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MATCHING EASTER CHICK KITCHEN TOWEL!
Saturday, 22 February 2020 09:21

easter placemat and kitchen towel set finished

Gracious BE...after making my set of 4 Easter Chick Placemats...

I simply could not resist in adding this ever adorable Kitchen Towel to the group.

Who says more of a good thing is a BAD idea?

Certainly not a Machine Embroiderer... like ME!

Here's the skinny...

I used the same applique design, fabrics and threads as I did previously on my set of placemats...

only I used the larger size at 6 x 10...and Boy...she packs a serious PUNCH!

Here she is...

up close...

and personal!

towel finished

So get a jump start on your Special Spring and Easter Holiday decor with this Super Cute design...

you will not be disappointed!

Kathleen

 
MY LITTLE CHIC-A-DEE!
Thursday, 20 February 2020 09:20

easter chick placemats set finished

With Easter just around the corner...

I simply gotta get some super cute Holiday Placemats for my Kitchen table made! 

How about YOU?  

Thumbing through the Easter and Spring section of my Embroidery Files is like being in a Candy Store...

but with no CALORIES! 

LOL!

The choices are simply FABULOUS to say the least and I had a difficult time choosing just ONE...

But..

I MUST...

I CAN...

So I WILL!

I just LOVE the Chick in an Egg with Bow Applique design...it is so dang cute...

you almost can't stand the cuteness overload!

It's the perfect applique for my Aqua colored placemats I found at my local Old Time Pottery store.

Let's get started...

I selected the 5x7 size which will give me the following design stats...

5.5” tall X 5” wide (approximately)

12,027 stitches

I prepped my Full 8X8 Fast Frame with Sticky stabilizer and

found the perfect placement on the bottom left corner of the placemat...

just to give me plenty of room for my dinner plate, napkin and silverware on top...

without covering up the cuteness of the design! 

I also fused a piece of No Show Mesh Cutaway onto the backside of the placemat...

in the area where the design will be stitched out.

easter chick placemat on the frame

The reason I used my 8x8 frame was because I wanted to have plenty of room to stitch the corner...

all while using the straight edge of the frame itself to line up the bottom edge of my placemat. 

This assures me that my applique will be straight on the placemat itself...

 EVERY...SINGLE...TIME!

I added a few flat head pins along the edges to give it extra added hold...

because these particular placemats were a heavier woven textile.

Here she goes...

 easter chick placemat on the machine

As you can see in the above picture that once I had all the fabric panels tacked down and trimmed...

I slapped a piece of WSS on top and used my red clippies to hold that in place on the frame. 

I really believe this particular style placemat needed the WSS...

to help prevent the satin work from getting “buried” in the holes of the actual woven textile.

If you were in any way unsure of just how CUTE this Sweet Little Chick Applique really is...

Here's the proof in true form...

easter chick placemat finished single

And if you want to see this little gem up close and personal...

Here she is...

easter chick placemat up close finished

BUT wait...

I needed a FULL Set...

Here's all FOUR!

easter chick placemats set finished

It's official...

My table is ready for Easter Breakfast!

Kathleen

TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

-Chick in an Egg with Bow Applique Design (I used the 5x7 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...Yellow-Big Pinwheel #LH04025 for Lakehouse Direct Fabrics...Pink-Moda Dot Essentials...Aqua-Stitch Square #CX-5944 by Michael Miller (I purchased this at my local Hobby Lobby)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Black #020-White #010-Orange #650-Aqua #444-Yellow #4117-Pink #305

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design

 

 
A WHALE OF A GOOD TIME!
Sunday, 16 February 2020 09:48

 

complete set

It seems like this time of the year...

brings out the BABIES and when the Baby Shower invitation arrives in your mailbox...

you simply gotta get motivated!

Let's face it...

People know I embroider and applique...

it's NO secret...

and when a new Baby arrives in our circle of friends...a Super Cute gift is in order!

I simply wouldn't have it any other way!

As I thumbed through my many adorable design files...

