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What’s so great about Quilt Market? People, Fabric, Quilts and…Santa!  I’m just back from Quilt Market after spending a fantastic day on the show floor meeting with old friends, connecting with new ones, drooling over gorgeous fabric displays, ogling breathtaking quilts and taking a moment to pose with Santa.  I never pass up a hug from Santa! Even at the ripe old age of 25, oops maybe my dyslexia is kicking in on that number.  I even talked my old friend and colleague, Designs ad rep Sandy Griggs, into a quick Santa snapshot!  Doesn’t Sandy look terrific? There’s a girl who never seems to age.

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Check out two of my favorite, non-related stitching sisters, HoopSisters Lynda Remmers and Annie Moody.  I waited in their booth for what seemed like an eternity to snap a photo of the sisters with their hot new quilt – Star Feather. Never one to interrupt a sale, I waited and waited until shop owners vacated the booth for a brief moment. The HoopSisters are on a roll! Kudos to Lynda and Annie!

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Designs pages are full of talented embroidery design companies and I had the chance to visit with some of them.  Rhea and Lisa from Pickle Pie Designs were so pretty in pink!  Lots of gorgeous samples in their booth and I loved their dishtowel designs.

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Pickle Pie Designs

Speaking of pretty booths, Lunchbox Quilts, made quite a splash at Market. Again, the booth was mobbed, but I was finally able to grab a quick shot of Lunchbox Quilts founder, Angela Stevenson, in front of her popular quilt, Love Letters.

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As I made my way down to the quilt gallery, I stopped to say hello to Sealed with A Stitch and wound up having my laugh for the day.  David and Susan O’Very are a very capable husband-wife team with popular design collections, quilt blocks, in-the-hoop projects and more.  I chatted with David while I waited for Susan to free herself from interested shop owners.  David explained the chain of command at their company. Proudly, he boasted of his envious CEO title, and then explained exactly what CEO meant. Carry Everything Out.  Oh I howled!  What a great sense of humor – laced with quite a bit of truth, I imagine!

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Tomorrow I’m heading back to Houston for Quilt Festival. I haven’t attended Festival in many years and yikes, I even enrolled in a software class. I am going to try to be on my absolute best behavior in this class. After all, I usually teach.  And I know when I teach, some of my hmmm, most challenging students are teachers! So I’m going to keep my mouth shut, keep up with the class, turn my cell phone off, disconnect from the internet and CONCENTRATE!  So if you see me wandering the hall on Wednesday during the 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM class time, you’ll know I couldn’t do it!

I hope to see some of you at Festival. I’ll be in Discount Embroidery’s booth (#1053) on Thursday between 11:00 and 12:00. Stop by and hello!  After that fun event, it’s time for me to pack for the Stitching Sisters’ seminar next weekend in Sherman Oaks, CA. It’s our last event of the year and guess who is hosting this fun event? Great Scott! That’s right, Scott Goodman, Designs Great Scott columnist. He tells me there are still a few seats left so come on out and join us!  Learn more by clicking here.

This week’s assignment

Have you stopped by the Embroider This! website lately?  They have a selection of linens, blanks and baby items that are ideal for machine embroidery!   Stop by their website and tell us what item you like best.

Post your comment and one lucky winner will be randomly selected to win a $100 shopping spree on the Embroider This! website!  Embroider This is the name you can trust for Unique Gifts, Fine Linens, and Blanks for Machine Embroidery!  Over 200 Free Designs for immediate download!

Embroider This!

The winner of last week’s assignment:

Have you started your holiday stitching yet? Tell me what you’ve accomplished and what’s left to do and you could win our newest Stipple! Collection – Jingle Bells!

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The winner is… Paula Roney!
“I’m getting ready to start my holiday projects at sewing retreat this week.  I’m hoping to complete the stipple sea shell quilt for my friend with five days of power sewing.  I made my neighbor girls AG doll beds with complete bedding ensembles – embroidered sheets, pillow cases and miniature quilts.  I’m not sure what else I’ll get done before the holidays, but anything can happen.”

