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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:00


 The Million Dollar question...

Just what the heck is a Digit Saver?

Silly Goose...it's just what it sounds like...

An Embroidery Machine Tool to help you save the "Digits"...

aka "Fingers" from being hit by the needle or NEEDLES!

Now...that is my FAVORITE Tool...

Can I get an AMEN?

           About 9 years ago...shortly after I purchased my first Multi-Needle Machine...Bella Blue Jane...

She accidently BIT me...

When I say BITE...

I really mean my finger got a little TOO close to one of the needles...

while I was "holding down" the applique fabric on my project and it hit my finger tip.  

Gracious BE...

I may or may NOT have said a couple really bad words...


I digress...

The "funny" thing about this little story is this... 

My Houston...aka my Husband...also known as MR. Safety...

was watching me stitch out something just the day before this little incident...

He remarked, quite abrubtly, that I should use something to hold the fabric down...

but NOT my fingers...

LORD...save the Digits...he says!

YEP...just a few days later...he came up with this Sweet Little Gadget...

I call the "Digit Saver"!

Here she is in ACTION...

doing what she does BEST...

double watermark digit saver in use

If you click on the above picture to enlarge it...

you will clearly see that this Little Gadget has saved my Digits a time or two...

the little holes at the tip prove it!

Need one of these in YOUR embroidery room...

They are available for purchase at my Embroidery Machine Lectures/Trunk Shows!

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Saturday, 07 December 2019 00:00

santa puppy stocking

 Christmas Stockings aren't just for "people" any more!  LOL!  We have a new special Grandpuppy and her name is Dakota!


you guessed it...

she needed an Extra Special Christmas Stocking to hang over the fireplace...just for HER! 

I ask you...how else can you expect Santa to find her amongst all the other Super Cute puppies this year?

I digress...

I used a Burlap fabric from Hobby Lobby to cut the Body (both front and back) of the stocking out of...

it actually has a gold shimmery sparkle to it and it's Super CUTE!  

I fused a piece of fleece to the backside of the stocking front BEFORE I loaded it onto my Embroidery Machine

so it could stitch out this fabulous Puppy Girl Applique from Munchkyms design with NO puckers or pulls in the fabric!

Meanwhile...here is a Close Up of the actual applique for you to check out...

santa puppy close up

Be sure to check out my Tools of the Trade at the Bottom of this blog post to find the details of where to purchase this oh so cute design!  

 Now...let's talk about the Cuff...

I stitched Sweet Dakota's name on the cuff panel first too...

BEFORE I sewed the cuff to the top of the stocking for ease of construction.

I used the Barnyard Font from I2S (link listed below also). 

You will never be disapointed with any of the well digitized fonts from I2S...

believe me, I LOVE LOVE LOVE them ALL!

Check out the close up of the Name on the Cuff below...

isn't it just FABULOUS?

barnyard font stocking cuff

Just a heads up...

I also fused a piece of fleece to the backside of the stocking cuff BEFORE I stitched Dakota's name on it...

The Fusible Fleece serves not only as a firm stabilizer but also gives the stocking and cuff 

extra body...especially since I used the shimmery burlap.

If you have never tried using fusible fleece in a Stocking or Stocking Cuff...

be sure to give it a try...you'll LOVE the results!

Now...let's make a Special Stocking for all our precious pups!

santa puppy stocking


-Puppy Santa Applique (Munchkyms Design...now under www.designsbyjuju.com)

-Barnyard Font (www.theitch2stitch.com)

-Fusible Fleece (Joann's)

-Sparkle Burlap (Hobby Lobby)

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 00:00

penguin pajamas finished

Whew...my “need to make” list has finally dwindled down to a select few items that need to be done BEFORE Christmas and I am thinking I deserve a sweet pair of Winter Flannel Pajamas...

JUST for ME!

I'm gonna let you in a little secret...I love me some Flannel...


Soft and Warm Flannel...you just can't go wrong with that combination!

It would not be out of the ordinary to see me working in my studio...sporting a pair of Flannel Pajamas until noon!  It's one of my favorite perks about working from home! 

Who's with me here?

I found a really nice 2 piece set of flannel pajamas at the JC Penney's on line catalog...while I was sipping my morning coffee and sporting a pair of flannel pajamas from last year!  Go figure!

