Kathleen's Blog
A PRETTY FLEECE SCARF!
Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:10

fleece scarf finishedThe Holidays may have come and gone...

but the freezing weather certainly has not left us! 

Almost everyone is experiencing “wintery” days as of late...

and today's project is sure to bring a little warmth on those not so nice moments in time!

Next to wearing a soft pair of Flannel Pajamas...

I gotta say that having a pretty Fleece Scarf runs a close second to being one of my FAVORITES!

Let's get started...

I found this Super Soft Fleece Scarf at my local Walmart...

and they come in several colors, so that gives you more options as to which direction you may want to go with your fabrics!

I have been wanting to use an Appliqued Circle Monogram Font for quite some time now...

and this is the PERFECT project for it!

I decided on the 5 inch size Monogram and placed the bottom of the design 1.5 inches above the area

where the “fringe” starts on the edge of the scarf.  This is really a personal preference...

go with whatever you think looks best for YOU!

I prepped my  7 X 7 inch frame with sticky stabilizer first

and then placed the bottom of my fleece scarf right on the sticky (centering it).

I added a couple of my favorite little red clippies for extra hold! 

Once I have my frame attached to my machine I “floated” a piece of tear away underneath the frame for extra added stability. 

I wanted my backside of my scarf to be almost as pretty as the front side is...

and this stabilizer combination helped me achieve just that!

Here she goes...

fleece scarf satin work

As you see in the above picture...I threw a piece of WSS on top...

just before it starts the satin work. 

I know...

It's a SHOCKER!

My fabric choice is a really pretty piece of orange cotton batik...

I really love the way this particular fabric cuts so crisply

when I am trimming the letters after the tack down stage. 

If you have never used a cotton batik for your applique panels...

be sure to give it a try...you will simply love it! 

And before you ask...

YES...

I still prep the cotton batik fabrics with Heat and Bond Lite on the backside,

just like I do with regular cottons.

Designs Stats...

Overall Size-5” wide X 4 7/8” tall

Stitch Count-11,826

Now...

When I got to the triple bean stitch (which is the back and forth straight stitch on TOP of the satin work)...

I went with the same color orange thread as I used for the satin work. 

I really LOVE the way it gives dimension to my letter...

Without it being a “contrast” in color!

fleece scarf close up bean stitch

How about YOU?

Now...

Isn't she Beautiful?

fleece scarf finished

And...

Just because I know you all want to see the backside of the scarf...

Here's a close-up...

fleece scarf backside finished

Because I used the Floriani Brand of Sticky Stabilizer...

a simple spritz of water allowed me to remove every bit of it...

and the tear away came off easy too!

And...

since I used the same orange thread for the triple bean stitch...

you do not see any pops of a second color on the backside either!

Now...

That's what I call a PLAN!

Kathleen

TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

-Scallop Circle Monogram Applique Font (I used the 5” size) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Fast Frame (I used the 7x7 inch size)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-Tear Away Stabilizer (off Brand)

-WSS (off Brand)

-Heat and Bond Lite Fusible (Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Walmart and On Line)

-Clover Wonder Clips (Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Amazon and Quilt Shops)

-Fleece Scarf (Walmart)

-Fabric...Orange Cotton Batik (unknown)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Lite Orange-#649

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design


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MONOGRAM EVERYTHING!
Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

flannel shirt hip monogram finished flannel monogram

 

“My rule is...if it's not moving...MONOGRAM it”!

As an Embroiderer...I love this quote from the famous Reese Witherspoon...

but seriously...it describes me PERFECTLY!

No matter where I go...

I am constantly looking for the possibilities of items that can be Monogrammed or Appliqued in some way!

Can I get an Amen?

Let's get going...

I started off with a Super Soft Flannel Shirt, I found at my local Costco store...

if you have never shopped the isles of clothing, towels and bedding in this store...

be sure you do...

the monogramming possibilities are endless there!

This particular Flannel Shirt came in a great variety of colors...

and I may or may not have grabbed one of each. 

But really...

there are Super Cute Monograms and Fonts out there and I simply MUST use them ALL!

Who's with ME?

I'm gonna be gutsy today and place my Monogram on the bottom right corner of my flannel shirt,

and since flannel shirts tend to be a button down styled garment...

it is so darn easy to load this onto ANY machine!

