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Monday, 02 December 2019 00:00

santa placemat finished photo shoot

Guess who's coming to dinner...

NO...it's NOT Aunt Bethany!

It's Santa...

you know...the Big Jolly Fella, who brings presents to all the good little boys and girls!

Just in case you aren't one of those on the “NICE” list...you still have plenty of time to make a set of these Super Cute Santa Face Placemats for yourself!

After I had gotten all of my decorations up and pulled out my Christmas Placemats...that I had made over 15 years ago...I realized just how “rough” they were starting to look! 

So...Today, we are going to remedy that, real quick and in a hurry!

Let's get started...

If you haven't already purchased a “Santa Applique” design...be sure to check this one out!

I used the 5x7 size of the Santa Applique and I am going to place it on the bottom left corner of my Placemat so it will be off to the side and easily visible...even when I have a plate on it! 

The Stats...

5 1/8” wide X 6 1/8” tall

Approximately 8,937 stitches

Here she goes...

santa placemat on the machine 2

As you can see in the above picture...I used my 8x8 FULL Fast Frame, even though I didn't quite need that big of a frame.  This way I could use the left hand side and the bottom of the frame as a “straight” edge to line the placemat up with.  You can always be certain that your frame edge is straight...so using this method will always give you perfect placement, and you can be sure that all of your placemats will have the Santa Appliqued design in the exact same spot! 

Now...how's that for Fabulous?

I prepared my fast frame with sticky stabilizer and fused a piece of no show mesh cutaway to the backside of my placemat...because I want a permanent hold on the placemats during the laundering process.  And you know, that's gonna happen! 

Be sure to mark the center of your design, using a water soluble pen.  After the fabric panel tack downs are all done...I slapped a piece of WSS on top and let the pretty satin work RUN!

The sticky stabilizer holds the placemat pretty well...but I want to be SURE it doesn't shift...


So I added a couple Flower Head pins on the left side and bottom of my frame and on the right hand side of the frame, where the placemat hangs “over”...I used a couple of my little red clippies from Clover.  I have also used a couple red clippies to hold my WSS on top and in place.

Gracious Alive...I LOVE those red clippies!

Almost as much as I LOVE the way my Placemat turned out...

 santa placemat best finished

And here's a close up of this adorable Santa Applique...

santa placemat close up finished

And before you ask...

YES...I use the White Glitter Mirror Canvas for the brim and ball of Santa's Hat!

I LOVE how it sparkles!

I certainly could NOT stop at just ONE...so I made a Fabulous set of FOUR!

santa placemats best grouping

It's official...

I'm all set for Santa's visit...

Just in case I can manage to get put on his “NICE” list!

I can't promise...

But...I'll try!

Happy Holidays!



-Santa Applique Design (I used the 5x7 inch size) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Fast Frame (I used 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)

-Flower Head Pins (Hobby Lobby, Joann's and Quilt Shops)

-Cotton Canvas weight Placemats (I got mine at “Old Time Pottery” Store)

-Fabric...White Swirls (Essentials by Wilmington Prints...Red with Lime Green dots (Christmas Countdown by Deb Strain for Moda)...Cream (solid color-unknown source)...Red Batik (for nose-unknown source)...White Glitter Mirror Canvas for the Hat Brim and Ball (Mikriworld.com)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Red #3015-Black #020-Gray #588-Cream #812-White #010

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design

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Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:00

santa sack fireplace finished

We are nearing the first of December here and the children are back at school from the Thanksgiving Break...so it's time to plan those special Christmas Holiday Gifts for all the little ones in our lives!  And for those of you who have the “animal version” of children (aka PETS)...today's project can certainly be made for them too!

Some of you already have super cute Christmas Family Traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation...and here is one to make your Christmas Holiday a little extra SPECIAL for everyone!

First...I went searching for the PERFECT Santa Sack Blank that I could send over the top with one of my Super Cute Applique Fonts...you are certain to LOVE adding a special name in fabric applique to a really nice Santa Sack, and here's what I did...

