Digitizing and Embroidery with my Favorite Things

Hi everyone.  As you probably have noticed, I have not posted in quite some time.  Life can sometimes take over and you have to choose your priorities.

I have been working hard though, so I have lots of information to share with you over the next few weeks.  I have been busy digitizing  a lot of machine embroidered appliques which can be purchased on my website soon.  I wanted to share with you my favorite notions and products and the stitching process of my machine embroidered appliques.  Some posts on digitizing with Bernina’s Designer Plus Software are in the works for posting as well.

Since I digitize my own designs, I have my computer close by with my all time favorite software,  Bernina Designer Plus Version 6.  This software is so powerful and gives you creative capabilities that are amazing.  This software is not just for Berninas and is used by many who own other brands of machines.  In my opinion,  it is the very best.  By the way, if you own or plan to own Designer Plus, the very best book that you can purchase to help you learn the abilities of this software can by found on http://www.creativesewing.com.

And, of course, my Bernina 830 sewing and embroidery machine which by itself,  will knock your socks off.  This particular weekend, my friend Gina trusted me with her 830 so I could get a lot of blocks finished for the quilt I am doing.  You might think that was a good thing,  but now,  after having two 830’s running, I am obsessed with having two of my own.



I am in love with my Koala Quilt Pro IV sewing center.  The drawers and storage of this center are to die for.  The swing outs are perfect for my computer on one side and tools and such on the other.  I love having my computer close by the machine for making corrections to the designs I have created while I stitch them out.  I stitch my designs many times to make sure they are as close to perfect as I can get them.

Add a nice cup of hot tea on my mug rug and a few bites of candy and I’m sitting pretty.  My friend Belvalee made the mug rug and also the tea carrier which holds several tea bags .  Perfect for your purse.  I think it was made for charge cards, but it”s also handy for tea or coffee packs.

I have two cutting tools that are a must when machine embroidering my applique designs.  My Gingher Double Curved 6 inch embroidery scissors and my Side Hopper Jump Stitch Scissors.


Those little Jump Stitch Scissors are amazing.  In my future posts,  you will see how I position them to get the perfect snipping of tiny thread tails.  They snip threads so close to your fabric you will be amazed.

I use my Gingher scissors for trimming the excess applique fabric away after the machine tacks it in place.  They cut close to the stitching which is so important in achieving neat and good results to your applique.  Leaving too much fabric extending from the tacking stitch will cause frayed fabric edges in your final stitching because the stitch cannot cover the edges of the fabric.  If you cannot find the scissors in your area, visit my friend Gina on her website http://www.ginasbernina.com and contact her for purchase and shipping.

I also love my Jumbo Hoop for creating large embroidery designs for my quilt blocks.  This embroidery measures 10.5 inches square.  Perfect for a twelve inch block, or a larger block with room for decorative quilting.  I also have embroidered quilting designs available on my site, http://www.kathydrewquiltingandembroidery.com.

That’s it for today’s post.  Future posts will include more of  the tools and products I use,  but more importantly, the stitching process of my embroidered appliques.

Let me know if  these planned future posts are going to be of interest to you and feel to ask any questions you may have or things you would like me to include.

See you at my next post.


Sorry I haven’t posted in a bit.

I have been very busy working on a few more embroidery design CDs.  I am trying to finish some of the designs that I have created for children before I move on to my adult oriented appliques for quilts.  I am also digitizing some of the many quilt designs that I have drawn and used  on my customers quilts over the last ten years.  These designs will also be accomplished with  a home embroidery machine and will hopefully help  some UFO’s get finished.  (not that we have any of those)

I’ve almost finished the digitizing of my Puddle Duck Appliques and will be starting to make my sample quilts and a few outfits for children.  I thought you might enjoy a little of the process so I will start by showing you some images of the designs.  For each duck I have a coordinating applique to help with designing the quilt blocks for a sweet baby quilt.  I also wanted to include the same designs as a back-stitch only design.  These will look great by themselves, stitched in a solid color like redwork or blue work or my favorite,  stitch in colors and then color with a crayon.  Yes, you heard right.  Color with a crayon.  You can set the crayon into the fabric simply by ironing after coloring. I sometimes color the wrong side just for a different look if the fabric is sheer enough for the color to show.  It’s lots of fun.


Here’s a few of the designs.


I will be picking out my fabrics Saturday when I go back to Ginas to teach and  I’ll share some of my choices.     I’m thinking white pique for the appliques, with  polka dots, checks, plaids, etc for the sashings and such.  I will probably get in the shop and totally change everything.  You know how we fabric collectors are.  I think I will  stitch out a few of the  appliques and take them with me to shop for the fabrics.

I can’t wait.

I am so busy these days and have so many irons in the fire, but it feels so good to be planning new things.

I have got to get back to my quilting as well and the month of April looks pretty good so I will post pics of my customers quilts as I get them finished.