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HALLOWEEN OUTDOOR FLAG...with an “OOPSIE”!
Friday, 11 September 2020 22:33

 halloween flag finished

Who is ready to bring on the cooler weather...

by gearing up for some seriously cute Halloween ideas?

And let's face it...

if you're not having fun with your embroidery...

then you're definitely missing the point!

I decided I needed an outdoor Halloween Flag...

to officially kick off the season

and since most of us have those adorable garden flag holders in our yards...

it's a WIN...WIN situation!

First...let me start off by sharing the fact that this project involves 2 separate hoopings...

but NO worries...I have broken it down to simplify the process!

I wanted a Halloween Appliqued image AND our Family name on the flag too...

and in order to use the size I wanted, I had to separate the hoopings.

The possibilities are endless...

with the large selection of Super Cute Halloween Applique designs and Fabulous Fonts.

Let's get started...

I found these adorable Orange Placemats...

with Spiders and their webs all over them at my local TJ Maxx...

I couldn't have planned it any better if I tried!

Using a placemat gives you the extra body you may want for your outdoor flag...

and they are usually NOT see thru either...which I really like!

I wanted the family name to show up really well...

so I added a piece of 3” wide Black grosgrain ribbon across the bottom to actually stitch the name onto.

I placed the bottom of the ribbon 2” from the bottom of the placemat...

I actually sewed the ribbon onto the placemat first...

then set it up on my largest Fast Frame (the 8x12 Bag Frame).

frame ready for name on ribbon

As you can see...the ribbon extends the width of the placemat itself...

so I can fold it over to the backside and stitch it in place after I am finished with all the embroidery work. 

As you can see in the above picture...I have used the bottom edge of my frame to line up the bottom of the placemat...which ensures that I have it on there straight!  I love doing flat items like this...

simply because I know for sure my frame is straight and using the edge is the best possible solution!

I have used a combination of the Smoothie Shop, Quirky Girl and Sunny Beach Fonts

for my personalization on the ribbon, and YES...

I used a piece of WSS across the top...

I really feel like it helps the stitches look extra nice...especially on grosgrain ribbon! 

Plus having the grosgrain ribbon sewn onto the top of the placemat first,

gave it some extra added stabilization during the stitch out.

PS...there is sticky stabilizer on my frame

and I used a combination of my two sizes of Wonder Clips by Clover

(I bet you didn't know these little gems came in more than one size...actually there are THREE sizes!)

Here she goes...stitching out all the Fabulous Font Work...

You just gotta LOVE them bunches!

halloween placemat flag name stitching

But WAIT...

OOOOPS!

Houston...we have a Problem!

Do you know what it is?

I have another little sister...her name is Michelle...

she's holds a degree in Journalism...

and quite frankly she knows every single rule to the English Language...

I mean...

EVERY...SINGLE...RULE!

Her head is spinning right off her shoulders right now...

because I used an apostrophe between the N and the S on the name...

Apparently...you are NOT suppose to!

Yes...my little sister quoted the “grammar rule” that pertained to this issue...

but she lost me at the beginning...so I can't remember!

But, I ask you...

doesn't the Lime Green apostrophe look so darn cute as it POPS off the ribbon?  LOL!

I had a dilemma to overcome...

should I “keep it real”, embrace my grammar mistake, and continue on with this adorable placemat...

OR

Should I scrap it and start over?

Now that's a silly question!

Besides my little sister and possibly a few “others”...

no one will even realize that this little pesky apostrophe isn't really suppose to be there after all!

I'm OK with it...How about you?

So I moved on...

and loaded my placemat for the second hooping!

frame ready for halloween applique

 Basically I moved the placemat down onto my Fast Frame...

so the bottom hung off the edge and I could put the Halloween applique above the ribbon

(this time I used my FULL 8x8 Frame). 

I am using the Spider Witch Patch (in the 8x8 size)...

and placed the BOTTOM of the design 1.5 inches above the top of the ribbon.

I used sticky stabilizer on the the frame itself and then fused a pieced of No Show Mesh to the backside of the placemat to give it more stability over time (this sized applique has over 15,000 stitches)

     Here she goes...

halloween placemat applique on machine

This time I used my Red Clover Clippies to give the placemat an extra added “hold” onto the frame!

Gracious Alive...this Applique is simply the BEST!

When all the embroidery work is done, I removed it from the frame...

Press it really well...

using a pressing cloth or even a piece of paper towel, to cover the stitching and the ribbon. 

Do NOT iron directly onto the ribbon itself...it will melt and get all weird!

