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Fence Talk

Fence Talk

This 5×7 design has lots of details. Check each photo for them.

I have been sitting on this design for some time when Fiona and I were rummaging through my stash. We found the perfect remnant. Well technically, Fiona was rummaging and I was trying to put stuff back, while keeping her off the shelves. Sometimes help comes in the most unlikely packages.

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Spring Borders #10

In appreciation for those of you who support me and my studio, here is another in a series of free embroidery designs – free to the first 500 visitors.

This design replaces the one offered before in its series and will subsequently be replaced by another in a week or so.  If you’re enamored with these freebies so much that you want to share with your fellow threadnuts – um, fabric artist –  please send your fellow enthusiast here so that they can check out the rest of my embroidery library, tutorials and inspirational stories and photographs.

If you like these freebies and want to make sure you get the rest of the collection, moving forward, consider signing up for my newsletter or Facebook group. Otherwise, come visit often and stay as long as you like.

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Bad Girls II – Variegated Threads in the Real World

Monogram Potpourri No. 3 with monogram

Flying Geese, Flying Geese Circles, Variegated threads sample

Circle Geese and Mariner’s Compass Using Two Different Variegated ThreadsI was asked for examples of designs that do well with variegated threads. That inquiry inspired this post.

Generally, any Quiltering (quilting), Redwork, or Bluework designs work well with variegated threads as shown above with the Circle Geese around the Mariner’s Compass. It’s when you get into satin stitches and solid fills that variegated threads become problematic, as these bad girls show their unpredictability.

Summer’s Gold Quiltering Designs came out beautifully with this orange => yellow variegated thread. If you’re into quilting (or quiltering as I’ve come to think of it when using an embroidery machine), the variegated thread can add a new dimension to your project.

Sunflowers, Machine Embroidery, Variegated threads, floral
Summer’s Gold Quiltering Designs in Variegated Threads

Some variegated threads do okay with satin stitches as shown below. However, most variegated threads  stripe when used with satin stitches. I got lucky with this dark to light green variegated used to stitch the leaves. The rule of thumb in using variegated with stain stitches is test sew, before committing to your project. I know that sound pretty straight forward but I have a rainbow of Post-its littering my sewing room to remind me of that very thing.

I used variegated green in all of the Monogram Potpourri designs but because the leaves are so small it worked out perfectly in creating the illusion of varying light upon my leaves.

Monogram Potpourri No. 3 with monogram - Close Up
The inset image shows how the variegated thread “shows off its light.” – Monogram Potpourri No. 3 with monogram – Close Up

Although this Hardanger Squared design has a lot of satin stitches it did well with this particular multi-colored variegated, principally because the colors in the thread has short segments, allowing for a higher rate color turnover through satin stitch sequences.

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Hardanger Squared – Hardanger Machine Embroidery – in Variegated Thread of Purples, Greens & Blues

Using the same variegated thread for the satin stitches, as shown above, this Illusions design below looks good – interesting even – but at the cost of losing some of it’s illusionary effect. As a consequence, I’ve put it in my What If pile, with a note to try sewing it with an ombre thread, just to see how how the thread shading affects the illusionary effects of the design

Illusions, Machine Embroidery, Variegated threads
Illusions Machine Embroidery in Variegated Threads

These two designs are from our Nutz N Boltz collection and these all look great with variegated threads

NutzNBoltz, machine embroidery, optical illusions, small motifs, variegated thread
Nutz N Boltz in Variegated Threads
NutzNBoltz, machine embroidery, optical illusions, small motifs, variegated thread
Nutz N Boltz in Variegated Threads


As you can see, variegated threads are a mystery as to how they will turn out when going from one design to another. That’s why is is important to test sew them in various  stitch forms to see how they are going to show up when sewn onto your particular project. That’s where my Thread Sampler Designs come in.

My Thread Sampler Designs  will simplify your variegated thread life.  They are for hoop sizes 4 inch to 8×11 inches. These are easy to sew reference sheets for yourself of your variegated thread stash. They will help you determine which threads best fit your project before sewing it. It takes a lot of the guess work out. You’ll be glad you went through the exercise making Thread Samplers.

Simplify your Variegated Thread life

Learn more about the Thread Sampler Designs

To purchase Thread Sampler Designs Only $1.49 for all hoop sizes

If you’ve come up with a project and thread combination that knocks your socks off, I hope you’ll share.


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Gradient Flowers Kaleidoscope Designs

Gradient Flowers No. 3

These colorful floral kaleidoscope designs are 12 unique designs each in 3 sizes.

They are available in 4 in, 6 in, and 8 inch collections.

Get all 3 sizes for 43% off the regular price
That’s 36 designs total

I love these colorful kaleidoscope flower designs.

They are light weight designs so they will sew out quickly saving you time to get that project done faster.

They are perfect for pillows and quilt tops.

Be sure to zoom in on all the images

Gradient Flowers 4×4 Inch

Gradient Flowers 6×6 Inch 

Gradient Flowers 8×8 Inch

Gradient Flowers – I want them all!


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Love You More – Addendum to my Celebrate Easter Quilt Banner

Love You More - Celebrate Easter Salutation No. 2

Love You More

My Celebrate Easter quilt banner turned out so beautiful I decided I must sew it again. Only I don’t need another Easter design of the same. After giving it some thought I decided I would add a different message and this time would not make a hanging quilt with it.

It took me a few days and some talking about it with friends but finally I decided to put “Love You More” in the oval space. For my project I decided to make a pillow with it  – layout undetermined at this time.

Love You More

I’ve added this message to the collection Celebrate Easter.

If you have already purchased this collection the addendum lettering has already been added to your account. You can log in and download it at your convenience.

If you have yet to order the collection, you may follow this little kitties link to where you can add it to your cart.  The Love You More message addendum is included as one of the downloads.
After your purchase be sure to download the addendum, the PDF, and the collection.


  • Background Fabric – I used tone on tone 100% cotton pre-washed and pressed
  • Cotton Batting – Quilters Dream 80/20 Fusible quilt batting
  • Soft Tear Away (if using quilt batting)
  • Medium weight cutaway – (if not using quilt batting)
  • Wonderfil #80 pre-wound bobbins or #100 weight cone bobbin thread
  • Madeira #40 weight rayon and polyneon threads
  • Schmetz #12 topstitch needle

Madeira Thread Colors I Used

(R) = Rayon   (P) = Polyneon

  1. R1138 Cream
  2. R1898 Dark Bluish Green
  3. R1048 Medium Green
  4. R2029 Variegated Green – a most interesting variegated thread for vines, grass, and small leaves.
  5. P1861 Yellow
  6. R1024 Gold
  7. R1221 Dark Peach
  8. R1254 Medium Peach
  9. R1018 Light Peach
  10. R1033 Purple
  11. R1033 Medium Plum
  12. R1188 Light Plum
  13. P1781 Very Dark Pink
  14. R1110 Dark Pink
  15. R1109 Medium PInk
  16. R1321 Light Pink

Yes, I want the Celebrate Easter collection

With Love You More