Welcome to another week for our open #StitchAlong. I’m always delighted to have you pop by to visit, but everyone is also welcome to join me for some virtual stitching time. There will never be deadlines, but I will be available to answer project questions during the window I’m stitching them out, as well as pull in experts to help with Q&A, during that time, as appropriate.
You can certainly adapt these projects, as you wish. I encourage anyone that wishes to participate to share your progress, as well as your project whenever you finish on any social media tool you wish to use (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blogs, Flickr, etc.). You can also link up and share in our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties that I host every Friday.
THIS PAST WEEK, I’ began free-motion quilting for my EPP Star table topper. This was created during the #EPPSewAlong, hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop (FQS), where sharing is on Instagram and FQS shares a new step or two every Wednesday.
While some are just starting this #StitchAlong, by pulling fabrics and other supplies together, some are sewing their star and some have started to applique their star to the background fabric, using instructions provided this week by Kimberly of the Fat Quarter Shop. So, if you have not yet joined the fun, please know there is still plenty of time to join. I jumped ahead last week, completing the applique and marking my top using water soluble fabric markers and the Ultimate Background Stencils, by Cindy Needham.
The Ultimate Background Stencil collection consists of six background designs and each comes in three different sizes…Papa (10×11″), Mama (8×9″) and Baby (6×7″). This allows you to fill ANY size space. This special set of stencils also includes two grids in 1/2″ and 3/4″.
Cindy has FREE downloadable 32 page handbook for this stencil collection, which walks you thru how to use the stencils, providing insights on plenty of different designs that can be stitched using each stencil. For my EPP Star project, I selected the Twisted Grid stencil. And I’m free-motion quilting these grids using a curved basket weave pattern, which Cindy also shows how to stitch in her free downloadable book for this stencil collection.
I love the look of a curved basket weave, as a background pattern and it also gives me a great practice piece that will look good with my EPP Star.
As mentioned previously, I used a water soluble pen to mark the grids on my quilt top. This was an easy and quick step that builds the framework for this free-motion quilting in the background of my EPP Star.
I sandwiched this marked top using Quilters Dream Wool, from Quilters Dream Batting. I haven’t used wool batting very much and I’ve fallen in love with this batting. Total dream to stitch.
I’ll confess it has been over six months since I’ve had an opportunity for free-motion quilting and I was never that great. I definitely need more practice and work on balanced stitching. But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed free-motion quilting this EPP Star and think I’m going to be very happy with it when I’m finished.
My goal is to finish FMQ and bind this table toppert this weekend. Want to join me with some FMQ this week (or whenever you have a chance)? Don’t forget to share on Instagram, or any other Social Media Tool and use the hastags #EPPSewAlong #FMQALONG #StitchAlong. And, everyone is also welcome to share via the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties that I host every Friday.
You can find Cindy Needham at:
WINTER BLISS STITCH ALONG *** Officially Starts Next Week***
I’ll be stitching a couple of different projects usingthe Winter Bliss design collection from Marjorie Busby/Blue Feather Quilt Studio. You can use templates from this design collection to create raw edge applique or machine embroidery wallhangings and other projects. One project will turn blocks into a fabric book, for a child. Another project will be to make fabric gift bags. I’ll also be stitching out a table runner using her beautiful Sleigh with Santa design and cute reindeer designs, which are all AccuQuilt GO! compatible.
You can join this #StitchAlong with or without an embroidery machine using AccuQuilt dies, or manually cutting the shapes. But the dies will make your cuts much more accurate and faster. For those that use Marjorie’s Winter Bliss design collection, templates are included and easy to follow.
As with every #StitchAlong, you can adapt the designs to make whatever you wish. Possibly you want to make wallhangings, quilts, placemats, or other project ideas. As always, I hope you’ll #StitchAlong with me and share what you create to help inspire others.
For those that want to get going on this #StitchAlong, you may want to start with:
- Pull your supplies together, as shared in the #StitchAlong post last week.
- Prepare your fabrics for cutting. I like to use Steam-A-Seam Lite for my adhesive stabilizer, but use your favorite adhesive stabilizer and follow the manufacturers instructions.
- Cut your shapes with your AccuQuilt GO dies, or use Marjorie’s templates. Next week, for those using embroidery machines, I’ll also show the traditional “in the hoop” cutting method for machine applique, although my preference is using the dies.
Marjorie’s Winter Bliss design collection includes a PDF that shows the shapes required for each block. Depending on which project you may want to stitch, you’ll need to cut the appropriate number for each shape in the blocks she shows. For me, I’ cutting two sets (one for the fabric book and one set for the gift bags). And, I’m also cutting 9 extra reindeer and an extra sleigh for my table runner project.
You can find Marjorie Busby at:
I’ll also be releasing a post this Tuesday, with a free pattern to create the sleigh and reindeer table runner. This will work using Marjories machine embroidery designs or raw edge applique and will be GO! compatible. This pattern is a freebie in October, as part of the EQ Seasonal ROW-Along, hosted by Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew. This is a fun event with oodles of free ROW patterns, tutorials, tips and giveaways. If you haven’t yet checked it out, I want to encourage you to do so. Great fun and plenty of creative inspiration.
I’d love to have you join me in my virtual #StitchAlong projects. You can share on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc) using the hashtag #StitchAlong. Of course, I also hope you’ll also share in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties which I host every Friday. What ever you do, I hope you find joy and time to create.
Lastly, based on feedback, starting next week, I’ll try to shorten these posts and only share insights on one #stitchAlong at a time..
Here is a list of previous posts for #StitchAlong: