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Crazy quilting and decorative stitches make a clever holiday table runner

by Jean Boyd

Welcome back to learning about the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 week! Yesterday I introduced you to my new Brother BQ3050 machine. Now it’s time to start sewing a Christmas runner with some wonky houses using decorative stitching (there are over 500 stitches from which to choose!). I’ll also be doing some quilting using the MuVit digital dual feed (walking foot). Let’s get started!

 

Brother Innov-ís BQ3050

 

  • Sew 2 small pieces of fabric together using the ¼” foot with guide. Scraps or 3″ – 4″ strips will work fine for this project.

 

Sew 2 small pieces together using the ¼” foot.

 

  • Press seam to one side.

 

Press seam to one side.

 

  • Add on another piece of fabric sewn on an angle.
  • Trim extra fabric from seam allowance and press.

 

Sew on another piece of fabric on an angle. Trim excess fabric.

 

 

Press seam to one side.

 

  • Keep adding fabric in a clockwise direction until the piece is approximately 14″ x 14″.

 

Keep sewing on fabric in a clockwise direction.

 

Now for some fun stitching. On the large LCD screen there are lots of decorative stitches. I can choose stitches from the utility stitch tab or the character decorative stitch tab. Let’s start with this feather stitch from the utility stitch tab.

 

Feather stitch 2-11 from the utility stitch group. Adjustments to this stitch can be made from this screen.

 

When I press any of the stitches, I’ll see lots of information on the LCD screen. The correct foot is shown at the top (J foot for this stitch). A picture of the stitch is shown on the left. I can enlarge this stitch for a closer view by pressing the image key. The default settings are shown with a black box around them but I can adjust the width and length of each stitch just by pressing the + or – button. All of these functions are explained very well in the manual.

 

Press the image key for more information about this stitch.

 

 

Close-up view of the feather stitch

 

  • Sew a line of decorative stitching on one of the seam lines.
  • If the seam line doesn’t go to the edge of the fabric, make sure to use the reinforcement stitch button to lock the seams at the beginning and end of the stitching.
  • Continue sewing decorative stitches over all the seam lines. This is a good chance to try out lots of different stitches!

 

Press the reinforcement stitch button to lock the beginning and end of seams if necessary.

 

When finished stitching with decorative stitches over all the seam lines, it’s time to cut out the house shapes.

  • From the stitched crazy quilt fabric cut 6 – 4″ x 6″ rectangles.
  • For the sky, cut 12 – 2½” white squares.

 

Cut 4″ x 6″ rectangles for houses.

 

Be sure to come back tomorrow to learn how to use the laser light on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 to help sew the little houses together.

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Introducing the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine

Go to part 3: How the laser light on the Brother BQ3050 saves time on prep work

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