What’s Your Favorite Embroidery Tool?

Perfect Embroidery Pro is definitely my favorite embroidery tool.  This user-friendly software gives me everything I need to create one-of-a-kind embroidery projects.  Yesterday, my latest book, The Flower Box Quilt, was released.  It’s a sampler quilt with a modern layout plus a table runner bonus project.  The 68-page book is loaded with tips and techniques on stabilizing quilting fabric, machine embroidered applique and quilting.

I used Perfect Embroidery Pro through the entire design process. From creating the embroidered applique elements to designing the custom quilting on the blocks to the quilting on the sashing and of course, the overall quilting in the large negative space areas.

How did I go about designing a large-scale project like this? One stitch at a time. Literally. And Perfect Embroidery Pro made that easy.  I drew each flower. Then converted the artwork into applique.  I used the copy, paste and rotate features to set the four elements into 12” blocks.

Of course, each flower had to be tested and tweaks were made along the way.  But as long as I worked in Perfect Embroidery Pro, I could save every version until I was satisfied. Then the fun part started.  I visited my local quilt shop to select bright, cheery fabrics.

Once each block was stitched, it was time to concentrate on the quilting.  I just uploaded an image of each block into PEP and doodled.  PEP gave me the freedom to experiment. I saved several versions of each block before getting to the stitching stage.  I love how I can audition ideas without stitching!

If you’d like to purchase The Flower Box Quilt book, click here for more information. This week, on Wednesday, March 20, I’ll be doing Facebook Live at 1:00 CST to share my top tips for professional results with machine embroidered applique.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

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6 Comments on What’s Your Favorite Embroidery Tool?

  1. Karen Poole
    March 16, 2019 at 8:40 pm (9 months ago)

    This quilt is so pretty! This is on my list of embroidery quilts to purchase! I love using my embroidery machine for quilting as I have a really hard time with free motion quilting.

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  2. doree shandera
    March 17, 2019 at 12:34 am (9 months ago)

    I would like to look into the book but there wasn’t a link . Thanks for any help.

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  3. Martha Morgan
    March 17, 2019 at 9:36 am (9 months ago)

    I love your flowers – I too am slowly using PEP to digitize applique, quilt block and quilting. Love the fun!!!

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  4. CTNBEE
    March 25, 2019 at 6:38 am (9 months ago)

    Thanks very much for the command. I have been following your blog for some time. Thanks for sharing tips, they are very helpful.

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