Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hand Quilted Embroidery Hoop

Today's project is a great way to display smaller quilt blocks as art. It's also super easy and a fun way to practice your hand quilting/embroidery skills on a small scale.



1 - 6.5" (unfinished) quilt block
1 - 12.5" x 12.5" piece of fabric (I used linen but cotton would be nice too)
1 - 6" x 6" piece of cotton batting
1 - 10" wooden embroidery hoop
embroidery floss (or your favorite hand-quilting thread)


This project can be accomplished in three easy steps. Step 1: stretch your background fabric nice and tight in the hoop.


Step 2: center your batting and quilt block and pin in place.



Step 3: quilt/embroider.


Since the fabric is so tight in the hoop, you won't be able to "rock the needle" like you would with regular hand quilting. Instead, an embroidered running stitch will work just fine.


If you're not a hand quilter or if you prefer the look of machine quilting, start with step 2 and finish with step 1. Either way, you'll be left with a piece of art that can be changed out whenever you feel like it.

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