Embroidered Quilts: 5 Fresh Patterns for Spring

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Embroidery, Quilting | Comments


Embroidery designs, whether added by machine embroidery or by hand, add that special touch of elegance to quilted projects. And spring is the perfect time to put together some quilts and accessories with embroidered blocks and embellishments. Ready to give it a try? Here are some inspiring embroidered quilt patterns and projects that say “SPRING,” along with some tips for adding embroidery to quilts.

Quilted Spring Mug Rug - pattern on CraftsyPhoto via Craftsy member Lisa_Marie

Spring Has Sprung Mug Rug

Small amounts of embroidery can make a big impact. This delightful spring mug rug pattern measuring 6 ½” x 9 ½” uses just a bit of embroidery for embellishment. Hand-stitch the buttonhole appliqué stitch around the letters for an extra special touch. Simple hand-stitching can also be used to embellish the tulip.

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Spring Lambs Mug Rug - pattern found on Craftsy.comPhoto via Craftsy member The Patchsmith

Spring Lambs mug rug

The Spring Lambs Mug Rug pattern is another simple mug rug design that also features just a small amount of hand embroidery. Again the buttonhole stitch with embroidery floss is the perfect addition to this simple quilted project.

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Hand Embroidered Flower Pattern - Craftsy.comPhoto via Craftsy member Julie Bull

Fresh Florals hand embroidery

Most hand embroidery patterns can be adapted for use in quilt blocks. The Fresh Florals pattern actually contains three different floral designs that are perfect for small quilt blocks.

Tip: When using hand embroidery designs for quilts, cut a background square 1″ larger all around than required for the quilt. Prepare the background fabric by ironing it and then transfer the embroidery design using a light table to trace the pattern directly on the fabric. Finally, fuse interfacing to the back of the quilt block so the threads and stitches on the back won’t show through to the quilt front. After your embroidery is completed, the quilt block can be trimmed to the exact size needed for your project.

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"Spring Blessings" Appliqued PillowPhoto via Craftsy member teresamil0

Spring Blessings appliquéd pillow

Another perfect embroidered project for spring is this simple appliquéd pillow, which uses a simple backstitch embroidery to add the words “Spring Blessings” to the pillow. The backstitch is a useful embroidery stitch perfect for adding simple embellishments to quilt blocks and is especially useful in combination with simple appliqué.

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Colorful Quilted Wall Hanging for Spring - pattern on CraftsyPhoto via Craftsy member Tricia Mathis

Spring Delight wall hanging

The Spring Delight wall hanging combines simple piecing and appliqué to create a delightful project to welcome spring. Simple appliqué stitches and hand embroidery can be used to embellish this small quilt. Use hand or machine embroidery stitches to go around the raw edges of the appliqué pieces.

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Learn all about using hand embroidery to add decorative flair to your quilts in the new Craftsy class Design It, Stitch it: Hand Embroidery with Jessica Marquez. Or, if you prefer embellishing quilts with machine embroidery, check out Elegant Embroidered Quilts with Amanda Murphy!

What are your favorite ways to use embroidery for embellishing quilts and quilted projects?