A look (and a listen!): interview with Stitched Sew Sweet author Tracy Souza 🎧

Simple sewing is always in season—especially when it’s Stitched So Sweet!

Stitched So Sweet

In this new book from designer Tracy Souza of Plum Cute Designs, you can showcase seasonal delights in quick-to-sew projects featuring sprinkles of embroidery, patchwork, and appliqué. Playful motifs capture everyday pleasures, from springtime flowers and buzzing bees to plump pumpkins and frosty snowmen. Charming touches such as prairie points, wool appliqué, and big-stitch quilting give each design its pop.

From Stitched So Sweet

Projects range from mix-and-match seasonal pillows:

Spooling Around Pillows

Framed embroideries:

Framed Seasonal Baskets

And needle books:

Whimsy Needle Books

To a four-season quilt, table topper, and wall hanging that can be enjoyed year-round. And the difficulty level? Patterns are simple enough for confident beginners to easily complete!

We recently talked to Tracy about her new book, her nearly 20-year-old company, and her obsession with spiral-bound notebooks. Click the play button to listen to our conversation:


Reading this post in email? Click here to hear our interview online.

During the interview we asked Tracy what was on her sewing table; she sent us a pic!


Tracy’s busy getting ready for Quilt Market in May!

Stitched So SweetWhat’s your favorite way to stitch the seasons?

  • Patchwork
  • Embroidery
  • Appliqué
  • All of the above!

Tell us your answer in the comments for a chance to win a copy of Stitched So Sweet! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start stitching with Tracy now, you can purchase the book at our website and we’ll send you a link to instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Gracie, who says:

“I do patchwork and embroidery and have just started to applique. Am not good at it yet. Need a class I guess. Would love to have the book. Thanks”

We’ll email you about your prize, Gracie—congratulations!


164 Comments (leave a comment)

  • All of the above!

    —DebrafromMD on February 20, 2019
  • Definitely All of the Above!!!

    —Susan Smith on February 20, 2019
  • I love any kind of stitching!

    —Janice Mc Laren on February 20, 2019
  • Patchwork, I believe, is my favorite; however, I would love to get back into embroidery. This book looks too cute to pass up! Thank you.

    Danette Stankovich on February 20, 2019
  • This looks like a great book, I look forward to making the projects. Thanks for offering the giveaway. I love mixing it up so I do patchwork, embroidery by hand and machine and I do appliqué. By dog all of these things I am always looking for new ideas to try.

    —Bobbie M on February 20, 2019
  • I love to stitch the seasons with both applique and patchwork. As the seasons change, it is fun to look through my closet for past projects with which to freshen up my decor and bring back good memories of past years.

    —Gail Mackay on February 20, 2019
  • I mostly love appliqué but am intrigued wit the mixing it with embroidery.

    —Elizabeth Haverland on February 20, 2019
  • Embroidery is my go to stitching. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Stitched So Sweet!

    —Lisa on February 20, 2019
  • All the above, I love doing handwork of all kinds. Embroidery, redwork, working with wool applique, crazy quilting, learning Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery, I love it all.

    —connie in florissant on February 20, 2019
  • My grandmother taught me to embroider when I was young. I’ve recently started to add embroidery to my patchwork and love it!

    —Nancy on February 20, 2019
  • I like all of the above and I have all of the above in my home!

    —Kathy Bertsch on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above.

    —Susan on February 20, 2019
  • I love doing little projects like these. This book I know I need in my group of books. The threads looked so pretty also.

    —Joanne e. Brown on February 20, 2019
  • Patch work and appliqué have occupied St. Patty’s day projects,with some embroidery stitches around appliqué blocks

    —Martha on February 20, 2019
  • All the above! These are such sweet designs.

    —carol mandel on February 20, 2019
  • Hand embroidery is my favorite

    —MS Barb on February 20, 2019
  • Definitely All of the above. Love to work with fabric and thread!!

    —Kris Warren on February 20, 2019
  • I love all three, but redwork embroidery is my favorite.

    —Mary Beth McKelvey on February 20, 2019
  • I love to do it all!

    —Susan E Torrington on February 20, 2019
  • All the above: always try to add embroidery and applique to my quilts, if not to the front, I do it on the back and the label. My favorite was a mom a dad and two baby birds for my friend’s 2nd baby… I haven’t done stitching just for its own sake for a while, and I have loads of hoops and frames just waiting!

    —Sharon S on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above.

    —Sylvia on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above! Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Kim on February 20, 2019
  • patchwork and applique are my pick for seasonal projects.

    —Carolyn Montgomery on February 20, 2019
  • I do patchwork, and embroidery and have just started to to applique.
    Am not good at it yet.Need a class I guess. Would love to have the book. Thanks

    Gracie Adams on February 20, 2019
  • I like all three but embroidery wins out more often than not. Thx.

