Free Spring Embroidery Design Round-Up!

Spring is finally in the air! And with Easter just a few days away, it’s time to start thinking of pretty bright colors, sunshine, flowers, bunnies and everything that makes spring so lovely. Here’s a quick round-up of five free embroidery designs to inspire you to start stitching up spring projects!

Baby Bliss

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Spring and summer always seems to bring lots of new babies and baby showers! In fact, we’re having a bit of a mini baby boom here on our staff. Be ready for the next new arrival with these cute baby bib designs from CME! You can download the Cutie Pie and Roar-some! designs for free until April 30, and also find the instructions to make the bibs in the March/April CME. And don’t miss the entire Baby Bliss 6-design collection here. 


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I just love when the irises start blooming here in Colorado. This free purple iris design from Aljay Designs on Oregon Patchworks would look great on a tote bag or gardening apron.

Rainy Day Duck
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This super-cute little puddle duck would look great on a quilt or tea towel, and is free from Embroidery Library until April 30.

Little Bunny

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Do you still have some Easter sewing decorations or gift to finish up? Customize your projects with this sweet Little Bunny design, free from Bunnycup Embroidery!


Daisy Embroidery Design 314 Free Spring Embroidery Design Round Up!


Personalize a little girl’s spring dress with this perfect little Daisy design, free from Embroidables!


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Wednesday Giveaway – Enter to win a free prize from CME!

Screen Shot 2014 04 02 at 1.47.46 PM Wednesday Giveaway   Enter to win a free prize from CME!If you love free-motion designs you love the book You Can Quilt It: Stunning free-motion quilting designs made easy.

Learn the secrets to machine quilting from the award winning expert Deborah M. Poole. With step-by-step instructions, well illustrated examples you gain knowledge and skills to make your own beautiful free-motion quilt design.

To be entered to win today’s Wednesday Giveaway answer the question below in the comments section. One winner will be picked next week.

Have you ever use free-motion quilting in your designs? What did or didn’t you like about free-motion quilting.

The winner from last week is Sharon A. I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to get your prize.

Good luck!


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New exhibit featuring Kaffe Fassett & Free Giveaway to Celebrate!

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Wonderful news for Kaffe Fassett fans around the world. Kaffe Fassett will have a special exhibit at the American Museum in Great Britain. The display, called “The Colorful World of Kaffe Fassett,” will be open now through November 2.

Additionally, the New York Times ran an wonderful article on Fassett and the exhibit. You can read more and see a slide show of the exhibit from the New York Times HERE. Many of us know the beauty and wonderful sense of color and design that Fassett has displayed over the years. Now more people will get to experience his art. If you are lucky enough to see the exhibit please let us know what you thought at!

For Wednesday Giveaway let’s celebrate the great exhibit and the wonderful art of Kaffe Fassett. Please leave a comment below regarding your experience with Kaffe Fassett. Maybe you have met him personally, or used some of his fabrics or yarn in your work. Maybe you are new to this amazing talent, please give me details in the comments section below. One winner will be announced next Wednesday.

ikaffee mages New exhibit featuring Kaffe Fassett & Free Giveaway to Celebrate!For last week’s winner it is Kellieann A. I will be in contact with you shortly with instructions for getting your prize.


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Tips For Embossed Embroidery Projects & FREE Designs

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Learn how easy it is to create the embossing effect on fabrics with your embroidery machine. Follow these easy tips to create subtle designs on you next project. Plus, find great embroidery designs to use for embossing or other projects at

And, check out fantastic list of  FREE eBooks on the Creative Machine Embroidery website.  There are free projects, tips, tutorials and more! Plus, find a free design at the end of this post. Hurry freebie will expire on April 30th!

Types of fabrics best for the embossing effect.

  1. Thick terry cloths
  2. Choose fleece that is smooth and/or heavyweight
  3. Sweatshirt fleece
  4. heavyweight velvets
  5. faux fur

Embossed embroidery designs need the fluffy nap to create the ‘puffed’ look. Terry cloth with thick closely spaced loops are ideal. Fleece is good for the embossing effects as well. Faux fur can be embossed too. Choose low- to-medium pile fabric. High pile fur will interfere with the presser foot. Faux fur that is too long won’t puff up.

To create the embossing effect you will need a topper, a layer of stabilizer. Using a stabilizer either temporary or permanent will keep the loops under the embroidery stitches.

