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Finish Those Quilt Tops LIVE

Happy Thursday Embroidery Friends!

Today we had our best LIVE yet! It was so much fun engaging with all of you and Eileen loved answering all of your questions. We also featured more of your #dimedoors for our #dimesewalong ! The creativity is inspiring. Check out the video below to see for yourself and get some questions you may have about magnetic hoops and quilting answered!

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See you next Thursday at 1pm CST!

Finish Those Quilt Tops!

Quilt with your embroidery machine?  Yes, you can!  There’s so many ways to quilt in the hoop.  You can quilt and applique in one hooping, or custom quilt individual blocks or finish a whole quilt with overall quilting. Join me on Thursday, January 16 at 1:00 PM CST on Facebook Live. We’ll have fun exploring all the possibilities so bring your questions, I’m happy to help you finish your quilt tops. See you on Facebook Live or YouTube.  All you have to do is log on at 1:00 on either site to join in the fun.  See you at 1:00!

Expanding Your Quilting Designs

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Today Eileen demonstrated how to turn quilting designs into magical applique using Pebble Passion and Fiber Markers! We talked about what we are releasing in 2020 (an entirely new decade) and even showcased an incredibly realistic Santa Claus design by our very own Roy Garland III. Get your FREE Santa Claus design when you CLICK HERE.

If you missed our live, watch below and be sure to catch us in the New Year on January 2nd, 2020 at 1:00pm CST as we reveal a very special project.

For more embroidery inspiration, be sure to follow/like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel Dzgns.  If you already follow us and are subscribed to our channel, tell a friend!

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DIME wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Quilting Small Projects with Big Impact

Join me tomorrow on Facebook Live at 1:00 CST for a tutorial on quilting small projects.  Even though we’re talking small – table runner or smaller, the details make a difference.  We’ll start with the base and look at tone-on-tone, large scale and micro prints.  Then we’ll discuss the quilting designs – what to look for, how to multiply your stash, and how to achieve different moods with a variety of threads.

After we finalize those details, we’ll get to the nitty gritty of fabric prep, hooping and stitching.  I hope you’ll watch and participate!  That’s the beauty of Facebook Live! You can ask questions and get answers during the broadcast!  What a world we’re living in today!  See you tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST.  Just log onto


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Watch today’s Facebook LIVE and see why the weightless quilter is a perfect solution to your quilting needs.

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Quilts, Monster Blocks, and Birthdays-Oh My!

If you watched my Facebook LIVE session today, you know I discussed lots of things going on here at DIME including my promise of sharing the how-to for making the China Cabinet Quilt, Monster Block Maker, and birthday shout outs to our friends Scott Goodman and Marie Zinno! Marie will actually be joining us for our next Facebook LIVE event on June 12th.

Oh and great news! We did an entire broadcast without any sound issues or grainy images!

Designs in Machine Embroidery

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China Cabinet

The China Cabinet was published in a very early issue (issue #5) of Designs in Machine Embroidery – dating back to 2000 – that’s 19 years ago!  Some of the information in the original article is not applicable today as the embroidery designs are not all of the embroidery designs are available.  Today, you can find most of the original designs at Many design companies have similar designs so be sure to search in your favorite source.  I searched at and found great substitutes for the designs shown on the original quilt.

Stack of teacups:

Collection of cups:

The original teacup with doily:,-doily–spoon/1/58183.aspx

The original Teapot collection:

Mimic Real Life Furniture

Observe the direction of wood grain in real furniture to guide you in cutting your fabric sections. In the China Cabinet quilt, the wood grain runs vertically in the back of the shelves, door fronts and side moldings sections.  The grain runs horizontally on the shelves, valance and kickboard.

Cut the Fabrics

Wood Grain (purchase 2 yd. to allow ample fabric for directional cutting)

Vertical Direction

Cut three recessed shelf panels: 28” x 9”

Cut two cabinet doors:  10 ½” x 10”

Cut four cabinet door frames: 1 ¾” x 8 ½”

Cut two side moldings: 3” x 33”

Cut one recessed book area: 6” x 7”

Horizontal Direction

Cut three shelves: 26 ½” 1 ¾”

Cut one top valance: 30 ½” x 3 ½”

Cut one valance: 25 ¾” x 3 ½”

Cut one kickboard: 30 ½” x 4 ¼”

Cut two cabinet door frames: 8” x 4”

Cut two cabinet door frames: 8” x 1 ¾”

Cut two facings: 32” x 3”

Black Tulle (2 yd.)

Cut six recessed shelf panels: 28” x 9”

Cut four cabinet doors: 10 ½” x 10”

Cut two recessed book area: 6” x 7”

Backing and Batting

34” x 42”

Recessed Panels: The addition of black tulle over the wood grain fabric adds a realistic dimension to your project.

Place two layers of black tulle on a Teflon pressing surface.  Place fusible web (paper side up) on the tulle.  Press with a hot dry iron.  Let cool.  Carefully peel the protective paper away and reserve it.  Place the right side of the wood grain fabric onto the adhesive side of the tulle.  Cover with the protective paper and press.  Continue pressing to melt all the adhesive into the wood grain fabric.  I found flipping the fabric over and pressing on both sides helped speed the process along.  Do this for three recessed shelf panels and the cabinet doors.

Piece the shelf fabric to the bottom of each tulle/wood grain recessed section with ¼” seam allowance.

Embroidery: Print templates of each design to use for placement.  Evenly space the embroidery designs across the shelves, sitting the base of the teapots, stacked cups and plates on the shelf. The teacup design with the lace doily will stitch over the shelf.

