How to Make a DIY Mini Floral Quilt
-Brother Sews Blogger
Spend your weekend stitching and assembling this Floral Mini quiltmini floral quilt using your Brother Luminaire XP2, your ScanNCut DX SDX325 or ScanNCut DX SDX330D, and My Connection. The results will be sure to Welcome Spring and add some fun floral decor to your home. You can add a hanger on the back to adorn a mini quilt holder or simply place in the center of your table to welcome friends. Best of all, this makes a wonderful DIY gift for spring birthdays, celebrations, and much more. Are you ready to get quilting? Here’s how to make your very own floral quilt.
Supplies & Tools:
- Brother Luminaire XP2
- ScanNCut DX SDX325 OR ScanNCut DX SDX330D
- 2 inch quilt block challenge
- 4 inch quilt block challenge
- 16” x 16” Cotton Batting
Embroidery Background Fabric:
- ½ yard white on white OR cream on cream
- ¾ yard Floral fabric or coordinating fabric – These are the measurements I used for my mini quilt
- Sub-cut into One 16” x 16” square (backing)
- Two ¾” x 10½” strips (top and bottom borders)
- Two 1¼” x 12½” strips (side borders)
- Two 2” by Width of fabric strips (binding)
- One 3” x 12” strip (hanger)
- Three 5” x 5” squares of solid quilting cotton in variety of colors
- Embroidery “W” Foot
- Mu-Vv-It Digital Dual Feed Foot
- 10⅝” x 16” hoop
- 2 yards of No-Show Mesh Cut-Away Stabilizer – cut into two 18” x 24” pieces
- 75/11 Embroidery Needles
- Pre-Wound Bobbins
- Embroidery Threads of your choice to coordinate with your project.
- 80/12 Quilting/Sewing Needles
- Cotton Piecing Thread
- Applique Glue Stick
General Sewing Supplies you may find useful to use when quilting:
- ½” Double Sided Fusible, Pressure Sensitive Tape
- Marking Pen
- Pins or Clips
- Seam Ripper
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Quilting Ruler(s)
- Heavy Starch for fabric prep (not pictured)
- Quilt Basting Spray or Safety Pins (not pictured)
ScanNCut DX Accessories:
- Fabric Mat
- Fabric Blade
- Brother Metal Spatula (optional)
- Brother Brayer (optional)
12” x 12” Table Stand (optional only necessary if you wish to hang)
Part One: Creating Applique with My Connection
1. From the Luminaire XP2 Home screen, select Embroidery.
2. Touch Category 1.
3. Scroll to the right and select Sub-Category 14.
4. Choose Design 001 and touch Set.
5. Touch Edit.
6. Select Size.
7. Press and HOLD the Decrease Pattern Proportionally Icon until the machine knocks at you (this is as small as the pattern can be made). The size used for this project is 9.43” x 9.48”.
8. Touch OK to close the Size menu.
9. Select the Instant Applique Key.
10. Choose “Applique Patch for Selected Colors.”
11. Touch the Second step (Teal) and Select “Next.”
12. Leave Zigzag Stitch selected. Change the Stitch Width.” 0.08”. Touch OK. Change the Density to 38.1 line/inch. Touch OK.
13. Touch Preview.
14. Choose Next.
15. Select the Instant Applique Key again.
16. Choose “Applique Patch for Selected Colors.”
17. Touch the Floral Applique to expand the colored steps.
18. Touch the Fourth step (Purple) and Select “Next.”
19. Leave Zigzag Stitch selected. Leave Zigzag Stitch selected. Change the Stitch Width.” 0.08”. Touch OK. Change the Density to 38.1 line/inch. Touch OK.
20. Touch Preview.
21. Choose Next.
22. A warning message will appear. This message is telling you it cannot display the first applique you created. Touch OK.
23. Touch OK.
24. Repeat steps 15-23 to create any additional patches that you desire. I did one additional patch from the second to the last color in the stitch order (Green). Note: you can create all the patches at once by selecting each color, but the patches will be grouped together and will not allow you to move them independently on the ScanNCut DX machine.