See...I told you...

Flannel Pajamas are my “thing”!

Let's get started...

Because I wanted my PJ's to be a “winter” theme and not a “Christmas” theme...I chose to use the Skating Penguin Applique design in the 4x4 inch size.  I also added the word”BRRR” to bottom edge...so I chose the Thick as Thieves Font in the 1 inch size.

After I combined the Font with my Skating Penguin in my Software...I went ahead and printed out a template and then used that template to find the “perfect” spot on the left side of my Pajama top.  Here's what my paper template looks like...


YES, I just print my template in black and white...no wasting color ink here!

 penguin pajamas template

Having this template cut out allows me to move it around on my pajama top (while I have it on) to find the perfect placement...not too HIGH or too CLOSE to my armpit!  LOL!

I prepared my 5x7 Fast Frame with Sticky Stabilizer and then fused a piece of No Show Fusible Mesh on the backside of where I will be putting my design. 

Design Stats...

Finished Size...4.5” wide X 4.25” tall

9,003 stitches

Here she goes...

penguin pajamas on the machine

In addition to my red clippies...I also added a couple Flower Head Pins for some “extra added hold”...NO moving or shifting here!

This little Skating Penguin has only 4 fabric panels, and it stitched up really quick,...however, it still really packs a punch with the details.  I just love him bunches!

Now...I'm REALLY ready for the Winter Holidays...

Sipping my morning coffee...

And working in my new Flannel Pajamas till NOON!

That's what I call a REAL plan!

penguin pajamas finished


Just because I can...

Here's a close up...

penguin pajamas close up

Don't you just love the “sparkly” I used for the scarf and the skates (Glitter Mirror Canvas...check out the supply list for all the details!)



-Skating Penguin Applique Design (I used the 4 X4 inch size) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Thick as Thieves Font (I used the 1 inch size) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Fast Frame (I used the 5 X 7 inch size)

-Fusible No Show Mesh Cutaway Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani 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)

-Flower Head Pins (Hobby Lobby, Joann's and Quilt Shops)

-Cotton Flannel Pajamas (I got mine at JC Penney's on line Catalog)

-Fabric...White Swirls (Essentials by Wilmington Prints...Black and White Sketch (Keepsake Calico from Joann's...Turquoise Glitter Mirror Canvas for the Scarf and Hot Pink Glitter Mirror Canvas for the Skates (Mikriworld.com)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Turquoise #444 Dark Turquoise #697-Black #020-White #010-Orange #649-Hot Pink #325-Silver #588

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design 

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Monday, 02 December 2019 00:00

santa placemat finished photo shoot

Guess who's coming to dinner...

NO...it's NOT Aunt Bethany!

It's Santa...

you know...the Big Jolly Fella, who brings presents to all the good little boys and girls!

Just in case you aren't one of those on the “NICE” list...you still have plenty of time to make a set of these Super Cute Santa Face Placemats for yourself!

After I had gotten all of my decorations up and pulled out my Christmas Placemats...that I had made over 15 years ago...I realized just how “rough” they were starting to look! 

So...Today, we are going to remedy that, real quick and in a hurry!

Let's get started...

If you haven't already purchased a “Santa Applique” design...be sure to check this one out!

I used the 5x7 size of the Santa Applique and I am going to place it on the bottom left corner of my Placemat so it will be off to the side and easily visible...even when I have a plate on it! 

The Stats...

5 1/8” wide X 6 1/8” tall

Approximately 8,937 stitches

Here she goes...

santa placemat on the machine 2

As you can see in the above picture...I used my 8x8 FULL Fast Frame, even though I didn't quite need that big of a frame.  This way I could use the left hand side and the bottom of the frame as a “straight” edge to line the placemat up with.  You can always be certain that your frame edge is straight...so using this method will always give you perfect placement, and you can be sure that all of your placemats will have the Santa Appliqued design in the exact same spot! 

Now...how's that for Fabulous?

I prepared my fast frame with sticky stabilizer and fused a piece of no show mesh cutaway to the backside of my placemat...because I want a permanent hold on the placemats during the laundering process.  And you know, that's gonna happen! 

Be sure to mark the center of your design, using a water soluble pen.  After the fabric panel tack downs are all done...I slapped a piece of WSS on top and let the pretty satin work RUN!

