Fun things happening on my sewing table this week. I’ve been having a blast playing with the contents of the October Perfectly Pieced subscription box send to me by M.E. Time.
Perfectly Pieced is a brand new method for for foundation piecing (and quilting!) perfect quilt blocks in the hoop on an embroidery machine. This post is sponsored but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Go here –> to read my first introduction to M.E. Time Perfectly Pieced and foundation piecing quilt blocks in the hoop.
Two different subscription options are available: 1 is the option to get a box of fabric + goodies delivered to your doorstep as well as all of the digital block and quilting files delivered electronically.
If you’ve already got more fabric than you need, and/or you want to pull from your own fabric stash, the second option is to subscribe to the monthly digital files only.
Each month M.E. (Machine Embroidery Time) releases a new foundation pieced block design and sends out a subscription box with a curated fabric bundle and pattern instructions to make 4 different projects. Also included in the doorstep delivery are a fun notion, quilt-y themed notecard and spool of coordinating embroidery thread.
Each month’s unique quilt block design is available in 4 different sizes: 2″ x 2″, 4″ x 4″, 6″ x 6″ and 8″ x 8″ (finished block sizes).
AND there are two different machine quilting designs included each month. One is a design that can can be used on a block-by-block system. The other is an allover design that pairs perfectly with the Kimberbell Clear Blue Tiles Machine Quilting System that can be used to create quilting on any size project.
(All block and quilting designs are for use on a machine with embroidery capabilities.)
The October subscription block is traditional Flying Geese with each block made up of 2 flying geese triangle blocks. And here’s this month’s block quilting design on the 4″ x 4″ flying geese block.
Here’s an example of a mini quilt I finished with the July Perfectly Pieced box. This mini is made from the block by block method – where each block is pieced and then quilted individually. When the blocks are pieced together the quilt design
This month’s quilting design contains files for an allover vine-y leaf design as well as a twisted braid border design (seen in this sample below from M.E. Time.)
The value of these quilting designs make the digital subscription alone so worth it!
As I mentioned, the October box features a Flying Geese block made up of two Flying Geese triangle units. I was so excited for this one because this block is SO universal and useful in making lots of quilt designs.
Here’s an example of some of the uses and project patterns and inspiration included in the box this month:
How to Foundation Piece in the Embroidery Hoop
Here’s a little peak at how this method works. This month I put together a quick video to give you a feel for how these blocks are pieced in the embroidery hoop.
Basically, the block is stitched and built on a piece of stabilizer in the hoop.
As you can see here, I was able to piece six 2″ x 2″ (2 ½″ x 2 ½″ unfinished) blocks inside one of my medium size hoops. (My embroidery machine is a Baby Lock Destiny II.)
This saves so much time and waste not having to re-hoop as often.
Then I removed the blocks from the hoop and squared-up each block to 2 ½″ x 2 ½″. One of my favorite reasons to use this method is that, just like foundation paper-piecing, you end up with a perfectly accurate quilt block – no tips trimmed off! And I especially love that in these mini blocks.
I’m using those little 2″ x 2″ flying geese blocks, to put together these 4″ x 4″ pinwheel blocks.
One consideration to keep in mind – as with all forms of foundation piecing, such as foundation paper-piecing, you do have to get over any hang ups about fabric waste. These blocks do take more fabric, but the accuracy of the piecing is the reward for the sacrifice.
One thing I love about this method of foundation piecing is that you’re working on your project right-sides up – no having to sew and flip like you do with paper.
And I like that the four available sizes for each block provide SO many options for layout combinations and are easy to play with.
Above is a glimpse of the September Perfectly Pieced box and blocks. Aren’t those houses so cute? Once again: especially those 2″ x 2″ blocks!
You can read more details about Perfectly Pieced and all that it offers here. As I mentioned, subscription options are available for either the box + downloadable block and quilting files, or you can subscribe to the block/quilting files only and they will be delivered by email. And the October box is still available!
In other very fun news, M.E. Time has not one but 3 of the October boxes for me to giveaway to one of you! (Even if you don’t have a machine with Embroidery capabilities, this is still a pretty great prize as you’ll get 9 different fabrics, festive leaf pins + a spool of thread.)
To Enter This Giveaway from M.E Time, leave a comment on this post.
If you want to let me know if you have (or have ever looked into) a sewing machine with embroidery capabilities. I’d be curious to get an idea from my audience of how many of you have or are interested in machine embroidery.
Giveaway open until Thursday, October 13 at midnight. Three winners will be randomly selected and sent a box directly from ME. Time.
Didn’t win the giveaway? I still have something special for you. Enjoy free shipping on any ME Time subscription!
Use code VYGMRT6V for free shipping. Code does not expire.
Machine Embroidery is a relatively new adventure for me. I first got my Destiny II from Baby Lock about 5-6 years ago, but hardly ever used the embroidery capabilities. It’s been one of my goals to learn more about what my machine could do and experiment with more projects and I’m enjoying it so much!
Perfectly Pieced has been the perfect process for holding my hands, teaching me how to do this. Their instructions are outstanding. Using the Perfectly Pieced method has been such a great learning and confidence boost with all aspects of using my Embroidery Machine!