I stumbled across the ever classic Whale in Circle Frame...and

WOW...

the possibilities with this sweet design are simply ENDLESS!

I knew...without a doubt, this was the perfect design for the new little guy!

So...Let's get started...

Since I decided to put the appliqued design onto a 12 month bodysuit ( I chose the 5x7 inch size)...

I went ahead and prepped my 7x7 Fast Frame with sticky stabilizer

and found the center of my design on the garment.

I also fused a pieced of No Show Mesh to the backside of the garment...where the design will be.

***TIP...I like to use the rule of thumb of .75” to 1” from the neckline

to the TOP of the design for my baby and children's garment...

since I like the placement of the design to be on the chest area and not in the middle of the tummy.

Just my personal preference...but mark your center wherever suits your FANCY!

I loaded the frame onto my machine with the bodysuit UPSIDE down...

and the design is also upside down on my screen too!

Here she goes...

bodysuit on the machine

 As you can see...I went ahead and securely fasten my bodysuit with my red clippies...

and I may or may NOT have used the WHOLE box!

OK...

I used the whole box!

Just because I could and the Red Clippie Police did NOT knock down my door!

LOL!

I use these red clippies as an extra precaution, while stitching designs with my Fast Frames.

I simply do NOT want anything to shift or move while the stitching is taking place.

Call me a control freak...

Embrace your weaknesses...that's my motto!

I went ahead and added the smaller 4x4 design size to this adorable in the hoop bib design too...

Isn't it so adorable...in all it's Super Soft Flannel Cuteness?

completed set

Now...

I simply could not stop at just the bodysuit...

so I got a little creative and removed the circle applique part...

and put it on this matching flannel burp cloth...

burp bib

 PLUS...

a baby set is not complete without a Sweet Little Beanie too...  

Can I get an AMEN?

beanie hat

AND...

  I couldn't resist stitching it onto this really cute diaper bag to help complete the set too...

new diaper bag 2 

YES...I like to spoil my friends littles...

Kathleen

complete set

Tools of the Trade:

-Whale in Circle Frame Applique Design (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Font is Lego House (www.theitch2stitch.com)

-Fast Frames

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

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-WSS (off Brand)

-Warm and White Cotton Batting for the Burp Cloth (Hobby Lobby)

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

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

-White Bodysuit (I used a 12 months size) (Hobby Lobby)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand-(Lt Gray #1707-Lt Blue #406-Royal Blue #413-Black #020)

-Fabric-Light Gray Sketch (Hello World by Abi Hall for Moda) Blue Check (Dit Dot by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics...color is Periwinkle) Royal w/Dots (Moda's Dot Essentials)

-Flannel used for Bib and Burp Cloth (Joann Fabrics)

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking

 
HEART BUNDLE KITCHEN TOWEL!
Friday, 31 January 2020 08:36

valentine kitchen towel finished

 

It's just one more week till Valentine's Day...

and I still don't have a cute kitchen towel hanging on the front of my oven...

How can that be...I'm an embroiderer after all!

Let's fix that real quick...fast...and in a hurry!

 Gracius BE...

There are tons of Super Cute Valentine designs to choose from...

and I really LOVE this Heart Bundle Applique...

So that's what I'll use today!

I chose the 8x8 design size because I wanted it to “fill” the front of my towel nicely

and it was the perfect size for adding the word “Love” across the largest heart applique. 

I used the 1.5” size of the Happy Day Font...

and this particular font, with it's whimsical appearance, was the PERFECT addition to this applique design!

You are sure to LOVE it too!

No pun intended there!

LOL!

Let's get started...

I prepped my 8x8 Full Fast Frame with Sticky Stabilizer and then used my rule of thumb for kitchen towels...

by measuring 2” from the bottom of the towel to the bottom of the design. 

I found the center from there. 

I just like the way an applique design looks when it's placed in this position...

but there are NO hard and fast rules to this...

So be sure to place yours where it is most pleasing to YOU!

I like to use a piece of fusible NO Show Mesh Cut Away Stabilizer on the backside of my kitchen towel,

covering the area where the design will be.  It holds the design in place...

during those repeated washing's...

