Published on Saturday, September 9, 2017

’Hatching’ a Quilt - Part 3 - Appliqué Block

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



It’s week 3 of “Hatching a Quilt” tutorial series and I’m super excited to explore appliqué with you this week. Appliqué is the art of stitching pieces of fabric to a base fabric to create a beautiful ornamental pattern, and it is also one of my favorite techniques. Hatch Embroidery makes it “sew” easy to create an appliqué design in no time! This tutorial takes you through the simple process of how this beautiful block was created and will also inspire you to design your own creations. Get ready for a fun lesson that is sure to get you “stuck” on appliqué!…Happy Embroidering.



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 Digitizer 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


Supplies for the Appliqué Block

  • Circle embellishment design (see download for lesson)
  • Flower artwork
  • Front fabric: Minimal 12”/30.48 cm square (to be trimmed after embroidery)
  • Backing fabric: Minimal 12”/30.48 cm square (to be trimmed after embroidery)
  • Batting - 1 piece large enough to cover the hoop
  • Applique fabric: 6”/15.24 cm square for flower, 4”/15.24 cm square for leaf 
  • Stabilizer - 2 sheets to cover the hoop
  • Assorted Embroidery Thread
  • Temporary Spray Adhesive
  • Appliqué scissors (optional)


Download the design and flower drawing artwork for this project onto your computer. You will find the download button to access the tutorial, embroidery designs and the artwork at the end of this article.


We will start by digizing the appliqué leaf and the appliqué flower. 




Then I will show you how to remove overlaps and then add the center design.




You will also learn how to use the Ambience Quilting tool to create your block.




Finally all there is left to do is stitch out your block!








Related Articles

Part 1 - Monogram Block
Part 2 - Fills, Thrills & Outlines Block
Part 4 - Continuous Quilting Block
Part 5 - Trapunto Block
Part 6 - Perfectly Pieced Block & Assembling the Quilt




Kristie 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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