“Basket of Blooms” by Eileen Roche

Quilters have been embellishing with appliqués for centuries. Needle-turned, reversed, and satin-stitched appliqués are only a few of the common types. Now add an embroidery machine and the whole process of traditional appliqué is turned upside-out. Hmm, you’re thinking, what’s upside-out?

Recently I had the opportunity of working with Eileen Roche, producing and co-anchoring a video to team up with her newest book, Machine Embroidered Quilting and Appliqué. Eileen—never one to be satisfied with the norm—took a totally different approach to this creative embellishment.

Traditionally we appliqué first, piece second, and quilt third. With her upside-out quilt blocks the process has a different order: quilted, appliquéd, removed from the hoop, and then pieced. The appliqué is added upside—to the top of the quilt sandwich, and the edges are on the outside—raw-edge appliqué. This quilt, featuring the upside-out Ohio Star block was created using this unique approach.

Here’s a snapshot of the process, featuring an upside-out Ohio Star block:

Step One: Strips of backing, batting, and top fabrics are layered together and placed in a hoop—The Snap Hoop is featured. The first embroidery thread color is selected and automatically stitches a stippled background.

Step Two: The appliqué fabric is positioned on top of the embroidery.

Step Three: The next thread color stitches the Ohio Star outline.

Step Four: The interior of the embroidered quilt block is stitched. Notice the perfect quilting stitches—the embroidery machine does the work!

Steps Five and Six: Trim next to the outline stitch. A sharp scissors is a must!

More Ideas!

Eileen details how to assemble the quilted/appliquéd pieces in her new book. The process is quite revolutionary! Here are a few of the other projects featured in Machine Embroidered Quilting and Appliqué—all instructions, embroideries, plus a DVD are in one package—how’s that for complete!


Watch a preview of the Book/DVD combo

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