Fun Flower Quilted in the Hoop

AccuQuilt has published a blog post today with instructions for my machine embroidery Fun Flower design that is quilted in the hoop. I hope you will head over there and read it. I had a lot of fun making this quilt and can see more quilting in the hoop in my future.


Candy Hearts Machine Embroidery Valentine Tutorial

I am cross posting this Valentine tutorial from the AccuQuilt blog. You can find the full post by clicking the image. I had so much fun working on these cute machine embroidery ITH Quick Kids Bears from Dolls and Daydreams and adding my Candy Hearts Machine Embroidery to make them Valentine bears. Can’t wait until the grandchildren can come visit and make some too.


Some Finishes – New and UFOs

The summer weather has been beautiful, and it’s been a great time to get some UFOs finished around here. Thought I’d give you a little quilt show of what’s been done before I ship these off to their recipients. While the political season is in full swing and does not make one feel positive in the least for the future and with other very somber news, I have been listening to the Cincinnati Pops Gershwin selections with conductor Erich Kunzel from an old CD. While audiobooks are usually the media of choice for me, some upbeat music is just what is needed right now.

These quilts have been finished in the last two weeks:

This one was pieced by Norma and quilted by me. Sherry will bind it. Great team effort on a beautiful “Brick” quilt.

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This is the car quilt that I made for the AccuQuilt blog post and shows a closeup of the cars. It is going to my second youngest grandson who is 18 months old. His older brothers have lots of quilts and this will be his. There is no more fabric like this–and it will truly be missed around here. I love this fabric with the Gulf and Esso and Phillips gasoline signs as well as the Route 66 signs. Do you remember that TV show?2016-06-07 Car Quilt for Holden

This is a quilt that I made ages ago–actually it was years ago and all those New York Star points are paper pieced using Sharon Schamber’s method. This was before I had an AccuQuilt to make the Drunkard’s Path blocks so these were cut with acrylic templates. This quilt is going to my daughter who needs a quilt to take to soccer practice and for games that won’t show red dirt stains. This has a batik backing that is black with colored checkered stripes all over it. I thought that would be perfect for a soccer quilt. 2016-06-07 NY Beauty-DP-1200

And this is a Hunter’s Star made with the AccuQuilt Hunter’s Star die. This is the third one I’ve made and I still love this die and the way it turns out. It is just so easy to make these blocks–no question as to which way to press. If you always press to the dark with this pattern, all the seams interlock and it makes a beautiful quilt. Four blocks make a star with a quarter star on each corner. 2016-06-07 Hunters Star002-1200px

There are a couple more quilts but I can’t show them because Sherry made them–I quilted them, and they will be gifted.

I had turned off comments, but have adjusted my email, so hopefully I will see the comments when they arrive. I always hold my breath when updates, etc., are installed as my technology skills have not kept pace with all the advances. 

Winter Bliss Stitch Along

Today Darlene at QuiltShopGal has done the first part of a tutorial on how to use this machine embroidery design set to create a fabric book. Her method uses felt to make the book. It is a much simpler and better method than the way that I have made other fabric books. This is going to be my new go-to method. With nine grandchildren around here, we have quite a few fabric books, and it always amazes me that the older children (the oldest is age 8) love them as much as the little ones. And I love them because they are indestructible and washable.

Here’s a picture of all the blocks in a wall hanging. Hope you can join the stitch along–these are really fun designs and can be used not only as the wall hanging, but as a table runner, placemat, fabric book, and more.

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Holiday Circles Applique: Tutorial for Table Runner Quilt

It won’t be long until Christmas, and I have been working on some Christmasy embroidery and table runner quilts that will be gifts for my daughters and others. This is such a quick and easy one to do. The embroidery is quick and the table quilt is even quicker. You will find instructions for doing the embroidery at the AccuQuilt blog today. And for the table runner quilt, the instructions are below and there’s a pdf printout that you can download too. I also included some closeups of the embroidery. You will find the design set over at the AccuQuilt website here.

