I love when I can combine my two favorite hobbies, quilting and embroidery, into one great project. While shopping at my local quilt shop one day I noticed the owner working on an interesting project. It was a tapestry quilt which is done completely in the embroidery hoop. The design is called Golden Tapestry and it’s by Anita Goodesign.
I bought the CD and several cones of thread and headed home excited to work on this interesting quilt. I already had a bolt of off-white fabric that I wanted to use for the background and bought a border fabric that matched the thread for the main design. There are 2 fabrics and 2 thread colors used in this pattern. You start by hooping 2 layers of cutaway poly-mesh stabilizer, then when prompted float your batting and background fabric and the machine does the rest. It bastes the layers together and then stitches the background micro-meander first. Each block is finished with the design being stitched out between the meander stitching.
When the blocks have stitched out, square them up leaving a 1/2” seam allowance using the basting stitch as your guide and then sew the blocks together sewing on the basting lines. They need to be pinned very carefully because each block is bulky. I used a walking foot to help guide the fabric through evenly and pressed the seams open to help eliminate some of the bulk.
The back is unfinished because it is intended to be a wall hanging and you won’t see it. I serged the edges and used hem tape to hold them to the back of the quilt.
I love wall hangings and have made quite a few but this one is my favorite. It looks like it was a lot of work when in reality it was very easy. The hardest part was changing the thread on my single needle embroidery machine. I used my Bernina 880 instead of the multi needle machine because I wanted to stitch out the largest design and the mega hoop was the only hoop that I own that would fit the design. I will say that it was a time consuming project but I would get the machine started and then work on something else while it stitched out.
I made this quilt to match the sewing room in my old house. We have moved and it doesn’t match the walls of my new house so I hung it in the upstairs hallway beside the door to my sewing room.
I recently found another design using the same method in a Christmas pattern. I enjoy Christmas sewing and look forward to making my next wall hanging!