Quilt Your Block Before Embroidery!


Picture of machine embroidered cow with quilting from Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Most often, blocks are embroidered before quilting. See how you can quilt the block before adding embroidery!

Last week, I showed you how to use battilizer for quilting. This week, I will show you how to use GlitterFlex and embroidery with this special combination of batting and stabilizer.

Picture of machine appliqued cow at Sew Inspired by Bonnie


Bonnie’s latest release, Farm Buddies, is so adorable that I chose the cow for this quilting project.

At the Computer

Open any quilting embroidery design.

The cow measures 4 3/4 by 5 7/16, so I chose a stipple quilting file sized 6 1/4 by 6 1/4. Add the word “MOO.” I changed the eye color to blue to match my border fabric.

Make sure that the quilting layer is situated at the beginning of the stitch sequence and that both the quilting and text layers are different thread colors than any used in the design. Combine the two flies in editing software (I used Embrilliance). Make sure you save both the working file and embroidery file.

If you do not have editing software, just stitch the quilting background before stitching the embroidery design.

The Background

Float battilizer in the hoop or use a magnetic hoop and be sure to add a basting stitch to secure fabric to the battilizer. See tips for hooping battilizer here.

Stitch out the quilting background first.

Fusing the GlitterFlex

After the quilting comes the placement and tack-down stitches (color stops 2 and 3) for the applique cow. Stitch these as you would normally, using a contrasting thread to secure GlitterFlex to the fabric.

Notice the open areas near the outer edges of the applique? When two designs are merged in Embrilliance, many of the stitches underneath are eliminated. That is why areas of the hair, horns, tail, and hooves show open areas of stitching.

When fusing, I had to increase my typical heat setting and fusing time.


Picture of machine appliqued cow from Sew Inspired by Bonnie


Continue embroidering the cow. It is SO cute! Check back and see how we will finish the block.


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  • Bonnie Welsh - May 19, 2021

    Karen—1. There’s a blog post that was linked in the blog as to why you should save both working files and stitch files here: https://sewinspiredbybonnie.com/blogs/bonnies-blog/why-you-should-save-working-files-in-embrilliance 2. Thank you for your kind words regarding our designs. The Farm Buddies had introductory pricing for approximately a week. =)

  • Bonnie Welsh - May 19, 2021

    Thanks Diane!

  • Karen Mason - May 19, 2021

    1) Why is it necessary to save BOTH the working file and embroidery file? Just curious.
    2) Love the animals from the farm. Going to look into purchasing them. Sad that you only allowed hours to save 20% as I did not see your email until today. Likely will buy them anyway. They are so cute!!!

  • DIANE ZIMMERMAN - May 19, 2021

    Love your tutorial

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