I found this Sweet little shop on Etsy...Love2MakeIt...this shop has a large selection of really nice quality blanks that you can add your personalized “BLING” to...using a WIDE variety of fabulous Embroidery and Appliqued Fonts.   Be sure to check out the TOOLS OF THE TRADE...located at the bottom of this blog post, where you will find the complete list of supplies used in this project...including where to get them!

Let's get started...

This particular Santa Sack is really nice and big...very roomy for lots of presents for your special “little”.  It has an approximate measurement of 19” wide X 27” tall, with a red drawstring to close it up.  It has an area for the name that is 4” tall and as wide as the bag itself (which is 19”)...so it is just PERFECT for an applique or embroidery font to personalize it with!

I chose the ever so cute Jambo Applique Font in the 3” size to spell out the name Charlie...and lookey how pretty she stitches out!

santa sack on the machine

I used my largest fast frame called the “Bag Frame”...it's an 8” X 12” size.  My finished design size is approximately 3.25” tall X 11.5” Long and has 18,536 stitches in total. I used a Sticky Stabilizer on the frame and also a piece of No Show Mesh (fusible) to help with permanent stabilization.  After the fabric panels were all tacked down and trimmed, I went ahead and threw a piece of WSS on top, just before the design went into the satin work.  My most favorite part of the Jambo applique font is the bean stitch overlay...it makes the whole design just POP right off the bag!

Isn't this the Sweetest Santa Sack you have ever seen?

Go ahead...

Get started on yours TODAY!


santa sack finished back drop


-Jambo Applique Font (I used the 3” size) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Fast Frame (I used the Full 8x12 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)

-Red Santa Sack Bag (www.Love2MakeIt.etsy.com)

-Fabric...Lime Green (Zig Zag S#N7700 by Hoffman California International Fabrics)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Lime Green #983 and White #010

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 00:00


red bag kbi monogram

 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

-Embroidery Blog Writer/with Samples

-Tutorial Writer

-Pattern Writer



-Embroidery and Quilting Instructor

 I am super in LOVE with this Beautiful Jumbo Intertwine Vine Monogram from i2s...(www.theitch2stitch.com)

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!




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Monday, 25 November 2019 00:00

cookie time apron newest finished

Can you believe there is less than a month till Christmas...


Where has the time gone?

Well, let's get a “jump” on the upcoming holidays by making a Super Cute Apron that's just PERFECT for all those fun Christmas Cookie baking traditions...

Whether you make those yummy slice and bake cookies or spend hours in the kitchen replicating your Grandmothers famous Sugar Cookies...

a FUN Holiday Apron using this Super adorable Gingerbread Man Applique will be sure to make your Baking traditions EXTRA Special!

Let's get started...

I found this really nice Lime Green and White striped adult sized full body apron, that has an adjustable strap around the neck...it even has a couple pockets below the waistline.  Believe it or not...it was at my local Home Goods Store!  Be sure to check out this fabulous place!

For this special Holiday Apron I used the Gingerbread Man Applique Design in combination with the Smiley Monster Font and the Sunny Beach Font.  Be sure to check out the Tools of the Trade at the bottom of the blog post to view all the details of what was used, including the sizes of the designs, for this cute project!

Here she goes...

cookie time apron on the machine

As you can see, I used my 8X12 Full Fast Frame that was prepped with sticky stabilizer.  I also fused a piece of No Show Mesh to the backside of the apron for permanent hold during those repeated washing's...YEP, I'm a MESSY baker!

And...you guessed it...

I threw a piece of WSS on top!

My sweet little Red Wonder Clips give my apron that EXTRA hold in place...so nothing is moving that isn't suppose to!  LOL! 

Be sure to check out the extra outline stitch that Teresa used around the eyes and the buttons on the Gingerbread Man...this little detail makes them POP off your garment!

My finished design size is approximately 6.75” Tall X 8.75” wide and has 17,062 stitches in it...

All this cuteness with only ONE Fabric Panel for the Applique...how sweet is that?


