Welcome to Hugs N Kisses – Marian’s Day

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Well it’s time for another Blog Hop, Because of circumstances beyond my control, I did not finish.

However, I was asked to post what I had done, so come on in and see what fun I was up to..

First, I’d like to say that it’s been some time since I did any paper piecing by normal methods. I have had fun creating paper piecing blocks via my machine embroidery hoop. Two Embroidery digitizers helped me to learn the techniques needed to paper piece in the hoop, however, I taught myself how to digitize my own blocks.

The lamb design in my project is the artwork of Trina Clark

Paper Piecing In the Hoop techniques by LJI Designs and Threads That Bind Us.


First, I digitized the designs in my Bernina software, this was a big learning experience, took me several tries to find a technique for digitizing paper pieced blocks, but I finally came upon something I am happy with.

I will note that because my largest hoop size is 6×10, the heart, the x, and the o are all digitized to a 6-Inch block size.


As my base stabilizer, I used a wash away stabilizer.


These are early pictures of my test stitch outs, I originally digitized with no design stitchout first. I have since changed this so that the block part now stitches out so that I know where to cut. 🙂


Still an early stitchout, but you can see it coming along.


I never said I could cut well when it’s in the hoop. 🙂


Skipping to the end of this section, it gives you an idea of how cool this technique is, and it is to me faster than other methods. Yes, there is probably more waste.


I hope to finish this during the weekend, the idea of this is that it will be surrounded in a Tic Tac Toe like look.

The Lamb design was created in Electric Quilt, and then digitized in Bernina’s Embroidery Software to do the embroidery with. The Bow ties and the Ears are “floppy” in that they use 2 layers of fabric turned inside out and the top of the parts are stitched under the parts to hold them in place and then allow them to flop around if they so choose to do so.

It will include the x and o’s, but they were not done enough for me to want to show.

I hope you enjoyed my little project.

Have a great day, and be sure to visit the other sites today on the Hugs N Kisses Blog Hop:

Lady Beth
Lady Jenny
Lady Britt-Inger
Lady Carla
Lady Marian
You are already here!!
Lady Lyndsey


57 thoughts on “Welcome to Hugs N Kisses – Marian’s Day

  1. I also am interested in learning how to digitize a paper piecing pattern… I was unable to find any more information on the site – can you point me in the right direction?

    1. What digitizing software do you own to digitize in? Not that it’s real important, but I do believe there are one or two tutorials out there that can possibly guide you. I don’t teach digitizing on my site itself, I can’t even imagine trying to do so as it’s so complex. However, if you know the ins and outs of paper piecing, and have some idea already on how to digitize, you wouldn’t have a problem figuring it out. When paper piecing, and digitizing the most important thing is just using normal stitches, there is no real other way to really explain that any better than that. What I can say is perhaps buy a few paper pieced designs that are already digitized for paper piecing techniques (don’t buy the type where there is a zigzag stitch on the top, that’s now what I call paper piecing, but some digitizers do) and stitch them out, watch the stitch outs so you can get an idea of how that designer digitized the design itself, such as Lindee G, or LJI Designs, Kenny’s Kreations, and Amazing Designs. My guess is that OESD might also have some to.

      I taught myself how to do it just by using some of the designs I’ve purchased in the past. I didn’t specifically use any one digitizers ideas as I added an extra stitch line in mine because I wanted my fabric to stay in place in the hoop after I flipped the fabric to the other side, so I drew extra lines to allow that, the lines were set so they were a longer stitch length, and didn’t interfere with stitching lines that would go over them when I added the next piece of fabric, thus I didn’t have to hold the fabric in place to stitch over them.

      Basically, what I did was make a baste pattern to stitch on the stabilizer., I then added a stitching line for the first piece of fabric to stitch all around the shape in place, I then added a line for the first seam where you add your next piece of fabric and you want a thread color change on this stitch, with another color change, you then add the baste around shape fabric that only covers the open seam areas, and not the stitch you just placed. this stitches after one would use an iron to flip over the shape they just added, it stitches that open shape to the stabilizer and also allows you to cut any extra fabric that’s not needed, and then with another color change you add your next shape, doing the same process over and over until you finish the block or the section.

      You need a thread color change at each stop area, because even tho your not changing your thread color, you are doing things to the quilt block that need the machine to stop so you can do them. I basically did red and green threads, red was for all the fabric seams that would stitch to another piece of fabric, green was for all the fabric shape closures, thus it helped me keep it all straight. If your digitizing a design tho from some one else’s pattern, you do need to be sure you stitch it in order of how the paper piece design is suppose to be stitched, no switching of stitch orders is possible because you will mess up the paper pieced design. Try to avoid also doing really small fabric sections if at all possible as this is nearly impossible to do in the hoop.

      After I designed that design, it did occur to me that I could avoid the closure stitch by just using some glue stick, but that would hinder cutting fabric, so you either do the closure stitch or cut your shapes prior to stitching so you can use the glue stick without having to worry about cutting any fabric in the hoop.

      Hope this helps…

  2. I have searched the internet for a tutorial on digitizing piecing in the hoop. Can you point me in the right direction? You indicated you did your own digitizing. I’m new to digitizing and need help with it.

      1. Ditto for me. Do you teach digitizing for PITH? Please advise and many thanks for your very informative and visually appealing blog. God Bless xx

        1. I don’t consider myself enough of an expert to teach it, although I was planning to add a how to do it on my blog at some point. I’ll try to get it done soon.

  3. Your project is looking good! I’ll be back to see the finished version. I just heard of this technique about a week ago. I’m buying a used embroidery machine and the owner was showing me a quilt she’s making in this technique.

  4. Congratulations on all the work of digitizing those designs. I have an embroidery machine and work in my software lots and know that it takes hours to produce things and get them to stitch out correctly. Your project is well on it’s way and is really sweet. Love those floppy ears.

  5. Well what you have done so far is so adorable so I will be looking forward to the end product. Happy Valentines Day.

  6. Very cute heart – sheep ♥
    And very interesting post, this technique is absoutely new to me,
    thanks for sharing.
    Happy Valentine!

  7. Cute lamb design to combine with the hugs and kisses designs. I never would ‘v thought to try to paper piece in the hoop!
    I like the colors you are using, too.

  8. Aw, the lamb is so sweet, and I had no idea you could paper piece this way. I don’t have a machine like that so technically, I can’t, but I haven’t yet tried paper piecing in general so there you go! Thank you for sharing something new!

  9. That is going to be adorable when you get it done. I have never made friends with digitizing, and long gave up on it, so I bow down to you! Great job!

  10. OOoh, your lamb looks so cutie!!! and the heart fits perfectly, this is going to be very nice. Go on and I am looking forward to admiring your finished work :-))

  11. What a cute lamb and heart! I’m anxious to see the finished project. Thanks for being brave enough to share what you have done with us. Many blogs show us finished products and let us believe that everything goes well the first time and every time. We all have life and thanks for participating and sharing. You will get this finished!!!!!

  12. How fun is that? To digitize and then sew out the heart! I love the colors you used and the lamb is a real cutie. Thanks for showing the steps – takes me back many years when there was software for the Mac and my Pfaff and I could import designs and then sew them out using my computer. Loved it all!

  13. despite some setbacks you showed your true heart and showed up…right there we send gratitude….putting your best foot forward even when life strikes at you, shows how much heart you have….good for you ….let us know when completed…like to see it..

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