25. Touch Memory.
26. Select the ScanNCut DX Transfer Key. A “Please Wait Awhile” message will appear.
27. Choose Transfer.
Part Two: Retrieving My Connection Files and Cutting Applique Pieces using ScanNCut SDX325/SDX330D
28. On the Home screen of the ScanNCut DX machine, touch the Left Arrow.
29. Select My Connection.
30. Touch “Retrieve”.
31. Choose “Wireless LAN Device” (the Sewing machine key).
32. When the transferred design appears, Touch the Applique Key.
33. The next screen appears showing all three applique pieces.
34. Choose Piece A and Touch OK.
35. Touch Set. The ScanNCut DX places the piece on the mat.
36. Touch Add.
37. Select Piece B and Touch OK.
38. Touch Set. The second piece is added to the mat.
39. Add the last piece (or pieces if you did additional appliques) in the same manner.
40. Place prepped fabric (prepped with heavy starch) on the ScanNCut DX Fabric Mat.
41. Scan your background and place your pieces over the fabric on the mat. Proceed to cut your pieces
Part Three: Sending ScanNCut DX FCM File to Luminaire XP2 via My Connection
42. At the Home screen of the ScanNCut DX machine, touch the Left Arrow.
43. Select My Connection.
44. Touch “Send.”
45. Select “Pattern.”
46. Touch Category 3.
47. Select Sub-Category 1 (Logo Designs).
48. Scroll down and select Design LO-AW02 (Welcome).
49. Touch Set.
50. Select Transfer.
51. Touch OK when the message “There is data in Temporary Data Pocket. OK to update the data?” This is telling you that the flowers you sent from the Luminaire will no longer be available to retrieve.
52. A message will appear “Transferring…”
53. Touch OK when the message “Finished transferring to the Temporary Data Pocket….” appears.
Part Four: Turning ScanNCut DX FCM Design into Stitches using My Design Center
54. Back at the Luminaire XP2 screen (where your design is still on the screen), select “Add.”
55. Touch “My Design Center.”
56. Touch the “Stamp” Icon.
57. At the top of the screen Choose the Retrieve from ScanNCut DX Key.
58. A message will appear “Please wait…” The ScanNCut DX Welcome will appear as the first design on the screen and will be selected. (Hint: The last design sent will always appear first in the list.)
59. Touch OK.
60. Select Size to open the size menu.
61. Press and HOLD the Decrease Pattern Proportionally Icon until Welcome is approximately 1.90” x 5.25”. Touch OK.
62. Touch the Region Properties Key.
63. Leave the stitch as a Fill Stitch and change the color to Blue. Touch OK.
64. Touch the Region Flood Fill key. Touch INSIDE the word Welcome apply the fill properties.
65. Select the Line Properties Key.
66. Choose a Triple Stitch and change the color to Black. Touch OK.
67. Touch the Line Flood Fill Icon.
68. Touch the OUTSIDE LINE of the word Welcome AS WELL AS the inside of the two “Es” and the “O” to apply the selected line properties.
69. Touch Next.
70. Select the Under Sewing Menu.
71. Turn Under Sewing ON. Touch OK.
72. Touch Set.
73. Select OK in the Pop-Up screen to move the design to the Embroidery Edit screen.
74. The “Welcome” design will appear on your embroidery screen.
75. Open the EDIT menu.
76. Touch Move.
77. Using the arrow keys, move Welcome down under the floral design. Pay attention to the size at the top of the screen. The final embroidery size should be approximately 10.99” x 9.48.” Touch OK.
78. Select the Multiple Selection icon.
79. Touch Select All.
80. Center the whole Embroidery Design by touching the Center dot between the arrow keys.
81. Touch OK.
82. Touch Embroidery. The design is ready to stitch.
Part Five: Stitching Design
83. Hoop your stabilizer and your white fabric in the 10⅝” x 16” hoop and follow the machine steps to embroider the design.
a) The first 9 steps will be your placement stitches, tackdown stitches and zig-zag applique for the three flowers.
b) When placing the flower pieces down inside the placement stitches, use a fabric glue stick on the back of the flower to hold it in place.
c) Carefully remove completed design from the hoop. Trim to 10½” wide x 12” tall. Remove the excess stabilizer if desired.
Part Six: Assembly of Mini Quilt
I turned this project into a mini quilt with borders and simple straight-line quilting. You can do the same or could simply place a piece of coordinating fabric face down on top of the project and stitch around the outer edges, leaving an opening to turn. (In that this case you could insert ribbon or fabric tabs (for hanging) into your seam allowance at the top before sewing.) After stitching, trim the corners and turn the project right side out. Stitch the opening closed.
For my mini quilt, I added a top and bottom border that was ¾” and side borders that were 2” wide. After you have your desired border pieces attached, Quilt the project in the manner you desire. I used the Mu-Vit Digital Dual Feed with the Stitch in the Ditch attachment and sewed in the ditch. The Open Toe attachment was used to add accent quilting. You might choose a different method for quilting. You could even add decorative fill or automatic stippling around the embroidery with the Luminaire. After you have quilted, square up your project and bind with your favorite binding method.
Add a sleeve to the back if you want to hang it on a mini quilt holder.
Other options for this stitched design could be a pillow, a table runner, a larger wall hanging or a garden flag. Let your creativity guide you.
Quilt Mats used are products of Fiskars Corporation, and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such products.
Quilt Rulers used are products of OLFA Corporation, and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such products.