Marjorie Busby Designs. Marjorie focuses on creating quality and fun machine embroidery designs that work well with pre-cut applique shapes that you can create with Modern Quilting tools (e.g. AccuQuilt, Sizzix, Silhouette, SLICE Fabricque, etc.). She currently has many designs to select from and is frequently adding more. SewCalGal has stitched out many of them and they always stitch out beautifully!
Today I want to focus on four of Marjorie's design collections to inspire Fall Theme projects, as well as Christmas Projects. And, I have some tips and a little tutorial on placement for you too.
The first design set that I want to share with you is Marjorie's Fall Medley Collection.
I used this design collection to embellish kitchen towels that I added to a Fall Theme Silent Auction Gift Basket for a fundraiser this coming weekend. I also want to make more for informal hostess gifts, which I like to leave in the kitchen of friends that we visit with during Fall, as well as to add to little baskets of baked goods that I like to make for neighbors, friends and family. Such machine embroidered kitchen towels really make such gifts that much more special!
I also had fun creating Christmas Theme projects with the Holiday Medley, , Sunbonnet Sue and her Overall Sam collections.
There are a variety ways of placement. Some designs stitch out x-y or other coordinates that you can use to mark your project for placement of your ME designs. There are also several ways you can mark your projects.
This is an easy placement technique that allows you to place designs in your hoops vs someone else. You can always check the layout with your hoops to verify you have placement that works for your hoops, as well as ways to minimize the number of hooping for your machine. And, if you are off of the markings for the transfer paper - both Transdoodle and Saral papers wash out, so it doesn't matter if you don't cover the placement markings 100% with your machine embroidery stitch out.
For my table topper project I used the same placement approach, as shown above, to mark a freezer paper sized for a table topper. I folded this templates in eighths pressing to allow me to use the folds as visual guides for placement. Then, I used my embroidery templates to mark on the paper, which I later used to mark my fabric, before placing my fabric table topper in the hoop.
It then becomes easy to repeat the machine embroidery designs on your table topper. Obviously, I haven't finished this table topper, but I am sharing it as I have an important tip for you.....
When working on large projects that extend beyond your hoop, be sure to pin the excess to ensure it doesn't get underneath your hoop. It is easy to end up with a part of your project that accidently gets stitched underneath the hoop and can be a nighmare to unpick.
Unpicking (aka reverse sewing, frogging, etc) is never fun and can be a nightmare with machine embroidery. But, a few tools that I've found help make it easier is an inexpensive electric mustache trimmer that helps to cut the threads, very find pointed scissors to also cut the threads, and Famore's Micro Fine Tweezers (available at IHAN) to pull out cut threads.
With a little patience you can rip out your machine embroidery design and re-stitch another (being more careful to make sure your project doesn't get caught under the hoop the 2nd time around). Or, you can opt to re-purpose your project.
You can repurpose your project by cutting out your stitched designs, clipping close to your threads, but careful to not cut your threads. Apply some iron on adhesive to the back of the design, and press onto your new project. In my case, I opted to create some more kitchen towels. To secure these embroidery designs, to the towel I used Aurifil's Invisible Thread and did a free-motion quilting stitch, with a slight zigzag setting. This technique is also commonly called a "patch" and does offer the benefit of not seeing all the machine embroidery stitches on the back of the kitchen towel.
While making more kitchen towels was not my original project idea, it was a nice save. Still, I want to go back and make that table topper using these designs. I'm also thinking of using this placement technique to make a holiday mantle cover for my fireplace.
Don't forget you can make embroidered kitchen towels easily and fast with Marjorie's designs. And, they make for great hostess gifts, as well as other gifts for the holidays too!
It is very easy to create a table topper that incorporates machine embroiery designs. In this recent project I create a circular project
Did I mention a giveaway?
Marjorie has generously offered a design collection to a follower of SewCalGal. If you are interested in winning, simply visit Marjorie's online shop to pick out your favorite collection. And leave a comment on this post to let me know what you want to win. I'll randomly select one winner and announce on Friday, November 16th.
I hope you'll take time to visit the other blogs in this hop. They will be sharing tips, tutorials and inspiration, as well as more giveaways where you'll have more chances to win prizes too!
Here is the line up for this fun event:
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I also hope you'll visit Marjorie's online store to see all of her beautiful machine embroidery designs. And, you can even find some of her designs for sale at AccuQuilt. Just remember to keep checking back as she frequently releases new designs.