Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Nancy Zieman & Denise Abel

Sometimes the quilting step is the most perplexing and stressful. Your goal is for a stress-free process, but where to begin? Denise Abel, Nancy Zieman’s guest on Sewing With Nancy, has a solution—use an embroidery machine and turn it into a quilting machine. Denise joins Nancy for the second part of this series, Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery. Watch the second part on Sewing With Nancy, online.

First Episode Highlights

During the first program of this series, Denise and Nancy showcase piecing simple blocks using an embroidery machine. If you missed that episode, watch Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Part One, today! Programming the design into the embroidery machine yields precisely stitched blocks with unbelievable accuracy.

Highlights from the Second Episode

Determine the layout of the blocks. For the Simple Shadow blocks, there are a few design options.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Nancy Zieman & Denise Abel

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Nancy Zieman & Denise Abel

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Nancy Zieman & Denise Abel

Stress-Free Hooping

Positioning the three layers of a quilting sandwich—backing, batting, and pieced top—evenly into a hoop might seem tricky at first glance! Not so, with these techniques.

First option: Spray baste the layers together

  • Tape backing to tabletop, wrong side up.
  • Lightly spray baste the backing fabric with quilt basting spray.
  • Position batting.
  • Lightly spray baste the batting.
  • Position pieced top; right side up.
  • The quilt sandwich is ready to hoop.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Nancy Zieman & Denise Abel

Second option: Fuse-tack the layers together.

  • Cut 1/2″ wide strips of pressure sensitive fusible web tape.
  • Press 1/2″ wide strips to the wrong side of backing and quilt top a fist width apart.
  • Remove paper backing.
  • Press layers together.
  • The quilt sandwich is ready to hoop.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Nancy Zieman & Denise Abel

Choose a quilting embroidery design

There are 24 quilting designs available with the book purchase. The two designs that were used to quilt the layers of this lap quilt are featured below.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Nancy Zieman & Denise Abel

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Nancy Zieman & Denise Abel There are other embroidery designs that are digitized for machine quilting. Look for designs that have compatible components such as a square, a 1/2-square triangle, or borders.

Attach embroidery hoop

  • Mark center of each block with a wash-away marking pen. This block has a seam at the center, which eliminates this step.
  • Add double-sided basting tape to the underneath side of the inner hoop.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Nancy Zieman & Denise Abel

  • Position hoop on fabric, aligning crossmarks of hoop with wash-away marks on fabric, with block seams, or crossmarks on template.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Nancy Zieman & Denise Abel

  • Place outer hoop underneath the quilt sandwich; loosen the screw. Insert inner hoop into the fabric. Tighten screws.
  • Remove template if a template was used.

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Nancy Zieman & Denise Abel

Close-up of the quilting stitches

Denise used white thread to stitch the full embroidery design in the center of the pieced blocks and the design that fills a 1/2-square block in the corner of each white triangle.

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

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For a chance to win a copy of the Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery book with CD from Nancy’s Notions, leave a comment sharing your most stressful step in the quilting process.

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2019 Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge Hosted by Nancy Zieman Productions

Enter the Nancy Zieman Productions 2019 Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge!

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 24th NZP Blog Posting.

 

Show us What You’re Making! We love to hear from you, so whether youve tried one of Nancy’s Sewing Patterns, or youre planning on stitching a project you’ve seen on Sewing With Nancy or on The Nancy Zieman Productions Blog, share your experiences and photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!

 

Happy Embroidering!

Team Nancy Zieman

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