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You’ll still have time to decorate your holiday table

Eileen Roche Tutorial on Stipple Jingle Bells


Here’s a tutorial on a fast easy centerpiece.  You can stitch this in about two hours, and then just slip your potted plant, floral bouquet or a glass vase of sparkly Christmas ornaments inside the tube. It’s a fast and easy way to dress up your table.


You’ll Need:

  • Stipple! Jingle Bells Collection
  • One 9” x 30” quilt sandwich. For best results, measure your 5” x 7” hoop and cut your quilt sandwich 4” wider than the hoop.
  • Appliqué fabrics: green, red, white, yellow and soft gray
  • One 6 ½” x 22” strip of lining fabric
  • Four 1” x 6” sashing strips
  • One 2 ½” x 25” binding strip
  • Flour 4 ½” squares of cardboard or heavy duty cardstock



Stitch four Stipple! Jingle Bell blocks on the quilt sandwich, spacing the blocks 1” apart. Follow the color sequence instructions included in the Jingle Bell CD for making each block. Trim the blocks with ¼” seam allowance on all four sides.

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Sew one sashing strip to the right edge of the first block, right sides together, and ¼” seam allowance.

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Sew the second block to the sashing strip.

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 Add another sashing strip to the right edge of the second block.  Repeat for all four blocks.

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 Sew the last block to the first block, creating a tube.

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 Bind the top edge. Set aside.


Fold and press under ½” on one long end of the 6 ½” x 22” lining strip. Sew the short ends of the strip, right sides together. Topstitch the folded edge.

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Fold the lining strip into quarters and mark with pins. Place the lining strip over the quilted tube, aligning the bottom raw edges and matching the quarter marks to the sashing strips.

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Sew with ¼” seam allowance.

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 Turn, press. Pin the lining at the sashing strips.

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 Stitch in the center of each sashing strip.

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Insert card board squares.

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 Fold into a square; insert a candle or small plant.

Stipple Jingle Bell Tutorial - 12Enjoy your new centerpiece!



This week’s assignment

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It’s Sew Expo time!

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Are you heading to the Sewing and Stitchery Expo? I hope to see you there. I’m packing my last suitcase and heading up to the great Northwest today. The Expo is one of my favorite shows and I haven’t been able to attend this show in quite a few years. Last year at this time, I vowed to make time in my schedule for Expo so I’m excited I’m teaching three hands-on classes and one lecture-demo.

I have so many fond memories of Expo. I celebrated the fifth anniversary of Designs there in 2004.

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I’ve met countless sewing celebrities in the aisles, in the seats and at the food stands (okay, just at the strawberry scone stand).

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I’ve walked in the misty rain, ran in downpours and drudged through a little snow.

I’ve stood in awe at the sight of Mt. Rainier and basked in the green landscape of the region. I have fond memories of Pike Place Market.

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I’ve carried boxes, bags, suitcases, trunks and coat racks of embroidered creations through the fairgrounds and into the display areas. I’ve emceed fashion shows, counseled challenged embroiderers and offered a seat to weary shoppers. Expo holds a lot of memories for me. But most of all, it stands for all that sewing means to me. An explosion of creativity shared by the most giving community – embroiderers, quilters, sewing fashionistas and fiber-artists – all under one roof.

So many of us (teachers and vendors) grumble about the preparation involved for a show of this magnitude. And rightly so, it can be exhausting. But it is just that preparation that makes Expo the industry’s best show. Everyone – right down to the volunteers – puts their heart and soul into this show. If you haven’t been in a while, come on back – it’s bigger and better than ever. And they still sell the strawberry scones!

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Visit the Sewing & Stitchery Expo website for more information:

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Eileen’s Class Schedule
Quilting With An Embroidery MachineLearn revolutionized quilting techniques that turn traditional quilting upside down. You’ll quilt, then appliqué and finally piece instead of piece, appliqué and quilt. The secret to successful machine embroidered quilting and appliqué lies in four key factors. Embroidery expert Eileen Roche demonstrates how to select the right fabrics, hoop a quilt sandwich, stitch continuous borders and piece with reversible piecing.
Friday: 8:30 am – 10:00 amEileen's Machine Embroidery Blog
In-the-Hoop Posh Pincushions
Worse than potato chips – you can’t make just one of these addictive, charming in the hoop pincushions. You’ll learn easy editing right at the machine and then “sew” with an embroidery machine. Finish by adding a trio of one-of-a-kind trims and learn how to ‘tuft’ with two shank buttons. This Posh Pincushion will be your new go-to gift for 2012.
Thursday: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Friday:  11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday:  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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Here’s your assignment this week:

Do you remember the day you bought your first embroidery machine?  Tell us about that big event.  One comment will be randomly drawn to win a $25 shopping spree on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.

