Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman



Quilting for non-quilters, that’s what this Sewing With Nancy program is all about. If you have a computerized embroidery machine, my guest Denise Abel and I will show you how to turn it into a quilting machine. Denise is the embroidery and quilting expert on the Sewing With Nancy team.

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

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

    • Four piecing quilt block designs: Simple Shadow blocks, Quilt Charm blocks, Fancy Squares blocks, and Crazy Quilting blocks.
    • Six 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 Amazing Designs collections.


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How to piece a quilt block in an embroidery hoop

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

  • 8″ block requires an 8″ x 8″ or larger hoop
  • 6″ block requires a 6″ x 10″ or larger hoop
  • 5″ block requires a 5″ x 7″ hoop or larger


Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman




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 1/2-square triangles.


Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman



  • Set up the sewing machine with the embroidery unit and appropriate foot.
  • Import and select the embroidery design for the Simple Shadow Blocks. (There are four other blocks to choose from!)
  • 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. (Now this is different! Rayon thread is usually used for embroidery, but remember we’re piecing quilt blocks!)
  • Stitch the first thread color 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 the ½-square triangle of color #1 over the section marked #1—right side up. The fabric must extend beyond the stitching lines.


Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman



  • Stitch the second thread color, which bastes down fabric #1.


Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman



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


Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman



  • Stitch the third thread color.


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  • Trim away the excess fabric along the previously stitched line.
  • Fold up Color #2.
  • Press from the folded edge and work to the opposite corner so there are no wrinkles. (Watch how we press while the hoop is still attached to the machine. Learn how to make a portable pressing surface. (Click here to view.)
    Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman



  • Align fabric strip #3 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 corner.


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  • Stitch the next thread color, which attaches the fabric to the stabilizer

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Trim away the excess fabric along the previously stitched line.


Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery



  • Fold up fabric #3. Press from the folded edge, and work to the opposite corner.

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  • Then stitch the next thread color, which attaches the fabric to the stabilizer along the outer edges.
  • Stitch the final thread color. This stitching gives a cutting guideline.

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  • 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



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