Merry and Bright: Christmas Embroidery with Lights!

The blog below was originally published in November 2011. The Merry and Bright bundle is currently on special right now and can be found here. The new Merry and Bright collection from Amazing Designs incorporates blinking lights with embroidery for an adorable holiday accent unlike anythi... [More]

Embroidery Advisor Presents : How Does Your Garden Grow?

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?  With silver bells and cockle shells & pretty 3D Flowers all in a row? Isn’t that how the nursery rhyme goes?  It does here at Starbird Stock Designs.  We can’t always rely on the weather here in Minnesota to grow... [More]

Applique Santa Ornament

It's easy to create unique freestanding ornaments using applique designs. Much like freestanding lace is constructed on water-soluble stabilizer, freestanding applique is made stable from the applique base. With satin stitching all around, they can stand alone. Thi... [More]

Machine Embroidered Buttonholes

  Click here to download this article as a PDF for future reference. Many of you wrote that buttonholes are a struggle when it comes to sewing. I agree! One of the worst parts about adding a buttonhole is it’s just about the last thing you do when making a garment. I begin to swe... [More]

Unique Uses for Test Stitchouts

Ever wonder what to do with all of those test stitchouts? Bonnie Welsh from has put hers to some of the most uniquely versatile uses I've ever seen and, fortunately, has given me permission to share them with you. I just adore this tote bag. It uses mylar in the de... [More]

Hot Iron Carrier

I originally created this project for my daughter, a cosmetologist, so that she could take her curling irons and flat iron home before they were cool enough to handle. Then, I decided it would be perfect for transporting mini irons when traveling or taking classes.It is very simple, particularl... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Polka Dot Aprons with Accessories

Lucy's birthday party is coming up in a couple of days.  She wants an apron, and those things you wear on your hands (oven mitts).  My daughter said it should be bright and colorful and wanted to make it herself but there just isn't much time and I was busy getting ready for a rath... [More]

Designs in Machine Embroidery Hoop Comparison

  We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog : Last week, I wrote about fishing, I mean teaching, in Bend, OR and while I was there, I introduced my... [More]

Journaling for Embroidery

When I first started embroidering, one tip I often read was to keep a record of details as they relate to embroidery design stitch outs. I thought this was supposed to be fun. A lab manual; what's the use? You just press a button and stitch, right? I didn't see the importance then, but ha... [More]

Fancy Pocket Pinny

     My brother rides a trike.  (No, it is not a tricycle like we had whenwe were young.  He rides one of these, an elliptical exercise machine.  Hesays that it's a lot more fun for him than a stationery machine in his basementwould be.)  I bet you are won... [More]

Embroidering Lace

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog : We discussed five tips for expanding your embroidery expertise. One tip – Don’t Think Project &ndas... [More]

Needle Knowledge

Here's something I didn't know. Quality needles are made to break. Really. Klassé needles, an indus [More]

Save Your Sanity; Read Your Manual

Blog.  When I first saw this word I though it peculiar.  That was a long time ago and there are words and abbreviations now being used that are much more peculiar. So, I decided to read a “blog” (pre-ATG).  So long and boring I cannot even remember the subject!  ... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Elegant Wedding Shower Decorations

My best friend's daughter is getting married.  And I was going to give a shower at my home in April.  The colors were ivory and pale gold with touches of red.  It was the nearing the end of March and although there was still plenty of time I had been thinking about how to dec... [More]

Last Minute Men’s Wear for Your Man

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog : Looking for a last minute personalized gift for your man? Want to get your guy to wear embroidered duds? Thin... [More]

Avoiding a Major Stabilizer Malfunction

 My name is Debbie and I was a victim of a stabilizer malfunction. I have been doing this long enough to know better. Remember this reversible applique project? It's one I won't forget any time soon. At the time, I didn't tell you about the huge blunder on my part. What I thoug... [More]

Hand is a Four-letter Word

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog : I’m a machine girl, always have been, always will be. I’m amazed, impressed, in awe, humbled by tho... [More]

