Friday Flashback – Beautiful Bugs – New Free Design

Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.


This week I am focusing on the Beautiful Bugs collection.

This collection began with me seeing a gorgeous set of artwork. You may not know this, but not many digitizers create their own artwork.  There is a different skill involved in creating beautiful stitches and designs that translate well into thread, and that of creating the artwork.  Each skill is equally valuable, and as stitch artists, we go to a lot of trouble to create a great working relationship with the artists we work with.

However, back to the artwork. I saw these beautiful flower designs with faces, and could not resist them, I purchased and downloaded them onto my computer, and immediately got caught up in life.  That same week, my parents came from another state to visit me, and my gorgeous 6 month old daughter Emma was admitted to hospital with Pneumonia. I spent the next 5 days at the hospital with an incredibly sick child, whilst my parents took care of the other two kids.  During the evening and night whilst Emma slept, I could not sleep, and sat up in the hospital room with the beeping of the monitors playing with these designs.


I think my favourite part of the Beautiful Bug designs are their chubby cheeks. As you can see with the picture of Emma at this age, she had those same cheeks.

This was the first collection that I ever created using the applique technique. Although the software that I used at the time would create applique as a one step, I was never a fan of doing things this way, and needed the control of manually designing this.  I had some gorgeous scraps of fabric that were perfect for this, and for me one of my favourite things about embroidery is being able to go through the scrap basket.

The first thing that I made with the Beautiful Bug designs were little shirts for the girls. I wanted something sweet and spring like, and we always got plenty of compliments on these t-shirts.


Next I got creative with fridge magnets. I love using the embroidery machine to create things that you would not think of creating with the embroidery machine.  By stitching the design onto felt, and using a sticky magnet sheet, you can create a strong bond, perfect for fridge magnets.

Initially I attempted to keep these magnets at the top of the fridge, so they would remain pristine and would hold notes for me. However the kids loved these, and they soon migrated to child height for playing.


The same year I created fridge magnets for the mothers for mother’s day, and I have also created a gorgeous quilt with the designs, perfect for a baby’s cot.

Initially we gave away a 3 part flower design HERE as a freebie with the Beautiful Bug designs. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering the single flower desgin as a free download.  Simply click HERE to collect your copy.


Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.

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