Then I needed to make a casing to run the flag holder through across the top...

so I folded down the top of the placemat about 1.5 inches and sewed a seam across to “make the casing”. 

So simple!

OMG...I LOVE it bunches!

How about YOU?

halloween flag finished'

I gotta run...

My little sister Michelle, is calling me...

Guess what she has to say?

LOL...I am just keepin' it real here...

And I'm having FUN in the process!

Happy Halloween!

Kathleen

TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

-Spider Witch Patch Applique Design (www.BabyKaysAppliques.com)

-Smoothie Shop Font (for “The” in 1” size) (www.BabyKaysAppliques.com)

-Quirky Girl Font (for “Bowens” in 2” size) (www.BabyKaysAppliques.com)

-Sunny Beach Font (I used the comma in the 2” size as an “Apostrophe”...if you want too!)(www.BabyKaysAppliques.clom)

-Fast Frames (I used both the Bag Size 8x12 AND 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)

-Placemat for Flag itself (TJ Maxx)

-3” wide Grosgrain Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

-Fabric...Purple with Black Dots (Hobby Lobby) Black Swirl (Joann's) Black with White Dots (Moda Dot Essentials) Green (Batik unknown) White (unknown)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Purple #390-Orange #650-Apple Green #988-Black #020 and White #010

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design


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HALLOWEEN PLANS...a SECRET Revealed!
Thursday, 27 August 2020 09:06

finished jeepers creepers its candy time flat

Take a LOOK at this sweet unplanned HAPPY Project Finish...

Gracious BE...my Matilda Jane has impressed me SO!

I'm gonna let you in on a little SECRET about this Cute Halloween Project!

About a year ago...my Neighborhood Dinner Club was being hosted by our Fabulous Neighbors...

Scott and Dayna...and it was nearing Halloween!

Let me interupt this little story to give a SHOUT out for Dayna's Super Cute Etsy Shop...

Check her out...She's ONE Talented Lady!

Fabulous ONE of a KIND items to choose from!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CoastToCabin?ref=shop_sugg

Back to the Story at Hand...

Houston and I were invited to Scott and Dayna's Dinner Club Party...

and let's face it...

I cannot go emptied handed...

without a cute little hostess gift!

Can I get an AMEN?

With Halloween just around the corner...

I decided upon the "Jeepers Creepers...it's Candy Time"!

from Munchkyms Design (now owned by Designs by JuJu)

Holy Smokes...this is ONE Fabulous Stitch out and it is definetly a MUST have for Halloween!

I had a really nice Rich Black Kitchen Towel...

that was just PERFECT for this sweet Appliqued Design!

So...off I went, like I always do...finding the "PERFECT" spot for said design on my towel.

Marked it...

Loaded it onto my Matilda Jane...

and watched her do her THING!

Fast forward...to the end...when the design was completed...

as I took the towel off my frame and began to "clean up" the stabilizers and such...

I noticed my UNHAPPY mistake...

I inadvertantly marked the design to be CENTERED on the MIDDLE of the towel...

which was located EXACTLY where the towel would be folded in half to be rested on a Kitchen Stove Front.

Gracious ALIVE...

I simply CANNOT give this to Dayna and expect her to NOT notice the Hot Mess I just made of it!

What's a Girl to do?

Think...

Think REAL Hard!

Houston...

I have a PLAN!

Of course...I executed my plan AFTER I ran the towel a second time...

with the design located on the bottom half of the towel...

so it sat in the PREFECT Spot as it hung on the Stove Front in Dayna's Kitchen!

 jeepers creepers its candy time

WHEW...ALL is right with the world...

Basically...

What I did was take the actual image...

that was stitched onto the wrong part of the Towel #1...

and cut it down to a size I wanted it to be mounted onto a sticky board...

Then I found a super cute Orange and Black plaid in my Fabric Stash...

and mounted that onto a Larger piece of sticky board...

to acheive the double mounted look...

I finished it off with a pretty black and white cording I found at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas Ribbon section...

BELIEVE it or NOT!

I wanted the backside of the second mounted Orange and Black Sticky Board to be "finished"...

so I glued a piece of Stiff Felt onto the backside...just slightly smaller than the actual board...

and that covers a multitude of "sins" on the backside...

just incase someone LOOKS!

Because you know...one of my sisters WILL...

they're SMART like that!

LOL!

I then just set the whole piece on a cute easel and called it DONE!

jeepers creepers on stand

 Gracious BE...I LOVE it when a Plan comes together...

even when it wasn't really the PLAN!

