Q is for Quilting

Q is for QuiltingQ is for quilting, but not just any kind of quilting.

There’s quilting in the ditch – a great approach for beginners and simple quilts.

Then there’s free motion quilting – not for the faint of heart, but oh so satisfying when you have the time to practice.

Long arm quilting gets you into business – and needs a LOT of space and practice.

Quilting by credit card is a worthy option for all sorts of reasons.

And then there is one of my favorites, quilting in the hoop.

When you want for your project to be finished as soon as it comes out of the hoop, quilting in the hoop is for you. Well, you may have to add a binding! For the most part, the bigger your hoop, the easier it is.

There are 3 main styles of quilting in the hoop:

  1. Quilt your embroidered appliqué blocks in the hoop and add a “false back”. This is by far the easiest way to do it and it’s perfect for projects when you won’t see the back of the quilting anyway:
  2. Quilt the quilt top background first before adding your embroidered appliqué and then add a “false back”. This is a double pass sort of technique. In the usual way of making a quilt, you’ll create the whole quilt top first – piecing and (machine embroidered) appliqué – and then layer the finished quilt top with batting and a backing before quilting the whole thing. For this technique, you’ll create the quilt top with only the pieced components, ignoring any (machine embroidered) appliqué. Then you’ll quilt it in the hoop using your embroidery machine, maybe using a piece of muslin for your backing (you’re not going to see this backing in the finished project) or maybe even leaving the backing out altogether. Once the quilt top is quilted you’ll add your embroidered appliqué just as you would if it hadn’t been quilted. Adding a false back will hide the back of the embroidered appliqué.
  3. Make the quilt top as usual, layer it with batting and a backing, and then quilt the whole thing in the hoop. This is super easy to do with pieced quilts using the Transformation Quilting Collection. You’ll want to make sure that your tension is great, looking good on the top and the bottom of the quilt. For some tips on how to make this happen, click here (part 1) and then click here (part 2). When you’ve got embroidered appliqué on your quilt it gets a bit more challenging to quilt the finished quilt in the hoop. When I was making the Happy Table Runner I had an epiphany about how to do this which lead to the creation of the Happy Quilting Collection. Find out how I quilted the finished Happy Table Runner quilt top in the hoop by clicking here. If you don’t have quilting designs that fit perfectly around your embroidered appliqué shapes (so far the Happy Quilting Collection is the only quilting collection that works around specific appliqué shapes) then you can combine quilting in the hoop designs with some free motion quilting. I used this approach to quilt the Petal Power Hassock using designs from the Transformation Quilting Collection (ever so slightly resized to be a perfect fit).

Stitched on a BERNINA 880 featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 weight thread and Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost fabric

The setting triangles on the Petal Power Hassock were quilted in the hoop.
The flower block backgrounds were quilted free motion.

5 Petals

Stitched on a BERNINA 880 featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 weight fabric and Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost fabric

The top band was also quilted in the hoop using a yet-to-be-published design that I created. Shout out in the comments below if you’d like to see this design published – maybe added to the Petal Power Hassock pattern? It’s a pretty specific quilting design! But it’s so perfect for this project 🙂

Petal Power Hassock

Stitched on a BERNINA 880 featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 weight thread and Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost fabric

If you’re thinking “I’d love to know how to get started with this quilting in the hoop thing” I have a video to help you get started. Click here to watch. (A moment of confession – the video shows how to create a Happy Popup panel and mentions a second video that shows how to put the panels together to create the popup basket. This second video got lost during a period of totally crazy life and doesn’t exist – yet! You can always create 2 Happy Popup Panels and then used them to make a Happy Wine Bottle Tote, a quick and easy project to give as a gift – or keep for yourself. I have mine on my kitchen counter housing a water bottle because it looks so gorgeous. The Wine Bottle Tote that is, not the water bottle!!!).

The Happy Wine Bottle Tote

Stitched on a BERNINA 880 featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50wt thread and Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost fabric

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What I love about this collection… The Abundance Collection is created almost entirely in the hoop, embroidered appliqué and quilting, with 6 fun projects that you can use every day. The Abundance Collection motif resulted from spending a morning sitting on the balcony looking out over the golf course and lake where I lived at the time. I had created a whole bunch of designs with varying sizes of overlapping circles, so I sat with these designs and my favorite colored pencils, excited to see all sorts of new designs emerge.

