I am teaching a quilt class for our Relief Society enrichment class. We are doing the pattern Turning Twenty. It creates a quilt top using 20 'fat quarters'. It is a perfect beginning quilt and goes together quickly. I am making my own Turning 20 quilt but I wanted to add some personalized stitches. I decided to make stitches to go in particular spots on the quilt. It is fairly simple to make a pattern to transfer to muslin (a type of fabric) that you can then put in your quilt. I am making a quilt for my Mother-in-Law's 70th Birthday. This quilt lends itself very well to this type of customization.
To Create your custom Stitches:
1- Begin by figuring out the exact size of the space where you want your finished stitch in the quilt. Cut out white card stock to that exact size (do not include seam allowances). Sketch out your design in pencil. Do not have your design go all the way to the edges of your paper. As soon as you have the design you want in pencil, trace it with a fine point black sharpie marker. You now have your pattern on cardstock and you are ready to transfer it to muslin for stitching.
2- Cut muslin 1-2" larger than your cardstock pattern. This will give you a little extra in case the edges fray while you stitch (you will trim it before putting it in the quilt-see step 4). Scotch Tape your cardstock pattern to any flat surface (I like using a window). Center your muslin on top of your cardstock pattern. Tape on each edge to prevent movement. Now simply trace your pattern onto your muslin using a pencil. You are ready to stitch!
3- Using colored floss (DMC type), "color" your transfered pattern on your muslin. Use small, even stitches. Use 2 strands of floss for most things. Words often look best in 1 strand of a dark color. I prefer faces in 1 strand as well.
4- Once you have completed your stitch, trim up your muslin to prepare to sew into your quilt. Leave 1/4" seam allowances. For example, if your card stock (or finished size) block was 4" X 5", you need to cut your finished muslin stitch to 4 1/2" X 5 1/2". Now put it into your quilt and enjoy!
In the future I will incorporate this and other stitches into my Turning Twenty Quilt!
PS-This stitch is secret so don't tell Kristine!