One thing I have found while teaching embroidery classes is how often customers don’t know the little treasures they have hidden away in their machines. This is a quick little project that gets you using your machine to its full potential.
First we need to prepare the fabrics for the project, we will start with the white homespun. Cut out two 17″x 17″ block and a 16″ x 8″ rectangle, set one of the blocks and the rectangle aside for the moment. With the other block, use the Sewing Revolutions The Block marker and mark out the center point of the block of fabric. Mark the center point with an erasable quilting marker.
Choose a contrasting coloured quilting cotton and cut a 17″ x 17 ” block. Mark out the center of this block just as you did with the white one.
Rotate the block so that you now have a diamond in front of you. Using a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter, cut the diamond into four triangles. Repeat this process with the white blocked that you have marked out. Once you have done that you can set two of the coloured triangles and two of the white triangles aside. We will only need two of each for the cushion. You can always use the remaining triangles to make a matching pair.
Arrange the triangle so that the front of your cushion looks like the picture above. Grab one triangle of white and one triangle of your contrasting fabric and pin the seams together.
Select the Patchwork function from the Applications menu of your sewing machine.
Attached the O Foot (the quarter inch) to your sewing machine.
Check that you have the correct bobbin holder, the one with no markings on it in your machine . Thread your sewing machine with your white sewing thread and place the matching bobbin into place.
Go ahead and stitch the two contrasting triangles together so that you now have a larger one. Open out the triangles and press with your iron. Repeat this with the other two triangles. Remembering that when you pin and stitch them together you will need to make sure that when they open the colours create a checker effect.
Once you have completed this task for both sets of triangles, you will now need to stitch the two larger triangles together. Make sure that the four corners match up neatly in the center. Pin together and use the quarter inch seam allowance to stitch together.
Once you have stitched the fabric pieces back into a square you can open it out and press with the iron. The next step is to cut a piece of medium weight tear away stabilizer to fit the SQ23 hoop. Place the SQ23 on the clothsetter, using the center point cross line up and hoop up your fabric and stabilizer. Don’t forget to attach the magnets to the hoop and tighten the screw.
Check that you have the embroidery carriage attached to your machine before you turn it on. Check that you have the bobbin holder in with the yellow dot and the bobbin is filled with Janome Bobbinfil. Attach the embroidery foot (P foot) to your machine and put the machine into embroidery mode.
Once the machine is in embroidery mode, go into the built in designs on the machine. Open up the World of Embroidery Folder on your machine and scroll through to page 6. Select design #32
Thread your embroidery machine with WonderFil #4141. Attach the hoop to the machine and check that the needle lines up with the center of the fabrics. If the needle doesn’t line up, us the arrows on the screen to adjust the needle point until it is sitting in the center of the fabrics.
Stitch out the first colour change. When it is completed change the colour to RA#2517 and stitch out the following two colour changes. Once you have finished stitch out the embroidery design, remove the hoop from the machine and remove all the tear away from the back of the design. Press with the iron.
Using the Sewing Revolutions – The Block Marker, trim the embroidered block down to a 15″ x 15″ block. The reason we are trimming back after we have completed the stitch out and not before is to allow for any shrinkage in the fabric and you will always get shrinkage when embroidering.
You can now set that piece aside for the moment.
Now with the 16′ x 8″ rectangle, mark out a 1/2″ line from the edge of the 16″ side. Fold this over and pin and press, than remove pins, fold, press and pin again. So that you have the raw edge of the fabric inside the fold.
Return your machine back into sewing mode and replace the bobbin holder. Retread your machine with the white sewing thread and restore the bobbin. Using the top stitch application, stitch down both sides of the fold.
Once you have completed this task for the rectangle, you will need to do this to the white 17″ x 17″ block as well.
Lay the embroidered block down with the embroidery facing up, now lay the short rectangle piece down over the tip with the right side facing down and the seamed end facing towards the center of the block. Now lay the white block down over the top with the seamed end facing the center and right side facing down towards the embroidery piece.
Pin the two seamed ends to the embroidered block towards the center of the block. Turn the block over so that the embroidered block is on the top. Pin around the edge of the block. Using a 1/4″seam allowance stitch around the edge of the block. Trim the extra fabric away and trim the corners back. Turn in the correct way.