Universal Digitizing has several CD collections that will make your GO! applique a breeze. Each collection contains all the major embroidery machine formats for a selection of GO! dies.
We used the two above for our wall hanging
We dug into our scrap bin for this entire project. The background & the backing were trimmings from backings of other projects. Even the binding (a cute pansy print) was in the scrap bin.
Since I was going semi free form, I GO! cut my pieces, no fusible, and laid them out on the background. I played with the layout until I was happy & then used a wash out marker & lightly traced where pieces should fall. Now I am no pro at the embroidery machine, so I KNEW that there was no way that I could “hit my mark”. I started on the left & worked my way right, getting as close as I could to my original mark. To keep the pieces from twitching or shifting, I used a glue stick.
The embroidery design first stitches an outline for the piece. I then put the glue inside the outline & stuck my applique shape in place. Then the design does a running stitch to stitch the applique in place before it stitches the final decorative stitch you select. There are 5 or 6 different decorative stitch designs for each shape.
I added my free form grass & appliqued that in place. I finished off the piece with free motion quilting in the background (aurifil 50wt), on the butterflies and in the grass & leaves (YLI Fusions 30wt).
This was a fun, just for me, all from scraps quick project. I am glad to say, the desire to applique is not as scary as it was a few months ago. I owe that all to my friend, Eileen.
I am linking up with Sarah- go see everyone else’s projects this week!