    —Judy on February 20, 2019
  • All the above

    —Vickie Sorensen on February 20, 2019
  • ALL of the above tho I’m presently enjoying a return to embroidery. This is a lovely book! I would love to have my name drawn 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Angelia Ulrich on February 20, 2019
  • Definitely all of the above!

    —Robin on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above! Cute book with fun ideas!

    —Erin E on February 20, 2019
  • My favorite way to stitch for the season is to make a quilt with Applique in each block. I love to applique!

    —Linda Hulen on February 20, 2019
  • I’m just starting to make some seasonal quilts for my walls. I love the look of patchwork and applique I together and also wool embroidery. What a sweet looking book!

    —Heather Miller on February 20, 2019
  • All the above. Love them all.

    —Lena Truitt on February 20, 2019
  • I usually do patchwork, but I would love to make some seasonal embroidery projects. This book would inspire me!

    —Janice on February 20, 2019
  • I like to combine patchwork with embroidery. Would like to start adding appliqué too. Love the ideas shown in Tracy’s book!

    —Paula T on February 20, 2019
  • I like patchwork.

    —Nancy B on February 20, 2019
  • Patchwork

    —Sharon on February 20, 2019
  • I prefer patchwork. Applique is my second choice.

    —AS on February 20, 2019
  • I love to stitch the season’s with either embroidery or wool applique. Love the fall colors and after long winters here in Michigan I can’t wait for the soft pastels of spring!!

    —Lenore worden on February 20, 2019
  • Definitely "all of the above"-I love them all!Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this gorgeous book!

    Mary

    —Mary Kastner on February 20, 2019
  • Patchwork is my current way to stitch the seasons, but I’d really like to get back to embroidery – it must be 40 years since I’ve done any. I’d really like to have handwork that I can take with me, and I love the look that embroidery can contribute to quilts, cushions, and other projects.

    —Carol on February 20, 2019
  • I love to do it all! I have recently become addicted to appliqué. Now I need to get Tracy’s lovely book to make her sweet designs.

    —Ann West on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above and just love this book as the patterns are really cute and I am always looking to purchase new patterns and books for hand embroidery!!

    Kerri Mitchell on February 20, 2019
  • I love both embroidery and applique. Love the designs. I too am returning to more hand work having just recently retiring.

    Sherry fox on February 20, 2019
  • I like patchwork with a touch of embroidery. Thanks for the intro to the book and the giveaway.

    —Kathie L on February 20, 2019
  • While I have done all my first choice would be applique.

    —Louise M Haddon on February 20, 2019
  • I enjoy them all.

    —Cindy on February 20, 2019
  • Definitely all of the above!

    —Karen Seitz on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above! I like to have embroidery to keep my hands busy when I’m watching TV.

    —MoeWest on February 20, 2019
  • I have really gone deep this year into hand embroidery, this style is exactly what I enjoy. I learned embroidery when I was about 5 from my mom, did some off and on and now, It is the thing to do. I have work put together in each vehicle, in the travel trailer, next to my recliner and down in my craft room. Constant work in progress.

    —linda reed on February 20, 2019
  • I’m kind of an "all of the above" gal. For Christmas, love the look of a bright Christmas-y fabric quilt thrown over a chair or wool applique pieces on the wall.
    Love adding a touch of embroidery to wool appliques…and small quilted items

    —Geri on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above!

    —Christi on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above! As I’m getting older it gets more difficult, but love to do embroidery and have since I was 14!

    —Kimberly P on February 20, 2019
  • Applique

    —Mimi on February 20, 2019
  • Stitching is like the seasons… it changes. I love all handwork but I guess patchwork is my constant.

    —Rebecca on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above! Although I have quilted exclusively for the past 15 + years lately I have gotten back into embroidery and am loving it.

    —Deena Drevs on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above! I need to add this book to my collection! Love it!

    —MKR on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above! Love the book!

    —Joyce Jose on February 20, 2019
  • I love all kinds of needlework.

    —AwernernnaMarie on February 20, 2019
  • Oh my goodness, all of the above! I love mixing them together, too! Would love to win this book and try these cute projects!

    —Jacque on February 20, 2019
  • Oh, I love all kinds of sewing. It is nice to do some of this and some of that.

    —Liv Ranum on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above! I like to change it up every now and then. Right now, I’m doing embroidery. I love all seasons. Some designs just ‘tell’ me what to do.

    —Sandra Alfano on February 20, 2019
  • I would have to say all of the above. I love doing embroidery, wool applique, and also machine applique. I enjoy doing seasonal work because there is always something fun to work on!

    —Patty F. on February 20, 2019
  • I have tried all three methods and I still like the embroidery aspects and this new book has a delightful field of loves. It would be great to have the book and enjoy her talents shown. Thank you

    —Betty P on February 20, 2019
  • Love Tracy’s designs, I’ve done several. I do a lot of applique and embroidery and really looking forward to adding this book to my collection.

    —Jaye Gause on February 20, 2019
  • I love to do the seasons in embroidery.

    —Bonita Harms on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above, although that brings with it a whole new level of messiness. My sewing room is shrinking with each new idea I get.

