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The best kept secret to beautiful quilting designs


Here’s another post to help you change your perspective on quilting! I know it can be quite a challenge and I have been giving you great tips to help you quilt your project since my first blog posts in February. So far this week I have featured the great tools you can use on the PFAFF creative icon using the embroidery arm. But today, I’ll show you my best kept secret to beautiful quilting designs without using the hoop.


The PFAFF creative icon is my favorite quilting partner!
The PFAFF creative icon is my favorite quilting partner!


Remember my Flying Geese quilt I made using the Canvas collection from Northcott? I showed you yesterday how I got to quilt a row of flying geese on the project. But I also want to quilt a single flying geese using the Sulky Cotton Blendables12wt in Poppy color. I decided to go old school for this part of the project and thought it would be a great way to show you what I consider to be my best kept secret.


Use Freezer Paper to create your design shapes
Use Freezer Paper to create your design shapes


I pulled out my freezer paper and copied the shape of my flying geese several times and cut them out. I then positioned them onto my quilt and ensured that I liked the overall layout. Once I was sure of their location, I used an iron to set them onto my quilt. Once they were in place I was able to go onto the creative icon and quilt around the freezer paper to achieve the quilting design I wanted.


Positioning your quilting designs on your quilt
Positioning your quilting designs on your quilt


For this part I went back to the single needle plate, ¼” foot and Integrated dual-feed system. I love the finished look and feel with the sulky 12wt variegated threads. And the freezer paper is easy to remove once done: it simply peels off.


Quilting around the edge of your design
Quilting around the edge of your design


If you have more complex designs you’d like to quilt onto your project, simply use Glad Press & Seal instead of Freezer paper. You can tear it off once done and for any little piece stuck underneath your stitch, simply use your iron. It won’t melt onto your project, it will just dry up and you can dust it off. It’s that simple. However, the PFAFF ImageStitch is my go-to app now instead.


Finished quilt using PFAFF creative icon
Finished quilt using PFAFF creative icon


I hope you like my best kept secret to beautiful quilting designs. I was able to finish my second quilt in half a day using the great features of the PFAFF creative icon. Come back tomorrow to see one last surprise that I managed to make during my vacation.


This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Why I’m so excited about the PFAFF ImageStitch app

Married with three young boys, Claire Haillot shares her passion for quilting among her neighbors in the United States and Canada as well as her cousins in France. Claire has been active in the quilting industry since 2004. At first, she opened a quilt shop and started to teach, write how-to guides and translate patterns and product information into French for American companies. In 2006, she started her own line of patterns and later began publishing patterns and articles in Canadian, European and American magazines. You might have seen some of her work in Quilter’s World, Pratique du Patchwork or Canadian Quilter. She decided to close her brick & mortar quilt shop in 2016 to be able to concentrate more on teaching, writing and creating. She collaborated with PlumEasy patterns to launch the Dancing Diamonds and Gem bag patterns. Claire has also won a few awards for her work: • Juror’s choice at the Salon 2012 for her quilt Thomas goes fishing • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival of 2014 for her quilt Bienvenue • Second Place in Salon 2016 for her Lone Star quilt, and • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival 2016 for her quilt Remembering Sotchi. Her quilt Remembering Sotchi will be part of the Special Exhibit "A Celebration of Color" at the Quilt Festival in Chicago and Houston in 2018.


  1. Ladybell57

    Brilliant use of freezer paper and Glad wrap. I am off to try it now! Thanks!

  2. Lori Morton

    Thank you for sharing this info!! I have an older Pfaff…doesn’t do all these new things, but I love her. I think we can do this tho…definitely going to give it a try! 🙂

  3. Katrine

    Thank you so much for sharing this idea, it is so much better than moving masking tape around. I will try my best to remember this (by writing it down and pinning it near the machine).

    • You’re welcome Katrine! I am glad to hear that it will also become your best kept secret 🙂

  4. Deb lebherz

    I like the idea of using wax paper for the design. Thanks for the tip. Look forward to reading more of your blog post’s

    • Thanks Deb
      I will work on more tips for my next blog

  5. Claudia

    What a fantastic idea! Thanks for the tip!!!

    • You’re welcome Claudia!
      Have fun quilting your next projects

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