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Llama Love Baby Quilt

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Materials
  • 5” x 7” hoop applique embroidery
  • 4” x 4” hoop for cactus embroidery
  • 1 package Crib Size Dream Cotton Batting®
  • 1 yard Bear Essentials3 Maze Orange® cotton fabric
  • 1 yard Lime cotton fabric
  • ½ yard Cactus print cotton fabric Llama Llama White® is used in the sample
  • 2 yards of bright print cotton fabric Ranchera Serape Multi Bright® is used in the sample
  • ¼ yard of White on white swirl print for appliques
  • 10” of Heat N Bond Lite
  • No show stabilizer 2 layers for each hooping
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Invisible Thread – optional for quilting
  • Fabric marking pen

  • Designs used in this project
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/pat-williams/stockdesign/1/llam01.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/pat-williams/stockdesign/1/llam02.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/pat-williams/stockdesign/1/llam03.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/pat-williams/stockdesign/1/llam04.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/pat-williams/stockdesign/1/llam05.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/pat-williams/stockdesign/1/llam06.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/pat-williams/stockdesign/1/llam07.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/pat-williams/stockdesign/1/llam08.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/pat-williams/stockdesign/1/llam09.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/pat-williams/stockdesign/1/llam10.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/pat-williams/stockdesign/1/llam11.aspx

  • Preface:
    As baby quilts are no longer recommended in cribs this quilt is made large enough for the baby to play on it on the floor. The frolicking llamas will make it a favorite well into childhood. Due to the fill stitches in each of the designs, it is recommended that you use two layers of no-show stabilizer for each embroidery. Simple straight stitch quilting ¼” from the seam lines quilts the strips of fabrics. Free motion quilting stipples the areas around the appliques and embroidery, but feel free to quilt however you desire.


    Step 1:
    Label your fabrics as follows:
    Lime A
    Multi –print B
    Cactus C
    Orange D

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    Step 2:
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    Cut your fabrics as follows across the full width of the fabric:
    Fabric A Lime 3 7 ½” strips
    Fabric B Multi-print 2 3” and 1 5” strip
    Fabric C Cactus print 1 3” strip and 3 2” strips
    Fabric D Orange Maze 2 3” strips and 4 2” strips


    Step 3:
    Stitch the strips together with a ¼” seam allowance in the following order
    3” fabric C
    3” fabric D
    7 ½” fabric A
    2” fabric D
    3” fabric B
    2” fabric D
    7 ½” fabric A
    2” fabric C
    5” fabric B
    2” fabric D
    7 ½” fabric A
    2” fabric D
    2” fabric C
    3” fabric B
    2” fabric C
    The fabrics won’t be all of the same widths, but try to keep one edge fairly even. To minimize distortion sew one set of strips in one direction and sew the next strip in the opposite direction all the way down the quilt top.


    Step 4:
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    After joining all of the strips trim off both sides of the quilt whatever you need to straighten the sides. 


    Step 5:
    Press all seams towards the darkest fabrics then fold the quilt top in half side to side and press a light crease down the vertical center to mark center all the way down the quilt top.

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    Step 6:
    Cut 8 5” x 4 ½” rectangles of the white on white fabric and Heat N Bond Lite®. Press the fabric a couple of times with spray starch (this helps prevent fraying) and then fuse the Heat N Bond Lite® to each rectangle.

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    Step 7:
    Mark your top lime green fabric strip for embroidery by drawing a horizontal line 3 ½” above the bottom of the strip. Draw a vertical line down the center and a vertical line 10” from each side of the center mark. If you are placing the lying down llama with the hat (llam03) as the center design make another short horizontal line ½” below the original horizontal line. This will be the lowered center of design for the lying down llama.

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    Step 8:
    Hoop the fabric over the center placement lines with two sheets of no-show stabilizer. To stitch the lying down llama you will move the needle so that it is over the lowered center of design mark.

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    Step 9:
    In all of the llama designs, some portion of the legs and or ears will stitch before the placement line for the applique. Follow the color charts until the placement line is sewn.

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    Step 10:
    Remove the paper from the applique fabric. Spray adhesive on the back and position over the placement line. Run the next color stop to tack down the applique.

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    Step 11:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Trim the applique right up next to the tack down stitches and then press the applique with an applique iron.

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    Step 12:
    Follow the color chart to complete the design.

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    Step 13:
    Remove the hoop, unhoop the design, trim the excess stabilizer about ¼” around the design.

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    Step 14:
    Llama01 is stitched on the 10” mark to the left of the center of the quilt top. Use the original horizontal line and vertical mark to center this design.

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    Step 15:
    LLam04, the jumping llama requires a little special handling as he is wider than the other designs and must be run vertically in your hoop.

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    Step 16:
    For Llam04 place the height of the hoop horizontally over the 3rd set of placement lines drawn on the fabric. 

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    Step 17:
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    Some embroidery formats will have automatically rotated this design for you, some don’t. So you may have to rotate the design at your machine to fit into the hoop. Be sure to rotate the design so that the llama’s head will be towards the top of the quilt.


    Step 18:
    One llama has to be sewn twice for the layout I chose so llam10 was repeated on the second row of the quilt. These two llamas were each sewn out 10” from the center of the quilt. The colors of the llamas blanket were changed on the second sew out just to make them different from the first. The bottom row was spaced out like the first with the center design lowered ½” from the horizontal line to have this llama looking like they are lying down.


    Step 19:
    Hoop between the llamas with 2 layers of no-show stabilizer, moving the designs down in the hoop so that they stitch about close to the level of the feet, to stitch the cacti of your choice between the llamas.

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    Step 20:
    Lay out the back fabric of multi-print, place the batting on top and then place your quilt top on top of that having the back fabric and batting exceed the quilt top by two inches on all sides. I chose to use spray adhesive to layer my quilt, but use your preferred method of pinning or basting the layers together as you wish. Use invisible thread in the top of your sewing machine for quilting. In the sample, all of the strips except the lime green were simply stitched across ¼” from the seam. The lime strips were quilted with free motion stippling. If you haven’t tried free motion quilting yet please check out Leah Day’s videos on youtube. It is easier than you think.

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    Step 21:
    Cut 5 2.5” strips of fabric D – orange and bind the quilt using your preferred method.

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    Step 22:
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    Congratulations your Llama Love Baby Quilt is complete!

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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