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My Little House Coaster 2 | Machine Embroidery

My Little House Coaster 2 | Machine Embroidery

by Olesya Lebedenko
Coaster with house block piecing and machine embroidery project; rotary cutter; PFAFF 6A Embroidery/Sensormatic Free-Motion Foot; PFAFF 6D Dynamic Spring Foot

Sew this small house coaster on the PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine.

Yesterday, we harnessed the precision of the PFAFF ¼” Quilting Foot for IDT System and explored the versatility of the built-in half-step-up presser foot function on the PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine, resulting in a beautifully crafted My Little House Coaster 1 | Paperless Piecing.

Today, our focus shifts to creating a distinctive block piece by incorporating an embroidered flower. Let’s take a moment to inspect our supplies for the coaster, ensuring that everything is set and prepared for the stitching process.

Printed pattern with the actual size templates, fabrics and batting for one coaster size 9” by 9”, temporary adhesive spray and batting for quilting sandwich, three spools of threads and quilting clips, three PFAFF presser feet: ¼” Quilting Foot for the IDT System, PFAFF 6A Embroidery/Sensormatic Free-Motion Foot, PFAFF 6D Dynamic Spring Foot and 2A Fancy Stitch Foot, PFAFF Tear-a-Way medium weight stabilizer

Fabric, threads, notions, and PFAFF machine needles and feet for our coaster with house piecing project

materials

fabric

  • 8½” x 11” piece warm ombre green fabric for top block background
  • 5½” x 9” piece warm yellow (orange-yellow/ brown-yellow) with tiny print fabric for house roof
  • 13” x 12” piece ombre off-white fabric for house wall
  • 4½” x 4” piece warm brown with tiny print or ombre fabric for door, chimney and under-roof details
  • 2” x 2” piece of blue fabric for the window
  • 2” x 33” bias strip of burgundy red fabric
  • 11½” x 11½” piece of backing fabric
  • 11½” x 11½” piece of batting

thread

  • 1 spool of Mettler 40wt polyester thread to match with your main fabric
  • bobbin wound with main fabric matching thread
  • 1 spool of Mettler 40wt polyester thread to match backing fabric
  • bobbin wound with backing matching thread
  • 1 spool of burgundy red Mettler 40wt embroidery polyester thread

notions

feet/machine accessories suggestions

Download and print the My Little House Coaster 2 pattern and cut out our templates. When printing, check the printer settings to print the actual size. Cut and glue together pages 7 and 8 to create a 9” x 9” square block template. Trace and cut the piece of the house’s wall with a flower onto a tracing paper. Cut the pattern into templates. Please keep in mind that the templates DO NOT include the seam allowance.

Getting ready with the pattern template.

The printed PDF with assembly pieces and actual size templates how to make the templates for the top block 9” x 9” square design with the house to create your templates cut and glue together pages 7 and 8.

Once all the materials and templates are ready and time to switch on our machine and dive into the creative process. Click the embroidery mode on the welcome screen. Just a reminder that it is recommended to use the straight stitch plate for embroidery. However, if you forget to switch, the embroidery navigation on the screen will provide all the necessary recommendations and reminders before the embroidery process. To start we will need to attach 6D The Dynamic Spring Foot. I showed how to set the foot in one of our previous posts: https://quiltsocial.com/PFAFF-creative-icon-2-presser-feet/

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 welcome screen and options: Sewing, Embroidery or mySewnet

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

The Dynamic Spring Foot serves multiple purposes, catering to embroidery, free-motion sewing, and quilting needs. Its design offers an unobstructed view, ideal for executing stippling or following intricate fabric designs.

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing and embroidery machine welcome screen and 6A Dynamic Spring Foot

A pop-up message prompts you to clear the embroidery arm and remove the hoop if attached before calibration. Tap ‘OK,’ and the machine will proceed to calibrate while the embroidery arm moves to the ready position. Next, click to select the hop size.

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 pop-up message with call to action message

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 with the “Select Hoop” option

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

I’m using the creative 120 Square Hoop (120 x 120 mm) for this project. To hoop the fabric, prepare a sandwich with a layer of an 11” x 11” PFAFF Tear-a-Way medium-weight stabilizer piece and an 11” x 11” piece of ombre off-white fabric for the house wall with a right side at the top. Ensure that the layers are smooth and securely hooped together. Trace the house wall template with a water-soluble or heat-removable marker on the right side of the fabric.

