Yesterday I showed you how to prepare the fusible applique shapes for our Spooky Halloween house. Today we’re using the Brother NQ700 machine to stitch the shapes in place.
Stitching the applique shapes
- Put the open-toe foot on the Brother NQ700. This is one of the many feet that comes with this machine and it makes it so easy to see exactly where to stitch on these small pieces.
- I used a straight stitch on my applique shapes, but this blanket stitch would also work well. You can adjust the length and width of this stitch just by pressing the + or – keys and the stitch shows up on the LED screen.
- Itʼs a good idea to reduce the stitch speed so you have better control when stitching around the shapes.
When all the applique pieces have been stitched down, itʼs time to sew on the binding (if you didn’t do it before). Fold the binding over to the back and hand stitch it down. There are more instructions for sewing on the binding on Wednesday’s blog post from this week. You can also find detailed instructions in this tutorial Change up the way you make your quilt binding.
- I also added a few rhinestone eyes for some added embellishment.
- And now you have a Spooky House wall quilt for your upcoming Halloween events!
Making the extra shutters for the windows and the door that open are added fun features those little ones are sure to enjoy!
When I was writing this blog post, I only had the Brother NQ700 machine for a few days and so didn’t have time to explore much more than the basic features of the machine. But already I’m impressed with the stitch quality, the ease of use and the many features that are usually only found on larger machines. This is the perfect machine for a beginning quilter or to use when travelling or going to retreats and classes!
I hope you join me again in October on QUILTsocial when I explore even more of the wonderful features on the Brother NQ700 machine. I’ll be working on some Christmas projects that week. Itʼs never too early to get started!