Step-by-Step Guide to Quilting Essentials Collection
Creating quilts can take your embroidery to a whole new level, crossing over from embroidering to sewing. However, it can sometimes be complicated, leaving you with questions like “how many quilt blocks do I need?” or “how do I lay out the quilt?”
Fortunately, Anita Goodesign is closing the gap with our Quilting Essentials collection.
In this video collection, you’ll find everything you need to make the jump from embroidering existing items to embroidery quilting. You’ll be guided through the process in simple, easy-to-understand steps, with resources provided every step of the way to make the process that much easier. Here’s an in-depth overview of this collection, including everything you’ll need to know to get started with your first quilt.
What You Need for Quilting
- Fabric for blocks, borders, binding and backing (2″ larger than your finished quilt top) to compliment your designs
- Embroidery thread to match your designs
- A printer, preferably color, to print your templates
- Scissors to cut your template papers and quilt blocks
- Quilter’s pins for pinning your quilt top, batting, backing and binding
- Batting is the same size as the quilt top. If adding a second layer, make that layer 2.5” larger than the quilt top.
About Quilting Essentials
In this video collection, we use the Quilting Essentials product. It is a comprehensive collection that provides you with everything you need to start making beautiful embroidered quilts with your embroidery machine. It features over 400 embroidery patterns, each of which is provided in four different sizes to fit in hoops from 5×7” to 8×12”. This package allows you to not only use any of the patterns but also teaches you how to use any of our other embroidery designs, including those not in our Mix & Match Quilt Collections. It also includes a 120-page book and access to an instructional video that makes it easy to get the most out of your Quilting Essentials collection from day one.
The blocks in this collection can also be combined with any of the blocks from the Foundations, Jellyroll, Butterflies & Bees and several other patterns very easily. But the fun doesn’t stop with a lot of new quilt blocks. It also allows you to create beautifully embroidered components, including three different squares, two different rectangles, two different triangles and two different mitered corners to make all the parts of your quilt look phenomenal. It also includes free-motion stitches for quilting your batting in open spaces. The book makes it easy to avoid wasting fabric or time in manual quilting, piecing, centering your designs, or trying to puzzle out confusing layouts.
- Make sure you print out the correct-sized template based on what machine you have and the size of your hoops.
- Save your template blocks once you’re done with the layout to use on future quilts.
This helpful video gives you all the information you need to get the most out of your Quilting Essentials collection. To start, you’ll need to print out all of your templates, which makes it really easy to design your quilt. Then cut out all of the template pieces for that size. If you need more template pieces, you can always print a second copy of the template, making it easier to get a solid visual of what the finished quilt will roughly look like.
- Count your blocks once you’ve finished your layout so you know how many of each type to embroider.
- Double-check your embroidery pattern dimensions for fit if you’re moving into diamond-shaped blocks.
- Play with smaller template pieces if you want to create a more complex quilt square design.
- After you complete your layout, take a picture for future reference.
- To make the quilt larger or smaller, simply add or remove template pieces.
- Make sure to cut two different corner pieces for each corner, not two of the same.
Arrange your template pieces to determine what your quilt will look like and determine its finished size. Start in a corner and built your quilt out from there. If you add transition pieces between blocks, don’t forget to add the small squares between them to keep your quilt spaced nicely. Once you’ve finished laying out your quilt, it’s very important that you count how many of each block you’ll need to embroider so that you end up with sufficient pieces to complete your quilt.
There are many different layouts you can create from the template blocks. Once you’ve printed the template blocks, you can reuse them many times to create additional quilts. This will help you save on printing costs. Try changing the angles of your blocks, such as turning a square to a 45-degree angle to create a diamond shape.
Bear in mind that the embroidery pattern will need to fit within the diamond and may not fit the same size as it had when the block was in the square position, or that you’ll need to rotate the embroidery pattern 45 degrees to make it fit. You’ll then need to add triangles to block out the diamonds to piece everything together. If you want to create more complex quilting squares, you can simply piece together the smaller blocks to make the equivalent area out of contrasting fabrics, such as smaller squares or long rectangles.
Once you’ve decided on your quilt layout, take a quick picture of it for future reference. If you’ve got a smartphone, this is a great option to keep your layout handy for fabric shopping, to check your plan when cutting and embroidering blocks and for similar purposes. The finished layout also shows you the size of the quilt, and you can quickly rearrange the template pieces to make the quilt larger or smaller as needed. Once you’re satisfied, count how many of each piece you’ll need. Remember that for your mitered corners, you’ll need one of each piece in each corner, so that you cut four of one corner and four of the other, not eight of the same piece.
- Print Template 3 in the right size to make sure you have enough fabric for the project.
- Don’t use the layout pieces, as they don’t have the seam allowance at the edges.
- Cut out all of your pieces at once and lay them out with your embroidery thread so you can find everything easily.
Next, you’ll cut out your fabric pieces. But before you start that, use Template 3 to make sure you have enough before you start. The template pieces include the 1/2” seam allowance for stitching the blocks together. Simply lay the pieces on the fabric and cut them. If you’re going to add a layer of batting behind each quilt block, you’ll cut this at the same time. Cut out all of your pieces and lay them out so that as you’re working, you’ll have everything exactly where it needs to be. Place all of your embroidery thread within arms’ reach so you can work efficiently once you get started.
- Don’t merge your quilt blocks in your embroidery software, you can do it on your machine in many cases.
- Always open your embroidery block first, and the design you’re merging second.
Now we’ll merge the folded quilt block with an embroidery design on your machine. You can oftentimes handle this on your machine instead of having to merge it into your software program, making it a lot easier to get the job done. Go into embroidery edit on your machine interface and open the block. Once you’ve opened the block, select the “Add” button or similar feature and go back to choose the design you want to merge in. Select your file source and choose the design you want to use, merging it onto your block. This process determines the order in which the machine will stitch the design, so make sure to open the quilt block first so the design is on top. The design will automatically center on your machine, so it will be centered on your block as well. Set the merged design and start embroidering!
- Hoop two layers of no-show mesh stabilizer together to form the base of your designs.
- Add a squaring stitch to show block dimensions and position.
To start sewing, hoop two layers of no-show mesh stabilizer together in the hoop as the base for your embroidery designs. Start with a squaring stitch to show the size and position of the block within the hoop.
- Lay all your quilt pieces out as in your layout for easy access.
- Use a walking foot to keep all your layers in place.
- Stitch one row at a time to keep all of your blocks in order.
Once all your blocks are embroidered, lay all your blocks out in your original layout for easy access. You’ll sew just to the left of the placement stitch lines so that the placement stitches stay hidden when the blocks are opened back up. Start by stitching all of the blocks in a row together, then go to the next row and continue until all of the rows have all of their blocks stitched together, then stitch all of the rows together.
Quilt Size Guide
Of course, as you’re planning your quilt and putting these quilt blocks together, you may be wondering how many blocks you’ll need. That’s one of the reasons we provide you with a great quilt size cheat sheet to figure these issues out. Simply determine the finished size of your blocks on the top, then drop down that column to the correct row for the size of quilt you want to make to find out how many blocks you need to create.
As you can see, the Quilting Essentials collection provides a lot of value, making it easy to create beautiful quilts without a lot of confusing, contrary directions. But what if you could have it for free? If you sign up for our All Access Club Membership, specifically at the $1400 level, you’ll immediately get a $1400 gift certificate to our site, which makes it easy to pick up the Quilting Essentials collection and many more amazing designs for free, in addition to the many other benefits of membership. Why not take a look today to see if it’s a good fit for you?