Class Details for Embroidery on Applique

Number of Lessons: 4
Price: US$ 40.00
Tutor: Joanne Winn
On Demand: Start anytime

Embroidery machines have made it possible to appliqué beautiful full size quilt blocks in no time. You can make any shape you like and attach it to the background fabric. Let Joanne show you how to stitch multi-hooped designs as well as learn how to use the Mega Hoop. Her step-by-step instructions will take you through eight designs: Aster, Dresden Plate, Spring Tulips (original) and Sweet Sixteen (original design shown here), as well as four other small tulip designs. Embroidery designs will be provided in all formats except where a machine does not have the ability to use a particular size hoop. Skill level: Intermediate. Students must know how to use their embroidery module and be able to resize, move and convert designs.

Supplies and Outline

This is not a beginner class.  I have designed all the blocks for this class in as many formats as I could.  Embroidery machines do not all have the same hoop size capabilities.  Students must be familiar with their embroidery machine and know the sizes of their hoops and how to resize and convert designs in the format for their machine.


Hoops required for this class are: 180mm x 130mm and larger.  The designs will NOT fit in a 4" x 4" (100mm x 100mm) hoop.  Designs will also be provided for Mega Hoops and the new Jumbo Hoops for machines with that capability.  Instruction and photos are written for the 145mm x 255mm hoop.  There are step by step instructions and photos for the Mega Hoop for the Dresden Plate and Aster appliqué blocks.  There are no separate instructions or photos for the Jumbo Hoops.

I can provide the designs but I cannot make your hoop sizes larger.  A design reaches a point where it cannot be made smaller. 


If you have fabrics that are the sizes you need for this class in your stash, by all means, use what you have.  I like the look of different backgrounds in the same quilt as long as they have equal value and pattern.  I always like to stitch a test stitchout of a design so you might like to gather up some fabrics from your stash and do the test stitchouts and then decide what you would like to do with them. Background fabrics should be good quality quilting cotton.

I only use batiks for the appliqué pieces in my appliqué embroidery machine quilts.  The reason for this is their high thread count and the fact that batiks do not fray as much as regular weight quilt fabrics. 

The fabric yardages are for the two quilts designed to use the appliqué quilt blocks from this class. However, if you decide to design your own quilts using the appliqué blocks from this class your fabric yardages could be slightly different.

Spring Tulips Quilt    36" x 36"

Spring Tulips Quilt

Background fabric for appliqué - 1 1/8 yards

Batik fabrics – The total yardage for batiks is a combination of many different colors.  If you have a stash of batik scraps, this would be an excellent place to use them.  The background of the quilt is made up of squares of different batik fabric squares.  I have listed the total yardage required to make each quilt.  Check out your stash before you buy the yardage required.  I suggest you choose one of the quilts and concentrate on it, collecting from your stash before purchasing what you do not already have . There will be scraps left from each of the quilt yardages that could be used in a second quilt.


  • 3/4 yard of a combination of six different fabrics
  • 1/3 yard green

Small squares - 1 1/2 yards total of different colored batiks

Embroidered Appliqué Quilt  49 1/2" sq

Embroidered Appliqué Quilt

Background fabric for appliqué -1 yard

Batik fabrics

  • Flowers
    • 30" total assorted colors 
    • 1/4 yard green
  • Squares 1 1/2 yards of a selection of different colored batiks (includes the frames around the quilt blocks)

Detail of two appliquéd flowers


Isacord Polyester 40 weight thread is my choice for the embroidery machine stitching around the outer edges of the quilt designs and any decorative stitching in the quilt blocks.  There are many wonderful brands of thread and you can use whatever brand and fiber that you normally use on your embroidery module.  I do not use rayon threads for quilts.  It is a very soft fiber and will not wear well, will melt if touched by a hot iron and it is not colorfast.  Threads can be used as contrast, accent or can be color matched to your fabrics.

Water Soluble Thread - Superior Threads Vanish Extra is the best water soluble thread that I have used.  Dritz will work well but the spool is small and I have had problems with moisture in the thread causing it to break every time it hits the spot where there is moisture.  I have never had this problem with the Vanish from Superior Threads.  It is much more economical to purchase the cone.  It lasts for a long time.  Keep it protected by always storing the cone and the bobbin in a plastic bag.

Neutral color sewing thread


iron-on stabilizers will give the background fabric a very smooth surface to use for your appliqué designs.  Floriani Heat ‘N Stay is an excellent choice.

Tear away stabilizers to load in the hoop and a place to stitch the placement lines.  Any of the firm paper-like stabilizers will work for this application.  Film or water soluble stabilizers will not work.


These are the rulers that I use for quilting projects

  • 3 1/2" x 14"
  • 3" x 24"
  • 9 1/2" x 9 1/2"
  • 15" x 15"

Other Supplies

  • Rotary mat and rotary cutter
  • Small sharp pointed scissors
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Elmer’s Washable School Glue is a completely washable glue.  I use it for many quilting techniques.

  • Thumb tacks.  I purchase these in the framing department of craft stores.  The shanks are thinner and taller than regular thumb tacks.  They become much sharper by storing them in a tomato pincushion that is filled with emery.


Lesson One

  • Discuss supplies for this class
  • Step by step instructions to appliqué a single tulip design
  • Stitch a multi-hooped design, Spring Tulips
  • Stitch a bonus design that completes the designs you will need to make one of the quilt layouts in Lesson Four
  • Square a block for a quilt

Lesson Two

  • Stitch the Dresden Plate quilt block with in the hoop construction
  • stitch the Aster quilt block
  • Step by step instructions on how to use the Mega Hoop
  • embroidery designs will be provided for
    • 180 x 130mm and larger hoop sizes
    • Mega Hoop
    • Jumbo Hoop for machines that have this feature

Lesson Three

Designs are provided for 180 x 130mm and larger hoops, Mega Hoops and Jumbo Hoops

  • Learn how to use placement lines to stitch a multi-hooped large appliqué block
  • Learn to use a different placement for blocks that are too large for center placement

Sweet Sixteen

Lesson Four

Discuss different quilt layouts to use the appliqué blocks you have stitched over the last three weeks.  This will include

  • traditional quilts, tablerunner, and placemats
  • original quilt layouts
  • two original gridded quilt layouts and measurements will be provided
  • learn how to design an original gridded quilt
  • add frames to the blocks from this class to use in your original gridded quilt