A creative 120 Square Hoop (120 x 120 mm) with a piece of ombre off-white fabric for a house wall and PFAFF Tear-a-Way medium-weight stabilizer

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine creative 120 Square Hoop (120 x 120 mm)

A creative 120 Square Hoop (120 x 120 mm) with hooped fabric and stabilizer sandwich; heat removable marker and tracer paper template

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine creative 120 Square Hoop (120 x 120 mm)

Choose the needed hoop size. Click “Start Hoop Scan”. You will see the pop-up message to attach the hoop. To attach the hoop, slide the hoop connector into the hoop attachment from front to back until it clicks into place. Click “OK” on the screen.

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 pop-up message with “Select Hoop” options and “Start Hoop Scan” process

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 with a pop-up message with a call to action message to attach the hoop

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

The hoop scan process won’t take long! In the meantime, measure the wall template. Our final embroidery size should be approximately 55 mm x 60 mm. We’ll use these measurements to set the flower size very soon!

A creative 120 Square Hoop (120 x 120 mm) scan process with hooped fabric and stabilizer sandwich; heat removable traced template on the right side of the fabric

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine creative 120 Square Hoop (120 x 120 mm)

A measuring the wall template

The ruler and cut trace paper template for the house

We made the main preparation and it’s the best time to pick up the embroidery design, to set a size and illuminate it using a projector on the correct spot on the house’s wall.

What I adore about PFAFF creative icon 2 is a built-in embroidery design library!!! There are so many gorgeous varieties! To load a design for editing on a screen click “Edit design”. Scroll to the “Flowers and Leaves” category. For our coaster, I picked up flower design#6. Click on Flower #6 to load the design for editing.

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 with Embroidery Edit mode and loading the design from embroidery build-in library flower#6

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

Click the Projection icon and set the background color and the LED Work Light level by moving the indicator.

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 in the “Embroidery Edit” mode with Projector setup pop-up window

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 with Projector setup pop-up window and options for background fabric

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

Time to size and place our embroidery flower. Click “Edit design” on a work panel. Click the resize icon. In a pop-up window enter the size. For our project, I recommend starting with 55 x 56. Check how projection looks on a fabric. Click the icon again if any changes are required and edit the measurements. I chose to resize it to 54.9 x 55.8 since it looks great on the wall piece.

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 in the “Edit Design” mode with size setup pop-up window

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 in the “Resize” mode process with finishing the placing the flower design within the hoop area

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

A creative 120 Square Hoop (120 x 120 mm)with hooped fabric and stabilizer sandwich; heat removable traced template on the right side of the fabric with a switched on Projector and flower embroidery projection

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine creative 120 Square Hoop (120 x 120 mm)

We are all set for embroidery. Click the GO icon. On a machine panel press the start button. And enjoy watching it stitch to perfection.

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 with sized and the placed flower design within hoop area ready for embroidery

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

A creative 120 Square Hoop (120 x 120 mm) with hooped fabric and stabilizer sandwich; heat removable traced template on the right side of the fabric with a switched on Projector and flower embroidery projection; pressing the “Start” button on the machine panel to start the embroidery

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine creative machine panel with 120 Square Hoop (120 x 120 mm)

For this embroidery size, it could take approximately 10 minutes.

A creative 120 Square Hoop (120 x 120 mm)with hooped fabric and stabilizer sandwich; heat removable traced template on the right side of the fabric with a switched on Projector and flower embroidery projection; flower embroidery process from start to finish

Flower design Machine Embroidery in the PFAFF 120 Square Hoop (120 x 120 mm) from start to finish

To remove the hoop from the embroidery arm, press and hold the gray button on the hoop attachment, then slide the hoop towards you. Carefully unhoop your finished masterpiece. Wash the piece to remove the stabilizer, let it dry, and press it. Trace the wall template onto the wrong side of the fabric, then cut with a ¼” seam allowance. Now, we’re ready to assemble our house block.

Finished the embroidery flower design. Hands demoing the stabilizer dissolving process. Hands flipping the piece to show the wrong and right sides after drying and pressing.

Showing off the embroidered flower design and showing how to dissolve the stabilizer; showing the right and wrong sides after drying and pressing

Tracing the template to the wrong side of the fabric with a pencil. Hands cutting with pinking shears.

Transferring the template to the wrong side of the fabric with a pencil. Cutting with pinking shears.

Click the menu button at the top of the screen. Click the sewing mode.