Use designs that have stitches only in negative space – the background. Don’t cover the entire project with flattening stitches.

The threads that consistently work best are semi-gloss or matte. These are preferable to high shiny threads. Polyester works best and holds up to repeated washings and blends in to the background of cotton terry cloth. If the wrong side will be visible sue matching embroidery thread in the bobbin and needle.

Stabilizers should be chosen based on the project and fabric used. Most projects for embossing are used on towels. A water-soluble stabilizer that washes out is a good choice. Using a mesh water-soluble stabilizer over a film will decrease the amount of stretch during embroidery.

Light weight tear-away stabilizers are good for embossing designs too. Best when used if the wrong side is not visible, however the excess stabilizer can be removed easily due to the flattened negative space.

Use adhesive stabilizer to avoid hooping the napped fabric. Or baste the fabric by machine to a piece of hooped non-adhesive stabilizer.

Embossing effects will add another dimension to your embroidery skills. Good Luck!

Get the “Cutie Pie” and “Roarsome” FREE designs HERE, but hurry they expire on April 30, 2014!

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Leave a comment to win a FREE prize for Wednesday Giveaway

roses for mary Leave a comment to win a FREE prize for Wednesday GiveawayThanks for all the great comments from last week’s post. I love appliqué in quilts, crafts and garments as do you!

For this week’s freebie Roses For Mary from Jenny Haskins Designs. What a way to start Wednesday! Jenny always has such beautiful designs. This includes 39 designs and is available in multi-format CD Rom. It is for the following formats: ART V 1.0 through V 4.0, DST, HUS, JEF, PEC, PES, VIP, VP3, XXX .

If you would like to participate in this giveaway please leave a comment below on what is your favorite thing to embroider.  Do you like embroidering floral designs, or cheeky sayings? Maybe you like to embroider free-form? Whatever gets you to your embroidery machine, let me know!

And, the winner for last week’s prize is Cindy L. E. Cindy you will be notified of how to claim your prize shortly!


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11 Tips for Embroidery on Oilcloth, plus a Free Tote Bag Project!

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With April showers soon headed our way, oilcloth is a great fabric option for creating weather-resistant projects, such as raincoats, hats and tote bags. However, with its extra slippery, shiny texture, you might be wary to try machine embroidering on it. Have no fear! Click here for the FREE instructions to make the cute oilcloth tote bag above, and try these tips and techniques to successfully embroider it:

  • Oilcloth is similar to vinyl in that pins and needles create permanent holes. Be careful to pin only within the seam allowances, or use transparent tape or paper or binder clips to secure oilcloth layers.
  • Choose a lighter, more open design because overly dense designs can cause oilcloth to tear during embroidery.
  • Test-stitch the hooping method and chosen design on an oilcloth scrap to make sure the design, stabilizer and fabric work well together.
  • Use tear-away stabilizer in a weight that’s compatible with the oilcloth weight. Secure the stabilizer to the oilcloth using temporary spray adhesive. Or use sticky paper-release stabilizer. Any adhesive residue can be wiped away with a damp cloth after stitching.
  • Keep in mind that oilcloth will dull needles more quickly than regular fabric. Use a sharp size 75/11 or 90/14 needle to embroider and sew oilcloth.
  • Use 40-wt. polyester embroidery thread, which is strong enough to stitch through the tough oilcloth surface.
  • Direct heat from an iron will melt the oilcloth. Rather than pressing, use warm air from a blowdryer to remove creases and wrinkles.
  • Hoop the oilcloth with stabilizer, or try floating it over the stabilizer to prevent difficult-to-remove creases. To hoop it, secure the oilcloth to the tear-away stabilizer with temporary spray adhesive, and then smooth away all bubbles and wrinkles. Hoop both layers as smoothly and evenly as possible. Or use adhesive paper-release stabilizer in the hoop and adhere the oilcloth to the sticky surface without hooping it.
  • Pay close attention while the design is stitching out to make sure the oilcloth doesn’t detach from the stabilizer.
  • Advance through any basting stitches included in the design, if applicable, to prevent unnecessary permanent holes and needle perforations.
  • After embroidering the design, carefully tear away the stabilizer from the fabric wrong side.

Have you ever embroidered oilcloth or vinyl? Share your tips in the comments section below!