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Supplies Needed:

Sewing machine and general sewing supplies for quilting.<\p>
Thread for quilting.
1.5 yards fabric for Plain Blocks, borders, and binding
3/4 yards fabric for Background of Embroidery Blocks
1 yard coordinated fabric for quilt backing
Coordinating fabric for applique shapes as needed
Coordinating thread for machine embroidery
36 x 36 inches cotton or cotton blend batting
Machine Embroidery Supplies:
Stabilizer – see Notes about stabilizer selection in Embroidery Instructions that come with the Machine Embroidery designs.
Coordinating Embroidery Thread

Cutting Instructions:

Quilt Fabric Squares Cut 4 each 6-1/2 inch squares (finished size 6” square)
Setting Triangles Cut 4 each 6-7/8 inch squares. Each of these squares will be cut in half diagonally from corner to corner.

Setting Triangles

Corner Triangles Cut 1 each 7-1/4 inch square. This square will be cut into quarters by cutting diagonally from corner to corner (see diagram).

Corner Triangles

Borders and Binding: Cut 7 each 2-1/2 inch strips across the width of fabric.

For borders, cut 2 each side strips 26 x 2-1/2 inches
For top and bottom borders, cut 2 each strips 29-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches.

Use remainder of 2-1/2 inch strips to make double fold binding.

Background Squares for Machine Embroidery Cut 9 each 8-10 inches square. These will be cut to 6-1/2 inch squares after the embroidery is finished.

Coordinating Fabric for Applique Shapes Select fabric that coordinates with the Quilt Fabric to be used for applique shapes. NOTE: Complete instructions for cutting die shapes is included with the dies, on the AccuQuilt website, and in the Machine Embroidery Instructions.

Quilt Assembly:

Assemble rows as shown in diagram. When rows are complete, stitch rows together to complete the center square.

Quilt Construction

When rows have been stitched into center square, add borders by stitching side borders first, then stitch top borders across.

Border Construction

Layer quilt top, batting and backing and complete the quilting of your table quilt. When quilting is complete, trim away excess batting and backing and finish your quilt by binding it with double fold binding.

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It’s Baking Time–with a few Stitches Thrown In

I feel like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland–late, late, late for a very important date. Quilting seemed to interfere with my plans to have a totally unrushed and calm holiday season. Part of the problem is that I just couldn’t say no when people asked me to help them finish their quilts. However, as of yesterday, the packages are shipped, and I can settle down to things like baking cookies and decorating the tree.

Tomorrow–Monday–we’re going to have a great Blog Tour with lots of recipes. SewCalGal has organized this group of stitching cooks, and I think you’ll find some fun recipes. Here’s a list of all the participants. To celebrate, I did a little stitching to accessorize my daughter who always does a lot of baking.

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Stitch This (Martingale)

Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting  Project

Wendy Sheppard  (Ivory Spring)


Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio)

Jeannette Jones (Inchworm Fabrics)

Barb Gaddy (Bejeweled Quilts)

The Electric Quilt Company (Behind The Mouse – The Electric Quilt Blog)

Hoffman California Fabrics’ Creative Canvas blog


The recipient of this apron has three boys and is expecting a fourth any day now. She keeps the boys in line and runs a tight ship. She definitely is a Super Mom. And since those boys are into Superheroes, I thought they should know that Mom fits into that category too.

I digitized this embroidery myself using Art and Stitch software. It was a great experience for me as I learned to manipulate the letters using the various handles that allow one to reshape and respace letters in a lot of different ways. This was the first time I felt that I really could create text the way I wanted it.

And if you want to create something like this, but don’t have the inclination to do the digitizing, Embroidery Library has some great designs for all kinds of stitchers with super powers.





Winter Bliss Birthday Giveaway

Last weekend was a big birthday weekend for friends and family and to celebrate I am giving away two of my newest machine embroidery sets. Winter Bliss was finished a couple of weeks ago, and it is one of my favorites. In fact, every time I have to select pictures to post, I find that every block is a favorite and it is so hard to decide. The blocks designs are by AccuQuilt and the embroidery is digitized by yours truly.

