Machine-embroidered quilt blocks make up Working Girls Quilt by Jean Boyd November 20, 2017 written by Jean Boyd November 20, 2017 675 On my QUILTsocial blog posts in September and October I invited you to join me on my journey as I learned to use the embroidery features on THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother. THE Dream Machine 2 with embroidery hoop attached This week I’ll be giving you instructions for a quilt using some of the embroidery samples I made over the last few weeks. Last month I showed you how I scanned some vintage embroidery patterns and imported them into THE Dream Machine 2 so I could use them for machine embroidery. I embroidered 7 of these designs and then trimmed them so they were 6½” x 8½”. Then I gathered up lots of coordinating brown fabrics and I was ready to get started on my quilt. And here’s my quilt top all ready to be quilted! Machine embroidered blocks surrounded by scrappy strips If you’d like to make your own quilt, here’s what you’ll need. materials 7 embroidered blocks 6½” x 8½” 10 fat quarters in coordinating colors or use your scraps ½ yd light-colored fabric for borders around blocks and inner border ⅝ yd for a ½” finished-size binding Cutting instructions for borders around the blocks From light-colored border fabric cut 1 – 8½” x WOF (width of fabric). From this strip cut 14 – 1″ by 8½” strips and 14 – 1″ x 7½” strips. I always cut strips so the longest measurement is on the lengthwise grain of the fabric whenever possible. This helps to prevent the strips from stretching as you’re sewing them. Cutting diagram for borders around the embroidered blocks Sewing borders around the blocks Sew a 1″ x 8½” strip to each side of the embroidered blocks. Press seams toward 1″ strips. Sew a 1″ x 7½” strip to the top and bottom of each block. Press seams toward 1″ strips. 1″ strips ready to sew around the embroidered block Be sure to use the ¼” foot that comes with THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother. The little lip on the side of the foot lines up with the edge of the fabric to give you a perfect ¼” seam. ¼” foot on THE Dream Machine 2 You’ll also appreciate the automatic needle threading and the wonderful, bright lights on THE Dream Machine 2. The LED lighting system mimics natural daylight and is adjustable with 5 different settings. Just press the help menu and you’ll see the adjustment for the lights along with other useful settings features. Help screen #4 where you can adjust the brightness of the light on the sewing area Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how to get started making the borders around the embroidered blocks that were created from scanned images on THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother. This is part 1 of 5 in this series. Go to part 2: Making Log Cabin-style borders for machine embroidered quilt blocks [shareaholic app=”follow_buttons” id=”23735596″] Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs182free patternsmachine embroideryquiltssewing machine reviewTHE dream machine 2tutorialsWorking Girls Quilt FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Jean Boyd 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. previous post 5 steps to perfect circles using the TrueCut 360° next post Making Log Cabin-style borders for machine embroidered quilt blocks 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.