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The very best way to prepare your template from a quilt pattern

The very best way to prepare your template from a quilt pattern

by Jean Boyd

Yesterday, we got all the supplies ready to make this mittens wall quilt or table topper. Today, I’m showing you how to get your template ready while using the Brother Innov–is NQ700.

The Winter Mittens quilt top has 4 pair of mittens on 12” blocks and a strip pieced border all in red white and blue fabrics.

Finished Winter Mittens quilt top

Here’s the mitten pattern that’s ready to print. Click on the picture to get the full-size pattern. Once you print out the pattern, cut out the paper shapes, leaving about ¼” around each shape.

Pattern for Winter Mittens; Brother NQ700, Brother BQ3050, Brother SA186 Metal Open-Toe Foot, HeatnBond Feather Lite, Sulky threads, UNIQUE Rick Rack, CREATIV DECOR Rick Rack

Pattern for Winter Mittens

Lightly glue each paper shape to the template plastic.

Cut out the shapes on the printed lines.

Paper patterns for mittens are lightly glued on template plastic.

Glue paper shapes to template plastic

Press 1 piece of light-weight fusible web such as HeatnBond Feather Lite on the back of each 7″ x 11″ red rectangle. Remove the paper backing.

Using a removable fabric marker, trace around the template for the main part of the mitten on the right side of the fabric. Then turn the template over to make a mirror image for the other mitten shape. These lines will be a guide for the placement of the stitches. You can also mark a straight line along the center of the shape for an additional stitching guide.

Mitten shapes are traced on red fabric using a removable fabric marker; Brother NQ700, Brother BQ3050

Trace around template on red fabric.

Pin or baste a 7″ x 11″ piece of light-weight, tear-away stabilizer on the back of a red rectangle.

Light-weight, tear-away stabilizer is basted on the back of red fabric; Brother NQ700, Brother BQ3050

Pin or baste stabilizer on back of fabric.

Put a new top stitch or embroidery needle in your machine. The weight of thread you’re using determines the size of needle to use. I used 30wt Sulky thread that comes in many variegated colors with a 90/100 top stitch needle.

10 different Sulky variegated threads for decorative stitching on the red fabric; Brother NQ700, Brother BQ3050, Sulky threads

Sulky variegated threads for decorative stitching

Choosing the correct foot for decorative stitching is also important. My favorite is the open-toe foot that comes with the Brother NQ700 machine. There are other feet that work well too. The important thing to look for is the groove on the underside of the foot. When using heavier threads, this feature allows the stitches to feed under the foot smoothly and not bunch up.

3 different sewing machine feet are shown. The 2 feet with a groove underneath are good for decorative stitching; Brother NQ700, Brother BQ3050, Brother SA186 Metal Open-Toe Foot

The 2 feet on the left are best for decorative stitching

It’s a good idea to do a few sample stitches before starting your project. There are so many stitches on the Brother NQ700, you won’t have a problem finding the ones that are perfect for your project. My own pile of stitch samples is getting larger all the time! Make sure to write the stitch number and the settings you use so you can use that information in future projects.

Stitch samples using a variety of threads and stitches shown on the bed of the Brother NQ700.

Stitch samples using a variety of threads and stitches

Remember that you can also change the width and length of the stitches just by pressing the arrow keys. You can also stitch a single stitch or press the back to the beginning key to start at the beginning of any stitch pattern.

Key pad on the front of the Brother NQ700 machine showing useful keys for decorative stitching.

Key pad showing useful keys for decorative stitching

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see how to use some of the many decorative stitches on the Brother NQ700 machine to create some new fabrics that look just like hand-made mittens!

This is part 2 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 1: The Brother NQ700 and decorative stitches: the perfect match for quilting

Go to part 3: Making the most of decorative stitches for making applique mittens


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