- The L-O-V-E letters were embroidered first on the dark red fabric. The designs are from the ARTISTIC EMBROIDERY COLLECTION DESIGN CD: FONTASTIC by Michael Miller. This is not the first time I have stitched out these embroideries and it won’t be the last! I love the detail in them…..the digitizing is well done and varied from letter to letter. I am reliably informed that it is one of the top selling design CD’s under the Artistic Embroidery collection label (Available from your local Janome dealer in Canada & the USA). Here is a close up pic so you can see some of the detail.
- I chose to set the 4 blocks into the print fabric sashing & borders so that the blocks were floating……..”Love is in the air” must have been going through my mind?!
- All seams were stitched using our Janome 1/4 inch foot ( this is only one of our 1/4 inch foot options) and cloth guide for extra accuracy.
- Once the top was complete, it was sandwiched and the quilting began:
- The entire background around the love blocks was quilted using the EXCLUSIVE JANOME ACUFIL QUILTING SYSTEM. The ASQ22 hoop and magnets + templates for precision placement was used. (Acufil quilting is only available on Mc11000, MC12000 & MC15000)
- I made use of the super clever idea of adding extra 5 inch borders of cotton flannette – long 10 inch strips folded in half lengthwise and then stitched onto the edge of the quilt sandwich with WATER SOLUBLE THREAD. Essentially this is a very similar concept to a leader on a big quilting frame. When you have completed the quilting along the side of the quilt, simply spray the water soluble thread zig-zag stitching with your trusty spray bottle & ……voila, the extra “border” comes away and you can re-use many times over.
- One word of advice from one who has used done Acufil quilting more times than I can swing a cat at (and my cat would be appalled to hear me right now!): if you are going to add this flannette border as a means of not adding extra quilt top, batting & backing – ie not to waste fabric – it works very well. However, I would still caution you that you should not trim your quilt before you sew these strips down the edges of the quilt. You still need a bit of “wiggle room” between where the quilting stops & the “extra border” of flannelette or you might “overstitch” onto the flannelette.
I chose to use the following quilting designs. I did play around & resize the designs where possible & necessary to fit them into the spaces I had available to quilt :
- The interlocking heart design down both left & right sides of the quilt: from the Leah Day Expressions of Texture CD under the Artistic Embroidery Collection (available from your local Janome dealer in Canada & the USA)
- The butterfly design included with the Acufil Tool software
- The feathered heart design included with the Acufil Tool software.
This wall quilt was made exclusively on the JANOME MC 15000 version 2 machine. However, this same project with these techniques could also be made on the JANOME MC 12000 provided the machine has been upgraded with the ACUFIL QUILTING KIT FOR MC12000; and on the JANOME MC11000 Special Edition (some adjustments would be required for this model as the AQ hoops are smaller)