Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Today's Project

You're expecting to see one of my works in progress, right?  Wrong! Apparently I don't have enough on my plate.  I've really been missing working on a major machine embroidery project.  I was looking through my design files and selected three of my favorites from the thousands of designs in my library, lol. 

Tonight I started Bloomin' Flowers by The Stitch Connection.  I have worked on the Snowman Collector in regular applique (scroll to middle of page) as well as the redwork machine embroidery version.  I have quite a bit of both styles of their patterns so I decided it was time to "receive some return on my investment" so to speak. 

It took approximately 2.5 hours to prep, stitch and add the borders to the first block.  I am again impressed with the digitizing from this company.  The end result is always beautiful!  This block is not a quick-to-stitch one.  My machine's time clock displayed 46 minutes to stitch.  I found it took me at least 1.5 hours; I stopped counting the time.  This block has 41 color stops, not including the stitch out to get the applique watering can.  I decided not to stitch the watering can design but printed out the pattern full size.  I then traced it on the right side of fabric with fusible web on the back.  That also meant I was able to use a smaller piece of fabric than called for in the directions.

I decided to make my quilt scrappy instead of using one background fabric (both styles are mentioned in the pattern).  Matter of fact, the entire quilt will be scrappy; I just love a quilt with a lot of different fabrics.  Oh, yeah, here is my 1st block.



  1. Your block is very cute!

  2. This is a very pretty block! I am so happy that I have not yet been tempted to try this technique, since I am already overwhelmed with my projects and ideas!

  3. That is going to be a fabulous quilt. I love your block. I agree with Quilter Kathy, that it's a good thing I don't have an embroidery machine

  4. Super duper cute Tea. I'm looking forward to seeing this project as you work on it, as well as when it is finished. Going to be spectacular. And, of course, you peaked my interest on your mysterous ME project. I've also been working on a big ME project lately. Just had to go buy more stablizer to keep working on it.



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