Welcome to Hugs N Kisses – Marian’s Day

Hugs & Kisses Blog Hop

Hugs & Kisses Blog Hop

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


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57 Responses to Welcome to Hugs N Kisses – Marian’s Day

  1. Avatarjoan says:

    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?

    • AvatarMarian says:

      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. AvatarLinda Bolyard says:

    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.

  3. AvatarTheresa says:

    Really sweet project, it’s going to be so cute when done.

  4. AvatarMoeWest says:

    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.

  5. AvatarCarol says:

    The lamb and hearts look beautiful…great technique using your Bernina. Happy Valentines Day!

  6. AvatarCecilia says:

    Your lamb is too cute! That is an interesting technique for paper piecing. Thanks for sharing.

  7. AvatarKathy says:

    This is going to be super cute! I love the little lamb. Please post when it is completed. I would love to see it.

  8. AvatarLJ says:

    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.

  9. AvatarSandra Davidson says:

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

  10. AvatarMarcy says:

    Please share when you get the others done. I’ll be watching.

  11. AvatarAudrey says:

    I have never come across this technique to paper piece. It is very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  12. AvatarJan says:

    Your little lamb is adorable. This will be gorgeous when finished.

  13. Oh how very cute your little lamb and the heart are together. Thank you sew very much for Hopping…

  14. AvatarBaa. xxx says:

    OOOh – love that lamb – will she be my friend? she is such a cutie!

  15. AvatarBente says:

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

  16. AvatarSoma says:

    Great technique! The heart looks wonderful with the cute lamb. It will be a wonderful project.

    Thank you for joining the blog hop!

  17. AvatarAnita says:

    Very cool technique! I didn’t known you could do that with a bernina, will have to research it 🙂

  18. AvatarSusiel says:

    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.

  19. Avatarselina says:

    I’ve never seen this process thanks so much for sharing it. Looks like this will be a wonderful piece once it’s done.

  20. I love your Lamb…it is adorable!

  21. Avatarcharlotte m. says:

    Looking so cute. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  22. AvatarMargaret Schindler says:

    That is so very cute. I will have to try digitizing a paper piece pattern and see how it turns out.

  23. AvatarPat says:

    Lovely little lamb. Interesting design technique. Thanks for sharing. XOs from me to you … <3 Pat

  24. 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!

  25. AvatarMary says:

    The paper piecing in the machine sounds like a great idea. The little lamb is so sweet.

  26. AvatarMary W says:

    What a great way to do that pattern. Looks like you have a great start. Thank you for sharing.

  27. AvatarLady Rexie says:

    What a creative way to do PP! It feels like cheating! I’m so jealous of that machine….I so want one!

  28. AvatarJoan says:

    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!

  29. AvatarJudy from Switzerland says:

    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 :-))

  30. I love your little lamb! It’s adorable!

  31. What an unusual take on FPP. You surely do enjoy a challenge!

  32. Avatargail says:

    What a sweet little lamb! It’s going to be adorable. 🙂

  33. This is simnply brilliant- never would have thought of digitizing pp in the hoop!

  34. Wow, I am amazed at what you can do in that embroidery hoop! Your project will be beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  35. AvatarDoris Rice says:

    The project is going to be so cute when finished. I’m very intrigued about paper piecing with the embroidery machine. I’m going to have to check that out!

  36. AvatarSandra Visser says:

    Love the lamb she is so cute.

  37. AvatarElizabeth says:

    Very interesting process, thanks for sharing! Your lamb is adorable and I’m sure the finished piece will be great.

  38. This is going to be sew cute when finished!

  39. AvatarShari says:

    Wow, this looks so complicated, and the results look amazing. Adorable little lamb! Sew many new things to learn! Thanks for sharing.

  40. AvatarSusan in OK says:

    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!!!!!

  41. 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!

  42. Avatarmdm samm says:

    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..

  43. AvatarCynthia says:

    The little lamb is adorable!

  44. AvatarBritt-Inger says:

    It will be so cute, when it is finished. Thanks for sharing your creativity. And sometimes the circumstances is to hard to fight.

  45. AvatarJan says:

    It is really looking cute Marian. I love the little Lamb!
    xo jan

  46. AvatarJan says:

    It is really looking cute. Love the lamb!
    xo jan

  47. AvatarHeidi says:

    It will be such a cute project when finished… Keep up the beautiful work!

  48. AvatarAnita says:

    A very cute lamb!

  49. AvatarJudy B. says:

    Love how you did the designing in your machine’s hoop! Thank you for sharing.

  50. AvatarCarla says:

    Oh, this will be so darling when it is finished. I’ll stay tuned to see it.

  51. AvatarSusan says:

    I can already tell it’s going to be so cute! Love the lamb and heart that are done.

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