Class Details for Digitized Quilting

Number of Lessons: 4
Price: US$ 40.00
Tutor: Joanne Winn
Start Date: 19 January 2018
Weeks Open: 6.5

Did you ever think that you would be able to sit at a home embroidery sewing machine and quilt? With photos and step by step instructions, Joanne will show you how to use your embroidery module to quilt. Students will construct a 30" x 30" simple one block quilt with wide borders to accommodate the feather border quilting designs. This method is especially nice for hands that no longer enjoy moving the quilt under the machine manually. Embroidery designs included with this class are: a large triangle, small double triangle, center design and multihooped feather corner border design. These designs were digitized using software that automatically sequences the designs so there are no jump stitches. Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced. Students should have experience with rotary cutting and piecing a simple quilt and also be comfortable using their embroidery module. This is not a beginner class.

Supplies and Outline

To accommodate machines with different size hoops the feather corner border designs have been digitized as a six-part multihoop design (225mm x 140mm) and as an eight-part multihoop design (200mm x 140mm).  Designs are also provided for the Mega and the Jumbo hoops.


I used a batik background fabric in the Block One quilt and Quilter’s Sateen by RJR Fabrics for the background in the Block Two quilt.  The quilting does not show up very well using the batik fabric and it shows up beautifully on the sateen.  It would also show up well on any plain fabric.  Sateen stretches more than normal 100% cotton fabric and has a nap that you need to consider when cutting pieces for the quilt.  Instructions for cutting Quilter’s Sateen are included in the lesson.

I recommend that you stitch a test stitchout of the designs in Lessons Two and Three using the same fabric, batting and threads that you are using in your project quilt.  This allows you to see how the design stitches and lets you see if your thread choice is appropriate for your fabric.  You can use scrap pieces from your stash for the test stitchouts if you wish, so I am giving you fabric amounts for both ways.  You do not have to piece the block for the test stitchout.  You will use only the background fabric.

  • background fabric
    • with test stitchout squares for both lessons 1 3/4 yards
    • without test stitchout squares 1 1/4 yards
  • dark fabric 1/4 yard
  • medium fabric 1/4 yard
  • medium/dark fabric 1/4 yard
  • backing fabric
    • with test stitchout squares 1 3/4 yards
    • without test stitchout squares 1 1/4 yards
  • binding
    • Add 1/3 yard to the fabric of your choice for the binding

Other Supplies

Machine needles - Use whatever brand and size that gives you the best quality stitch on your machine.  I like to use an 80/12 sharp or topstitching needle on woven fabrics.


For piecing, thread in a neutral color

For quilting, the thread can be the same color or a shade or two darker than the background fabric OR it can be the accent color in your quilt.  There are two thread fibers that I like to use for quilting.

Polyester 40 weight thread (if you prefer cotton thread that will also work)

Polyester thread became an ugly word during the polyester knit era.  It was fuzzy, poor quality thread and most sewers stopped using it as new products became available. This new age polyester thread is inexpensive, shiny, 40 wt thread that is available in small and large cones in a huge number of colors. Superior’s trilobal polyester threads, Isacord Polyester, Superior Polyester and Maderia Polyneon are all good choices. 

Wash Away thread - I use Superior Vanish-Extra.  If you are going to use Superior Vanish-Extra, I would buy the cone as it is more economical.  You will probably use more than one small spool.

Batting - Crib size Hobbs Heirloom fusible batting

Stabilizers - Wash away or sticky stabilizer.  I prefer wash away, but if you usually use sticky stabilizer, it will work for this technique. There are 38 (larger hoop) or 42 (smaller hoop) designs to stitch for this project, so you will need 38 or 42 X the length of your hoop. 

  • rotary cutter, mat
  • rulers
    • 6" square
    • Large square
    • 24" x 4" long ruler
  • walking foot if that is what you normally use for straight line, in the ditch machine quilting.  I use an edge foot.  It is usually one of the feet included with your machine. 
  • basic sewing supplies, seam ripper, pins
  • wooden iron (if you have one)
  • iron and ironing board
  • template plastic, optional

  • glue stick, optional

Template plastic and glue stick are used to make permanent templates.  Paper templates can be used in place of the plastic templates.

The designs included for this class are provided in most home embroidery machine formats and will include

  • large triangle design
  • double small triangle design
  • center square design
  • multihooped corner border feather designs

To accommodate machines with different size hoops, the feather corner border designs have been digitized as a six-part multihoop design (225mm x 140mm hoop) and as an eight-part multihoop design (200mm x 140mm hoop).  The Mega and Jumbo hoops can also be used.   These designs cannot be stitched in a 130mm x 100mm hoop.

The feather quilting designs were manually digitized using a tool that automatically sequenced the design so there are no jump stitches. This looks like Redwork.  The designs are also available in Single Stitched Continuous designs. 


Lesson One

  • Choosing fabrics
  • Fabric preparation
  • Thread choices for embroidery quilting
  • Making templates
  • Rotary cutting instructions
  • Piecing the quilt block
  • Adding borders
  • Pressing and squaring up the quilt top
  • Basting your quilt

Lesson Two

  • Downloading the designs and PDF color charts
  • Stitching out a test design
  • Setting the quilt with straight line, in the ditch machine quilting
  • Design placement
  • Hooping and non-hooping
  • Stitching the Feather Quilting designs in the triangles and the center square.
  • Trimming the wash away stabilizer and threads
  • Disaster Control

Lesson Three

  • Download embroidery designs and PDF color charts
  • Stitch a test design
  • Design placement
  • Multihooping designs
  • Stitching design 1
  • Stitching design 2

Lesson Four

  • Stitching design 3 and 3R
  • Squaring up the quilt
  • Stitching a quilt label
  • Stitching the binding