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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Embroidered Sailboat Quilt

The stitching day last Friday at Mrs Pugsley's Emporium went very smoothly, and I thank all who turned out to watch me free motion embroider this little sailboat quilt. With a size 16 topstitch needle in the Bernina, and blue 12 weight Aurifil thread, it took no time at all to stitch up this adorable quilt. (Apologies for the photos; it's winter in Nova Scotia, and the light is a bit of a challenge.)
I used a stencil to mark the sailboats, which were stitched in the heavy thread.  Borders and outlining were done free motion using Aurifil 50 weight.
Some folks were keen to stick around and watch the binding process, so I stayed and did the whole thing (luckily, I had made the binding at home and tucked it in my bag just in case.) 
When I packed up to come home after hours of stitching, I popped up the throat plate on the machine intending to clean out the fuzz from the thread.  There wasn't any. Not a speck. I'll talk more about that in another blog post :) 
It measures 38" x 44", which is a nice, generous size for a baby quilt. Mrs Pugsley's has this fabric available in her shop, and will include  free directions as well. This quilt is available for purchase from me if you aren't inclined to make your own. Remember that I also stock and sell Aurifil threads, and have a good supply of colours and weights currently in stock.
Thank you to Beth and Jackie of Mrs Pugsley's Emporium for being such wonderful hosts for a fun day.

11 comments:

  1. What an adorable quilt Karen! I love it. I've not seen Aurifil 12 wt. Is it like floss?

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    1. Hi, Marilyn: It's really just like regular sewing thread, only fatter. It's lovely! If you read Kate's comment below, you'll see she uses it for hand embroidery too.

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  2. I have done hand work with Aurfil 12 wt. and I like it a lot. Easier to manage then embroidery floss.
    I must try it in my machine.
    What size needle do you use?

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    1. I use a 100/16 Schmetz Topstitch needle. You might get by with a 100/16 Jeans needle in a pinch, but I prefer the Topstitch with the larger eye.

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  3. Very cute. I've never seen a cute quilting template like that. Who makes it?

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    1. Hi, Darlene: It’s a sweet little stencil, #HW90, “Dream Boat” by Hari Walner. It’s a 5” stencil, which I used in 6” block. If you can't find it anywhere, Mrs Pugsley's Emporium is happy to do mail order.

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  4. You really like that thread! And I can see why.

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    1. It's an absolutely lovely thread - no breakage, no fuzz, no fuss. Polly gives it 4 thumbs up :)

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  5. Karen, your quilt is wonderful! I love that sailboat design.

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