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Wanna see what I’m creating today?

Hey Ladies & Spools

I don’t know about you, but I love an inside look.  Wait, yes I believe I do know about you and you DO LOVE inside looks. Well, let me clarify that I know you love inside looks into an artist’s studio. As for what else you like snooping around in, well I’ll just keep moving on so as to not create an awkward conversation.

Okay, so moving on. At this very moment in time I am working on creating several new patterns, and I am at my favorite part of the process.  I’ve created the design, fused it all down and now it’s ready to applique by machine or hand. And, let me say that it’s nearly impossible for me to convey in words, the pure exhiliration of this exact moment in my designing process.

How ’bout I stop yackin and just show you what I mean:

See? This is a new design in process. It will measure approximately 11″ x 18″ when finished and will likely feature a couple cardinal beak buttons from “Just Another Button Company”. Wanna know about that background? That is a light light blue with white snowflakes and an all over sparkle to it. This picture does not do it justice, as pictures never do. But trust me when I say it is breathtakingly gorgeous. When I take a peek at the selvage edge of the fabric, this background is “Forest Frost” by Sentimental Studios – for Moda.  In case you’re wondering.

Showing my upcoming design in mid-process is a bit risky, I agree, however I love a good peek as much as you do. That, and it’s simply impossible to contain my creative excitement at this moment – so why not share the excitement, right?!


. . . . . whew.  That was fun.  Okay, now I’m off to machine applique this lil’ cutie.  Yes, machine stitch it.  With my Valdani 35wt variegated threads. This set has every color I need for about 99% of my machine blanket stitching needs.

Yikes, can I say that “selling” you something here, is not my intent. (always had a fear of being viewed as vaccuum salesman)  Helpful is my intent, because I realize that thread weight and color is a can of worms for some fellow stitchers. Daunting is more like it.


Can I let you in on a little secret? I never, never, ever “match” thread color to my fabric I’m about to blanket stitch around.  Never. The variegated threads do all the work. They provide blend and gentle pop of color all in one spool. I love this thread collection, which is the ONLY reason we carry any thread at all. So, if you find thread to be a bottomless pit of daunting information, weights, colors, etc., then maybe this is an easy solution for you. We have it available on our website – click here.

By the way, did you catch the hint I gave at the beginning of this post?  The word “several new designs”?  Oh yeah campers, there’s more sneekin’ and peekin’ a comin’. Not right now though. It’s like eating Doritos . . . . ya can’t eat the whole bag for lunch or your fingers will be Dorito-stained and your breath a dead give-away of your recent diet breach. So, lick off your fingers and patiently stay glued to your device. I’ll be sending you sneek peeks of ALL NEW DESIGNS.  Yep, every one of ’em.

Hmmm.  It’s close to lunch now and I have a sudden urge for Doritos . . . . but just a few . . . . . . yeah right! I won’t show you that peek – ha ha!

Happy Stitchin’ folks – thanks for keeping me on your radar.


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What do you do when you come to the end of blanket stitching?

This is a blog post for folks who are so new to blanket stitching by hand that they aren’t quite sure how they should tie a knot in their thread. Go ahead and admit it, I won’t tell. You’re in beginnerville babay. 

I remember when I was taking my first stitches at hand blanket stitching. Uncertainties were everywhere.

How do I tie my starting knot, is there a right way? How do I start stitching, where do I start, do I just stick my needle in anywhere?  Oh grasshopper, I have so much to teach you.

tell ya what. I learn better by watching and thought you might too. I am sitting on y front porch is afternoon while the kids are napping and I thought “I should video myself as I start and end my blanket stitching.  So that’s just what I did.

I stepped into the house, grabbed my iPad, propped it up and hit record. Here is my totally unscripted (uh, obviously) video of how to finish when you come to the end of blanket stitching.  Click here for the first saga on “how to begin blanket stitching” to see how I begin by taking that first stitch.  Those first and last stitches are where I had the most questions and I bet you do too, so grab some popcorn and watch the flicks.

and please leave me a comment.  And if ya like the video or found it helpful please please rate it. That will help others find it too.

if you think it stinks, um well, maybe don’t rate it.  But do tell me because I don’t want to put out crappy videos.

And thanks for peeking in.