initial steps before stitching a sample in software. Start by critiquing parts of the design by asking yourself some basic questions about the design.
- Can the area where the right and left leaves meet be improved?
- Are the leaves elegant? By elegant, I mean do they flow naturally along a curve? I see an awkward spot (the stop/start point) on the bottom of the right leaves.
- The leaf ends (corners) look blunt.
These are easy steps to fix before stitching.
First, let’s change the stop/start point from the middle of the right leaf to the center (where the arrow is pointing).
Now, select the leaf and change the Corner Type to Extended in the Properties Box.
Finally, let’s reshape the curve to remove any unnatural bends. Select the Shape tool and adjust the points on the leaf.
The result is a much more pleasing to the eye. Now it’s time to head to the machine to stitch a sample. Next week, we take a close look at the stitched sample.