The sticky stabilizer holds the placemat pretty well...but I want to be SURE it doesn't shift...


So I added a couple Flower Head pins on the left side and bottom of my frame and on the right hand side of the frame, where the placemat hangs “over”...I used a couple of my little red clippies from Clover.  I have also used a couple red clippies to hold my WSS on top and in place.

Gracious Alive...I LOVE those red clippies!

Almost as much as I LOVE the way my Placemat turned out...

 santa placemat best finished

And here's a close up of this adorable Santa Applique...

santa placemat close up finished

And before you ask...

YES...I use the White Glitter Mirror Canvas for the brim and ball of Santa's Hat!

I LOVE how it sparkles!

I certainly could NOT stop at just ONE...so I made a Fabulous set of FOUR!

santa placemats best grouping

It's official...

I'm all set for Santa's visit...

Just in case I can manage to get put on his “NICE” list!

I can't promise...

But...I'll try!

Happy Holidays!



-Santa Applique Design (I used the 5x7 inch size) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Fast Frame (I used the Full 8x8 inch size)

-Fusible No Show Mesh Cutaway Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani 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)

-Flower Head Pins (Hobby Lobby, Joann's and Quilt Shops)

-Cotton Canvas weight Placemats (I got mine at “Old Time Pottery” Store)

-Fabric...White Swirls (Essentials by Wilmington Prints...Red with Lime Green dots (Christmas Countdown by Deb Strain for Moda)...Cream (solid color-unknown source)...Red Batik (for nose-unknown source)...White Glitter Mirror Canvas for the Hat Brim and Ball (Mikriworld.com)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Red #3015-Black #020-Gray #588-Cream #812-White #010

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design

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Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:00

santa sack fireplace finished

We are nearing the first of December here and the children are back at school from the Thanksgiving Break...so it's time to plan those special Christmas Holiday Gifts for all the little ones in our lives!  And for those of you who have the “animal version” of children (aka PETS)...today's project can certainly be made for them too!

Some of you already have super cute Christmas Family Traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation...and here is one to make your Christmas Holiday a little extra SPECIAL for everyone!

First...I went searching for the PERFECT Santa Sack Blank that I could send over the top with one of my Super Cute Applique Fonts...you are certain to LOVE adding a special name in fabric applique to a really nice Santa Sack, and here's what I did...

I found this Sweet little shop on Etsy...Love2MakeIt...this shop has a large selection of really nice quality blanks that you can add your personalized “BLING” to...using a WIDE variety of fabulous Embroidery and Appliqued Fonts.   Be sure to check out the TOOLS OF THE TRADE...located at the bottom of this blog post, where you will find the complete list of supplies used in this project...including where to get them!

Let's get started...

This particular Santa Sack is really nice and big...very roomy for lots of presents for your special “little”.  It has an approximate measurement of 19” wide X 27” tall, with a red drawstring to close it up.  It has an area for the name that is 4” tall and as wide as the bag itself (which is 19”)...so it is just PERFECT for an applique or embroidery font to personalize it with!

I chose the ever so cute Jambo Applique Font in the 3” size to spell out the name Charlie...and lookey how pretty she stitches out!

santa sack on the machine

I used my largest fast frame called the “Bag Frame”...it's an 8” X 12” size.  My finished design size is approximately 3.25” tall X 11.5” Long and has 18,536 stitches in total. I used a Sticky Stabilizer on the frame and also a piece of No Show Mesh (fusible) to help with permanent stabilization.  After the fabric panels were all tacked down and trimmed, I went ahead and threw a piece of WSS on top, just before the design went into the satin work.  My most favorite part of the Jambo applique font is the bean stitch overlay...it makes the whole design just POP right off the bag!

Isn't this the Sweetest Santa Sack you have ever seen?

Go ahead...

Get started on yours TODAY!


santa sack finished back drop


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

-Fast Frame (I used the Full 8x12 inch size)

-Fusible No Show Mesh Cutaway Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani 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)

-Red Santa Sack Bag (www.Love2MakeIt.etsy.com)

-Fabric...Lime Green (Zig Zag S#N7700 by Hoffman California International Fabrics)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Lime Green #983 and White #010

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design

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