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Small Quilts from Test Stitch-Outs

Before embroidering a project, most designers will make test stitch-out to make sure that everything is alright with the design and that the threads, needles and settings of the machine have been set correctly. In a short time, these test stitch-outs pile up, take up space and gather dust. The idea of this project was to show how we can use the test stitch-outs to make small and cute quilts to hang up around the house or to give away as charming gifts.

This project is also a great exercise to hone your skills in free-motion quilting.

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The finished size of the Iris quilt is 11" x 12 1/2". You quilt maybe a little bit larger or smaller, depending on your preference.

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We started with a stitch-out of the Iris design. Then we selected scraps of violet, lilac and green fabrics. We cut them into 3/4" wide strips. Working with one strip at a time, place it face-down across the base fabric with the embroidery. Stitch the strip to the fabric, giving it a seam allowance of 1/4". Fold the strip to cover the seam. Press. Fold the raw edge of the strip under the strip. Press. Top-stitch in place.

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In this way, attach several strips of different colors. When you are finished, press the working piece. Make a sandwich out the backing, batting and top. Start quilting.

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We quilted in a free-motion style, using lilac, yellow and green threads.

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Square the piece and finish the raw edges either with binding or with satin-stitch over the edge.

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For the second, rose quilt, we used a stitch-out of the Queen Mary Rose and strips of pink and green fabrics of various widths and lengths. Its finished size is 11" x 12 1/2".

Attach the first piece. Seeam allowance is 1/4".

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Fold it back and press.

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Place the second strip so that it covers one of the raw edges of the first strip. Attach in the same manner. Fold back and press.

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Go on until you have borders around the embroidery. Add a second row, if you wish. When you like the composition, square the piece. Add batting and backing and quilt. You have a small "crazy" quilt.You can either free-motion it or, using decorative stitches from your machine, top-stitch along the seams.

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We hope that you liked our idea and will come up with many of your own.

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