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Wednesday, 14 September 2022 00:00

finished welcome my pretties hanging

Fall is officially HERE...and you know what that means...get out those super cute Halloween Decorations and bring on the season at hand!

It's CLEAR...I am obsessed with the Movie "Hocus Pocus" staring Bette Midler...it's a timeless CLASSIC!  So..when I saw this adorable Wooden Sign that said "Welcome My Pretties" at my local Michaels Store...I knew I had to have it so I could add a little extra BLING to it!

These cute applique designs are from the Baby Kay's Website...be sure to check out my List of the Tools of the Trade (at the bottom of the blog post) for all the details of where to get everything I use to make this adorable project...

I just LOVE these little guys...or gals...whichever the case may be!  LOL!

I combined the two designs in my Embrillance Software...fit them accordingly to the size of the area I wanted to fill for the "added on" sign to the bottom of the actual wooden cauldron.  I had my Houston (aka...my Husband) cut me a piece of luan (because it is a thinner wood and I didn't want to it be too heavy) and then sanded it smooth and painted it black...

This piece of wood serves as my "backdrop" to adhere the actual design onto...

is that as clear as MUD?

I digress...

I am sure you have noticed by now...after staring at the picture above, that I reverse flipped the little ghost trick or treaters applique...so that they sat nicely (and symetrically even) on either side of the PUMPKIN kiddo applique!  

YES...my OCD is in control here!

Can I get an AMEN?

This is a fairly large design...finishing at 10.5" wide X 6.5" tall (approximately)...with a total of 27,296 stitches in it) and because of that I wanted to be sure to stabilize it "just right"...

So here is what I did...

I ironed a piece of "fusible fleece" to the backside of a cute Black with Orange Dots cotton fabric I got from my local Hobby Lobby...both the fabric and the fusible fleece are cut at least 5-6 inches larger than my finished design piece...I do this for two reasons...

ONE...so I can cut it down to the PERFECT size for my sticky board application...


TWO...so I have enough "extra fabric" to cover the front of the sticky board...plus around to the backside...to give it a nice "finished look"!

Once I have the design stitched out...removed from the frame...I cut the design down (centering it perfectly) and then adhered it to the front of the sticky board and then around to the backside.

I used Stitchy Tape on the backside to adhere the fabric to the backside of the sticky board...

You can use a HOT Glue Gun for this part...however...it's NOT my favorite method...

Apparently, I do not possess the skill it takes to handle a Glue Gun without burning my fingerprints right off!


Let's MOVE on...

I then tore some 1.25" wide strips from the Purple with Black Dots Cotton Fabric (also from Hobby Lobby) and gathered it...using a long "doll making" needle and heavy thread...to make it fit nicely around the framed design.  I did use the "Stitchy Tape" again on the backside of the sticky board to stick the gathered "ruffle" to...as it gave me time to manipulate it in place without burning my finger tips off...once again...Glue Guns and ME do not get along!

Once my design with the ruffle was complete...I adhered the whole thing to that piece of Black Painted Luan...that Houston cut for me earlier.

I simply used a thin black wire...curled...to connect it to the bottom of the cauldron from the top of the Luan piece...so it hung nicely...

as if it had always been there from the "get go"!

Now...how is that for FABULOUS?


finished welcome my pretties hanging


-Kid Behind the Pumpkin Applique Design(5x7 size) www.babykaysapplique.com

-Little Ghost Boy Applique Design(4x4 size) www.babykaysapplique.com

-Fast Frame (I used the Full 8 x 12 inch size)

-Fusible Fleece (Hobby Lobby and Joann's)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-WSS (off Brand)

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

-Flat Flower Head Pins (used to hold the fabric down onto frame for an extra hold) (Hobby Lobby and Joann's)

-Fabric...Black with Orange Dots for Background of Design (Hobby Lobby) Purple with Black Dots for Ruffle (Hobby Lobby) Orange for Pumpkin Kid and Pumpkin Candy Buckets (Colorworks by PB Textiles) Yellow for Pumpkin Face (Big Pinwheel #LH04025 for Lakehouse Direct Fabrics) Blue for Pants (Blue Batik...Unknown) Purple for Shoes on Pumpkin Kid (Mottled Purple...Unknown) Lime Green for Pumpkin Stem (Zig Zag S#N7700 by Hoffman California International Fabrics) White for Ghosts (Swirly tone on tone...Unknown)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Purple #390-Orange #650-Green #983-Blue #413-Yellow #4117-Black #020 and White #010

-Sticky Board (www.fatquartershop.com)

-Stitchery Tape (www.fatquartershop.com)

-Large Doll Making Needle (Hobby Lobby)

-Luan for Base of Design (Home Depot-Lowes-Hobby Lobby)

-Black Spray Paint (Hobby Lobby-Home Depot-Lowes)

-Water Soluble Pen/Pencil for Marking Center of design



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Tuesday, 26 July 2022 07:25

victoria merritt order

Well Gracious BE...who doesn't love them a Super Cute Girly Penguin Design?  It's just PERFECT for a New Baby Diaper Bag!

Can I get an AMEN?

Sweet Lena joined the family recently and she needed her very own Special Bag...to carry all those necessary "goodies" that new Mamas need to have with them at all times!

I just LOVE this adorable little gal...

She was designed and digitized by Kym...from Munchkyms Designs!

Kym does NOT dissapoint with the attention to detail...and well planned execution of her designs. 

I simply cannot get enough of the sweetness her design bring!

Here's the Proof...of an up close pic of the face of little miss penguin...that shows just what I am talking about...close up penguin girl 2

I sure hope this Cute Little Penguin Girl makes new Mama Victoria happy happy happy...

What are you going to make with this design?

Embroider ON!



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Friday, 24 June 2022 10:22

too cute to spook fabric line

OMG...Who can resist this Fabulous Halloween Fabric Line just released...called 
"Too Cute to Spook" by Me and My Sister Designs for MODA?

Can I get an AMEN?

I featured this Beautiful set of Halloween Cuteness on my YouTube Channel...you can find that here...


I purchased the complete line of 24 Fabulous Fabrics in 1/2 yard Cuts...and I got it from www.hunniequilt.etsy.com

Be sure to check out this Super NICE Fabric Shop on Etsy...the gal who owns the shop is named Minju...and you simply will not find a nicer person to do your fabric shopping business with.  She just goes above and beyond for her customers.

Let her know I sent you...and NO I am not sponsored in any way by Hunnie Quilt...I just LOVE her shop that much!

Here's a quick snapshot of the whole line...

too cute to spook half yard cuts 24 pieces

OMG...I cannot wait to cut into these beauties!

But WAIT...I first gotta cut off all those FABULOUS Fabric Selvages...just like I said I would on my YouTube Channel...

selvages too cute to spook

Now...what kind of seriously CUTE project can I make with these FUN little Selvage Strips?

Let's make a PLAN...

Quilt ON!


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Thursday, 23 June 2022 18:28

fabric selvages compostion notebook cover thumbnail

My Newest You Tube Video is now LIVE...

Check it out here...


Highlights of this weeks video are...

-Let's talk about those Fabric Selvages and ideas of what you can do with them!

-Spectrum of Color Quilts and Cancer Patient Quilts!

-SIX NEW Pattern Releases in my Etsy Shop!

-Fabric Haul!

Please visit me there and if you like what you see...give me a Thumbs UP!...and Hit that Subscribe Button...I would really appreciate the support on my Channel!

Feel free to ask questions and leave me a comment!

See you there!


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Monday, 13 June 2022 10:09

usa patriotic sign finished

It's a little Machine Applique Embroidery finish Day at The Quilted Story...using my Sweet Matilda Jane Embroidery Machine...yep...she's a Brother PR655 model and I LOVE her so!

This project was such a quick little make and I just LOVE the powerful statement it makes sitting in my kitchen along with the rest of my Patriotic display!  

Nothing says WOW...like a little Red...White and BLUE!

Can I get an Amen?

This design and all the little "pieces parts" are listed in the "Tools of the Trade" at the end of the blog post...so..if you want to make your own...check that out and then go to my You Tube Channel (The Quilted Story) and watch my 2nd Video...as I talk about it there too!

It's NO secret that Kathleen has "limited" bow making skills...but at this point in life...all that matters is I gave it an honest try.  I think that every time I do make a bow to add to one of my finishes...I get a little bit better at it and have a nicer bow in the long run.

Just remember...if you add a little "something something" to the center of your bow...for instance for this project I added that little glittery foam star...you can cover a multitude of sins and craziness happening with it!  LOL!

I call that a win win...how about YOU?

Embroider ON!


Tools of the Trade...

-USA Design (itch2stitch)

-25 Count Opalescent White Lugana (www.fatquartershop.com)

-Warm and Natural Batting

-Sticky Board (www.fatquartershop.com)

-Red Batik Fabric (source unknown as it was from my stash)

-Blue with White Dot Fabric (Dot Essentials by Moda)

-Red/White/Blue Plaid (American Pride Bias Plaid Red/White/Blue by Amy Callaway for Fabri-Quilt)

-Exquisite Threads (Red #3015-Royal Blue #413)

-Patriotic Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

-Star (Hobby Lobby

-White Frame (Home Goods)

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