Kathleen

 

 TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

-Jeepers Creepers...it's Candy Time (Munchkyms Design...now under Designs by Ju Ju)

-Black Kitchen Towel (Target, Walmart...or TJ Maxx)

-Black and White Cording (from the Christmas Ribbon Section at Hobby Lobby)

-Exquisite Thread (Black #020-White #010-Orange #650-Purple #390-Red #3015

-Black Swirly Dots Fabric (Joann's) Dot Fabric (Opti-Dots  #LHO4018 by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Dry Goods)

-Orange and Black Plaid Fabric (Joann's)

-Black Stiff Felt (Hobby Lobby)

-Aleenes Tacky Glue (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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LUGGAGE TAGS...THE PERFECT GIFT!
Friday, 08 May 2020 17:55

luggage tags finished

                             If you haven't guessed it by now...

I'll spill the beans and let you all in on a little secret...

Well...

Perhaps it's really not that BIG of a secret...

I like to make my own Christmas Gifts every year and even though I do make a lot of “time consuming” items...there has always been a need for new and simple Gift Ideas for my children's school teachers, the neighbors, my hairdresser and that sweet mail lady who delivers my up-teen boxes of stabilizers and threads!  LOL!

So today...

I'm gonna get a jump on making some really cute Luggage Tags

to give my friends and family...

and perhaps slide a favorite gift card in it for “stocking stuffers” too!

How about I make it a cute little detailed tutorial...

just for FUN?  

Please remember to go to the the bottom of the blog post

to the TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

where the list of all the supplies used in this project are (including where to get them).

OH...

I Love it when a plan comes together!

Let's get started...

For EACH Luggage Tag you plan to make...Cut the following...

-1 piece of 100% cotton Fabric (3.5” X 9”)

-1 piece of Heat and Bond Lite (3.25” x 8.75”)

-1 piece of Buckram Stabilizer (2 5/8” X 8”)

luggage tags fabric and stabilizer set up

First...Prep the luggage tag itself...

-Fuse the Heat and Bond Lite to the backside of the cotton fabric...

and then center the Buckram stabilizer on top of that (Heat and Bond side) and fuse that into place...

being careful to center the Buckram as best you can.  No need to whip out the ruler for perfection here...

You will then fold up the long sides and fuse towards the buckram and repeat for the short ends too. 

Fold your luggage tag in half with the wrong sides together.  Your prepared luggage tag now looks like this...

luggage tags prepped for machine

***Useful information for those who are unfamiliar with Buckram Stabilizer....

Buckram Stabilizer is located in the Craft or Fabric stores where the “other” stabilizers are...

and it is usually sold by the yard, right off the bolt.  

It is a THIN, but stiff, non fusible treated stabilizer that gives an item “body or shape”...

and is perfect for this project! 

Since this stabilizer is not treated with a fusible product...

I add the Heat and Bond Lite to make it one...

as we move along with this project, you will understand why!

Once you have prepped your luggage tag...you are all set to load it on the machine!

I used my 5” X 4” Fast Frame and added a sticky stabilizer to it. 

Then I drew a reference line 1” down from the top, across the width of the frame,

to give me a guide as to where to locate my luggage tag so that I was sure to have it straight on the sticky! 

Here she is all ready to be loaded onto the machine...

luggage tags frame loaded

In the above picture you can see my fold line...

from where I folded the luggage tag in half in the above step. 

However...when you load it onto the sticky...you want to open it up! 

The fold is actually the “bottom” of the luggage tag. 

I centered my design in the section from the fold to the right edge and then from top to bottom...

you can see my blue center dot there...ever so slightly.

I made a set of two luggage tags to coordinate with each other for this blog post...

they're  for my daughter in law who will be going on a “special cruise” next year...

so I chose to use the “Anchor Flag Design”...

and used only the anchor applique from the 6 inch size...

because it is just PERFECT for this luggage tag! 

I wanted to add her initials to it...so I chose the 1/2” size from the Rockwell Font. 

For the second luggage tag, I chose the Vine Monogram Font in the 2” size...

and it fit just PERFECT too!

Here's the Anchor luggage tag..stitching ever so smoothly...

luggage tags anchor on machine

AND...

Here's the Vine Monogram...making a “statement”...like she always does!

luggage tags monogram on machine

Once you have finished the embroidery/applique...

you simply remove it from the sticky stabilizer...

no need to “pick” off every little piece...

because you will be “hiding” it when you fold it wrong sides together to finish it off.

Now...there are two ways you can finish your luggage tag...

before placing it into the handy little plastic luggage tag holder...

