Published on Thursday, August 10, 2017

’Hatching’ a Quilt - Part 1 - Monogram Block

Fun quilting tutorial series with Kristie J Smith - FREE tutorials and embroidery designs


Have you always wanted to learn how to quilt but did not know where to start? Creating amazing looking quilt blocks with Hatch Embroidery is really simple, and when it comes to creativity, the possibilities are endless.

So we asked the lovely Kristie J Smith for a fun quilting project suitable for beginners. Each fortnight we will post Kristie's instructions on how to create the individual blocks for your quilt. The final part will then explain how to assemble them altogether.

In this first part you will find out the supplies needed for the project and you will also get started by creating your first block. How exciting is that!

So, over to Kristie...

Hello, I am so thrilled to be presenting to you this great "Hatching a Quilt" project! Whether a seasoned quilter or a beginner, you will love how simple it is to create quilt components with Hatch Embroidery software. Every fortnight with each lesson, I will assist you in exploring the amazing features of the software, helping to build your confidence and develop new skills. Enjoy the journey and discover quilting with Hatch Embroidery! 


Basic Objectives and Creative Options

  1. The goal is to have fun and become more familiar with Hatch Embroidery.
  2. The quilt blocks in this project are all created in Hatch Embroidery and stitched completely in the embroidery hoop. Block assembly is done on the sewing machine.
  3. The basic concepts learned in the lessons are stepping-stones to your creativity. Consider using these techniques in combination to build new quilt blocks.
  4. Don't be afraid to flex your creative muscles and put your own slant on the quilt. You are the designer and Hatch Embroidery provides endless opportunities to express your imagination.
  5. Blocks are 10” square (9.5”/24.13 cm finished) and there are lessons for 6 different blocks in the project (9 blocks total with duplicates in the corners). The finished quilt project as shown is 28.5”/72.39 cm X 28.5”/72.39 cm. Note: Block size can easily be adjusted based on the hoop size used and additional blocks can be added to make a larger quilted project.
  6. Embroidery machine tension may need to be tweaked so that upper and lower threads are evenly balanced.



Supplies for the Entire Project


  • Hatch Embroidery Digitizer
  • Fabric for front of blocks: (white)- 1.5 yards/1.4 meters recommended or adequate fabric to cover the hoop used
  • Fabric for back of blocks: (print)- 1.5 yards/1.4 meters recommended or adequate fabric to cover the hoop used
  • Fabric for applique and pieced blocks: ¼ yard/0.25 meters each of 2 prints
  • Batting: 1.5 yards recommended or adequate fabric to cover the hoop used (enough for 9 blocks)
  • Sashing fabric (Print): 1/3 yard / 0.3 meters
  • Binding fabric: ¼ yard/0.25 meters
  • Mesh-type cut-away stabilizer: 1 roll, width/height to cover selected hoop
  • Temporary adhesive spray
  • Assorted embroidery thread 

Optional Supplies


  • Applique' scissors for removing excess stabilizer/clipping around appliqued fabrics
  • Rotary cutter/mat and acrylic rulers (12”/30.48 cm square and long ruler recommended)
  • Masking tape (to better secure the backing of the blocks while stitching as backs are not hooped in most blocks)
  • Invisible thread (used to top stitch sashing fabrics) 
  • Water-soluble stabilizer: 1-2 sheets for Trapunto block


Monogram Block


Supplies for this block

Front fabric: Minimal 12” square (to be trimmed after embroidery)
Backing fabric: Minimal 12” square (to be trimmed after embroidery)
Batting - 1 piece large enough to cover the hoop 
Stabilizer - 2 sheets to cover the hoop
Assorted Embroidery Thread
Temporary Spray Adhesive


While creating the first block of your quilt, you will learn how to use the various features of the 'Monogramming' tool in Hatch Embroidery from adding letters, choosing font types and set styles. 



I will also show you how to add ornaments and borders to your monogram and a stipple stitch to fill the background. 



Once the monogram is created, I will show you how you can edit the lettering using the 'Break Apart' tool to separate the components of the monogram, so different elements of the design can be tweaked outside of the 'Monogramming' toolbox.

Once you are happy with your monogram, I will introduce you to the 'Ambiance Quilting' tool to create the scroll that will surround your design.




I will also give you step-by-step instructions on how to stitch out your monogram block.








Related Articles

Part 2 - Fills, Thrills & Outlines Block
Part 3 - Appliqué Block
Part 4 - Continuous Quilting Block
Part 5 - Trapunto Block
Part 6 - Perfectly Pieced Block & Assembling the Quilt




Kristie J Smith has been an educator, designer, business consultant, and sewist for over 20 years. She currently consults for the sewing industry, providing guidance on product development, writing articles, testing products, teaching, and creating marketing pieces.






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2 comments on article "'Hatching' a Quilt - Part 1 - Monogram Block"


8/14/2017 8:27 AM

I have the latest version of Hatch I think - Version 5 but I don't have 01 Monograming ornaments M073k - mine stop at a much lower number, and I don't have Borders past 026 - help

Hi Kathy, version 5 is the Janome software, which has a different set of ornaments and borders. You can just select something similar and create your own version of the block.


8/15/2017 2:39 AM

Ah that explains why some things are in different places ! Okay many thanks, still will be able to work something out 😄

Kathy, both software are developed by Wilcom, so they are very similar in many ways. You should be able to create something similar easily. You will just need to find an ornament and a border that'll work for your design. It will be your very own creation! :)

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