A few years ago, I fell in love with piecing and sewing quilts. And, before long, I had many quilt tops sewn together, but none ever finished into a quilt.
I am such a “do it yourself” kind of person and I was determined that someday I would figure out how I was going to finish those tops into beautiful quilts.
Well, soon after I began to do embroidery digitizing, a light bulb went off and I realized that I could create my own quilt stitches and machine quilt all my quilt tops. That’s really when my love for digitizing progressed.
So, over the last few years, I have finished many quilts and table runners by machine quilting them with my own designs. And I love it!
As this, Embroidery Gatherings website, continues to grow, I will be adding many tutorials and classes to teach you how to create your own quilting designs and how to machine quilt with them.
This first tutorial is a very easy, simple way to create stippling for a quilt block using Floriani FTCU.
Before you create the stippling in your blocks, you will need to:
- first embroider or applique a design in all your quilt blocks
- sew your blocks together into a quilt top
- pin together your quilt layers (quilt top, batting and backing)
Then, you can use the digitized stippling created in this tutorial and machine quilt in each block.
If you would like a PDF written copy of this tutorial, click on the link at the end of this tutorial and it will be emailed to you!
First, let’s create a digitizing plan to follow. Here is what we will be doing:
- Open the embroidery design onto your work space
a. This will be embroidery design or applique that is stitched in your quilt square
b. Make sure the design is the same size as your stitched design on the quilt square
2. Create an outline around the design
3. Draw a rectangle the size of the quilt block
4. Combine the rectangle and the outline of the design
5. Create the stippling using the Auto Stipple icon
6. Save as WAF file format and as your machine format
7. Repeat for each quilt block design
Open your Quilt Block Design:
NOTE: This tutorial will be using an image from the Floriani FTCU Artwork Library . Normally, you will be opening a design that you have embroidered on your quilt block. The process will be the same for any kind of design.
- Click on NEW page icon on the top tool bar (under the word FILE).
- Click on the Artwork Library tool (on the second row of toolbars at the top).
3. Click on the “blue heart” image (in the first row) and OPEN.
Resize the Design:
This design on your workspace should be the same size as the stitched design on the quilt block. If not, then follow these steps to resize:
- Click on the image (design) to select it
- In the properties box, change the size as needed and click APPLY.
Step One: CREATE AN OUTLINE:
- In the sequence view, click on ALL ITEMS to put a selection box around the entire design.
- On the tool bar, click on the CREATE OUTLINES
3. In the box, set the ripples to 1 and the spacing to 3mm.
a. Make sure the CASCADE choice is marked
b. Click OK.
You will now have an outline around the heart!
Step two: Draw a rectangle around the design
- On the top tool bar, left click on the Artwork tool
- From the flyout, click the rectangle
- Drag and draw a rectangle around the design on your workspace
- In the properties box, click on the TRANSFORM tab and adjust the size of the rectangle to be the exact size of your quilt square (minus your ¼” seam allowance)
a. For example: for an 8 inch quilt square – you would make the size of the rectangle be 7.75 wide x 7.75 height
5. Click APPLY.
Step three: Combine the rectangle and the outline of the design
- In the sequence view, hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and click on OUTLINE and the RECTANGLE to select them together.
2. On the top right tool bar, click on the COMBINE tool
Your sequence view should look like this
Step four: Create the stippling
- In the sequence view, click on the combined artwork to select it.
- On the tool bar, across the bottom of your screen, click on the Auto Stipple icon (it is the 3rd icon from the right side)
- It will take a minute and then generate stippling inside the rectangle around the design
To adjust the density of the stippling:
- In the properties box, change the density setting until you find one that you like. This one is changed to 10.
- Click APPLY.
- You can change the stitch length also, if you would like longer quilting stitches.
Repeat the above steps for each of your quilt squares to apply stippling
To EDIT the size of the embroidery design or the rectangle:
- Select the item
- Go to the TRANSFORM tab, in the properties box, and change the size
- Click APPLY
To EDIT the stippling, change the DENSITY setting in the properties box.
- Select the stippling
- Go to the AUTO STIPPLE tab, in properties box and change the DENSITY
- Click APPLY
- NOTE: You cannot edit and move the stippling lines individually.
I hope this tutorial is helpful to you and encourages you to try to machine quilt some of the quilt tops that you have been working on. I would love for you email me a picture of your quilt when it is finished.
And as always, if you have any questions, please send me an email and I will try to help!