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Wednesday Giveaway – Enter to win a fabulous prize!

garden applique Wednesday Giveaway   Enter to win a fabulous prize!We thought spring was here and then a big snowstorm blanketed the city. So much for spring. In light of the big snowstorm a spring inspired giveaway is a must. Up for Wednesday Giveaway is the book My Enchanted Garden: Appliqué Quilts in Cotton and Wool by Gretchen Gibbons. The book has beautiful designs and several projects that will get you through spring and summer!

To enter today’s giveaway answer the following question in the comments section below:

What is your favorite fabric to appliqué? Do you like using wool or cotton or both? Do you appliqué quilts or garments? What is your favorite motif?

Answer below and we’ll pick a winner next Wednesday Giveaway!

And, for last week’s winner it is Fatima! You will be receiving an email shortly on instructions to receive your prize, be sure to check your SPAM folders.

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Image from My Enchanted Garden by Gretchen Gibbons


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Free Stabilizer Organizer tutorial + more!

Hello machine embroiderers! I know many of you are omni-crafters who enjoy sewing, knitting, crochet, etc. When you have a creative mind, sometimes one craft is not enough! With that in mind, allow me to direct you to nearly 100 FREE projects at

Sew it All TV airs on PBS stations nationwide, (check your station schedule at or request the show!) and season 7 begins airing at the end of March! Not exclusively sewing, Sew it All features unique techniques and hand and machine embroidery. Get a sneak peek at “Blanket Pillow,” episode 712, in which Stacy Schlyer teaches you how to embroider on fleece and faux fur!

Full instructions and patterns for all past projects are available for FREE, including “Stabilizer Wise,” in which Sue Hausmann teaches you to make a handy stabilizer roll organizer that hangs on the wall.

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Or use it to store rolls of fabric, tin foil and wax paper, or newspapers and magazines. Plus, you get a cute free design!

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Incorporate hand embroidery into your projects with a darling girl’s dress from Carol Ingram, or a tank for yourself brought to you by Nicole Blum.

Browse through all seven seasons to find projects that inspire you! Enjoy!

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Enter To Win A Free Prize With Wednesday Giveaway!

cross stitch 823x1024 Enter To Win A Free Prize With Wednesday Giveaway!Last week’s comments were great. There were so many new quilting artists I hadn’t heard of that are inspiring to you.

Many liked Kaffee Fassett for his use of color. As for the winner of last week’s prize it goes to Natalie F! Natalie is fond of Mary Mashuta, another one I will have to check out myself.

Natalie, I will be in touch with you shortly so you can claim your prize of the book Quilting With A Modern Slant by Rachel May.

For this week’s free prize we are putting up two books on cross stitch. Top 100 Cross Stitch Motifs by Michaela Learner and

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Cross Stitch:  a beginners step-by-step guide to techniques and motifs by Charlotte Gerlings.

So, naturally this week’s question will involve cross stitch.

Do you do cross stitch? How does it differ from hand embroidery? What types of projects do you like to do with cross stitch? Can you incorporate it into machine embroidery?  As you can tell, I haven’t tried cross stitch, but I do love hand embroidery. So, give me some details, maybe this will be the next hobby I get addicted to!

One winner will be picked on next Wednesday.

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Wednesday Giveaway ~ Enter To Win A FREE Prize ~

Quilting With a Modern Slant 956x1024 Wednesday Giveaway ~ Enter To Win A FREE Prize ~I hope you are enjoying the 13 Days of Giveaways over at the Sew News Blog. If you haven’t checked it out, be sure to, there are only a few days left! The 13 Days of Giveaways is celebrating the newest season of Sew it All TV  airing in March. Check your local station for schedule times. If you PBS station doesn’t carry Sew It All be sure to email them to do so!

For today’s giveaway one winner will win Quilting With a Modern Slant by Rachel May. This is a lovely book for the modern, classic or vintage quilters. What I especially love is how textile artists , quilters take vintage fabric and turn them into stunning modern pieces.  There are over 70 projects that will be sure to inspire. The author also brings to you inspiration from quilts around the world. My hands down favorite has got to be the Matisse like quilts of Gee’s Bend. Along with inspiration you will get an indepth look at the work of textile artists, their creations and step-by-step instructions on techniques and quilting projects.

So please answer me this question to be entered to win: What textile artist/quilter are you most inspired by?

One winner will be announced next Wednesday March 5th

Thank you

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