Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Piece perfect blocks and quilt with ease using your embroidery machine.  Discover the amazing results you can achieve with ease when quilting and machine embroidery combine, that’s what this Sewing With Nancy episode is all about. Nancy Zieman and embroidery guru Denise Abel show you how to turn your computerized embroidery machine into a piecing and quilting machine.

Here’s a preview of what you’ll learn!

The piecing of the Simple Shadow Block was stitched on a stabilizer, assuring precise piecing without precise cutting of strips. You can piece a quilt without being a quilter! Nancy and Denise developed a book with 30 embroideries, some of the embroidery designs are for piecing, while the others are for quilting! The embroideries are found on the companion CD that is included with the Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery book. Here are the specifics—it’s quite a deal!

    • Four piece in-the-hoop quilt block designs: Simple Shadow blocks, Quilt Charm blocks, Fancy Squares blocks, and Crazy Quilting blocks.
    • Six free-motion inspired quilting designs: Leaves block, Leaves border, Flower block, Flower half, Modern Star block, and Modern Star half.
    • Includes 10 designs in three sizes each for a total of 30 designs:
      • 30 designs: 10 (5″ x 7″), 10 (6″ x 10″), 10 (8″ x 8″).
    • Includes:
      • Thread color sequence charts for each design.
      • 10 embroidery formats: ART, BLF, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, SHV, VIP, VP3
      • Amazing Designs Edit Xpress software to re-size, re-color, preview and print templates of Amazing Designs designs.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery by Sewing With Nancy ZiemanHow to Piece a Quilt Block in an Embroidery Hoop

Listed below is an overview of the technique. There’s more detail shown on the Sewing With Nancy episode and in the book. Each quilt block design is available in three sizes. Obviously, the larger the block, the larger the embroidery hoop size needed:

  • 8″ block requires an 8″ x 8″ hoop or larger
  • 6″ block requires a 6″ x 6″ hoop or larger
  • 5″ block requires a 5″ x 5″ hoop or larger

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Hoop a section of cut-away fusible no-show mesh stabilizer; fusible side up. (The photos feature the 5″ Simple Shadow blocks.)

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Select three fabrics: a light, medium, and dark.
  • Cut 6-1/2″ squares of the light (white) color; then cut them in half, point to point, to create half-square triangles.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Cut one 3-1/2″ crosswise strip of the medium (green) color, and one 3-1/2″ crosswise strip of the dark (aqua) color.
  • Set up the sewing machine with embroidery unit and appropriate embroidery foot.
  • Import and select the piece in-the-hoop Simple Shadow Block design.
  • Select all-purpose poly or poly/cotton thread; wind the bobbin with the same thread as used in the needle. A slightly contrasting color works best. (We are using black thread for easy viewing.)
When stitching decorative embroideries, a lightweight bobbin thread is generally recommended. Since this type of embroidery is really construction, follow quilting guidelines and use the same thread in the needle and bobbin.
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  • Stitch the first embroidery sequence directly on the stabilizer; the outline of the quilt block plus the numbers 1-3.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Place half-square triangle of color #1 (white) over the section marked #1, right side up. Ensure that the fabric extends beyond the stitching outline lines. Press fabric to fusible stabilizer with a miniature iron, working from one edge to the opposite edge so there are no wrinkles. (Watch how to press while the hoop is still attached to the machine. Click here to view.)

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Stitch the second embroidery sequence, which attaches fabric #1 to the stabilizer.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Align fabric strip #2 (green) along the diagonally stitched line, right sides together. Make certain that the fabric is extending ½″ beyond the stitched outline on the stabilizer at the upper left and bottom right corner.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Stitch the third embroidery sequence, basting down fabric strip #2.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery

  • Trim away the excess of fabric #1 (white) along the previously stitched line separating section 1 from section 2.
  • Fold up fabric strip #2. Press from folded edge with a miniature iron, and work to the opposite corner so there are no wrinkles.Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman
  • Stitch the next embroidery sequence, which attaches fabric #2 to the stabilizer.
  • Trim away the excess of fabric #2 along the previously stitched line separating section 2 from section 3.
Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery
  • Align fabric strip #3 (aqua) along the previously stitched diagonal line, right sides together. Make certain that the fabric is extending ½″ beyond the outline on the stabilizer at the upper left and lower right corner.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery

  • Stitch the next embroidery sequence, basting down fabric strip #3.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Fold up fabric #3. Press from the folded edge, and work to the opposite corner ensuring that there are no wrinkles.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery

  • Stitch the next embroidery sequence, which attaches fabric #3 to the stabilizer.
  • Then, stitch the final embroidery sequence. This stitching gives a cutting guideline.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery

  • Trim the block. It’s the perfect size!

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman

There are more design options to piece with your embroidery unit. The best part is that each block is perfect in size!

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery

Watch Stress Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

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2019 Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge Hosted by Nancy Zieman Productions

Enter the NEW! 2019 Nancy Zieman Productions Fall Sewing Challenges!

Join the 2019 NZP Table Runner Sewing Challenge by stitching a table runner and showcasing your sewing and quilting talents. Table runner entries may be any color palette, feature any sewing, quilting, or machine embroidery techniques, and must be a size that fits on a kitchen or dining table—use your imagination! Find challenge details in the October 1st NZP Blog Posting.

 

Nancy Zieman Productions I Sew For Fun Kids' Sewing Challenge Badge 2019

All youth, age 15 and under, are invited to participate in the NEW! 2019 I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge! Enter the challenge by purchasing the Official 2019 I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge Cinch Sack Kit, at the NEW! NZP Shop. Quantities are limited! Find challenge details in the September 30th NZP Blog Posting.

 

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