Moonlight Sonata

Susan Stewart is known for her masterful use of digitized embroidery designs. Part of what sets Susan apart is that along with her embroidery and beautiful machine quilting she also incorporates heirloom machine sewing techniques in her work.

In our newest issue, November/December 2017, Susan takes us along on her journey of creating Moonlight Sonata.

Moonlight Sonata ©Susan Stewart as seen in November/December 2017 issue of MQU
Moonlight Sonata ©Susan Stewart as seen in the November/December 2017 issue of MQU

She begins with her procedure for creating a test stitch-out of some of the motifs on the fabric she’s chosen. It’s no surprise that her method involves plenty of planning and precision.

One of the stitch-outs Susan used to test her fabric, thread, and motif combinations while creating Moonlight Sonata.
One of the stitch-outs Susan used to test her fabric, thread, and motif combinations while creating Moonlight Sonata.

She also shares her assembly methods, including using lace she’s created by machine, and details her batting and backing choices and how they impact her design. I love the beautiful photographs that show the quilting while it’s in progress.

In progress quilting of Moonlight Sonata ©Susan Stewart
In progress quilting of Moonlight Sonata ©Susan Stewart

The end result is stunning.

Detail of Moonlight Sonata ©Susan Stewart showing her use of digitized embroidery designs, heirloom sewing techniques, and masterful machine quilting. Shown in November/December 2017 MQU
Detail of Moonlight Sonata ©Susan Stewart showing her use of digitized embroidery designs, heirloom sewing techniques, and masterful machine quilting. Shown in November/December 2017 MQU

Check out our latest issue to see additional details, tips, and techniques that Susan used to create Moonlight Sonata, as well as so much more!

 

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