You know...

Just in case someone dares to wipe their messy hands on this Beautiful Home Decor Towel!

But that NEVER...

EVER happens...

RIGHT?

Here she goes...

valentine kitchen towel on the machine 2

I gave my towel EXTRA support and HOLD by using my Clover Red Clippies around the frame...

Gracious Alive...I LOVE these cuties so!

And...YES...

I did slap a piece of WSS on top of the design...

once all the applique panels were in place and just before it goes into the satin work.

Here's the design stats for this particular project...

7.5” Tall X 7 inches Wide

15,113 stitches (approximately)

PS...In the Tools of the Trade you will find that I listed the fabrics used by which HEART I applied them to...

check it out!

It's official...

Valentine's Day can arrive in Full Fashion...

Kathleen

valentine kitchen towel finished 2

TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

-Heart Bundle Applique Design (I used the 8 X 8 size) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Happy Day Font (for the word LOVE) (I used the 1.5” size) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Fast Frame (I used the FULL 8X8 inch size)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

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

-WSS (off Brand)

-Heat and Bond Lite (Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Walmart and Amazon)

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

-White Kitchen Towel (Bed Bath and Beyond)

-Fabric...Large Heart (“In Love” by Alexander Henry) Heart on Right (PNK.TNL.DOT by Brother/Sister Design Studios-Hobby Lobby) Heart on Left (Pink Essential Dots by Moda Fabrics) Heart on Bottom (“Hatch”-C2959 by Timeless Treasures Fabrics of Soho)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Red #3015...Hot Pink #325...Pink #305..Light Pink #302...White #010

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design 

 
A LITTLE VALENTINE HOME DECOR!
Sunday, 26 January 2020 16:52

best valentine frog and cupcake

Gracious BE...

Who doesn't love them some Super Cute Valentines Day Decor?

Can I get an AMEN?

After I had taken down my bazillion Christmas Decorations,

from every nook and cranny in my house...

I quickly realized my home felt like I had just moved in...

A BLANK CANVAS...of sorts!

I digress...

I decided a couple little Valentines Day cuties were in order!

After combing through my Valentines Design Files...

I came across this adorable Froggie holding a Valentine Heart...

so in my Embrilliance Software I went a "merging"...

and this Sweet Font called Smoothie Shoppe surely fit the bill!

Next up was a Calorie LESS Cupcake...

complete with Sprinkles!

Such a Simple Applique design...

but she surely packs a PUNCH!

I love to get UP close and PERSONAL with my Embroidery Machine...

by using my magnifier glass to see all its "pieces parts" in action!

Don't YOU?

 final25

 YEP...

I used a piece of Glitter Vinyl for the "frosting" applique part of the cupcake top...

I love love love the glittery shimmer it gives...

I mounted both pieces...similar to the way I do my Christmas Ornaments...

using Sticky Board, Batting, Fabric and Stitchery Tape...

I LOVE it when a plan comes together...

and let's face it...

with these super cute applique designs...

it takes so LITTLE effort!

valentine frog

AND...

valentine cupcake

Happy Valentines Day PEEPS!

Kathleen

 

TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

-Frog Heart Applique (https://www.theitch2stitch.com/Frog-Heart-Applique.html)

-Smoothie Shoppe Embroidery Font (https://www.theitch2stitch.com/Smoothie-Shoppe-Embroidery-Font.html)

-Valentine Cupcake Applique (www.justpeachyapplique.com)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-WSS (off Brand)

-25 Count Opalescent Lugana Cross Stitch Fabric (https://www.fatquartershop.com/opalescent-white-25-ct-lugana-36-55-cross-stitch-cloth)

-Glitter Mirror Vinyl for the Frosting on the Cupcake Design (www.mikriworld.com)

-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)

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

-Flat Head Pins (Hobby Lobby)

-Pink Heart Buttons (Hobby Lobby)

-White DMC Floss (Hobby Lobby)

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design

 

 
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