I finally found some time to stitch a sample of the applique flower that we’ve been discussing over the past few Software Saturday posts. I selected a pink hand-dyed fabric for the flower and a subtle green batik print for the leaves. The center really needed a snappy yellow but I found my stash is totally lacking in yellows. So I cut a yellow section from a wild print fabric. It’s okay for the sample but I think I’ll look for a yellow with a bit more…zing!
The flower center looked so boring in the software I made one more digitizing change to the design before I actually stitched the sample. Here’s how to do it in Inspiration’s Perfect Embroidery Pro digitizing software:
Select the flower center, right click and select Break Up Path from the drop down menu.
The design will be split into Run (your placement guide), Run (your tackdown) and Applique. Select the Applique, right click and Convert to Steil.
Select the Steil and in the Property Box, change the Jagged Type to Both.
Change the Value to 4.0 and click Apply.
Now the flower center has much character than its original settings.
My next task is to select the final fabrics for this quilt and I could use some help. What color backgrounds do you like? White, black, blue, cream or gray? I’d love to hear your thoughts!