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Machine applique the Brother Luminaire way

Yesterday you learned how to prepare plastic templates and use them on your curved strips that had been embellished with decorative stitching on the Brother Luminaire Innov-ís XP1.

Now you get to use more decorative stitches on the Brother Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine. I decided to use a blanket stitch — there are 2 to choose from — but you could also experiment with other stitches to finish the edges of the applique shapes.

I was so anxious to get started sewing on the Brother Luminaire again, I used the N foot instead of the J foot (as recommended on the screen right in front of me!), but it worked perfectly anyway. When I noticed on the screen that I should have used the J foot, that made it even better because the foot has a clear plastic section at the front so you can see where to stitch more easily. After choosing the stitch, I didn’t have to make any adjustments. I love the automatic thread tension feature on this machine!


The blanket stitch on the LCD screen on the Brother Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine.


Because I was using a large cone of thread, I took advantage of the fold-able 2-thread spool stand that magnetically attaches to the top cover. Have a look at this video about the Luminaire XP1 Thread Rack that really shows the advantages of this feature and how it works.


Fold-able 2-thread spool stand attaches with magnets to the top of the Brother Luminaire


I also used  the securing stitch feature at the beginning and end of each leaf shape and sewed with a slow speed for greater control of the fabric.


Front panel on the Brother Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine



Use a blanket stitch to sew down the applique shapes.



Finished leaf shape


Preparing blocks, sashing and border

Now that the leaves are all appliqued, it’s time to trim the blocks and sew on the sashing and border.

Trim the blocks to the following sizes

  • 1 large leaf: 9½” x 10½”
  • 1 large leaf: 8½” x 10½”
  • 2 small leaves: 6½” x 8½”
  • 2 medium leaves: 7½” x 9½”

Cutting instructions for border

  • 2 — 3½” x 24½”
  • 2 — 3½” x 26½”

Cutting instructions for sashing

  • 2 — 2″ x 9½”
  • 2 — 1½” x 9½”
  • 2 — 1½” x 6½”
  • 1 — 1½” x 16½”
  • 1 — 1½” x 15½”

Putting it all together

I used the ¼” foot that comes with the Brother Luminaire Innov-ís XP1 to sew the blocks and sashing together. There’s also a ¼” guideline on the needle plate so you really can’t go wrong in finding the perfect ¼” seam!


¼” foot for the Brother Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine


  • Follow the diagram below to sew the top row together. Press seams toward sashing.


Use the quarter inch foot to sew the leaf blocks and sashing strips for the top row, following this diagram.


  • Follow the diagram below to sew the bottom row together.


Use the quarter inch foot to sew the leaf blocks and sashing strips for the bottom row, following this diagram.


  • Sew the top and bottom rows together.
  • Sew on the 3½” x 26½” side borders. Press seams toward borders.
  • Sew on the 3½” x 24½”  top borders. Press seams toward borders.


The top for the Leaf wall quilt is finished!


Be sure to come back tomorrow to discover some unique quilting options available on the new Brother Luminaire Innov-ís XP1.


This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Preparing applique shapes for machine applique

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past several 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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