Yesterday, we considered creative machine embroidery and its application to the stylish Mezzaluna Market Tote.
Today, let’s get stared on making it our very own.
A lot of personalization in our projects comes down to the fabrics we chose. I like working with decorator weight linen. It’s hard wearing, and has a nice hand.
It can be pricey, but I’ve found that a certain Swedish home goods store has good quality linen and isn’t only affordable, but also wide enough for many projects.
First, let’s change your machine needle. A brand new project demands a new needle.
For this first step, let’s use a quilting and patchwork needle. It’s sharp point will glide through all the layers of the quilt sandwich quite easily.
Make a quilt sandwich of the two main bag pieces, the quilt batting and the muslin. Spray baste the layers together, using 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive.
Make a second quilt sandwich of the gusset piece. Spray baste it together.
Quilt in whatever manner you would like. I love Free Motion Quilting, so I dropped my machine’s feed dogs, changed to the darning foot, slipped on my grippy gloves and had a ball with freemo — because it’s premo. Learn more about it here.
I used Sulky’s Polylite Machine Embroidery thread. I love the effect it brings to machine
quilting, it gives a nice shimmer to the quilted pieces — sort of like moon glow — how apropos!
When I was thinking about how I wanted to quilt the outside of the mezzaluna market tote, I considered doing straight lines on the linen, and then FMQ on the gusset, just to keep it interesting — but, I kind of got carried away with the free-mo because I really love doing it. The whole thing is free-mo.
Don’t you just love design decisions made on the fly?
Tomorrow, we explore with thread and stitches and see how creative machine embroidery personalizes market tote.