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Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:21

one block 52 pieces

I'm in  LOVE!

Progress on my Christmas Star Wallhanging Quilt is being made here at The Quilted Story...and I cannot believe how striking the RED fabrics are against the SILVER ones!  I'm thinking I made the right choice.

These little gems work up fairly quick...using a standard paper piecing method...




You simply can't go wrong with these three simple steps...repeating them over and over again.

Pretty much until you can do it in your sleep.

Pictured above are 4 blocks together to form the center red star and the outside silver corners will line up with more blocks to form alternating silver star blocks.  There are 13 pieces in EACH block that "finish" at 4 inches square...so here you see a total of 54 pieces that make up this completed block. 

Let's make MORE!

Quilt On!


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...



Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:46


jumbo monogram large tote

 Gracious Alive...it is simply about time I completed something extra special...just for ME!  Actually...it's been a long time coming!

I am a busy gal these days...

 -Etsy Shop Owner

-Design Tester

-Embroidery Blog Writer/with Samples


-Pattern Writer


-Embroidery and Quilting Instructor

 I am super in LOVE with this Beautiful Jumbo Intertwine Vine Monogram from i2s...

it is really...really...



Want the skinny?

It's 6.75" tall X 8.5" wide...with roughly about 21,000 stitches.

Be sure to click on the picture to see the texture of the letters themselves...it is simply F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!




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?


Monday, 03 April 2017 12:14

new bodysuit beanie bibMatilda Jane 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...

new bodysuit                                                                    Isn't it just the cutest?

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 beanie                                                                        LOVE THIS!


new bib                                                                  BUT...especially THIS!

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

-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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