Stress-free quilting with an Embroidery Machine Sewing With Nancy Zieman



If you’re new to quilting, you might fear the unknown, thinking, “How should I join the layers together?” Your goal is for a stress-free process, but where to begin? My guest on Sewing With Nancy has a solution—use an embroidery machine and turn it into a quilting machine. Denise Abel joins me for the second part of this series, Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery, which is this week’s online video feature. Click here and watch the program online at www.nancyzieman.com.

First Episode Highlights

During the first program of this series, Denise and I detailed how to piece simple blocks using an embroidery machine. If you missed that episode, click here to watch! All the blocks are precisely stitched with amazing accuracy because the size of the blocks are programmed into the embroidery design.

Highlights from the Second Episode

Determine the layout of the blocks. For the Simple Shadow blocks, there are three 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 KK2000.
  • 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 Wonder-Under
  • Press 1/2″ wide strips of Wonder-Under to the wrong side of backing and quilt top.
  • Press 1/2″ squares in place, 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 together 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. (Can you see the shadow of my hoop earring in this shot? The photo was hurriedly taken at the studio during a recording day!)


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



  • Position hoop on fabric, aligning crossmarks of hoop with wash-away marks on fabric or cross-marks 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



Quilting with Embroidery—101 

Attach the embroidery unit to your machine and then it’s time to quilt. Rather than detail all the steps, watch Denise and I make the quilting magic happen. It’s as simple as clicking right here to watch!


Stress free quilting with an embroidery machine sewing with nancy zieman



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.


stress free quilting with machine embroidery sewing with nancy zieman



Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Book and 36 Embroidery Designs


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



Get all the details on turning your embroidery machine into a quilting machine, plus 36 piecing/quilting embroideries in this Sewing With Nancy book.

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