Congratulations Paula!





  • Diane Crane

    I love all the baby things – especially the gowns. I am going to be a first time grandmother this spring – to twin girls! The baby items would make a very nice gift.

  • Clem

    I like the napkins. I am getting away from paper products as much as possible and linen napkins would be great. I do not want to monogram them, but get enough to embroider for the different holidays, different seasons, different meals, etc. I know it is a monumental task, but eventually I will have enough napkins. lol

  • Dawn Davidson

    I love the double-seated panties. With one grandaughter 4 months old and another due in February I would love to make these for them. They will look so cute in these!

  • Carol Seavitt

    The handkerchiefs are beautiful. Plus I signed up for their free designs — only had to add my e-mail address:) Thinking the handkerchiefs with embroidered initials would make a great gifts for my girlfriends. Love the site.

  • Ellen Perry

    I need to finish daughter’s quilt as a surprise to her. bath towels and tea towels for xmas gifts.
    Ellen in Texas

    • Ellen Perry

      anything linen..I just love
      all the baby items since I make a lot of gifts.

  • Marlene Hovagimian

    I love their white, linen tablerunners. Great for embroidering endless designs on, and so pretty too.

  • Karen Arnold

    I love the variety of items that you can get. Every kind of blank item to embroidery!!

  • Tammy

    I love the free designs, they always work up so beautifully, would love to be able to purchase some from them, excellent site! love the hankerchiefs also.

  • Debbie

    Love Embroider This for embroidery blanks. I have purchased the linen towels, table runners, and can/bottle wraps to embroider and gave them as gifts. Last year I add fur for snow and blue material for the sky and embroidered a village with Santa and sleigh on a table runner.

    I have a shawl and a table runner waiting to embroider.

  • Mitzi

    I like the spa gifts! everyone needs to feel personally pampered!

  • Susan Novak

    I hadn’t visited for a long time, so was glad to be reminded of what a great site it is. I love all sorts of kitchen towels, and was most intrigued by the Honeycomb Waffle Weave ones. Hmmmm, I may just have to order some.

  • Lori W

    I love all the hankies and the boxes to give them in are a wonderful gift. All the new guest towels in all the colorful bands would make a great gift and also would be fun to keep! I seem to give most everything I make away!

  • Enis

    I have a new (first) grandbaby coming (due Christmas Eve), so I’m really into baby stuff right now. I love the white cotton bibs with hand crocheted lace. I can see lots of these little loves doning my cute little bundle coming for Christmas!

  • Susanna

    At the time I’m acting cranky. I haven’t been able to sew anything for weeks. I’d love to try everything. Maybe I’ll get so cranky my husband realises that I must be locked away with my sewing machine.

  • Kay

    Oh yes! I started last January! I have a few more shirts to finish for nieces and nephews, and I hope to have my Dakota Collectibles Nativity Window Scene quilt finished by Christmas, so I can give it to my husband. (He’s a pastor.)

    Hope to see/meet you at Quilt Festival tomorrow!

  • Pamela Seigl

    I love the napkins they make wonderful and beautiful fireplace scarfs. Also like the kitchen towels can make a special set for a gift in little time

  • terry pitcock

    BAby stuff, baby stuff

  • Sharon Stoeh

    I love the guest towels. I embroider a guest towel with a monogram anytime a guest spends the night with me. Then they get to take it home as a special gift.

  • Sue Duisenberg

    I love the linen towels in yummy colors

  • Virginia

    Eileen I love the pictures. Hoopsisters Lynda and Annie are 2 of most favorite people (of course next to you).

    My xmas projects are some table runners but I do love your Xmas quilt. Would love to use the designs on a table runner. I have a pattern in mind.

  • Lisha Falk

    Am always looking to do baby items and kitchen items for showers, gift baskets, etc. They have a great selection.

