First steps to embroidering a miniature quilt on THE Dream Machine 2 by Christine Baker February 19, 2018 written by Christine Baker February 19, 2018 714 This week on QUILTsocial I’m once again using THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother and BOY have I been having fun with this machine!! As you’ve seen on QUILTsocial, I’ve used the machine to make quick and easy Christmas gifts, and a sweet Valentine’s pillow, but I’ve also been using the machine behind the scenes on some other projects. I’ve embroidered two t-shirts for next Christmas and even helped my son make a German flag for his history project! THE Brother Dream Machine 2 I’ve always wanted to make a miniature quilt and since I’ve been using this machine, I started wondering about embroidering one. I looked around online and found a few quilt block embroidery designs but they weren’t exactly what I was looking for so I decided to design a miniature quilt on EQ and then import it into the machine so that it could be converted into an embroidery design. Here is my first design – I created it with a white background, so that I could “scan” the image and remove the background (anything that is white). That way I could use the appropriate coloured threads to embroider onto black fabric and then I would add quilting stitches to emphasize the block edges, sashing and borders. Miniature quilt design Unfortunately, the image I created was too big for the machine to import and this error message popped up on the screen. Error message with file that is too large So I went back to the drawing board and saved my miniature quilt design as a smaller image file. Unfortunately, when it was imported into the machine, the embroidery design that was created from the smaller EQ file did not have enough details to make a nice looking quilt. The embroidery design created from a smaller file So I decided to approach my miniature quilt design a different way. Instead of designing the entire quilt at once, I decided to design a series of individual blocks that could be arranged into a bigger quilt design on the embroidery design screen. Here is the first pieced block image that I created to import. Pieced block design I followed the same procedure that I used last month for importing my Valentine’s design and here is the embroidery design that THE Dream Machine 2 created. Isn’t is adorable?!! The converted embroidery design I then designed five more pieced blocks on my computer and used THE Dream Machine 2 to convert them into embroidery designs. I made sure that the colors I used in each design were very distinct so that the machine could easily distinguish between them. The six block embroidery designs Click here to download original PHC files for all six of these embroidery designs. Once downloaded and unzipped, you can use it on your Dream Machine 2 or see if your machine will convert it into a file that’s appropriate for you to use. Now that I’ve got six different blocks made into embroidery designs, I’m on my way to creating my miniature quilt. Tomorrow we’ll play around with coloring the blocks differently. See you then. This is part 1 of 5 in this series. Go to part 2: 1 easy way to change thread colors in a machine embroidery design [shareaholic app=”follow_buttons” id=”23735596″] Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs195brothermachine embroiderysewing machine reviewsTHE dream machine 2tutorials FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Christine Baker I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com. previous post Putting it all together – our SCHMETZ twin needle does it again next post 1 easy way to change thread colors in a machine embroidery design YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... 2 in 1 – embroidering and quilting at... How to make crazy quilted setting triangles for... 6 basic steps to create awesome bobbin work... Preparing THE Dream Machine 2 for bobbin work... 4 simple steps to make fascinating machine embroidered... Simple yet effective free-pieced border for baby quilt 2 features on THIS sewing machine make machine... THE Dream Machine 2: machine fusible applique and... Prepping and cutting fusible appliques with the ScanNCut2 Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.