The glow of candles…

… always warms my heart:

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This is a preview of a Christmas embroidery project I am doing for Creative Machine Embroidery. I love how the gold metallic thread really brings out the glow:

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I know it’s way too early for us to think about Christmas, but not the hardworking magazine folks!

Thanks for stopping by. I always appreciate your kind comments. I am running a little behind in getting back with you, but I will visit you back and respond to every comment. Take care!

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Creative Machine Embroidery (May/June 2009) – please scroll down for new posts!

The new issue of Creative Machine Embroidery is out!

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My cafe curtain project with a primitive Americana look is featured in the magazine:

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The cafe tier window treatments are not hard to make, so you can quickly whip them up and jump right into some machine embroidery fun! :)

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I don’t have a place to use these in my house, so I am using the bottom tier as a bed scarf. I added some lavender sprigs in a basket to add to the primitive country look. Doesn’t look too bad, does it?

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Thanks for visiting. I hope my little project here gave you a lil’ bit of inspiration. Have a great weekend. I will see you Monday!

Celtic Cutwork – Creative Machine Embroidery (March/April 2009)

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope you had a great “love” weekend.

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Remember this from months ago? I was doing a machine embroidery cutwork project, and now, it is officially published in the latest issue (March/April 2009) of Creative Machine Embroidery:

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The cutwork was done on Irish Linen. It turned out to be a table runner project made for St. Patrick’s Day with a touch of spring! I wanted to make a project that would not longer be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, and would also last through the Spring Season:

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TIP: Cutwork by machine embroidery is an intense stitching process, changing out needles often will ensure good stitch quality.

Updated 3/17/2014:

Hearts: OESD, Cutwork & Crewel by Iris Lee (#771), design #26 (small heart wreath in green), design #41 (large heart cutwork) and design #43 (small heart motif on the sides).

Leaves: Bernina, Linen Closet Design Collection (Studio Bernina Exclusive Vol. 2), design #BE10223

A color for everyone!

If your favorite color is green, I have quite a few shades!

If your favorite color is lavender, I’ve got that too!

If your favorite color is pink, wait, let me check — yup, got that!

If your favorite color is apricot/peach, no problem!

If your favorite color is yellow, I’ve got you covered.

If your favorite color is red, urm, maybe some other time.

I said all that to show you another cutwork sample I did today. The frayed edge problem is now solved (or at least greatly minimized), but the colors turned out to be sort of a hodgepodge-y combination because I was trying to achieve a certain color scheme that I can’t reveal presently. But at least the technical issues aren’t there anymore:

Can you believe the design above has more than 24,000 stitches?! That poor needle has put in a lot of work today:


Hey, I appreciate you for stopping by, my bloggy friends — I hope you have a great Thursday! Don’t work too hard now! ;)

Asian-flavored Quilting News!

For the Show and Tell hosted by Kelli this week, I will show my latest published quilt:

I received a complimentary copy of the July/August 2008 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine. This is my first time being published in this magazine:

“Pretty as a Peacock” is one of the projects in the magazine:

The quilt being draped over my wing back chair. Doesn’t look too bad, does it? Don’t worry, it will be folded up nicely and draped somewhere else in the house… this post has further explanation:

I enjoyed working with the Asian-themed fabrics from Robert Kaufman, especially the fuzzy-cutting part to get the exact pattern what I wanted to showcase in the squares:

The embroidery designs are from Zundt Designs, embroidered with slight thread color varations:

Quilting shown in the backing:

I was browsing through the rest of the magazine, and guess what it is on page for the advertisement for the “Quilting & Embroidery” Magazine? IVORY SPRING!!!

Kudos to the editorial staff!