How to Stitch a Quilted in the Hoop Block

How to stitch a Flower of Life Quilted in the Hoop Block

Stitching a quilted in the hoop block is very simple – when you know how! Follow these step by step instructions that show how to stitch the design FlowerOfLife-06i-Block-Quilted from my new Flower of Life Collection.

To Stitch a Flower of Life quilted in the hoop block:

  1. Load the design into your machine (FlowerOfLife-06i-Block-Quilted)
  2. Prepare your background and appliqué fabric. The appliqué fabric should be backed with fusible webbing. My favorite is Lite Heat N Bond. Full details are on page 2 of Flower of Life Designs Notes.pdf.
  3. Cut a piece of batting the same size as the background fabric. My favorite batting to use for quilting in the hoop is Quilters Dream Orient – it’s really light weight and creates beautiful results.
    Quilting in the hoop
  4. Load a piece of medium weight tearaway stabilizer into your hoop. My favorite is OESD Ultra Clean and Tear – it’s nice and soft in your finished project.
  5. Stitch color #1. This is a placement line to show you where to position the background fabric.
    Quilting in the Hoop
  6. Remove the hoop from the machine. Center the batting over the placement line stitched on the stabilizer.
    Quilting in the Hoop
    Center the background fabric over the batting. Hold the fabric in place with Scotch® Magic Tape™. Return the hoop to the machine.
    Quilting in the Hoop
  7. Stitch color #2. This is a basting line to hold the batting and fabric in place, followed by the quilting.
    Quilting in the Hoop
  8. Stitch color #3. This is a placement line to show you where to put the appliqué shapes.
    Quilting in the Hoop
  9. Remove the hoop from the machine. Fuse your appliqué shapes in place. I like to do this with my Top Flite Sealing Iron. It gets nice and hot to give a really good bond between your background fabric and appliqué shapes and it’s small enough to get into tight spaces while being big enough to give great coverage. Return the hoop to the machine.
    Quilting in the Hoop
  10. Stitch colors #4-#9, the satin stitch around each appliqué shape and a triple stitch on each side of the satin stitch.
    Quilting in the Hoop
  11. Stitch color #10. This is a placement line to show you where to put the circle appliqué shapes.
    Quilting in the Hoop
  12. Remove the hoop from the machine. Fuse the appliqué shapes in place. Return your hoop to the machine.
    Quilting in the Hoop
  13. Stitch colors #11-#13, the satin stitch around the circles with inside and outside triple stitch.
    Quilting in the Hoop
  14. Stitch colors #14-#17, candle wicking detail on the petals. This is where you can really have fun with the colors of thread to create all sorts of different effects. Variegated threads are a lot of fun for candle wicking – the result will be different each time!
    Quilting in the Hoop
  15. Stitching is now complete. Remove the hoop from the machine and remove everything from the hoop.
  16. Trim the finished block to 6.5″ x 6.5″.
    Flower of Life Block Quilted in the Hoop

What would you do with a block like this? How about…

  • Use it as a pocket on a tote bag.
  • Make 5 more in different colors and create a soft 3D cube.
  • Make 8 more and create a gorgeous pillow.
  • Use it as a mug rug.

Leave me a note in the comments below and tell me what other ideas you can come up with!

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To see what else you can do with the Flower of Life Collection, click here!


  1. patricia mccarthy

    I love all your work but find that there far to expensive, as i only do it for myself.
    Liked the blue one will keep looking out for your new work
    patricia from the UK

  2. Wonderful instructions. Not sure what I would make

  3. Oh, love this design. I would make a wall hanging for my kitchen wall. Needs to be narrow and this would be perfect, then I would use some to make a table runner for my table and decorate a few towels too. Finally, for once, I would achieve my goal of a totally coordinated kitchen!!

  4. The block would be pretty as the front of a zipper bag.

  5. I think they are beautiful!! I’d probably put in picture frame and give as a gift!!

  6. Beautifullllll.Love the green one. Our Bernina store just received their collection of fabric. Haven’t purchased any yet, but just wait. Many thanks for sharing your time and talent.

    • Hi Sharon,
      Who is your BERNINA store? Please tell them that I would be very happy to list them on my website if they will send me all the info. People are asking where they can purchase the fabric so I would be happy to send people to them.

  7. Hi for those of us who do a lot of machine embroidery applique, there is no need to use head and bond not cut all the pieces. After step 7, place a piece of fabric covering the the outline stitch and proceed to step 8. Cut the fabric as close to the stitching line as possible without cutting the stitches. Proceed to step eight and finish as described.

    • Hello Tes,
      This is good in theory but will not work so well with my designs. The satin stitch will not cover the cut edge. Using a precut shape gives a much better result – and also allows for other edge finishes. For a lot of my shapes, trying to cut them in place in the hoop is very challenging too. Also, if I use pre-cut shapes, I can be cutting while my embroidery machine is stitching. Way too much time with the machine sitting idle if I cut in the hoop. 🙂

  8. I think it might look cool with no applique fabric at all. And no satin stitching either, just a tone on tone type of design.

  9. The blue is the best

  10. Hi Sarah and daughters! My vote is for the lime green block, but they are both beautiful. The intense, bright, clear colors that Sarah uses are the colors I am always drawn to. LOVE everything you do! SO talented!

  11. 6 inch squares using 6 each would make beautiful placemats as a Christmas gift!!

  12. Beautiful! Oh gosh, what can’t those be used for? They’d be very pretty on a little girls jacket in a small size on the front upper left and a matching larger one on the back of her jacket. I’m thinking something along the lines of a zip front hoodie type jacket for Fall. It would make a beautiful quilt too or a table runner using Christmas, or any holiday fabrics.

  13. Back with felt and hang as a tree ornament.

  14. I love your designs but quite often they don’t work with my largest size hoop; 5X7″. I just get to drool.

  15. Just the right size for my bulletin board in my office space

  16. great instructions and I like the green designs colors

  17. Linda Seemann Korte

    I would use them in a table runner, tote bag or journal cover

  18. So simply but elegant – would make great coasters too:)

  19. I love your designs especially these beautiful new flower designs.

  20. thank you for sharing, I love your work and your instructions
    its so beautiful

  21. As a fellow digitizer, I am always awed by your use of stitches and stitch combinations. Always beautiful!

  22. Mad B”s Quilt and Sew has your full line of fabrics in our store. We also have jelly rolls and 5″”squares. I have made a quilt using the squares. It is at the quilters . Will send u pics when done.

  23. Sarah you always have such beautiful colors and the designs and information you give us is so easy to understand thank you and I really enjoy

  24. Love the design in both colors! Beautiful! Thank you Sarah for sharing your time and talent and helping us to learn more and more. You are truly a talented lady.

  25. Sarah, how do you back your quilts?

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