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Written by Cath Quinlan on November 4, 2022

Quilted Christmas Wall Hanging

Project stitched with the PFAFF creative icon 2.

Combine the plethora of designs from the mySewnet library and the Gold version of mySewnet software and you can create anything.  This Christmas hanger utilises three beautifully digitised applique designs with quilted backgrounds.  To make the block a little larger, we have added an applique border and further quilting using one of PFAFF’s most iconic Maxi Stitches.

This project is only suitable for owners of mySewnet enabled machines.  If you are unsure how to connect to the library or mySewnet contact your local PFAFF retailer. 

Requirements

  • 30cm Blue Background Fabric
  • 25cm White Background Fabric
  • 25cm Binding and Connecting Strips
  • 30cm Backing Fabric
  • 60cm Non-fusible Pellon or Wadding
  • Assorted fabrics for appliques
  • Embroidery Threads
  • 1m Inspira Tearaway
  • Bobbin Fill
  • Construction Thread eg. Rasant
  • Fabric Glue Pen or Tape
  • Grand Quilters Hoop 260x260 (P8212180-96)
  • ¾” or 11mm Bias Maker
  • Right Edge Bi-Level Top Stitch Foot (P8210070-96)
  • Narrow Edge Foot (P8211420-96)
  • 10 ½” Square Ruler, 24” Long Ruler, Rotary Cutter & Mat
  • Duckbill Applique Scissors
  • Thread Snips

Cutting Instructions

1 ) Cut 3 x 28cm (11”) squares of Blue Background Fabric

2 ) Cut 3 x 28cm (11”) squares of Backing Fabric

3 ) Cut 6 x 28cm (11”) squares of Pellon

4 ) Cut 3 x 22cm (8 ½”) squares of White Background Fabric

5 ) Cut 1 strip of Binding Fabric 4cm (1 ½”) x WOF (Width of Fabric) and put through Bias Maker.  Cross cut into 4 x 25cm (10”) pieces.

6 ) Cut 3 strips of Binding Fabric 6cm (2 ¼”) WOF

7 ) Save the following designs to your mySewnet cloud.

holiday quilting with applique candle
holiday quilting with applique bells
holiday quilting with applique ornaments

Software instructions

1 ) Open mySewnet software.  (Minimum of Gold is required)

2 ) Select Blank Canvas.

3 ) Change the hoop settings. OK

hoop settings

4 ) Insert …\mySewnet Cloud\library\200264004.epv3.  Open

5 ) Press the cut icon

software cut icon

6 ) Go to the Create Tab.

7 ) Choose the Quilt Block Wizard

quilt block icon

8 ) Select Filled Quilt Block; Inner Embroidery.  Next

9 ) Select the following options:

embroidery software options

10 )Click Paste. Next

paste icon

11 ) Change Margin to 0mm. next

margin icon

12 ) Select Motif, and Options.  Change to the following stitch. Then OK.

motif fill pop up box

13 ) Finish.

14 ) Select Reveal Groups at the bottom of the Filmstrip to see all the individual designs.

reveal groups icon

15 ) Click on Design 2 in the Filmstrip (the original bauble design) to select.

16 ) Go to the Frame tab.

17 ) Open out the Frames and select Design 3, Applique Shields 2

applique shields

18 ) Take the Margin to 0.0mm.

20 ) Press Apply

apply icon

21 ) Select Reveal Groups again

reveal groups icon

22 ) Ensure the Frame is selected. Hold the CTRL & Shift keys down together and left click on a corner of the Frame selection box.  Carefully drag the frame to the edge of the quilting.

embroidery design frame

23 ) Select Design 4, the baubles and go to the Modify Tab.

24 ) Zoom to the top left corner of the design.

zoom icon

25 ) Select Freehand Select, left click and drag a line around the top section of the circle. Press delete.

deletion of top section of circle

26 ) Repeat this for each corner.  This will stop the quilting from extending past the satin line and remove the endless markers.

27 ) Return to the Home Tab.

