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!

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

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

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

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

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

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Ladybell57 February 24, 2019 - 9:55 pm
Brilliant use of freezer paper and Glad wrap. I am off to try it now! Thanks!
Lori Morton September 28, 2018 - 9:33 pm
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! :)
Claire Haillot October 2, 2018 - 12:05 pm
You're welcome Lori! Enjoy!
Katrine September 28, 2018 - 3:28 pm
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).
Claire Haillot September 28, 2018 - 3:33 pm
You're welcome Katrine! I am glad to hear that it will also become your best kept secret :-)
Deb lebherz September 3, 2018 - 8:55 pm
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
Claire Haillot September 3, 2018 - 9:03 pm
Thanks Deb I will work on more tips for my next blog
Claudia August 30, 2018 - 2:35 pm
What a fantastic idea! Thanks for the tip!!!
Claire Haillot August 30, 2018 - 3:03 pm
You're welcome Claudia! Have fun quilting your next projects Thanks
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