Hoop tear away wash away stabilizer with the tulle/wood grain fabric for each embroidery design.

Add other elements from your design stash.  The bottom shelf on this sample has pies, fruit bowls, candle, Shaker baskets and canisters.  Have fun with this!

Once all embroidery is complete, piece the bottom row:  the two cabinet doors and books.  The book section is strips of fabric (varied widths and heights) pieced to strips of tulle/wood grain fabric.  The finished size of this unit is 6” x 10”.

Piece the bottom row to the shelves.

Valance: Place the 30 ½” x 3 ½” valance right sides together with a 30 ½” x 3 ½” piece of tulle. Sew with a gently curved seam on the lower edge to mimic the valance on a real china cabinet.  Then turn right side out and press.  Baste the valance to the top of the shelf unit.

Piece the side moldings to the quilt. Piece the bottom kickboard to the quilt.

Quilt: Make a quilt sandwich with the quilt top, batting and backing fabric.  Free motion quilt in the direction of the wood grain in the recessed areas.  Stitch in the ditch in all seams.

Trim the quilt.  Place a strip of facing fabric on the top and bottom. Sew a shaped curved edge on the top valance.  Add feet on the bottom.  Trim close to the stitching lines and turn the facing to the back of the quilt and press.  Bind the vertical sides of the quilt. Add a sleeve for hanging.

I hope you enjoy the pattern and I encourage you to add your own touches.  Change the width, add more shelves or give it a modern slant with sleek lines and edges.  Most of all – make it yours!

5 Biggest Mistakes Quilters Make

Finishing a quilt is quite rewarding.  After all, you decided on the pattern, hand-picked the fabrics, cut all the pieces, sewed every seam and then, if you’re like me, hesitated on the next step: how to quilt it.  What designs? What thread? Where do I start? How long will it take?

At 1:00 CST PM on April 3 on Facebook Live, I’ll point out the 5 biggest mistakes quilters make and how to avoid them.  If you have a quilt you want to finish (and who doesn’t have quilt tops begging to be finished?), then join me for 5 Biggest Mistakes Quilters Make.  Of course, by quilter, I mean embroiderers who quilt with their embroidery machines!

How do I know what the mistakes are?  Well, I’ve written four books on quilting with your embroidery machine and I can tell you I have made all 5 of those mistakes – and many more!  I’ve learned so much along the way that it would be selfish of me to keep that knowledge to myself.  So join me and learn how to avoid the most common mistakes quilters make when quilting with their embroidery machine. And then you can finish your quilts with confidence.

Why Facebook Live?  Well, you can ask questions and get answers.  It’s fun and spontaneous and I hope you’ll be a part of it.  Just go to and watch at 1:00 PM CST.  Hope to see you there!


Behind the Seams: Creating The Flower Box Quilt

An Interview with Eileen Roche by Denise Holguin

DH: Eileen, you are a very busy individual! You manage the production of a magazine, write weekly blogs, do appearances at events, invent new products… AND you had time to design and create a new quilt for the Flower Box Quilt book. Wow! What is your secret to finding time to create this new quilt project?

ER: I leave and breathe embroidery! And I have a passion for embroidered quilts. I just love using my embroidery machine to decorate quilt blocks and quilt the entire quilt.

DH: When you started designing the Flower Box Quilt, did you have a clear path of what you wanted or did the project evolve over time?

ER: I had a basic layout in mind as I was inspired by Amy Gibson’s The Quilt Block Cookbook. Of course, along the way, a project guides me in a new direction.

Flower Box Quilt_Designs in Machine Embroidery

Amy Gibson’s The Quilt Block Cookbook via instagram @karenlewistextiles

DH: You used e-stitches on at least one of the blocks in the Flower Box Quilt. To those unfamiliar with an e-stitch, will you tell us more?

ER: E-stitch, also known as the blanket stitch – is a common hand (or sewing machine) applique technique. Often, the stitching is shown in a contrasting color. In the Flower Box Quilt, I matched the thread to the applique fabric to let the fabric shine – I didn’t want to introduce a wide line of stitches (think satin column) – just a gentle, almost indiscernible line of stitching. I like it.

DH: Your projects always look impeccable! Do you ever make mistakes? How do you overcome them?

ER: Thank you!
I make mistakes ALL the TIME! Frankly, if I wasn’t for the mistakes I’ve made, I wouldn’t be the embroiderer I am today. When I do make a mistake (which I do with every project), I rarely throw out the project. I figure out how to rectify the situation and move on. One of my biggest shortcomings is, I’m always excited to finish the project – to figure out if the design and techniques that I created will work as planned. I think if I worked at a slower pace, I would eliminate some mistakes. But I also know, that a slow pace does not meet deadlines! It’s a catch-22.

DH: What is the one take-away you want readers to learn from the Flower Box Quilt book?

ER: You don’t have to make a large quilt to learn all the techniques. Start with a manageable size, like a table runner or lap size quilt and you’ll master the techniques upon completion.

DH: Do you have a favorite quilt block in this collection?
ER: Hmm…that’s a tough one. Probably Block 1 – I just love those flowers!

Flower Box Quilt_Designs in Machine Embroidery

For more information about Eileen’s Flower Box Quilt and its companion product, The Quilting Stabilizer Kit, visit the Designs in Machine Embroidery website at

Join Eileen on March 20 at 1:00 CST on Facebook Live.  She’ll be sharing her Top 6 Tips for Machine Embroidered Applique!  See you there!

Flower Box Quilt_Designs With Machine Embroidery

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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