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]

Machine Features Everybody Needs

  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 :When Nancy and I were creating Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons series, I delved into the b... [More]

Fix Loopy Threads

When you remove your embroidery work from the hoop, here's something that ranks up there with crooked embroidery - loopy threads from poor tensions. I have two methods to repair them. In this video exceprt from my video "Repairing Embroidery Mishaps", I show you two ways to secure tho... [More]

Stabilizer Tips and Tricks

Stabilizers are the workhorse of the embroidery industry. Since they are used literally every time we stitch, it helps to share tricks of the trade. Keeping Waste to a Minimum I have found that keeping the stabilizer width intact, rather than trimming it to the hoop size, eliminates unnecessary ... [More]

Please Welcome Me

Hello Everyone..... First of all let me introduce myself, my name is Pardeep Takhar. I have been working here at AnnTheGran (ATG) since 2007...... that's 6 years ....wow that's a really long time, time really does fly by. Here, at ATG, I have been involved in customer service, adding new pr... [More]

Upscale Bed Linens – Tips for stitching gorgeous machine embroidery designs on sheets

  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 love embroidered bed linens. They are such a treat to slide between as you end a long day. Here a... [More]

Embroidery Advisor Presents : Coffee Wrap Project

Materials: Coffee Wrap Saying or Type Designe.g.  Coffee Wrap Types In The HoopCoffee Wrap Sayings In The HoopCoffee TypesCoffee Sayings Coffee Wrap Template.pdf file (printed) Fabric 2 Pieces each 4.5” H x 13” W at least Quilting Fabric 1 P... [More]

Using a Stabilizer Window

When embroidering several of the same sized designs using adhesive tear-away stabilizer, you can save time and supplies by creating a stabilizer window. Hoop the adhesive tear-away like you normally would. Score the paper backing inside the hoop and peel it away. Embroider the design and ... [More]

Big and Beautiful...Embroidering Large Letters That Last

I love embroidering towels - they're my favorite monogrammed gift, and this past Christmas I really kept the machine humming with monogrammed towels for just about everyone. The challenge is that large letters have very wide satin stitches that can snag. In this video, I show you how to cre... [More]

Avoid Sinking Stitches

This week, I thought I would share some problems I had with stitches sinking into the design while creating the Scalloped Valentine project. I love to use wool felt in many of my projects. The cream-colored wool I used in the Scalloped Valentine projects was felted, meaning it had been washed in hot... [More]

Fancy Water Bottle Caddies

     I am having entirely too much fun.  I admit that freely.  Ever sinceI started creating my own motifs in my digitizing software, I have beenfinding ever more ways to use them.  My latest is this Cathedral Windowswater bottle caddy.  I created a panel that ... [More]

An Indispensable Tool

  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 can’t believe how indispensable this tool is. Recently, I was stitching 24 onesies, a daun... [More]
Winners in the African Folklore Embroidery $500 Challenge

Winners in the African Folklore Embroidery $500 Challenge


The entries in this year African Folklore Embroidery $500 Challenge, were spectacular. Congratulations to first place winner, Roberta Peterson from Woodland, Washington. Roberta attended an African folklore Embroidery class that I taught at Monica’s quilt and bead shop in Palm Springs and she was hooked. She embroidered nine different kits and them compiled them into a magnificent quilt.

 I first met second place winner, Carol Cunningham- hutte at a workshop I gave to the Mountain View EGA Chapter. She beautifully embroidered the paisley flower and poppy design and stitched a handbag with a completed design on each side. 

Third place winner, Catherine Redford is from Naperville, Illinois. I first met Catherine at Road to California and then again in a class I taught in Illinois. Her sea life quilt consisting of the coral, shell and under the sea design is colorful and beautiful. Thank you to all who submitted entries; all the entries can be viewed on the African Folklore Embroidery facebook page at


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 It was wonderful to see all the entries in the booth at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach. Over 20,000 people attended the show and all were impressed at the standard and quality of the quilts on display.

Summer has been a busy time with conferences, trade shows, lectures and of courses the classes for children at the Summer Art Academy, which my mom and I taught together.  I was so excited to see the article in the Los Angeles, Daily News and in the Long Beach Press Telegram about African Folklore Embroidery. https://www.dailynews.com/education/ci_18576364

I look forward to seeing you at the American Sewing Guild Conference/ Vendor Mall- Aug 19th- August 21stWestin Bonaventure, Los Angeles, CA - 404 South Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

 .  You can register for the vendor mall.   I will be teaching the following classes at the conference. You can register onsite at the American Sewing Guild Conference.

·      Fri, Aug 19th 10.30 AM introduction to African Folklore Embroidery,

·      Fri Aug 19th 2pm Fabric Appliqué with beading the African Folklore Embroidery way.

·      Sat, Aug 20th 2pm- 5pm Safari through African Folklore Embroidery Registration/ details maria@asg.org


For those in the San Diego area who would like to experience Safari through African Folklore Embroidery, you can attend a lecture, Sept 1st  or workshop , Sept 3rd . Details: Fallbrook Community Center
341 Heald Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92088 Registration: jeg8s@verizon.net or Linda Smith 951-295-6252

 I am looking forward to being in Monterey to lecture and give workshops

Sun, Sept 11th Workshop hosted by Monterey Peninsula Quilters,10am- 4pm :515 Junipero Street 
Pacific Grove, CA  (831) 484- 1467 Stan2Rita@sbcglobal.net.

 Sept 12th Lecture hosted by Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild 93950Monterey Peninsula College Family and Consumer Science Building, Monterey, CA

Don’t forget to view our new kit designs and beautiful thread colors. We are offering 15% off everything till Aug 31st. www.aflembroidery.com


To schedule a lecture, workshop or class, call/email Leora Raikin info@aflembroidery.com or (818) 999-6094




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These are wonderful!  Congrats to the winners!


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