Fancy Scrap Bag

     When you sew, what do you do with your fabric trimmings and thread ends?  Doyou reach for a trash can?  Mine is too far away -- I can't put it as close to me as I want,because it gets in the way of my desk's drawers.  Instead, I keep a scrap bag right ... [More]

Tips for Applique Using AccuQuilt for Machine Embroidery

Hopefully, you took advantage of the AccuQuilt sale. These tips were written for embroidering applique shapes cut with AccuQuilt dies, but are just as valuable if you tack and trim your applique designs by hand. New Addition, Just in Time for Wedding Season Great news- Ann has added the AccuQuilt ... [More]

Hold towels for embroidery the easy, loop-free way

If you have ever used self-adhesive stabilizer to hold a towel for embroidery, it may have seemed easy at first. But when you have to remove the self-adhesive, the going gets tough. After removal, you have pulled loops on the back of the towel that look terrible. In this video excerpt from my video ... [More]

Back Side Up

Sometimes, the best side of the fabric is the back. I found that out while making a throw quilt for my daughter. It was based around a Catkin panel by Julie Paschkis. I love her folk/carved block-style approach to her fabric designs. My daughter loves cats so it was perfect. The surroun... [More]
Spring has Sprung

Spring has Sprung

Spring has sprung in New Jersey.  Everyone is out and about walking and enjoying the beautiful trees as they bloom. That is here in New Jersey, apparently Mother Nature has a few things confused and my grandchildren in Colorado are still wearing their snow boots. Don’t forget though that back in February they were running around in their shorts.

The other part of spring is baseball.  My DIL is team mom for her little guys' team and she has volunteered to make the team banner.  Coming from my corner that means that we surely should have some sewing and embroidery going on in the banner.  Last evening we rolled out the felt and started to work.  We decided to combine sewing and gluing in the interest of time since opening day is this Sunday.


Our banner will show the names of the team, league and players as well as an image of a baseball diamond and baseball bats.  It was fun to draw and cut out some of the images but when it came to the letters I quickly took out the Brother lettering card.  Not only could I create appliquéd letters but as the letters were finished in the embroidery hoop I could easily cut out the shape and arrange the letters on the banner.  That’s where the glue came in.  I certainly could have sewed the letters on but we are time challenged, so glue it was for the letters.

We also decided that it would be cute to make 16 baseballs out of white felt with the boy’s names embroidered on them.  Now I could really have fun.  For any of you who have an embroidery machine from Brother….have you used the Frame patterns?  They are so cool.  I selected the satin stitch circle, enlarged it to about 4 inches and then using the Embroidery Edit feature on the machine I added the boys names.  I put as many as I could fit in the largest frame of the Innovis and then added the names….There is a good reason for doing it in that order.  All the balls would embroider first, one less color change.  Secondly, I could easily go back and delete the names each time I had to create a new group.

white baseballs on felt

If I have an Innovis or Duetta from Brother I can also have fun using the Drag & Drop feature to move the balls around the frame and the same with the names. I also loved the fact that it was so easy to create one baseball and simply touch the duplicate button to quickly make another.  Sew Simple!

We used gros grain ribbon at the edges of the banner for security and appearance.  I don’t have a photo of the finished project yet since it is a project in the works but I promise to post it shortly.

Have a great day and don’t forget I would love to hear what types of creative things you are doing with your embroidery machine.

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Summer arrived here in San Diego this last weekend!  We broke temperature records everywhere.  It was 92 and 95 on my patio in the shade!

I have been working on some lovely pashminas for my granddaughters to wear at the beach as a cover up.  I have new colors and will be posting them soon here at the site.  I have yellow, white, light blue, light pink, melon and a wonderful tangerine!  See the pashmina here:">  The new colors are not there yet, so be sure to le me know.

I am using beach themes for each of them.  I loved this collection:">

I am also working on a surprise for the First Anniversary of The Avid Embroiderer.  It is hard to believe it has already been one year that I have been fortunate to blog here with so many great people!

Best wishes to you and yours, Pat

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