Just leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, December 5 at midnight EST, and two commenters will be chosen at random to receive a downloadable machine embroidery set.

If you win, you can embroider one or two blocks a day and have a beautiful Christmas table runner or wall hanging or throw just in time for Christmas. The embroidery is simple so each block stitches up quickly. This set uses several of the AccuQuilt holiday dies as well as the numbers. Templates are included in the set so that you can trace any shapes for dies that you don’t have or you can cut those extra shapes with a digital craft cutter like a Silhouette or SNC or Cricut. There is an individual template file for each block which will help you organize your cutting and keep the shapes for each block separate.

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Patsy Thompson Designs Winner

Just wanted to post a note to say that we have a winner. Last weekend, I used the random number generator and pulled Sue’s comment from the hat. Patsy has contacted her and she is looking forward to stitching a design from Patsy. Thank you all for participating in the blog hop.


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Patsy Thompson Designs Blog Hop Day 3 is Here!

This is Day 3 of the Patsy Thompson Designs Blog Hop and that means it is my day to show you some beautiful machine embroidery applique. The design I chose is called Christmas is Coming and is a combination of the Feathered Setting Triangles and the Swag Wreath Quilt BlockThis can be used as a table topper or a wall hanging. I made it in two color ways. One of these uses a periwinkle and green color combination and the second is the traditional red and green for Christmas. (And read all the way to the end for the giveaway).

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This is one of the most elegant designs I have ever stitched. It includes multiple hoopings and was unbelievably easy to hoop and stitch. And that is because of the very simple, thorough, and straightforward instructions as well as the excellent digitizing of this design. What was absolutely remarkable to me was that I did not have a single glitch or stitch out of place after stitching two complete quilts. You can be sure that I am going to make a couple more of these to give as holiday gifts to family and a special friend. Here are photos of my two beautiful designs.You can see that on the purple and green I made a variation of the center design rotating a single filigree instead of mirror images. (And after the photos were done I realized I still had some of the soap marking lines left–they will steam out when I’m finished–these pieces are still in progress)

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The embroidery was almost too beautiful to quilt, but I did quilt the green and red using Cotton batting and a stipple design. After looking at some of Patsy’s work, I think I’m going to quilt a background feather design on the green/periwinkle design.

Usually I do a tutorial with a blog hop. However, Patsy has created a Youtube video that has wonderful instructions for multiple hoopings, and that is all the tutorial that you will need. The designs use her Appli-Kutz applique dies. If you don’t want to make that investment, you can also purchase pre-cut shapes from Patsy.

If you’re interested in seeing more tutorials, you will find that Patsy is very generous with her instructions. You can find a whole series of excellent video tutorials for free motion machine quilting and machine embroidery here.

Did we mention a giveaway? Patsy is giving one free downloadable machine embroidery design to one lucky visitor each day of this blog hop. So, please leave a comment to enter your name into the drawing for a free downloadable machine embroidery design for today’s blog hop stop.

And many thanks to Patsy and Kelly at IHaveANotion for sponsoring this blog hop.


I Have A Notion Blog November 10th (Monday)
Marjorie’s Quilting Bee November 12 (Wednesday)
Jean Creates November 13 (Thursday)
SewCalGal  November 14 (Friday)




Are You Ready? Patsy Thompson Designs Blog Hop Starts Monday

We’ve been getting ready for this for a couple of months now. And the time is here–the time is now. Starting Monday–yes that’s tomorrow–the Patsy Thompson Designs Blog Hop begins. And not only do you get to see some beautiful designs, but there will be five giveaways (one from each blog) of Patsy Thompson machine embroidery designs. Please join us for some fun. I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful my project is, but you’ll get to see it on Wednesday.

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Kelly at I Have A Notion is sponsoring this blog hop. Here’s the full lineup of blogs featuring Patsy’s designs.

I Have A Notion Blog November 10th (Monday)
Marjorie’s Quilting Bee November 12 (Wednesday)
Jean Creates November 13 (Thursday)
SewCalGal  November 14 (Friday)