In my year of turning 50, I am trying to do at least 50 new things. My list consists of a few mundane things such as trying new foods (yes I like octopus now), running a 2 mile race on July 4th(not very exciting but glad I did it with my daughter and husband), and something centered around embroidery. Yes, I finally pieced and machine embroidered a jelly roll quilt. Drum roll please!
A few weeks ago the DIME staff hosted a workshop for their educators and we had the opportunity to have a Jelly Roll Race.(I think I won because I was the only person to actually complete the entire quilt). Eileen showered us with the pre-cut jelly roll fabrics and of course we had the top of the line embroidery/sewing machines at our disposal. The workshop was held at a tremendous quilting retreat in the Texas countryside. We enjoyed 4 days of sewing /embroidering/ quilting and meeting new friends.
Although Eileen and I have taken a hiatus from our Stitching Sister events we continue to work and laugh alongside each other and this retreat was no exception. She likes to tease me about my lack of knowledge in some things such as: quilting. She loves to create new quilts and I generally do not. This time however, was an exception. The pre-cut jelly roll fabrics are so fun to work with and you are so surprised at the outcome when all the strips are sewn together.
The endless sewing of fabric strips finally takes a productive turn when the rows are assembled (the actual directions are found on Youtube) and actually starts to look like a quilt top. After the top was complete I had to “quilt” it with my embroidery machine.
I layered the batting and backing and used the ShortE and the Monster Snap Hoop. Eileen would talk endlessly about the shortE while we were traveling the past 2 years. I know my eyes would start to glaze over during these conversations, now that I see how efficient it is for the home embroidery enthusiast, I really get it. The secret is to use the magnetic hoops which eliminate the difficult task of hooping a quilt. The frame sits underneath the embroidery machine and holds the bulk of the fabric to evenly distribute the weight. The embroidery design selected for my quilt is a simple full size stipple; I printed a template and placed it on the pieced quilt top. The easy to use camera function and laser light on our machine assists you in placing each design. We had many “experts” attend the workshop and sometimes it is very difficult to learn in this atmosphere. I was humbled and enjoyed learning about the pieced binding, mitered corners and everything in between. I am proud to share my first “machine embroidered” quilt. (I even have an embroidered badge).
The quilt is a gift for my daughter who will be moving into her first apartment at the University of Cincinnati this week and she was very pleased with the result.
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