The Abundance Collection by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Stitched on a BERNINA 830
featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 weight thread

Apart from all the gorgeous quilting in the hoop:

Abundance Collection Group

Stitched on a BERNINA 830
featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 weight thread

the Abundance Collection features laminated fabric (did you know you can laminate your own fabric really easily? Find out how by clicking here):

The Blue/Green Tote

Stitched on a BERNINA 830
featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 weight thread
and Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture fabric
laminated with Heat N Bond Iron On Vinyl Gloss

and lots of zippers!

Do you see the zippered pocket in the Blue/Green Tote shown above?

How about the zippered pockets in the Multi Tote shown below?

Abundance Multi Tote

Stitched on a BERNINA 830
featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 weight thread
and STOF Quilter’s Shadow fabric

The pocket behind the large motif is the perfect size to fit your iPad or tablet (check out the vertical zipper on the right hand side of the large pink block), while the pocket at the bottom is perfect for storing your pens and other little things that can get lost at the bottom of the big compartment of your tote (check out the horizontal zipper underneath the large pink block, with the zipper tab on the right hand side).

These two zippers (one in each side) have the biggest “Wow!” factor of all!

The Blue/Green Tote

Are they of any practical value? Maybe not, unless you like opening your tote up all the way!

The Blue/Green ToteIf you’re looking at the cross-hatch quilting on the side panels and straps of this tote and wondering “How ever did she get that quilting to be so even and beautiful?” the answer is – it was all done in the hoop so if you have a big enough hoop with your embroidery machine, you can do it too!


  1. Thank you for information today. Love to learn and experiment with new techniques. You the best

  2. Wow! I’ve wanted to learn to quilt in the hoop and you have amazing tutorials! I’d love to see the top band design quilted in the hoop. Love the Abundance collection! It’s so bright and cheerful as are all your designs!

  3. Your designs and products are so perfect.
    I saw the zippers in the tote and the side zipper and thought, how does she do it?
    Great work.

  4. would love to have quilted design for the top of the hassock pattern which I have and want to make soon. Wanting to make 2 of them

  5. Love your designs…absolutely beautiful!

  6. Charlene Popson

    WOW You are amazing! I was thinking I didn’t need another tote. But this is impossible to not make!

  7. Wonderful tutorials on quilting inthe hoop.. I love this I’m all thumbs with free motion but quilting in the hoop is my favourite. This article explains the different approaches throughly. The top band on the hassock should be published as both a stand alone and with the designs.. Great work.. designs are gorgeous.

  8. I need to try quilting in the hoop!

  9. Marilyn phelps

    Sarah, I would love to see more quilting in the hoop and that unpublished piece would be awesome. You are so incredibly talented and your tutorials the best I’ve ever seen. Please keep up the great work and looking forward to new!!

  10. Yes, I would like to see the top band design. And maybe in some smaller sizes? I have some embroidery designs I can see using that with.

  11. I have your Sedona Star and love this design, are you going to add more digitizing to this pattering? I love the pattern, but I am spoiled to quilting in the hoop and piecing in the hoop.
    You do a great job.

  12. Boni Schreiber

    Wow!great info for Quilting. I will reread this many times. Awesome and lots of work done went into A-Z tutorials. Thank you Sarah.

  13. Beautiful

  14. I love the A to Z information. Finding it all so inspiring.Your designs are so beautiful.

  15. Thank you for ALL you do. This series has been great. I would love more quilting in the hoop designs. And yes, the band design should be published. It is lovely, and surely would be useful especially if in multiple sizes. I will be revisiting this whole series when things calm down a bit! All very practical information!

  16. I love your Quilting in the Hoop tutorial! Your color choices, both fabric and thread, are WOW!! Learning so much from your A-Z lessons and tips. Thank you!

  17. I’d love the quilting pattern. Rather than add it to the Tuffet pattern I would really like to see this feather circle and some other shapes in a “basic” shape set that we could mix and match with many of your other embroidery designs, e.g. stars, flowers, hearts from the various design collections. I’m really enjoying this daily sessions from you and am saving them all!

  18. Love to see the design included in a collection

  19. Have made both of the large totes and get so many compliments.
    I love the A to Z series! Thank you.

  20. Would love to see the to band published. Thank you for the information you are giving us. It has been very helpful!

  21. very nice! love the circle of feathers you designed. I have quilted two queen-size quilts in the hoop after basting together on the Grace frame for Bernina, using my Bernina 830. Both were well received! Quilting in the hoop is not hard at all.

  22. I bought this pattern a few years ago before you digitized it.

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