Who's ready for some Holiday Baking?


cookie time apron newest finished


-Gingerbread Man Applique Design (I used the 5 x 7 size) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Smiley Monster Font (1 inch size for the words...its cookie time) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Sunny Beach Font (1.5 inch size for the exclamation point) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Sunny Beach Font (2 inch size for the coma) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Fast Frame (I used the Full 8x12 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)

-Adult sized Apron (Home Goods Store)

-Fabric...Tan for Gingerbread Man (Moda Marbles in Tan)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Tan #621- Red #3015 and White #010)

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design

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Thursday, 21 November 2019 00:00

finished best toilet paper

Are you at the point in your Christmas Shopping where you need the PERFECT gift for that ONE person who has...


Maybe you just want to bring a little something for the Hostess at the next Christmas Party you are attending.

Today, we'll take a simple roll of Toilet Paper and slap a little bling on it...

Christmas Holiday Style!

Let's get started...

I am using the ever Fabulous Vine Monogram in the 4 inch size (the MIDDLE letter only)...

you simple cannot go wrong with this Beautiful Monogram Font.

Simple and Classic!

I am gonna shake it up a bit and stray from my usual Fast Frames for hooping today...simply because using the 5x7 hoop that came with my PR655 is the BEST way to go for this particular project!

frame ready toilet paper

In the above picture I have loaded a piece of Heavy Weight Cut Away in my 5x7 hoop...making sure it is tight.  I went ahead and sent the Middle Letter M in the 4 inch size to my machine via the USB Stick. 

Design Stats...

3 5/8” wide X 4” tall

5,274 stitches

Let's load the Toilet Paper! 


That sounded FUNNY!

***Insert laughing uncontrollably!

Who says Monogramming isn't a HOOT!

I used the Costco Brand Toilet Paper...

however, any Toilet Paper will work...just pay attention to the HEIGHT of the roll...

because some are taller than others and that will determine which size Letter you will use. 

Now because my roll of Toilet Paper is what they call a “double” roll...

it is bigger in diameter too...so I used the #5 squares rule of thumb...

Let me explain...

Unroll the Toilet Paper...five squares wide, overlapping it to make it 3 layers deep...(basically back and forth on top of each other).

on machine set up toilet paper

Lay the 3 layers of Toilet Paper on top of the stabilizer...centering it, the best you can. 

Try marking a line on your stabilizer that you will use to line up the bottom edge of the Toilet Paper to keep it straight if need be. 

I just eyeballed it!  I did make sure the center of my design would be “centered” in the MIDDLE of the actual Toilet Paper square. 

I used flat head flower pins to hold it to the stabilizer...but making sure it will CLEAR my needles!

****TIP...as you can see here...you will LEAVE the excess of the Toilet Paper hooked onto the main roll....do not break it off.  Just set it on a table near by so it doesn't get tangled up during the stitching process!

Here is a close up of my work area...

on the machne 2 toilet paper

Believe it or not...she embroiders this fabulous Vine Monogram Font with PERFECTION...

And with NO WSS on top either!

Can you believe it?

stitching toilet paper

Now...how's that for Super Fabulous?

When your embroidery work is done...

be very careful when you take it off the machine and out of the frame and remove the pins...so you DON'T tear the Toilet Paper!

Ask me how I know!

I trim the Stabilizer EVEN with the height of the Toilet Paper...

as that will stay in place as a backer when you roll the Toilet Paper back in place. 

I used a couple pieces of clear tape to hold it in place (overlapped) in the back.

Throw it in a clear plastic bag (the plain clear food storage bags that have twisty ties

with them are PERFECT for this!)

and then add some pretty curly ribbon to the top for some added sparkly BLING...

finished best toilet paper


Reese Witherspoon would be so PROUD!

“If it's not MOVING...


Happy Holidays!



-Vine Monogram Font...MIDDLE letter ONLY (I used the 4” size) (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Regular Hoop that came with my Machine (I used the 5x7 inch size)

-Heavy Weight Cut Away Stabilizer (I used and Off Brand)

-Thread (Exquisite Brand) RED#3015

-Toilet Paper Roll (Mine is Costco Brand)

-Flower Head Pins (Hobby Lobby, Joann's and Quilt Shops)

-Clear Storage Bag  (Grocery Stores)

-Curly Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

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