The TWO winners from last week’s assignment answered the following question:

Tell me about an embroidery project you are most proud of accomplishing. TWO lucky individuals will win the Crazy Quilt Series 1 (in 4 sizes!) courtesy of Molly Mine.

This is a series of 20 blocks in 4” x 4”, 5” x 5”, 6” x 6” and 8” x 8” sizes. All blocks and sizes are included and all blocks are completely embellished! Simple applique designs that need no turning or ironing!

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The TWO lucky winners are:

Pam J:
“I am most proud of my latest project, I embroidered two baby bibs and a blankie toy for a friends baby. I am new at learning how to do machine embroidery, so I was so happy everything turned out fine! Everything straight and centered!”

Jane Waite:
“I am most proud of the quilt I embroidered for my new grandson. I am waiting for the right time to make a crazy quilt using material from prom dresses and bridesmaids dresses that my 3 daughters have worn. Molly Mine is where I will be purchasing those designs when I am ready. I love all of her crazy quilt designs.”

Congratulations to both winners!


A Machine Embroiderer’s Poem

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As I make the final stitches on projects for 2011 and excitedly plan next year’s lineup of editorial themes I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all my readers! Without your loyalty and active participation on this blog, on Facebook and through the print magazine, Designs wouldn’t be the company it is today! Thank you for inspiring and motivating me. I wouldn’t be here without you!

It seems you have also inspired Denise Holguin, Managing Editor of Designs! She’s penned this clever poem – a perfect start for the New Year.  – Eileen Roche

A Machine Embroiderer’s Poem

By Denise Holguin

I know I should be sweeping the floor
But I can’t help but skip right out the door.
Today the mail carrier has delivered bills and something more.

My Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine has arrived.
It gives me inspiration—it makes me feel alive!
Oh the pleasure and inspiration I will derive!

There’s a project by Eileen Roche and Nancy Zieman…what a delight.
I wonder if my husband would give me a look of fright

If I told him I was escaping to my favorite sewing room chair
And gaze happily through the magazine pages without worry or a care.

“Oh I will make that blanket,” I exclaim with delight!
And look there’s a quick in-the-hoop gift I can stitch by next Friday night!

There’s something pretty and lacy I can stitch for Aunt Stacy
There’s even a stylish men’s shirt that’s not over-the-top crazy!

For now I must return to my husband and children
But I’ll make it my goal, it’ll be my 2012 mission

To etch a little more ‘me’ time to embroider and sew
It’ll be my opportunity to learn and grow!

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Look! Nancy Zieman is doing her best John Hancock imitation!

Nancy takes a moment to autograph a copy of her book Sewing A - Z for this week's blog winner! Read on to discover the lucky winner!

Nancy and I were in St. Louis teaching Baby Lock dealers embroidery and sewing techniques. Baby Lock has introduced some wonderful products that are going to make our stitching so much easier – and creative! Click here ( to see what’s new from Baby Lock.

Twenty-four dealers mastered my Stipple! technique with the Lady Liberty quilt block featured in my book Machine Embroidered Quilting and Applique. What fun they had – learning this out-of-the-box technique and completing four blocks, piecing them with my reversible piecing technique and even binding the four blocks!

The Baby Lock dealers learned how value is more important than color in this traditional quilt block. Some swapped fabrics to achieve their creative vision. All were thrilled with the results of their efforts. The Stipple! process is an amazing journey. You start with a quilt sandwich, layer pieces of fabric in the proper sequence and then take them out of the hoop. At that point, the blocks look rather silly. After a few snips of the scissors, the magic underneath is revealed!

Here are some examples of finished pieces.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Have you tried quilting with your embroidery machine? Let us know if you’ve ventured into this wonderful territory by posting a comment. A comment will be randomly chosen to win a copy of Stipple! Butterflies!

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the question:
Tell us what sewing step has been a challenge for you by posting a comment on my blog. You know, something like mitering corners, zippers, buttonholes, etc.

“I’ve always wanted to sew a perfectly mitered corner.  I’m slowly getting the hang of it, but I need more practice!  Thanks for the give away!”  – Valerie
Congratulations Valerie! You are the very lucky winner of an autographed copy of Nancy Zieman’s new book, Sewing A to Z.

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