Keeping It Simple – Freestanding Snowflakes on Display

We have had snow and ice twice already this season.  So, what do you do with three little girls?  Make stuff of course.  A couple of years ago our oldest granddaughter was intrigued with snowflakes and we made lots of them.  I showed what we did with some of them in this blog.&nb... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Gone Fishing In-the-hoop

Our third granddaughter is not a sit in the corner type.  She is always in motion.  On top of that being the third little girl in her family we are always struggling with gift ideas.  The other two are not hard on things so they have lots of little girl toys.  At two though she&n... [More]

Cold Hands, Warm Heart: Cutwork as Applique

This project combines two designs, applique and cutwork used as applique, and is created in the hoop. Add some wording with Alphabet Express and it becomes a unique decoration you can leave up through snow season. Start with Dakota Collectibles MI2021 heart applique as the base. I resized it to fit ... [More]

Snowflake Window Ornament

Applique designs are so versatile. They can be used as a traditional applique on apparel or a quilt and they can also be used as a stand-alone piece, much like freestanding lace. The Window with Snowflakes ornament (XM1791) from the Merry Christmas Ornaments set by Dakota Collectibles features ... [More]

Freestanding Organza Leaves

I am fortunate to live in an area where I am surrounded by autumn's brilliance this time of year. With some water-soluble stabilizer, an applique design, and organza in shades of red, orange, and gold, fall leaves can be enjoyed well beyond their typical lifespan. Using the same Amazing Design... [More]

Reversible Applique Towel

Take your applique to the next level by making it totally reversible. It is really easy to do with m [More]

Christmas Cookies—in July!

Christmas in July had to be invented just for me because I need all the time I can get when it comes to making holiday gifts and decorations. This Cookie Cutter Christmas collection from Amazing Designs stitches up quick and easy on felt. It is so adorable you might want to start making them ea... [More]

Heart Wedding Favor, Gift Tag, and Ornament

Wedding season is upon us and this project is very easy to make as a wedding shower or reception favor. Stitch using wedding colors. You could also hang it on a gift as a tag and it could be used later on the Christmas tree. I used a Gunold heirloom design QHL01060 available through Ann the Gran an... [More]

Crazy Patch Heart

A couple of blogs ago, I wrote about crazy quilt stitches. Now, we'll put them to use making a basic [More]

In-the-hoop Cookies

The girls love to play with the kitchen that their dad made for them.  Their play kitchen isn't tucked away,  it is staged in the great room of their house.  So, they play with it lots.  Each Christmas Andrea has added felt food items to the kitchen.  So, for Valentine&#... [More]

Ann's Sweetest Heart Collection: Perfect for Your Sweetheart

Ann's Sweetest Heart Collection makes it fun and easy to create a variety of special valentines you can't find in any big box store. And, for a limited time, purchase the small, large, or full collections, and get a Valentines Sayings pack absolutely FREE. Intricate, yet delicate, the des... [More]

A Quick Gift for Father's Day

At our house we always seem to be slightly behind and end up cramming to get our father's day gifts done the night before that special day.  Sometimes they don't go as planned and we spend a frustrating time figuring out what to do.  This year we decided to change this (maybe the r... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Tags All in the Hoop

I went to have lunch with my granddaughter this week.  It was fun but one thing that amazed me was how many lunch boxes looked just alike.  And they were all jumbled together in huge tubs so it took the kids some time to find the one that belonged to them.  So, this week we made In-th... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Embroidered Baby T-shirts for Cool Summer Fun

I am not sure why but many of our favorite shops for infant clothes have gone out of business over the past year or so.  These shops featured handmade items that were unique but really reasonable in price.  In the past, when life was too busy to sew we frequently bought clothes for the gir... [More]

Keeping It Simple- Lollipop Covers In-the-Hoop

I am convinced that clutter multiplies all by itself.  I have been trying to clean closets and drawers and am amazed at the number of bags we have to give to the local charity.  Not to mention how many times I have filled the recycle and trash bins with stuff that someone "just had to... [More]

Keeping It Simple – Halloween Masks for My Pumpkins.

OK, I admit it.  I despise making jack-O-lanterns.  The carving is OK but in my mind cleaning out the pumpkin guts has never been fun.  Yuck-O!  And because it gets so cold here before Halloween these hollowed out orange decorations many times look like little old men by Trick or... [More]

Holiday Inspiration in a World of Germs

Yes, I know the holiday season is a time for joy and counting your blessings but it is so much more enjoyable when everyone stays well.  In our family 2008 has been dubbed “the year of the tissue”.  As I walk in the door with my load of tissue boxes my husband just shakes his h... [More]