Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Process Questions

I have had a few emails asking about how I embroider and quilt my 5x7" quiltlets.
All my fabrics are fused using Wonder-Under. I don't fuse my batting.
The quilt tops are fused to the batting, Hobbs Heirloom Cotton, 80/20 and I use pearl cotton threads, size 8, or cotton embroidery floss, usually three strands at a time. The needles are embroidery needles, and what size they are is undetermined. Usually I just look for my needles and whatever I find, I use. I try to use the finest needle that will fit the thread through the eye.

The batting is heavy enough to provide stability so that I don't need a hoop to hand stitch. When the embroidery is done, I will finish off the quilt with machine quilting, sometimes free motion and sometimes just feed dogs up. When everything is quilted and stitched, I will find a piece of fused fabric that is the right color, and cut it to 5 1/2 X 7 1/2". I cut a 1/4" square out of each corner and placing the quilt top on the backing fabric, I will turn the edges to the front and fuse them down on the quilt top. This finishes off the composition, and then I will take it back to the machine and stitch down the edges, using a decorative stitch.
The handwork is hidden on the back and the only quilting that goes through all three layers is at the edge. Then I sign the piece, date it and package it into the clear envelopes from www.clearbags.com.
I also insert a piece of acid free matboard to provide stability. These are also from the same company.


  1. It never occurred to me to "bind" like that, fusing it down. I like it! Hmmmm...

  2. mel, do you get any bearding?

  3. I'm amazed at how cheap they are! Must get some ... off to find someone traveling to the US within the decade ;-)

  4. What I meant were the clear bags ... (slaps forehead)


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