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Creating machine-embroidery wonders using the fill stitch feature

 

Yesterday I showed you how to add scrappy borders to the Working Girls Quilt. You might remember I made these machine-embroidered quilt blocks on THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother. Check out mySeptemberandOctober 2017 posts for all the details on how easy it is to make these lovely embroidery from a drawing to the machine using THE Dream Machine 2.

THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother showing the opening screen where you can access all the sewing and embroidery features
THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother showing the opening screen where you can access all the sewing and embroidery features

 

When you’re ready to sew on the binding, be sure to check out my favorite binding method from my QUILTsocial post from August 11, 2017.

Log Cabin-style machine embroidered blocks with a scrappy border
Log Cabin-style machine embroidered blocks with a scrappy border

 

Today I’ll show you another fun thing you can do with machine embroidered blocks.

For my Working Girls Quilt, I used the outline stitch for the embroidery. I had scanned the embroidery designs using the scanning frame that comes with THE Dream Machine 2 and saved the designs in the machine. For detailed instructions on using the scanning frame on THE Dream Machine 2, have a look at my QUILTsocial blog from September 29, 2017.

Now I can go back and use my saved designs again and do something different with them.

I decided to use some of the many fill patterns that come with the machine on one of the designs I used in the quilt. The picture below shows my original block on the left and the design with fill stitches on the right.

Outline stitch embroidered block on the left and the same block using fill stitches on the right
Outline stitch embroidered block on the left and the same block using fill stitches on the right

 

Here are 3 short videos that show THE Dream Machine 2 at work.

Using fill stitches for embroidery – Part 1 – YouTube

See it in action! Stitching out a fill stitch using THE Dream Machine 2. This fill stitch is like a satin stitch within the designated area of the machine em…

 

Using fill stitches for embroidery – Part 2 – YouTube

See it in action! Stitching out a fill stitch using THE Dream Machine 2. This fill stitch is creative, and flower-like within the designated area of the mach…

 

Using fill stitches for embroidery – Part 3 – YouTube

See it in action! Stitching out detail stitches on the already existing fill stitch using THE Dream Machine 2. See this feature outline the fill stitch to cr…

 

There are many different fill stitches available as shown in the picture of the LCD screen below and it’s so easy to use them.  Once the saved design is on the LCD screen, choose a thread color and a stitch pattern, touch the section you want to fill, and it’s done!

…That easy.

Menu screen showing all the fill stitches for THE Dream Machine 2
Menu screen showing all the fill stitches for THE Dream Machine 2

 

Here’s another variation of this same design. I changed the colors and fill patterns and made it larger. The whole design process took about 5 minutes! This design can be used as a small wallhanging or part of a larger quilt. The design possibilities are endless with the embroidery features on THE Dream Machine 2.

Machine embroidered blocks showing different fill stitches and colors for the same design
Machine embroidered blocks showing different fill stitches and colors for the same design

 

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see how to use the “color shuffling” feature on THE Dream Machine 2.

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.

Go back to part 3: How to make a scrappy strip border for your quilt

Go to part 5: Using color shuffling for machine embroidery designs on THE Dream Machine 2

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

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