I am a huge Sarah Vedeler fan...and if you are a quilter or machine embroiderer, then chances are you are familiar with her work. Sarah's amazing designs feature embroidered applique done by machine - and they are all incredible! She does a lot of work with vibrant, brilliant colors...using beautiful silk fabrics and luscious AURIfil threads. So why am I telling you all of this??....because Sarah teamed up with AccuQuilt for a line of licensed cutting dies and coordinating digitized designs for machine embroidery....and I used one of these dies and her embroidered applique for today's post.
The trees were cut with my AccuQuilt Go! Fabric Cutter, using the GO! Sparkle-Slim Tree die. This die cuts both the large slim tree ( 4 1/4"W x 13 3/16"H) and the small slim tree (2 1/8"W x 6 9/16"H). I love how precise all the pieces are....making it SUPER easy to assemble the applique. I wanted to to a little experimenting, so instead of the recommended silk fabrics, I used cotton fabrics...and making it easier, I used charm pack squares to give me a variety of fabric patterns. I also used only two colors of rayon thread for the machine embroidered applique, instead of the multitude of fabulous colors Sarah uses (one day I will have the gorgeous AURIfil threads to play with!). I wanted a more subdued look...more eye-pleasing with my home decor. After cutting one large tree and two smalls trees (in a matter of minutes), I debated over doing machine applique to attach the pieces...or using Sarah's GO! Sparkle Embroidery Designs to machine embroider the pieces....we all know how much I love to do machine embroidery, so I opted to use the digitized designs (Sarah's digitized designs are top-notch and very detailed, as you can see!). The combination of the fabric cutting die and the digitized software gave me QUICK and FABULOUS results - I was so impressed with both!
After getting the trees cut and machine embroidered, I decided to add a couple reindeer as a finishing touch! Using the same fabric line (Frosted Memories by Holly Taylor for Moda), I used my Slice Fabrique to cut the reindeer (using the 'Tis The Season design card)...then machine appliqued them in place.
Once I had the block done - I had to decide how to use it - I could have put it in a quilt...or a wall hanging...but I decided on a pillow, using a coordinating fabric for the borders and backing. The borders were cut easily with the GO! 3 1/2" Strip Cutter die. It is a large pillow - 20" W x 20" H - and will be the perfect addition to my holiday decor!
I feel blessed to have so many great sewing and quilting tools - they make projects like this so much fun...and allow me to create intricate projects with my crazy busy schedule. I have two more Sparkle dies to play with and review: Sparkle-Snowflakes and the Sparkle-Tree, so look for more fun holiday projects soon!