I am so lucky this year.  I purchased a Baby Lock machine and so very impressed by it.  So far this year I have made four of the Lord's Prayer (http://www.anitagoodesignonline.com/?p=466).  With each one I am getting better and better.  In addition, I've made a baby quilt for my neice.  I embroidered butterflies on the corners, with baby bumble bees and ladybugs on the top.  On the back I had the family write their names and dates of birth in permanent markers.  It was such a piece of my heart it was hard to give up.  Does this sound wierd or what?

Does anyone else have any ideas of machine embroidery quilts?

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Judy - I bought a Brother 2500 about six years ago, and upgraded to a 6000 Quattro about 18 months ago -- and I only use it to assemble and quilt my quilts.  I can't free-motion to save my soul, and with my machine, I can do almost anything.  One of the great pleasures is doing creative, coordinated with the design on the front labels that are actually readable (which my handwriting on fabric is not!)  I find myself designing quilts specifically around embroidery designs, and have recently found some wonderful stippling designs that I am doing over the entire quilt (right through the batting and back) before adding the decorative embroidery.  The stippling stabilizes everything, and allows me to use more stitch-intensive designs elsewhere on the quilt.  I'm attaching a recent one I've finished for you to see what I mean.  Unfortunately, it doesn't show up well in the photo, though you can kind of see the blue stippling on the sails of the boats.

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