It’s raining deadlines!

Hi everyone! I’m feeling a bit stressed because I have so many deadlines looming right now. I know I said I’d be doing the “tag” blog, and I will…just not until I get through these current projects. So stay with me. I’m still here!

So how stressed am I? Well, I’ve resorted to machine applique in order to get this project completed. I know you are all SHOCKED! Don’t worry, I still love hand applique and it will always be my favorite, but there are times when you just have to get it done faster than your little hands can do it! I love this machine applique so much I’m going to do a tutorial for all of you when I get a chance. It’s amazing how fast you can get done, and even more amazing how it looks! I never use invisible nylon thread. I use DMC 50 wt. machine embroidery thread in both the bobbin and the top. Look at how those stitches just sink into the fabric! I had this block done in one evening!

Here’s something else I’ve learned about my newest fabric “Flowers for Emma”. Sometimes you’re so close to things you can’t see the forest for the trees. I spent so much time drawing this main fabric that I never thought about cutting it up into blocks. I was only thinking of it as a main focus print. But when I desperately needed some four patch blocks I cut it up and look at the result! I have four patches with swirls, birds and all the colors I love!

Don’t feel too sorry for me having deadlines and work to do. The one you should feel sorry for is my little Bitsy girl in the photo below. She’s trapped inside this helmet for another week. She’s doing much better so I guess it’s worth it.

Hugs to you all!





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  • Thimbleanna - Love your applique — can’t wait to see how you’ve done it. I’m so upset — you seem to have dropped off of my bloglines so I’ve missed a TON of posts from you…. ;-( Off to rectify the situation immediately!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - Doggie hugs to Bitsy. :DReplyCancel

  • PamKittyMorning - I love invisible machine applique. I do use monofiliment, lately the Superior threads poly. I’ll have to try out matching thread sometimes. I love the speed of it, and of course love love love my machine. Pretty projects Anne, can’t wait to see it!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - The applique looks beautiful as does the fabric. The four patch is great. I can’t wait to see it all put together.

    Hang in there Bitsy!!ReplyCancel

  • from little acorns - Hey. . . a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!. . . & everyone will be so thrilled about your new designs they. won’t. care. (If they even notice!) It’s lovely Anne – really!

    Bailey told me to tell you to give loves to Miss Bitsy. . . He understands about the collar . . . & wants her to know that it really does eventually come off!

    xo, BrenReplyCancel

  • KSedlak - Your little Bitsy is so adorable. I think she could win the Dog Show.
    I like her color it gives her style.

    Your block is really cute. I like the applique your doing. Looking forward to the finished piece. The fabric is beautiful, I love all the color tones.
    Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - How many channels does Bitsy’s sattelite dish receive? I LOVE the closeups and can’t wait to see the final project. I’m a huge fan of machine applique and am looking forward to your tutorial, too. The fabric line is gorgeous as well.ReplyCancel

  • Nanette Merrill and daughters - The applique looks great.I can’t wait to see the tutorial. As the saying goes necessity is the mother of invention. poor bitsyReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am sure Bitsy will be happy when the collar comes off. Love the shot of your applique. I have always done needleturn but this is enough to tempt me to try machine.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Miss Jean - Anne: What color thread do you use? I know when you use silk thread and do hand applique it doesn’t really matter as the thread “melts” into the fabric. Is it the same for the DMC? Beautiful, by the way.

    Poor little Bitsy!!! You can’t even give her a decent hug.ReplyCancel

  • Vickie E - your work is fantastic hand or machine! I love reading your blog. I hope your doggy get better pronto.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Wow…..still new to this blog, but a personal lesson on applique from Anne Sutton. I feel sooooo blessed!!! Can’t wait, and sunny San Diego hugs for sweet Bitsy. XXXAnneliesReplyCancel

  • yellowfarmhouse - Beautiful applique – can’t wait to see the finished project. Poor Bitsy – I’m sure that cone isn’t a good time.

    Hugs – KarenReplyCancel

  • Mary Anne - Such pretty fabrics ….. and I LOVE that appliqued heart! Can’t wait for the tutorial …. don’t forget to do it… OK?ReplyCancel