I began by playing around in my Embrilliance Software with the many fonts and monograms

to see what struck my fancy, for this particular shirt. 

I settled on the 3” Sofia Font and chose to be BOLD and use only my First and Last initial. 

I am one of those people with the letter “I” for my middle initial and I don't necessarily LOVE what that looks like...

but it certainly does NOT keep me from finding new ways to...

MONOGRAM EVERYTHING!

Here she goes...

flannel shirt hip monogram on the machine

I have loaded the bottom corner of my shirt onto my 5X7 Fast Frame...

using a Sticky Stabilizer and a piece of NO Show Mesh Fused to the backside.

I also threw a piece of WSS on top before I hit start...

Because...

it's what I do!

My two letter Monogram is about 4.75” wide X 4.5” tall...

with only 5,332 stitches in it...but WOW...she packs a PUNCH!

This particular font is BOLD and using white thread made it pop right off the flannel shirt. 

I am certain...someone will notice!

Be still my heart...

flannel shirt hip monogram finished flannel monogram

AND...

Just because I can...

Here's a close up!

flannel shirt hip monogram close up finish

Now...

Who's ready for some cooler weather...

That would be ME!

Kathleen

TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

-Sofia Font (I used the 3” size) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Fast Frame (I used the 5x7 inch size)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-Fusible NO Show Mesh (I used Floriani Brand)

-WSS (off Brand)

-Thread (Exquisite Brand) White #010

-Flannel Shirt (Costco)

-Clover Wonder Clips (Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Amazon and Quilt Shops)

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design


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SKATING PENGUIN ORNAMENT!
Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:00

finished penguin on skates ornament

Does this Sweet Skating Penguin look familar...

Like you've seen this gal before...

Right?

Truth be told...you have!

YEP...it's the same Applique Design I used for my Flannel Pajamas I made a few weeks ago!

I only made a slight change...by removing the "BRRR" word from underneath.

I LOVE this little gal so...

How about YOU?

I stitched the girly penguin onto a piece of stone colored cotton twill...

it was the PERFECT background for the fabrics and threads I chose for the Penguin itself.  

Be sure to double click the picture to enlarge it so you can see it up close and personal...

and be able to see that glitzy vinyl I used for the scarf and the skates too!

OMG...it's Super Cute!

I also used my go to "stabilizer" of choice for ornamants...Warm and White 100% Cotton Batting. 

I layered it with my cotton twill and then loaded it onto my frame. 

Just as I had done on some of my other Christmas Ornaments...I mounted it onto Sticky Board...

I then added a second slightly larger sticky board...

that was covered with a cute black and white buffallo check cotton fabric.

I also added a glittery silver cording around the edge of the actual stitched piece...

to give it a little POP!

Isn't she just the SWEETEST?

Kathleen

 TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

-Skating Penquin Design...I used the 4X4 size (https://babykaysappliques.com/product/skating-penguin-4x4-5x7-6x10-8x8/)

-Cotton Twill Fabric (stone color)

-Glitter Mirror Vinyl for the Scarf and the Skates (www.mikriworld.com)

-100% Warm and White Cotton Batting (available at Fat Quarter Shop-Joann's-Hobby Lobby)

-Silver Metallic Cording (Hobby Lobby)

-Sticky Board (https://www.fatquartershop.com/16-inch-x-20-inch-pres-on-mounting-board)

-Stitchery Tape (https://www.fatquartershop.com/double-sided-stitchery-tape-60-foot-roll


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A LITTLE STAR PILLOW ORNAMENT!
Wednesday, 18 December 2019 00:00

finished star quilt ornament

 Gracious BE...

this sweet ornament pillow makes me HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!

If you are a Quilter in any way...

then this Fabulous little project...is just for YOU!

I used the same Ornament Process Technique to make this Ornament Pillow

as I have in the past with my "flat styled" Christmas Ornaments...

why fix something that isn't Broken?

I digress!

I used a layer of Warm and White 100% Cotton batting underneath the Tan Cotton/Linen Blend fabric...

and then I loaded it onto my frame and then into the machine.

I stitched this Super Cute Snowflake Applique design on to the front of the little pillow...

and then I cut a piece of the same Cotton Linen Blend and layered it together with another piece of batting...

the same size as the front stitched piece is....