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 screen and options in the Embroidery mode; click to switch the welcome screen

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 welcome screen and options: Sewing, Embroidery or mySewnet; click the sewing option

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

Attach PFAFF ¼” Quilting Foot for IDT System for stitching our block. Follow the assembly order in your printed pattern. For more details read my previous post My Little House Coaster 1 | Paperless Piecing

The basics of the process are to flip and transfer all template pieces on the wrong side of the fabric. Cut with pinking shears with ¼” seam allowance. Mark the exterior sides. Cut with pinking shears with ¼” seam allowance for all inner sides and ½” for the exterior sides.

I recommend starting with section D as there are a lot of small pieces to stitch together.

Pin and stitch pieces together according to steps D1-D6 on page 4. Press the finished block.

Finished steps D1 to D6. Hands flipping the piece to show the wrong and right sides after pressing.

Finished steps D1 to D6 showing the wrong and right sides after pressing.

Continue putting together section D according to the order of assembly on pages 5 and 6, after finishing section D pin a piece from section E and stitch it together. Press the finished block to have crisp seams.

Finished steps D7 to D17 + section E. Hands flipping the piece to show the wrong and right sides after pressing.

Finished steps D7 to D17 + section E showing the wrong and right sides after pressing

Put in order pieces for sections A, B, and C. Follow the order of stitching on page 3 to finish the roof and chimney of the house.

Finished steps for sections A, B and C. Hands flipping the block to show the wrong and right sides after pressing.

Finished steps for sections A, B and C. Showing the wrong and right sides after pressing.

To finish our block pin and stitch together pieces A, B, and C with pieces D and E. Press the finished block.

Here is the finished block for the top of the coaster with a house design; hands are flipping the block to show the wrong and right sides after pressing.

Here is the finished block for the top of the coaster, showing the wrong and right sides after pressing.

Make a quilt sandwich using the housetop block, then a piece of batting, and a lining fabric. Baste sandwich layers using Odif Temporary Adhesive spray.

Ready block with the house for the coaster top. Cotton batting and backing fabric pieces size 11½” by 11½” each. Odif temporary adhesive bottle spray.

Baste using a temporary adhesive spray, layering the house quilt top, batting, and backing fabric.

Quilt the basted quilt sandwich in the same method as in my previous post, My Little House Coaster 1 | Paperless Piecing

Trim the quilted coaster to 9” x 9”. Sew on the binding following the instructions from Coaster 1. Fold the binding to the back and press. Clip the binding along the coaster shape paying special attention to folding the corners.

Press the binding to the back side of the coaster; fold and form the corners; pin or clip folded corners, use the clips to hold the bias along the shape

Form the corners and clip. Clip the binding along the coaster shape.

To finish the binding I decided to add a fancy stitch. Click the “Stitch Creator” icon. Scroll to “Quilting Stitches”. I used stitch#8. For the best result click and switch on the projector.

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 with stitch creator options, choosing the quilting decorative stitch and the process of setting up for stitching; Projector setup pop-up window and options for the background fabric

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

Attach the PFAFF 2A Fancy Stitch Foot for the IDT System and adjust the IDT System for smooth stitching. Stitch along the shape following the projector lines. For smooth and easy stitching remove the clips as you go.

Press the binding to the back side of the coaster; fold and form the corners; clip folded corners; clip the bias along the shape; finish with decorative stitch#8 from the built-in library PFAFF; remove clips as you go; showing the wrong and right sides after finishing the quilting decorative stitch#8

Form the corners and clip. Using the projector as a guide to have a perfect decorative quilting stitch#8 from the built-in library PFAFF; stitching process along the coaster shape.

We’ve successfully finished My Little House Coaster 2 featuring a charming, embroidered flower. By utilizing so many functions, we created a unique coaster that seamlessly blends piecing and embroidery.

This is just the beginning! We have two more exciting projects and techniques ahead, so stay tuned as we continue to explore the endless possibilities with the PFAFF creative icon 2. Join me tomorrow as I share key tips for raw edge appliqué to make the shapely My Little House Coaster 3!

Coaster with house block piecing and machine flower embroidery project; rotary cutter; PFAFF 6A Embroidery/Sensormatic Free-Motion Foot; PFAFF 6D Dynamic Spring Foot

The finished patchwork coaster is fully stitched using the PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine.

P.S. I almost forgot! Before we wrap up, I have to mention there’s one more amazing feature of the PFAFF creative icon 2, you can easily clean up your previous or ongoing work with its convenient functions in three clicks!

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 with Projector setup pop-up window and options; welcome screen and options: Sewing, Embroidery or mySewnet; pop-up window with a call to action message to clear the ongoing work

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

This is part 2 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 1: My Little House Coaster 1 | Paperless Piecing

Go to part 3: My Little House Coaster 3 | Machine Raw Edge Applique

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