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Continuous Embroidery

Continuous Applique with Stipple! Seashells


Yes, you can create continuous appliqué with Stipple! Seashells. All you need is a large embroidery hoop and templates. Follow the steps below to achieve success.

Print a template of the Waveborder design on vellum or tracing paper.

Make a 12” x 44” quilt sandwich of backing, batting and top fabric to make two 3 ½” x 40” borders. Hoop the upper left portion of the quilt sandwich. Stitch the Waveborder design at the top left of the sewing field. Add the applique as instructed in the Stipple! Shell Collection. Once complete, remove the quilt sandwich from the hoop.

Reposition the fabric to connect the next design with the previously stitched design. Keep the applique strip out of the design area while hooping.

Once hooped, smooth the applique fabric over the new sewing field.

Place the Waveborder template in the hoop, aligning the top of the new design with the bottom of the previously stitched design.

Your goal is to connect the design as shown below.

You can hold onto the template and carefully slide the left side of the applique strip to the right to reveal the straight stitches. You want the stitched line on the template to match up with the stitching on the fabric.

Once you’re satisfied that everything matches up, securely tape or pin the template to the hooped fabric. Or slide a target sticker under the template’s crosshair.

Carefully slide the applique strip out from under the template, (just fold it back over itself at the top of the hoop).

Attach the hoop to the machine.

Use the jog keys to move the needle to the center of the template’s crosshair.

Use the trace feature on the machine to position the needle at the upper left corner of the design. The needle should be aligned with the straight line on the first design. If not, move the design.

Make sure the design is in the correct orientation on the screen (matching the orientation of the template). Remove the template.

Stitch color 1. Smooth the applique strip down over the first color and stitch color two, the tackdown. Insert

Repeat until you have stitched the complete design. In the image below, the first design was stitched in the bean stitch version of the design, while the second repeat was stitched in the run version. I did this so you could see where one design ended and the next one began.

Thanks for your question, Maxine!
Maxine’s question was about a Design’s in Machine Embroidery product called Stipple! Seashells.  You can find more information here.


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  • Vera

    THANK YOU! I have printed out templates before, but never really understood how you used them to “line up” a design for continuous patterns. (I have a 6 needle Babylock, so would LOVE to try longer designs.) I’m inspired. Going to try some border designs ASAP. Thanks so much!

  • eaglelady53

    Eileen, I LOVE your stipple/applique designs, especially this latest one for seashells. However, i still have a basic machine that only does 4×4″ designs. and as much as I’d love to upgrade to one with a larger field of stitching, it’s not possible anytime in the future. But with my little machine, I’m not able to buy your wonderful designs. Is it possible you would ever consider making stipple/applique designs meant for those of us with the smaller 4×4″ field of stitching? I know there HAS to be more of us out there who don’t have machines that will stitch 5×7″ designs. PLEASE make some beautiful designs for us, too! thanks much for your consideration! Rita Werner

  • Deb Fischer

    I love how you make things so simple for even me, a virtual beginner. Now that I have upgraded to a Baby Lock Elisimo, I can’t wait for my Retirement in 6 months so I can try your Stipple designs!

  • Paulette Campbell

    I have only a 5×7 inch hoop will that work with the continuous border? Your instructions say large hoop but did not know if a 5×7 is considered large.

  • Kathi Stowe

    I was very excited to see that you have the snap-hoop for Viking Sewing Machines – but then noticed that the models you listed did not include mine. I have a Viking Quilt Designer II; will there be a snap-hoop that will work with my machine any time soon?

    Thank you.

  • Debbra Gamble

    I’m working on the Seashell Stipple design and am going to love the end result. I’m not a quilter, so the reverse piecing technique is an easy way for great results. The instructions for the quilt are great, however, they seem to stop after showing how to put the blocks together with this technique. It would have been great to have pictures with the instructions on how to complete attaching the borders and corners. I’m finding the last part of the instructions confusing especially without pictures, but hope to be able to be able complete this great project.

  • grammiegae

    How am I supposed to remember this when I need it?

    Please tell me there is a way to print this post—my attempts were dismal.

    I signed up for your blogs, but if I can’t print the information they will be of little use.





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