  • Donna N.

    Love the vintage tea towels.

  • Debbie St.Germain

    I like a lot of things, lol.
    I love the baby items, we are expecting our first grandchild next year, so it would be fun to make items for a layette set. I also like the guest towels, would be nice to do designs that i Like to match my bathroom and also a nice gift idea.

  • Barbara

    I love the linens — but the pet food dish made me giggle! What a clever gift idea!

  • Gail Beam

    I like all of their embroidery blanks and they offer a really nice selection and variety of items to embroider on.

  • Judy Wentz

    Embroider This is a very nice site for items to embroider on. they also have lots of free designs.

  • Mary

    I like the hankies. When I was young and wanted to give my mom a gift for her birthday the ‘five and dime store’ was my favorite place to shop, I sure miss that store. Then comes the towels and so many other great items.

  • Donna

    Of course, I love the baby things…everything for my grandbabies from bibs to burp clothes to diaper covers. But I think my favorite this Christmas will be the kitchen towels I plan to embroider with digitized recipe designs for my 86 years young mother. She has become obsessed with baking brownies and carrot cakes.

  • Barbara Rowlan Wong

    What a treat for my eyes to visit this site. I have been looking for hemstitched linen handtowels and they have so many colors it will be difficult to choose. But, I’m always up to a challenge!

  • Bonnie Gray

    A great place to get blanks!

  • Sharon Aiken

    I just love their guest towels, but any blank will do.

  • Susie Mackenberg

    I love the baby fancy panties. I’ve been buying them for several years for my granddaughter and embroider a cute design on the back. She loves twirly skirts and dancing, so when her skirt comes up, there are the cutest panties with an adorable design on it. I’ve bought other items from Embroider This and the quality has always been great. I’d have no trouble spending a gift certificate, LOL!!

  • Christine Ward

    Embroidery blanks so so useful. So many beautiful designs to sew and more to come. Even if I lived to be 100+ I still wouldn’t be able to make a dint in my collection.

  • Jennifer Padden

    I’d love t see the linen cosmetic bag. I’ve done lots of embroidery on towels, too.

  • Laurene Shewan

    The matching child’s robe and slippers in pink, of course, would make all our little Princesses smile. How adorable!

  • Carolyn Goodworth Ford

    I love the 100% linen kitchen towels. I’ve used them for so many different types of embroidery. They are my blank canvas just waiting to turn into a new creation!

  • Judi Haines

    I love the silk charmeuse scarves, to dye and/or embroider!

  • Elaine Gilfilen

    I love the children’s white linen dress with hemstitching. That would be a sweet little dress for my granddaughter.

  • Dorinda DeScherer

    The answer is as easy as 1,2,3. My
    (1) brand new embroidery machine,
    (2) brand new granddaughter, and
    (3) brand new grandson-in-progress,
    Wil make me their best customer for beautiful baby clothes!

  • Birdie Cade

    I love the variety of sample packs offered on their website. That gives you a better idea of the quality & what is available rather than ordered one of everything. Once you get those you can do tests on each sample & see what works best for the projects you will be working on.

  • Karen Rilstone

    Great site for all kinds of embroidery blanks. Would love a shopping spree with the holidays looming ;).

  • Beverly

    I loved the free designs and the specialty gift items.

  • Beverly

    I loved the free designs and the specialty gift items.

  • Calla

    I have to choose ONE item? That’s impossible!! The linens are first quality, and at reasonable prices. They would make great personalized gifts for Christmas…it’s something most people wouldn’t buy for themselves.

  • Christina

    My favorite is the spa items. Quick and easy ideas for bridal shower, moms to be, birthdays or teachers. Everyone enjoys a little pampering every now and then.

  • Penny

    I just love all the beautiful hankies, tablerunners, napkins and all the adorable items that are just WAITING to be embellished. When I need inspiration, I always go to! The added bonus, is the FREE designs you offer and the projects to hightlight these designs. YOU ROCK!