-Fold the luggage tag...wrong sides together...

evenly and then top stitch around the outside edge to seal it shut...

OR

-Fold the luggage tag...wrong sides together...

evenly and use a little glue stick to hold it together.

Either way will work just fine...

since you will then be placing them into the plastic luggage tag holders.

PS...these plastic luggage tag holders are super inexpensive...so no worries there!

luggage tags finished

The luggage tags themselves are suppose to be a snug fit...

so they “fill” the cavity of the plastic holder. 

There is still room on the backside where you can add a “personal” information card or a sweet gift card for your special someone! 

Either way...it's a WIN...WIN situation!

The possibilities are endless here...

with super cute applique designs, fonts and monograms!

Tools of the Trade...

-Anchor Flag Design (I used only the ANCHOR from the 6 inch size...www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Rockwell Font (I used .5 inch size...www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Vine Monogram (I used the 2 inch size...www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Fast Frame (I used 5 X 4 inch size)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-WSS (off Brand)

-Buckram Stabilizer (Hobby Lobby)

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

-Clear Vinyl Luggage Tag Holder (Allstitch.com)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand Red #3015 and Royal #413

-Fabric-Blue Check/Sketch for the Luggage Tag itself(“Widescreen” Design #14469 by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman)

Royal w/Dots for the Anchor (Moda's Dot Essentials)

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking


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HAPPY EASTER...from MR. BUNNY!
Sunday, 15 March 2020 09:34

easter bunny finished on white towel

Gracious Alive...just a short few weeks till Easter Sunday...

and I have NO Bunny kitchen towel for my oven front...

I ask you...how in the world does this happen?

I am an embroiderer/applique person...I do this kind of thing...

EVERY...SINGLE...DAY!

How do I NOT have a cute kitchen towel for each and EVERY Holiday known to mankind?

I digress...

I must remedy that...real quick, fast, and in a HURRY!

Today...I decided I needed a little something more on the “boyish” side of cuteness...

So I chose the Sweet Bunny Boy Face Applique...purely on my LOVE for his Bow Tie!

It just doesn't get much cuter than that!

Let's get started...

I began this project by prepping my 8x8 inch FULL Fast Frame with Sticky Stabilizer...

and loaded the biggest size design of the 8x8 to my machine, via the USB Stick.

I also fused a piece of No Show Mesh Cutaway Stabilizer to the backside of my towel...

I want a permanent stabilization for my design and the No Show Mesh keeps it locked in place BUT...soft in hand.

I like to go BIG with my Kitchen Towel designs...

mostly because I want it to have that WOW factor when I enter my kitchen...

so the big 8x8 size fits the bill!

I am using my rule of thumb for centering my applique...

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

It's the PERFECT number for my design stats...

6”wide X 7.62” tall (approximately)

14,124 stitches (approximately)

This particular design only has TWO fabric panels...

but he packs a powerful PUNCH...if you get my drift!

The details are simply FABULOUS!

Here she goes...

easter bunny boy on the machine white towel

In the picture above you can see that I have used my favorite little red clippies...

for extra added hold during the stitching process...

I am completely obsessed with this cuties...

they are just so darn convenient and any time I can avoid using pins...I do!

I also slapped a piece of WSS on top, once all my fabric panels are in place and trimmed nicely.

You know...

Because...that's how I roll!

NOW...just because I can...

I made a couple EXTRA Bunny Towels to give away as gifts too...

I am really set for Easter Sunday here in South Carolina...

How about YOU?

green and white checked towel bunny

 AND...

green with stripe towel bunny

Don't you just LOVE how the same design, with the same fabrics and threads make a different 

statement on a Colored or Patterned Kitchen Towel?

OMG...

The POSSIBILITIES are ENDLESS!

Get INSPIRED...

and turn on that Embroidery MACHINE!

TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

-Sweet Bunny Boy Face Applique Design (I used the 8 X 8 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)

-Colored/Patterned Kitchen Towels (Costco)

-Fabric...Light Tan for Bunny...Fusions #5573 by Robert Kaufman-Green Plaid for Bow Tie...Gramercy#3509 by Kitty Yoshida for Benartex Fabrics.

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Cream/Tan #812-Black#020-Dark Gray (Whiskers) #588-Sage Green #950-Blue #409

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design


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WAITING ON THE BUNNY!
Saturday, 29 February 2020 10:05

easter pillow wrap finished pillow 2

Gracious Alive...

it is suppose to be approaching Spring and since last week it was almost 70 degrees here...

the flowers were starting to emerge from their winters sleep.

