Kathleen's Blog
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:33

work station


Gracious Be...it's been almost a solid year since my last Blog post and here I am trying to play "catch up"! 

I have a good excuse...

Well at least it sounds "GOOD" in my head!

I have been the Creative blogger at a large Embroidery Design business for the past year and I have LOVED every single minute of it...

I learned so much...my brain is FULL!

However...I have resigned from that position to persue other opportunities!

Hopefully this will free some time to devote to my own blog...here at The Quilted Story!

So...let's get moving!

Today is Work Station Wednesday and I have started a Super Cute Christmas Wallhanging...

Completely Paper Pieced of course!

I gotta get a jump on the Christmas Holiday...it's gonna be here before you know it!

Besides...NO one likes to be burning the midnight oil on Christmas Eve getting projects like this done in time for the "big day"!

Ask me how I know...

In this snap shot you will see what my "big board" ironing station looks like when I am set up in "paper piecing" mode.  I like to work in a highly efficient manner by eleminating as many steps as possible.  My machine sits to the left of this big board and I am able to easily roll from one position to the other in my sweet office chair...without missing a beat.

I have my iron at the right side of my big board...simply because I am right handed.

At the "big board" I can prep my Paper Pieced block...Trim it and Press all it's pieces parts...all at the same location!

Now...how's that for "efficient"?

At the upper left in the picture is my over flowing tote of Christmas Colored Fabric leftovers from another project or two...or ten!

Gotta LOVE those scraps!


Most imprtantly...

Gotta use them up!

Quilt On...



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Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:06

duckie sailor burp cloth

Gracious Alive...I couldn't wait to share my most popular Appliqued Baby Burp Cloth with you!  This particular sample is one Super Fabulous design, from BabyKaysAppliques.com.  You have got to have this little guy in your designs sets to choose from...so fun for this particular little guy, however...I hope to "girl it up" for a sweet little princess soon!

I used my "powers" and put a cute little letter C in the center of the flag...which stands for "Colton"!  I just LOVE love love the way he turned out on this burp cloth that I lined with a fun madras plaid from Michael Miller!

Does it get any cuter than that?


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Monday, 03 April 2017 12:14

new bodysuit beanie bib

Mattie and ME! have been doing double time in the Shop making super cute "things" for new sweet babies due to arrive soon...hence the reason I have neglected my little website...but in all honesty...just a tad.  I have been working on learning some new things regarding the "behind the scenes" jargon that would make your head spin with crazy thoughts...so I suppose, I haven't really been sitting "idle".

I digress...

Too much "serious work" makes Kathleen a boring gal...and we simply cannot have that!

I just finished up this adorable little baby girl set for my neighbors new Granddaughter...Addison.  I just LOVE LOVE LOVE her name in embroidery...and her 3 letter monogram is even cuter! 

I wasn't quite sure what direction I wanted to go with her little set...and when you have as many applique designs as I do to choose from...the decision becomes unbelievable to say the least!  But here's the skinny...

First...I decided I wanted to do a Teal, Red and Pink color way...for no other reason except that I hadn't done one and thought...why not?  Second...this Love Bug Applique Design kept jumping up on my software screen...

 Isn't it just the cutest?

new bodysuit 2

 From here...one can never go wrong with a super sweet personalized Beanie Hat and Matching Baby Bib...complete with a coordinating RED snap closure to make it "pop" off the teal background! 


new bib

 BUT...especially THIS!

new beanie

For those of you who must know where these designs came from...here are those "go to" places...

-Bodysuit Love Bug Applique Design...www.theitch2stitch.com

-Beanie Hat Font (Addison)...www.stitchtopia.com

-ITH Baby Bib...www.digistitches.com (NOW under www.designsbyjuju)

-Baby Bib 3 Letter Monogram...www.theitch2stitch.com

Now...let's see what else I can get uploaded next!


Stitch on!


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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 09:31

elephant boy and beach tote

We are thinking "warm thoughts" over here with my Sweet Matilda Jane using this super adorable Beach time set for little Edison as a sample!  It really doesn't get any cuter than this...

Can I get an AMEN?

These designs are from two diffferent sources...for those of you who love to use their embroidery machines and MUST have these!  The Elephant Boy Swimmer is from Munchkyms Designs (NOW under Designs by Ju Ju) and as you can tell...it stitches out super fabulous...they have a "girly" version too...

Here she is...

girly elephant swimmer


If you look closer...perhaps even click on the picture to enlarge it...you will see one of Kymberly's (Munchkyms Design original designer of this this appliique) signature little "POPS"...can you guess what it is? 


Adorable little Belly Buttons...


It makes you giggle like a silly school girl...every...single...time!

Now...for the adorable Beach Bag, I used an Applique Font and Embroidery Font from i2s (the itch 2 stitch)...and there again, you can clearly see that Christy (owner at i2s) knows what she is doing!  They stitched out fabulously and flawlessly.  The Applique Font is called "Closer to Free" and I used the matching "Closer to Free" embroidery font for Edison's name up the side...my goodness I LOVE it bunches! 

The name "Edison" on the Elephant Swimmer Shirt was done in the Font called "Falling Slowly"...it is simply my absolute FAVORITE for boys!  Just PERFECT!

So here's a PLUG for two of my favorite go to for digitized designs...

www.munchkymsdesigns.com (NOW under www.designsbyjuju.com)



Be sure to check them both out...you will LOVE them as much Matilda Jane and I do.


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ONCE UPON A TIME...a funny little READ!
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 00:00



I am going "over" my tutorial section so I can start adding more Tutorials a little more often...so here is a funny little read for you to enjoy while I get my "learnin' ON"!


In the beginning there was a beautiful little shiny black vintage singer featherweight, sitting in the back of a dark and lonely closet.  Not my Grandmothers closet...but likely someone's Grandmother!  I bought her on Ebay...isn't she Gorgeous?





OK...I have the machine...gotta buy some fabrics!  You just have to LOVE the smell of the Calicoes!

My OCD tendencies made me compulsively organize it all by color, on a shelf, made by my Houston.  Isn't it grand?

I think I need another shelf or two or ten!





Now that my fabric is organized...let's get to work and make something real nice!  Darn it Aunt Bethany...he guessed it!





I've been a busy girl...cutting up my fabric into strips so I can take them to the machine and sew my little heart out.  Lookey me...I'm talented!





Since I have only been quilting for a short while, I could only muster up this little quilt...maybe I am not all that talented as I once thought!

Sad thing...I used all my fabric up...

Let's buy MORE!





Thank You Mr. Computer Engineer for building this little "add on" to my Website...now I can write some really cool step by step tutorials that you will NEVER read...mostly because there are too many words!

Love You Anyways!





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