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.
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.
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.
Here are 3 short videos that show THE Dream Machine 2 at work.
Using fill stitches for embroidery – Part 1 – YouTube
Using fill stitches for embroidery – Part 2 – YouTube
Using fill stitches for embroidery – Part 3 – YouTube
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!
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.
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
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