for the Embroidered Impressions of the 1863 Jane A Stickle Quilt
These instructions are the same for the 4 inch and the 5 inch blocks, the only difference is the size of the hoop.
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO COMMENCING
The stabilizer used can vary, I have made the blocks with tearaway and also with different types that can be left in the quilt.
Place the stabilizer then top fabric in the hoop, because many of the blocks are dense they need to be held firmly, but NOT stretched too much, that will cause puckering.
The first round of stitching is just a holding stitch; the machine will then do one jump and stitch out the entire block.
When it reaches the colour change you have a choice:
1. Take it out of the hoop and treat it like any other quilt block
2. Remove the hoop from the machine without shifting the embroidery, place wadding at the back of the embroidery and then the backing, return it to the machine, and change the colour to one of your choosing, this will be a satin stitch border.
The machine will then do a row of holding stitches (if you wish at this time you can stop the machine and trim the material at the back BUT this is only done if you want to butt the two blocks together and use the satin stitch joining technique explained below) and a couple of rows of stabilizing stitches for the satin stitch and then it will do a satin stitch border around the block.
The block can now be removed from the hoop.
Now you make another choice:
a) To trim the block very close to the satin stitch
b) To leave a ½ inch border.
If a) is the choice, when the two blocks are trimmed and joined side by side a row of satin stitch in the same colour as the border will be needed to hide the join.
If b) is chosen, just measure and trim the block leaving a ½ inch border from the satin stitch border. Lay the blocks side by side use a large zig zag to join the blocks in a row.
As each row is joined you will need a one inch wide strip of material that can be the same as the background or a complementary colour. This strip is formed through a ½ inch Clover bias maker, check instructions of maker for width needed; it can be attached with fusible web and then stitched down with a technique of your choice.
The back of the quilt is done in the same way.
Please note that in the picture the 5 inch block has a piece of non skid matting has been used to prevent any slippage.