Preface: One of the most enjoyable aspects of surrounding yourself with other stitchers is the opportunity to see different uses for the same design collection. Designs Editor, Eileen Roche and Managing Editor, Denise Holguin, did just that in today’s blog. They took one embroidery collection, the new Windmill Garden collection, to make their own unique creation. Both individuals took different approaches – drawing from their own experience for inspiration. Whether you’re an experienced machine embroiderer like Eileen Roche, or a more novice embroiderer like Denise Holguin, you’ll gather some tips and information that will keep you inspired.
Take a look at Eileen’s approach to using the Windmill Garden collection…
It’s all about the Stitches – By Eileen Roche
When I saw the Windmill Garden designs, I was lured into the pretty stitches. I just couldn’t wait to see the designs stitched on plain fabrics. So I grabbed some aqua and orange fat quarters, pieced a simple – oh, very simple, table runner and then added the lovely stitches. I enlarged the designs right at the machine so that they would fill the 5″ blocks. It was so simple that I actually cut, pieced and quilted this 22 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ sample in 90 minutes!
Making this sample taught me several things – first the designs look luscious in a contrasting – eye-popping thread. Second, they enlarge beautifully. Third, they are continuous run designs – no tie-offs in each color. So the back looks as good as the front since I used polyester machine embroidery 40 wt. thread in both the needle and bobbin. Last, I can now plan on using these designs on future projects with confidence.
A Novice’s Approach – By Denise Holguin
I have a confession to make. I have quilt tops in my closet that are 15 years old. At last count I had somewhere around 15-20 quilt tops—varying in sizes. This doesn’t include quilt blocks in various shapes and sizes that need to be pieced. I concluded long ago I only like to make quilt tops—not actually ‘quilt’.
But now I’m a reformed quilter. I discovered a new method of quilting that actually makes the process fun. The Windmill Garden Quilt collection features 7 quilting embroidery designs that are easy to add to just about any quilt!
Unsure of my ability, I started with a small scrap quilt – large enough for a doll blanket. If I messed up it I’d consider it an opportunity to learn. I printed a template and placed the template on each strip of fabric. Easy!
Stunned by the ease of placing the embroidery and the speed of the stitching, I was eager to experiment some more. This time with a lap quilt. First I made a quilt sandwich with my quilt top, batting and backing. I pinned the edges to keep everything together.
I began by using the Windmill design. I clicked on the monochromatic button to reduce the two colors to one color.
I stitched my first quilt design with ease!
My goal was to do a random effect with the quilt designs – so I continued adding the Windmill design throughout the quilt.
Enamored with the results – I experimented some more. What makes this collection so doable is the ability to place the designs easily. I used the corners of the blocks as my center for the embroidery designs. As long as I can position my needle in that center, I’m good to go!
Late night quilting has never been this fun!
With every stitch my confidence increased. Don’t you love that feeling?
I decided to add designs to the center of the fabric squares. I used a Target Sticker to designate the center. Then I stitched the design.
The end result – I have a quilt top finally quilted after all these years!
No matter your skill level or approach we encourage you to try!