Making Quilt Blocks with my Embroidery Machine


Have you ever tried making quilt blocks on your embroidery machine?

This week I dug into my dresser of scraps and gave a quilt block embroidery design a try.


This design is called ‘Starburst’ and making these blocks involves folding fabric and then stitching it down – again and again. And then running the same design again and again to make each block.

I’m using my Janome Memory Craft 14000 because it has a big 9’’ square hoop so I can make 9’’ blocks.


I love how there will be so many different ways that I can arrange the blocks – if I make enough for a quilt.

But now after experimenting with this new design and different process for making quilt blocks – I’m not sure that I have the patience and desire to make 20+ more so I can sew them into a quilt.

Here’s the video I made to tell you about these blocks – and show you the MESS that I made when working on them.

Do you have an embroidery machine? Have you ever made quilt blocks with it? Tell me about it!



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  1. Love the block. I haven’t watched the video yet but am wondering if you can make the block on a regular machine. I don’t have an embroidery machine and would love to try it.

  2. I have made several quilt blocks on my embroidery machine! I was even part of a swap group! I’ve got many blocks, but have yet to assemble them into a quilt.

  3. Using embroidery designs means greater accuracy/points but I have to balance that with having to use a stabilizer like no show mesh. The stabilizer does add a bit of bulk and stiffness to the blocks. That’s fine for a wallhanging but I don’t like it for a quilt. I have used embroidery designs to quilt a block and that works well, especially when using metal hoops to quilt the sandwich. No need for stabilizer as the batting and two layers of fabric are enough.

  4. Those blocks would make a cute table runner.

  5. You never mentioned how to do the block using your embroidery machine??????

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