  • judit z

    Love the doubleseat diaper panties great grand daughter will love the frills and designs on them
    she can choose which one she will wear for the day

    Love the towels … want tons of them great for all my friends..,,,,, requests are already coming for
    their special designs. Learning basic digitizing and separate and merge designs. Love it..!!!!!

  • Penny Kitzmiller

    I love their whole site!!!! I guess I am drawn to the kids blanks. They are so cute and easy projects to sew. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas !!!!!!!

  • patty sack

    I like the women’s spa wrap, robe and slippers to embroider.

  • judy williamson

    HELP!!! I have been over run with bridal and baby showers and have not even gotten started with Christmas sewing yet!!! I hope to do a table runner for my daughter and some monograming for friends. Hope I have time to get everything done.

  • Pam J.

    I love all the blanks, but especially the towels and the sample packs. They would make fantastic gift items!

  • Gena Allen

    The thing I like best is the lace edge hankies. You can’t hardly find them anywhere any more. Oh yeah, and I love the free designs!!

  • Kathy

    I love the battenberg items. I have ordered the tree skirts last year and might get around to embroidering this year for gifts.

  • Berenice

    I really liked the baby bib sample packs. They were similar enough for a set, but different enough to make it fun! My dd’s best friend just had 1st baby on Tuesday, need to whip out a few more things…

  • Peggy

    Have made a new on line friend, since I had hip surgery and so did she. Would love to embroidery some linen towels for her for Christmas!

  • Brenda L. Pedersen

    I like the Guest Towel Sample Pack. The variety would be great to embroider all alike for a set to give as a gift…or save for us to use! I can just picture some beautiful poinsettias on them!

  • Deb

    Pillowcases! They are great to embroider for people who don’t want much, but everyone sleeps & nice monogrammed ones are an appreciated necessity.

  • Barb

    Great to see the booths and how different designs are used by the sellers. Lots of ideas now and I need loads of new designs.

  • Becky

    I would like to embroider on the battenburg lace tree skirt. Also I would like to use one of the adult terry bibs and use fabric paint or tie dye it then using the free digital access to the Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine which is provided by Embroidery This and get more ideas and find the perfect design to brighten and make the bib lively for a great BBQ when you are serving ribs. Having the free digital access to the magazine is like an dictionary of designs and ideas at your fingertips.

  • Doreen

    I love the Battenburg lace tree skirt and the natural linen bags, and wine aprons.

  • Jodie

    I really like their handkerchiefs, cocktail napkins, toiletries bag. I have purchased from them many times. Cocktail napkins make for great wedding gifts and the handkerchiefs are great for the man you don’t have a clue what to give. Just last week I was thinking they would make super groomsmen presents as well.

  • Lois Daubney

    I loved so many things on their website, but my favorite was the wine aprons & coasters. The spa wraps looked like a great gift idea.

  • Linda

    I especially liked the availability of the sample packs. I can just see it now. First I had a fabric stash, then I became addicted to all kinds of threads. Now, I’m going to collect blanks. The variety of quality blanks is outstanding. I’d like to have an assortment on hand, when the occasion for a gift arises.

  • LeAnne L

    I like the Gilucci hemstitched linen bunwarmers. I think they’re so festive for the holidays.

  • Mary Haggenmaker

    Son, son-in-laws, grandson-in-laws always get their monogrammed handkerchiefs. They know what they are going to get and they definitely look forward to it every year. Eight year old grandson is now making his request for some of his own mongrammed handkerchiefs.

  • Lisa Boyer

    WOW! The photos you posted of the Quilt Market are so nice. I love Hoop Sisters, Pickle Pie, Sealed With A Stitch and Lunch Box Quilts as well. Their new products never cease to amaze me and keep me way too busy. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • judy revell

    i love their waffle weave robe and slippers

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