By layering a piece of cotton batting with the back fabric helps give the pillow ornament a more firm body...

even before i stuff it with fiber fill.

I added a cute green and red metallic bow and a pretty green jingle bell to the top...

and a simple metallic braided ribbon for the hanger too!

I LOVE it bunches....

how about YOU?

Kathleen

 TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

-Snowflake Applique Design (https://creativeappliques.com/shop/snowflake-applique-2/)

-Cotton/Linen Blend Fabric (tan color)

-100% Warm and White Cotton Batting (available at Fat Quarter Shop-Joann's-Hobby Lobby)

-Metallic Braided Ribbon for the Hanger (Hobby Lobby)

-Red and Green  Metallic Wire Ribbon for the Bow (Hobby Lobby)

-Green

-Fiber Fill Stuffing

 


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IT'S A HOT COCOA KIND OF DAY!
Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

finished hot cocoa bar pedestal sign

 The weather is getting colder here in South Carolina...

the trees are bare...

Wait...

Let me clarify the actual picture...

When I say colder...

I really mean high of 55-60 degrees...

which in South Carolina...

is like a serious artic freeze of magnitude proportions!

Just keepin' it real!

Because the Christmas Holiday is moving quickly towards us...

I decided that my Hot Cocoa Bar needed it's own little official SIGN!

Let's get started...

I found this sweet Hot Cocoa Mug Applique, complete with a whipped cream topping

and added this Cute text to the side of it...

merging it in my Embrillance Essentials Software.  

I ventured out and Coffee/Tea Dyed a piece of Jobelan Evenweave Cross Stitch fabric...

and layered it, using my usual Christmas Ornament process of Warm and White Cotton batting...

before loading it onto my frame and then into the machine.

As you can see here...

I like to add a few Flat Head Flower Pins to securely attach my prepped piece to the

"Sticky Stabilizer" that is on my actual Fast Frame.

hot cocoa bar ready set go

Don't you just LOVE the mottled look I got when I Coffee/Tea Dyed the Jobelan?

Not to mention the coffee smell that permiates the room...

YUM!

Gracious BE...it's stitching out just PERFECT...

hot cocoa bar on the machine

 YES...in the above picture you can see that I slapped a piece of WSS on top after all the Applique pieces 

were placed and trimmed around...

because...

that's how I ROLL!

After I finished stitching this fabulous design I mounted it first on a piece of Sticky Board...

and then mounted that onto a slightly larger second Sticky Board that I covered with a fabulous Christmas Plaid Fabric

that had all the same colors in it as the threads I used for the stitch out!

I then mounted the whole thing onto this super cute Easel Chalkboard Stand that I got at my local Michaels Store...

and it is FABULOUS!

YEP...I used a Red Mirror Glitter Vinyl for the Cup and a White Mirror Glitter Vinyl for the Whipped Cream on top!

Then...

I added a cute simple Metallic Ribbon Bow with a Glittery Wooden Snowflake glued onto the center of it!

It was the PERFECT amount of BLING!

finished hot cocoa bar pedestal sign

And when a serious PLAN comes together...

it looks like this...

finished hot cocoa bar on counter

And just because I can...

Here's a Close Up on the Counter of my Hot Cocoa Bar...

Kathleen

finished hot cocoa bar close up on counter

TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

-Hot Cocoa Applique (https://www.embroidery-boutique.com/products/hot-chocolate-applique?_pos=1&_sid=c4c9768c2&_ss=r)

-Words "Hot Cocoa Bar" (https://www.theitch2stitch.com/Cutie-Patootie-Embroidery-Font.html)

-Jobelan Cross Stitch Fabric (that I Coffee/Tea Dyed)

-Glitter Mirror Vinyl for the Cup and for the Whipped Cream (www.mikriworld.com)

-100% Warm and White Cotton Batting (available at Fat Quarter Shop-Joann's-Hobby Lobby)

-Red Metallic Wire Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

-White Glittery Wooden Snowflake (Hobby Lobby)

-Sticky Board (https://www.fatquartershop.com/16-inch-x-20-inch-pres-on-mounting-board)

-Stitchery Tape (https://www.fatquartershop.com/double-sided-stitchery-tape-60-foot-roll

-Wooden Chalkboard Easel (Michaels Craft Store)


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