28 ) Deselect Reveal Groups and with the group 2-3 selected on the Filmstrip, press Stitch First.

film strip icon

29 ) Even though the satin stitch of the frame is behind the quilting, we will move through this order during the stitch out process.  If you have a copy of Platinum, create the applique in there and breaking it apart.  That way you can shuffle the outline & tack down stitches and the satin to the areas needed.  This will work just as well in Gold by skipping stitches at the stitch out section and returning to the satin stitch at the end.  See Stitch Out instructions for more clarification.

30 ) Save the design as ‘Baubles with Quilting.vp4’ and export to the machine ready for stitch out.

31 ) Repeat this process for the other two library quilting designs.

Embroidery Stitch out

1 ) Hoop a layer of Inspira Tearaway into the Grand Quilters Hoop (260x260).

2 ) Select Baste on the machine and stitch around the design to see the placement of fabric.

3 ) Place two layers of pellon/wadding & the blue background fabric over the placement line.  These will overhang the stitched line.

4 ) Select Baste again and stitch all the layers down.  Do not trim back the outside edge of the fabric.

5 ) Stitch Colour 1.  This will outline the applique border and the machine will STOP.

6 ) Place the white background fabric over the stitched line and continue to sew.  The machine will again STOP. Take note of the stitch number as you will need this to go back to later on.

7 ) Trim away the excess white fabric.  Keeping it close to the stitched line.

8 ) Skip to Colour 2 on the machine.

9 ) Continue to stitch the design as instructed in the mySewnet library.

embroidery stitching beginning

10 ) Take the hoop off the embroidery unit and place the backing fabric against the back side of the hoop.  Use a fabric glue pen or tape to hold in place.

11 ) Return the hoop to the embroidery unit.  Ensure no backing fabric has flipped over when you place the hoop back on.

12 ) Change the bobbin colour to match the backing fabric.

13 ) The last colour will stitch the quilting pattern on the blue.

14 ) Return to the stitch number recorded earlier.

15 ) This will now satin stitch around the white applique.

16 ) Remove the design from the hoop and trim the block to 25cm (10”) square.

17 ) Repeat this process for the next two designs.

Putting it Together

1 ) Create four folded strips with the ¾” Bias Maker.  As this strip will not be going around a curve the fabric does not need to be cut on the bias.

2 ) Lay out the three blocks.  Take the top block and place an opened-out strip onto the front and one onto the back.  This will be placed on the bottom of the block.  Pin in place.

attaching binding

3 ) Use the fold as a guide and stitch with a straight stitch.

4 ) Take the second block and butt up against the bottom of the first one.

5 ) Attach the Narrow Edge Foot and select stitch 1.1.9, a three-step zig zag stitch.  Butt the two blocks together and run the blade between the two blocks.  Stitch them together.

6 ) Fold over the strips and pin in place.

7 ) Attach the Right Bi-Level Topstitch foot and topstitch the strips down on both sides.

8 ) Repeat this to attach the third block.

Binding the Hanger

This is the time you can attach a rod pocket or hangers to your project.  I chose a rod pocket so I could utilise a wire hanger.

binding the hanger

Bind the hanger in the method that works best for you.  There are many videos available if you have never done this process before.  I like to machine top stitch my binding so I will attach the binding to the back of the project first and then turn to the top and use the Bi-Level Top Stitch foot to topstitch in place.  Always use a stitch of 3.0mm in length when topstitching.  Not only does this help the machine to feed the many layers of fabric through easier, it looks more professional.

***Embroidery Design Notes ***

If you do not have the software I have created the designs and they will download with these instructions.  Please note you will not be able to use these designs if you don’t have a mySewnet enabled machine.

There are no exceptions to this and the designs cannot be formatted for other brands.

Article written by Cath Quinlan
Cath Quinlan has been designing and teaching for more than 10 years. Her talents lie in digitising, free-motion quilting, machine embroidery and education. She has co-authored two internationally distributed machine embroidery books, published many projects in Australian craft magazines and digitised and sold numerous embroidery designs and patterns. Her passion remains in education and the ability to share what she knows with anyone willing to listen. Cath’s teaching style is fun and relaxed, and she truly believes that ‘anyone can do it’.

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