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Quilting and Embroidered Squares

 

by Nikki Willhite

 

machine embroidered tea cup quilting square

 

Embroidered squares are beautiful.  They can really get your imagination going.  Best of all, they are easy to use in quilt projects, from tablewear to large size quilts.

 

You can hand embroider a square for quilting, but most quilt squares are now made on embroidery machines.  They are made a little oversized, so you can cut them down.  You use them in your project just as you would any other completed block.

 

What is difficult is making these beautiful squares.  Embroidery machines are expensive, and they seem intimidating.  However, you don't have to make them yourself.  You can buy them on ebay.  Many people make them and then sell them for profit.  If you are only going to make a single project, it is well worth the cost.

 

When choosing squares, look for squares that have been embroidered with a stabilizer underneath the fabric.  The fabric and embroidery should be smooth.  You don't want to see the fabric pulling near the stitches.

 

I have purchased several sets of the embroidered squares.  They are beautiful, and if I had the money, I might go overboard buying them.  The picture below is of a tablerunner I made using some squares I purchased on ebay.  I found some fabric in my stash to surround the squares and for the border .  I used leftover scraps of batting to pad the runner.  It is a small project, by I really enjoy it.

 

 

embroidered squares tablerunner

 

Here are some examples of the embroidered squares that I have seen on ebay.  Pick up a few, and support these sellers.  There is something for everyone, and it is a great way to be creative and beautify your home.

 

 

embroidered flower and bird quilt square

embroidered loon quilt square

 

embroidered cat quilt square

 

embroidered ship quilt square

 

 

 

 

 

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Miniature   <36"
   
Wall Hanging any size
   
Baby

36 x 36 up to 52 x 52

   
Lap

52-68 x 52-78

   
Twin

64-72  x  86-96

   
Full

  70-88  x  88-100

   
Queen

  88-99  x  94-108

   
King

94-108  x  94-108

 

Pre-cut Quilt Squares

 4-Patch Quilt Block

Many beginning quilters like to buy quilt pre-cut quilt squares. While it is convenient, be aware you will need a lot of them. Here is approx how many 4-inch squares you need for the following size quilts without borders.

Crib 168
 
Twin 529
 
Double 624
 
Queen 728
 

 

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