Nintendo Quilt – Lightning Cloud

We like to call this one the “Cloud of Doom.” He looks all happy, but that’s only because he’s about to zap you! If you can use the slightly faster than normal speed and bump him to an unsuspecting opponent, then it’s amazing. Otherwise, you end up little and slower than the rest of the field.

I had been saving this design for a while, only because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to stitch it. I wanted to emphasize the puffs of the cloud…but how?

Multi-wave fill: Just a couple weeks ago I saw a tutorial on using the “Multi-wave Fill” pattern in the 5D Embroidery Professional Design Creator module. (Part 2 shows how to add motifs.)

In the screenshot below, the upper right cloud puff is selected, illustrating the multi-wave fill options. The line that extends to the upper right determines the overall pattern that is reflected in the fill area. This line can be anywhere on the hoop area, to include “in” the fill area; however, the position shown below gave me the result I desired. Since I wished for the cloud to be stitch filled, I chose a higher density of 3. This would look neat at lower density values, too…like echo line drawing (a favorite doodle technique of mine).

lightning cloud multi-wave fill
Multi-wave Fill screenshot with fill options dialogue box. (Note: I adjusted the wave line so that the right-hand corner wouldn’t get get so dense as in the photo below.)
lightning cloud 2
Cloud of Doom has a nice shine!

Other Notes:
– Machine: Designer Ruby Royale
– Stabilizer: fusible cut-away stabilizer (medium-weight)
– Needle: 75/11 Embroidery (Inspira)
– Hoop: 120mm x 120mm
– Software: 5D Embroidery Professional (Design Creator & Stitch Editor)
– Stitches: 14,642
– Color changes: 5
– Applique: no


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