Instead...

the whether in South Carolina today is COLD, and very CRISP...

and YES, you can see your breath outside! 

What's a girl to do...

With a huge assortment of Fabulous Spring time Applique designs at hand...

I am sure to find the PERFECT one to bring a smile to your faces today!

Everyone LOVES my pillow wraps...

-Friends and Family

-The Neighbors

-The UPS Man

and all the many followers here at The Quilted Story!

And since my foyer bench needs a welcoming pillow...

that's what's on the agenda TODAY!

Let's get started...

Since I love to re-purpose things, by giving something a “face lift”...

I am using the same 20” pillow form that I have used for the last two pillow wraps in the past

and only purchased the actual pillow cover in a pretty HOT pink!

There is method to my madness...

Not only do I have just a couple “pillow covers” and “wraps” to store...

I only have ONE pillow form that serves every pillow wrap I make. 

Now...that's a WIN WIN situation for sure!

I decided on one of the newer Spring Designs...

the Bunny with Umbrella Applique and I chose the 8X8 size. 

I added a little cute text in the Penguin Grins Font

(check out the Tools of the Trade at the bottom to get all the details)...

simply because it looked so darn cute together!

Pillow Wraps are so easy to make...

you will want to make a gazillion of them!

TIP...be sure to refer back to the other two pillow wraps I made in the “Believe” Blog Post...

and the “Together is my Favorite place to be” Blog Post...

as I am using basically the same technique!

My design will be rather large...

however...

you can use the smaller applique size and font sizes

to achieve the perfect dimensions for your special pillow wrap.

Here are my stats...

-Design Size...7.5” high X 11.75” wide

-29,683 Stitches (well worth the count!)

First...

I prepped my Full 8X12 Fast Frame with sticky stabilizer...

and cut the following sizes out of my materials for the wrap itself...

-Pink and White Plaid Fabric-9.5” high X 40-44” wide (depending on the size pillow you used)

-100% Cotton Batting-8.5” high x 40-44” wide (depending on the size pillow you used)

TIP...Don't forget that the Cotton Batting serves a dual purpose...

it gives the wrap “Body” around the pillow itself AND it also gives the design permanent control and HOLD over time.

I then put the batting onto the sticky first, and layered the fabric on top of the batting...

centering it, so that there would be “excess” fabric (top and bottom) to make a hem out of over the batting...

when you finish your embroidery work.  

easter pillow prepped frame

I also added a few of my flat head pins along the top and bottom edge...

to secure the top fabric layer and the batting to the frame. 

You will notice that I used the straight edge of the fabric to match up with the straight edge of the frame itself...

and this assures me that I am loading it evenly across the frame. 

My batting is the same height as my frame...

so it is placed even with the frame itself FIRST and then the fabric is on top of that. 

I also have my center marked with a water soluble pen for a reference point.

Here she goes...

easter pillow wrap on the machine

Be still my HEART...

I LOVE this BUNNY so!

I used my RED Clippies on the sides of the frame...

where I needed it to hold my fabric and batting more securely along those edges.

And YES...I slapped on a piece of WSS...

because it makes my heart sing!

LOL!

Once I removed the finished work from the frame...

I press the top edge over to the backside of the top and the bottom and hemmed it.

After I hemmed both the top and bottom with a nice top stitch...

I put it on the pillow I planned to use and trimmed the length of it to fit with a slight overlap. 

I secured it onto the pillow by sewing velcro at the overlap. 

I just LOVE it when a plan comes together...

How about YOU?

 

Kathleen

easter pillow wrap finished pillow 2

TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

-Bunny with Umbrella Applique Design (www.babykaysappliques.com) (I used the 8X8 inch size)

-Penguin Grins Font (www.babykaysappliques.com)...in the following sizes...

(Waiting-1.5” size) (on the-1” size) (BUNNY-2” size)

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

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-WSS (off Brand)

-Cotton Pink and White Plaid Fabric for the Wrap itself (Hobby Lobby)

-100% Cotton Warm and White Batting (Hobby Lobby, Joann's and Quilt Shops)

-Flat Head Pins (Hobby Lobby)

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

-Hot Pink Pillow Cover (IKEA)

-20” square Pillow Form (Joann's)

-Velcro (to hold the wrap closed on the back of the pillow)

-Fabric...(Gray for Bunny-”Hello World” by Abi Hall for Moda) (Aqua for Umbrella-”Stitch Square #CX-5944 by Michael Miller...I found this at Hobby Lobby)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Hot Pink #325-Light Pink #305-Aqua #444-Light Gray #1707- Medium Gray #588-Black #020

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design


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