I need to get 2 baby quilts done ASAP. One baby is due any minute…..another is due Sept but all indications are that it will be much sooner than that. SO….I had to get hopping without delay! I am doing those same “counting sheep” embroidered blocks that I featured quite some time ago after I made a quilt for a friend of my daughter’s – see post titled “Embroidered Baby quilt Project” April 11th 2012.
The embroidery design is one found on the Stitchitize 1100 Design collection that came as Janome Canada’s gift to folk who purchased the JANOME MC11000. It is a SQUARE HOOP design. I have made some editing changes to it in our JANOME DIGITIZER MBX software: I changed the font to First Grade and I resized the design slightly larger.
I have aways to go to get all the blocks done but I made an excellent start – got 5 blocks done on Sunday when it was grey & boring outside. I embroidered these blocks on the JANOME MC11000 SPECIAL EDITION as the design size was for the square hoop. I could easily have used the JANOME HORIZON MC12000 with the SQ23 HOOP but I would have had to resize the design a little larger OR I could have used a little more fabric & stabilizer & then cut the blocks down to size I required. That certainly would have sped up the embroidery process as it is SO much faster to read & open designs as well as embroidering at 1000spm. Oh well, as I had a Janome Mc11000 handy, I chose to use that.
Now you cannot just sit and gaze at the embroidery machine all day (well, at least, I figure that is a waste of my time) so I worked on a quilt top for my little niece in South Africa. I am making her another Flower Fairies quilt as my poor brother & sister-in-law have a real tough time getting the first one away from her to wash!! She will be turning 6 just before we visit so I figured she needed another quilt………well, of course, Aunty Libby really wanted to make her one too! I am most happy to say that I got the entire quilt top together on Sunday. Now the sandwiching and quilting remains but I think I will need to pace myself or I will be needing to go for massage every week!
This quilt top was pieced exclusively on the JANOME HORIZON MC7700 using the O2 1/4 inch foot that comes standard with the machine. It went together like a walk in the woods with the fairies! Here it is: