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Friday, 30 October 2020 10:16


Put on your dancing shoes...que the Holiday Music and dance the HAPPY DANCE...

My stabilizers have arrived here at The Quilted Story!

I digress...

It has taken me 4 SOLID Months...


to make this happen!

You know...because of COVID!

Am I the only one here who is sick of hearing that?

Can I get an AMEN?

I began watching my bolts of Stabilizers dwindle down to the bare nothings since March...


I use a TON of Stabilizers....and when I say TONS...

I really mean BOLTS!


I LOVE that word...

Back to my blog post at hand...


Here in this picture is my HAPPY Place...where my newly purchased Bolts of Stabilizers are posing for a serious Photo Shoot.

You don't photo shoot your Stabilizers you say...


OK...it's just ME!

Here's my LIST of Happiness...

-Fusible Thermolam

-Fusible Heat and Bond Lite

-Fusible Decorbond


-Heavy Gauge Clear Vinyl

-Fusible Fleece

So...Let's get started and cut into this gems...

my Scissors and Rotary Cutters are all fired up!

Stitch ON!


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Monday, 26 October 2020 09:29

pumpkin man for nicole christmas 2020

Have YOU met the Pumpkin Man? 

My last blog post indicated that it was going to be my final Halloween Home Decor item for the season...but alas...I LIED...

Well...not on purpose anyway!

I simply FORGOT about the PUMPKIN Man!

Years ago...I began making this adorable Pumpkin Man for the perfect Halloween Decoration that served an EXTRA purpose!  You see...the head of this cute guy is actually one of those plastic halloween pumpkin buckets that the kids use for their night of trick or treating...aka "Candy Haul Night"!

So while your Special Pumpkin Guy adorns your front bench or table corner...because his body base is a wooden block...you can also fill his bucket head with all sorts of treats!

Now...there's a PLAN!

So...pull out your Halloween Fabrics and get your Pumpkin Man ready for the big night...you know the Little Kid in you wants too!


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Friday, 23 October 2020 10:36

finalOne LAST Halloween Decoration before I move on to "other things"...and when I say "other things"...I really mean a TON of Crazy!  LOL!

Gracious BE!...I LOVE this Super Cute Little BOO Banner I made for one of my Fireplace Mantels in my home...I had planned this project to actually hang it on the WHITE Painted Fireplace Mantel in the Front Room of my Home...but I really liked it better on the Family Room one that is a Maple Finished Mantel.  It really has the FALL look going on with all the colors...

So...here's the skinny...

I found this adorable Ghost Alphabet Applique at Embroidery Boutique...if you haven't seen her cute STUFF...be sure to check it out here...you won't be disappointed!


I used the smallest file size (5x7) of the B-O-O Ghost Alphabet Applique for this project...but depending on how large your Mantel is or the area in which you plan to hang this banner on...you may just want to use the larger one...which is 9x9.  

Either way...it is FABULOUS!

I stitched my B-O-O Alphabet Letters individually onto a piece of Black Stiffy Felt...you can find it in the FELT Square section of your local Hobby Lobby...Gracious BE!...I LOVE this STUFF!  It comes in a larger piece (about 12x18) and in several colors too!  CHECK it out!

The stiffy felt served as my permanent stabilizer for this project...however...because I stitched a WHITE Ghost directly onto the Black Felt I needed to shadow cover the White fabric first before setting it into the applique.

Know what I mean Jelly Bean?

Perhaps that should be a cute little Tutorial idea for later...but for now...let's move on...

After I stitched out the 3 Ghost Letters...B-O-O...I trimmed the Black Felt close to (about 1/8"-1/4") the outside satin stitched edge of the design itself...this gave the letters a "backdrop" of sorts...

Then I attached the Ghost Letters with a needle and thread and a simple "whip stitch" onto a piece of FALL cording and then added the little cute Pumpkin Bells in the same manner...in between the letters.

I added the Wool Felt Halloween Balls Banner to it when I hung it on the mantel...it's actually NOT attached to the BOO Banner Cording...and just runs in front of the Ghost Banner...this way I can change it up if I choose to later on...next year!  This Wool Felt Halloween Balls Banner came from my local Michaels Store last year...but they still have them this year too!

Think of the possibilites here...you can use other "Halloweenie Words" instead of BOO too...depending where you plan to hang it.  Here's a couple ideas for ya...

-Hocus Pocus


-Trick or Treat

-Family Name

-Ghosts and Gobblins

So...get out that Embroidery Machine...TURN it ON...stop in at Embroidery Boutiques Website mentioned above...and let's get stitching!

Happy Halloween!


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Monday, 19 October 2020 08:15

finished scarecrow with pumpkin frame stand

Todays cute project is a simple little Fall Home Decor for all of you who want to make something with their Embroidery Machine, but need a little break from the same ole same ole...

I found this sweet Scarecrow Applique Design at Embroidery Boutique...I just love the domestic machine appliqued look of the Buttonhole Stitch...it reminds me of the many years I spent perfecting my Machine Applique Skills before becoming a Professional Quilt Instructor and Embroidery Educator.  This skill kept me from really diving into a serious Embroidery Machine Business those early years...but there's NO turning back now!

I've jumped in with both feet and LOVE it Bunches!

Enough about ME...let's talk about this cute little project at hand...

I chose to use the 5x7 Size Applique from this Scarecrow Scene File simply because I already had this adorable Fall Easel frame that I got from my local Hobby Lobby and it fit perfectly on the center of it...leaving just enough of the Orange Frame along the sides peeking out and helping my Embroidery work POP!

It's a Win Win Situation!

I added the word WELCOME onto the actual sign part...using the RAZZLE Font in the .5" size from itch2stitch.  It fit just PERFECT!  I love me some itch2stitch Fonts...how about YOU?

After I adhered the design to the frame I added a simple FALL Cording around the edges that I also found at Hobby Lobby...it just gave that extra something to the design that I really liked.

So...Dust off that Embroidery Machine you got for Christmas LAST year and give this sweet project a try...you'll be so glad you did!


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Wednesday, 07 October 2020 09:16

finished trick or treat door pillow

No matter how old you are...whether or not you have Children or Grandchildren...Trick or Treating is a Favorite pastime.  What better way to celebrate the season than with a Super Cute Ghostly Trick or Treat Door Pillow...hanging at the front entry of your home?  It's a WIN WIN type of situation!

I found this Adorable Ghost Banner Applique Design at one of my FAVORITE places to shop for Appliques...i2s...and I paired it with the so cute Jack and Jill Font...also from i2s!  In the MANY years I have been embroidering and appliqueing using an Embroidery Machine...I can say with most certainty that i2s has some of the absolute BEST and well executed Designs and Fonts!  Be sure to check them out...you will NOT be disappointed!

Find them here...


On to the project at hand...

I combined the 5x7 size of the Ghost Banner Design with the 1.5 Jack and Jill Font for the words TRICK or TREAT in my Embrillance Software and then sent it directly to my USB Stick so I could open the design on my Brother PR655...Matilda Jane!

I wanted the Ghost Applique and Bright colored threads to POP...so I chose to stitch the whole design onto a piece of Rich Black Cotton Twill.  Cotton Twill has a "heavier in hand" kind of feel to the textile...it's PERFECT for pillows and such!  I also used a pieced of Fusible Fleece on the backside of the Black fabric for a permenant stabilization and it also helps make the pillow more like a pillow when you stuff it later!

YAY...for a well executed plan! 

I added a cute Orange and White Ribbon to the top to hang it from the door knob and filled the pillow using fiber fill.  I also fused a pieced of the Fusible Fleece on the back panel of the pillow so that it would be "even" on both the front and back.

I hope you take a moment to visit the i2s site and see what they have to offer...it's one of my Favorite Go To's for designs and I am sure it will be yours too!

Happy Halloween!



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