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God's Grace Baby Quilt

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  • 5 x 7” or 8 x 11” hoop
  • Paper template and color chart
  • Robison Anton embroidery thread
  • Tear-away stabilizer
  • Water Solvable Stabilizer
  • Embroidery Scissors
  • Snips
  • One piece of cotton fabric 5 ½ “ x 6”
  • One piece of Heat n Bond lite 5 ½ “ x 6”
  • Dry iron
  • Commercial cotton baby quilt
  • Piece of cotton fabric
  • Temporary Adhesive Spray
  • Tweezers
  • Lint Roller
  • Seam Ripper

  • Designs used in this project


    God’s Grace pairs a verse with an applique design for an adorable baby quilt. This project can be stitched with an 8” x 11” hoop or a 5” x 7” hoop.  If using a 5 x 7” hoop, you will need to hoop twice.  An 8” x 11” hoop was used in the example.  The project dimensions are 5 ¾” x 10 7/8” with a stitch count of 21,830.  Basic applique techniques are used on the machine embroidery design.  A single needle embroidery machine was used for this project.

    Step 1:
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    Gather the materials for this project.  Read the instructions before beginning.  

    Step 2:
    The machine embroidery designs used for this project are God’sGrace, Elephant Applique, and Single Little Heart.  The Single Little Heart was used in the project to help connect the two designs together.  

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    Step 3:
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    Personalization works super great with this project.  An option is to add a name to personalize your project.  A design template was made to show how a name could be added to the project.  The example was made using Embrilliance Essentials embroidery software program. 

    Step 4:
    Not sure what colors to use for your project?  Check to see if you can change colors on your embroidery software program.  Another feature of Embrilliance Essentials is that colors can be changed on the design template.  This feature is helpful to give a better visualization of the finished product.  Embrilliance Essentials was used to change the colors on the design to match the desired outcome. 

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    Step 5:

    Print a paper design template and color sequence chart.

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    Step 6:
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    Iron and lightly starch the baby quilt and fabric for the applique.

    Step 7:
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    Cut one piece of cotton fabric 5 ½” x 6”.

    Cut one piece of Heat n Bond lite 5 ½” x 6”.

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    Heat n Bond lite is a fusible, sewable iron-on adhesive.  Using Heat n Bond lite when appliqueing will bond the fabrics together.  Heat n Bond lite has a rough, textured side and a slick, paper side.  The rough, textured side is the adhesive.


    Place the rough side of the Heat n Bond lite to the wrong side of the fabric being appliqued.

    Follow the directions on the package to apply Heat n Bond lite to the wrong side of the fabric piece.  A dry iron is recommended when using the Heat n Bond lite.

    Remove the paper.  The wrong side of the fabric will have a slick surface which is the fusible adhesive.  

    Step 9:

    The next big question is where do I put the design?  Placement can be anywhere, but must be centered and aligned.    The design is at an angle in the lower right corner in the example.


    Fold the lower right corner of the baby quilt so that the sides match up.  (Example has scalloped edges.)  Press lightly to make a crease in the center of the fold.

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    Step 10:

    The paper template is the actual size of the stitch out.  Use the template as a guide for placement.   


    Fold the paper template in half using the placement marks as guides.  Use stick pins or an erasable fabric pen to mark the center points. 

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    Step 11:

    The baby quilt that I’m using is made of two layers of cotton fabric with quilt batting in the middle.   A medium tear-away stabilizer will be used because of the weight and fabric stability of the baby quilt. 

    Tear-away Stabilizers are a temporary, paper-like stabilizer that comes in many different weights, from very soft to very crisp.  Tear-away stabilizers are carefully torn off after embroidery design is completed.

    Hoop the stabilizer.   Mark the center point on the stabilizer.  Mark the center of each side of the hoop frame.  

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    Step 12:
    Place the folded baby quilt on the center of the hoop. 
    Align the center points on the stabilizer and the baby quilt.  Spray temporary adhesive on the stabilizer.  

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    Step 13:
    Press the baby quilt gently onto the stabilizer and smooth surface.  A few stick pins may to used on the outer edges for additional support.  Repeat this step for the other side.  

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    Step 14:
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    Water Solvable or Wash Away Stabilizers are made to dissolve when wet and can be used as a back or top stabilizer.  When used as a topping, the idea is to keep the stitching from disappearing in the pile or nap of the fabric.  It will make the stitches be more noticeable and distinct.


    Place a piece of Water Solvable Stabilizer on top of the quilt. 

    Step 15:

    Stitch the verse ‘God’s Grace’ by following the color sequence print out and/or color guide on the machine.  

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    Step 16:
    You are now ready to begin appliqueing the elephant.  The Water Solvable Stabilizer needs to be moved because it would interfere with the adhesion of the Heat n Bond lite.  Fold the Water Solvable Stabilizer back so that it is off of the side where the elephant will be appliqued on the quilt.
         Applique designs use fabric as an essential element of the design.  Each patch of fabric will have 3 elements, the placement stitch, the tack down stitch and the finishing stitch.  A placement stitch shows you where to place the piece of fabric. The tack down stitches will sew the applique fabric onto your fabric. Finishing stitches will typically cover the raw edges of the fabric and be decorative.  A satin stitch is often used for finishing appliques designs.  The stitches will each be a different color in the design so that the machine knows to stop after each step.

    Sew the placement stitch for the elephant.

    Place the fabric over the placement stitch outline.

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    Step 17:

    Sew the tack down stitches. 

    Carefully remove the hoop from your machine, but do not remove the project from the hoop. Using sharp embroidery scissors, trim the applique fabric around the tack down stitching. Trim close to the stitches but not so close as to cut the stitches themselves.

    While still in the hoop , using a small, dry iron, follow the Heat n Bond lite directions to iron the appliqued fabric in place. Attach hoop.

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    Cover the elephant with Water Solvable Stabilizer.  Follow the stitching sequence from the color sequence chart on the machine and/or chart.  Number 14 on the color chart is the finishing stitches for the applique design. 

    You have completed the design.  Almost done! 

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    Remove the baby quilt from the hoop.  Remove the Water Solvable Stabilizer (WSS) from the top of the baby quilt.  Tweezers are very helpful.  The best tool that I have found is the seam ripper in the picture.  Use the rubber end and it takes it right off.  I have never had to use water since getting this awesome tip.  Also, a very clean pencil eraser rubbed lightly will help remove the WSS. 

    Remove the Tear-away Stabilizer from the back of the baby quilt.  Clip threads and tidy the area.  Use a lint roller to remove stray threads.  Tweezers are handy for removing lingering stabilizer.

    Now you are finished with the baby quilt.


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    Congratulations!  YOU did it!  You completed a keepsake baby quilt.  

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    P.S.  This picture shows a personalized version of this design.  

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    Meet The Author: Marisa Littleton
    Marisa Littleton is a retired educator with a love for teaching and learning. Interests include machine embroidery, hand embroidery, quilting, cooking, and antiques.

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