The Brother NQ700 and decorative stitches: the perfect match for quilting

In September and October, I introduced you to the Brother Innov-is NQ700  machine as we made a fun Halloween wall quilt and some quick Christmas gifts.

Finished Halloween quilt

Finished Christmas picture quilt

The Brother NQ700, also known as the Sewist, is a small machine, but it’s packed with features that you usually only find on the larger machines. Be sure to check out the September and October blog posts to learn more about these features.

This week, I’m showing you how to make the most of the many decorative stitches on the Brother NQ700 machine, as well as how to use a twin needle to create even more stitches as we make this cute mittens wall quilt or table topper that measures 34″ x 34″.

Finished winter mitten quilt

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 – 14″ squares for the background
  • 4 – 7″ x 11″ red rectangles for the main part of the mitts (I used 2 different red fabrics.)
  • 4 – 9″ x 5″ blue rectangles for the cuffs and tops of the mitts (I used 4 different blue fabrics.)
  • small pieces of red and blue fabrics that are at least 7″ wide for the border
  • assortment of ribbons (I also did some decorative stitching on wide rick rack and ribbons for added embellishment.)

Fabrics and notions for the winter mitten quilt

  • 1m (approximately 40″ x 40″) fabric for backing
  • 1 – 38″ x 38”-piece of light-weight batting
  • HeatnBond Feather Lite light-weight fusible web

HeatnBond Feather Lite comes on a roll or 8½” x 11″ sheets

Sulky threads in variegated colors

  • 1 – 8″ square of template plastic
  • 4 – 7″ x 11″ pieces of light-weight, tear-away stabilizer
  • removable fabric marker
  • size 6.0/100 twin needle

Gather up all your supplies and join me again tomorrow on QUILTsocial. I’ll show you how to create wonderful decorative stitching with the Brother NQ700 machine and how to make your own fancy mittens!

This is part 1 of 5 in this series

Go to part 2: The very best way to prepare your template from a quilt pattern

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