With snow on the ground and the neighbourhood decorations going up, it's starting to feel like it's time we get serious with our gift lists. If you are like me, you want to include something hand made... or hand-makeable. These small stitcheries work up very quickly, by hand or machine. (Mine are all done on the sewing machine).
A simple poinsettia shape is outline stitched in 12 weight Aurifil thread. You trace the design onto your fabric and layer with batting and backing as you would a quilt.
Set your regular sewing machine up as for free motion quilting, and use either 40 or 50 weight thread in your bobbin. For the needle, choose a size 100/16 TOPSTITCH needle, and thread your machine with the 12 weight thread. It's always good to do a tension test before beginning; you may need to lower your top tension just a smidge to accommodate the thicker thread. Then just colour on the lines with your thread. It's that simple!
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