    —Brenda C on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above. I love filling my home with "little treasures" of handwork!

    —Kim Zeigler on February 20, 2019
  • Patchwork and embroidery. Applique, not so much.

    —Diana Steverson on February 20, 2019
  • I would have to say All Of the Above. Trying to finish up my husbands Lap Quilt with literally ALL OF THE ABOVE, you have listed. I have been working on it for several years & have done many projects in between! He’s been asking when his will be done for him. Love doing these! Thank you for allowing us a chance to Win this Amazing New Book. ❤️

    —Sue Taylor on February 20, 2019
  • My favorite way to celebrate the seasons is embroidery and cross stitch.

    —Michele on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above! Beautiful designs!

    —Becky Bynum on February 20, 2019
  • My favorite is embroidery in a patchwork project. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    —Kim Rhody on February 20, 2019
  • I love embroidery! Thanks for a chance to win Tracy’s book.

    —Marci Roberts on February 20, 2019
  • I lean towards embroidery with a little applique so Tracy’s book is perfect for me. So glad I was able to meet her at Road2ca this January and get her to sign her book for me. Such a delight!

    —Rachel Pappas on February 20, 2019
  • Patchwork and embroidery are my choices. Wool applique is great, but regular applique is not my chosen craft.

    —SandyMay on February 20, 2019
  • I prefer patchwork. However, I have done embroidery and counted cross stitch. I might do it again if I won this book.

    —Pamela Jones on February 20, 2019
  • Patchwork is a favourite, but embroidery is something I have lived to do since I was a child, an now I like to incorporate them together.

    —Virginia Worden on February 20, 2019
  • My favorite way is both Embroidery and
    Applique.

    —Sharon Aurora on February 20, 2019
  • I have enjoyed all these crafts but at the moment I am into patchwork.

    —Nancy Norris on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above!

    —Patricia on February 20, 2019
  • I would have to say All Of the Above. I think a project with Patchwork, Embroidery and Applique is the best. Thank you a chance to win this amazing new
    book.

    —Darliss Peabody on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above. I currently like combining applique and embroidery, but have embroidered pieced quilts as well.

    —Saly Atkinson on February 20, 2019
  • A little bit of everything… this book looks darling

    —Jenny on February 20, 2019
  • I like to do applique when I am sewing seasonal things.

    —Angela Bowling on February 20, 2019
  • I love incorporating all 3!

    —Sandy Trachsel on February 20, 2019
  • OH man, I have to say all of the above!

    —Beth Esser on February 20, 2019
  • Patchwork!

    Deb on February 20, 2019
  • Love the combination of simple embroidery and applique on cotton or wool. Tracy’s designs are enchanting.

    —Mona on February 20, 2019
  • I love a combination of embroidery and patchwork. Tracy’s projects really are "stitched so sweet."

    —Barbara on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above, but mostly patchwork.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on February 20, 2019
  • I love Tracy’s designs.

    —Michele Peckham on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above! Stitched so Sweet looks like a great book.

    —Judy on February 20, 2019
  • Embroidery is my favorite way to stitch the seasons.

    Thank you for introducing me to this author and book.

    —lorraine Mabbett on February 20, 2019
  • I like Applique and embroidery

    —Carol on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above

    —Leigh Ann Prange on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above. I just need more time to get some of my many projects finished!!

    —Judy on February 20, 2019
  • I love emroidery but often I end up doing patchwork.

    —Heather Miles on February 20, 2019
  • Patchwork is my first go to but I dabble in all the them at some point

    —Lynn Darcy on February 20, 2019
  • Hands down, I love embroidery…slow stitching is the best, especially when I have beautiful patterns.

    —Cheryl Krutzfeldt on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above,

    —Kerry Grose on February 20, 2019
  • Just starting to crosstitch again after years of not doing it….there is so much inspiration out there on Facebook and Instagram. Would love to have a copy of this book.

    —Karen Sikes on February 20, 2019
  • All the above!

    —Michelle Burton on February 20, 2019
  • I love all those mediums! Patchwork’s is so cute. Embroidery is so reminiscent of my Grandma. Applique is something new I’ve been trying.

    Gale on February 20, 2019
  • Patchwork is my favorite—so far!

    —Linda M on February 20, 2019
  • I like to use all the different methods of stitching!

    Carol on February 20, 2019
  • I like to combine embroidery with patchwork.

    —Regina Harris on February 20, 2019
  • A combination of patchwork(piecing) and embroidery – especially Christmas and Easter

    —Kimberley Gurry on February 20, 2019
  • Mostly patchwork with a little bit of embroidery.

    —Karen A on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above.

    —Janet Flugum on February 20, 2019
  • I love to combine embroidery and quilt patterns. Sew much fun!

    —Penny Rogers on February 20, 2019
  • Patchwork is my passion

    —Stephanie Woodward on February 20, 2019
  • Absolutely all of the above!

    —April Lopez on February 20, 2019
  • Love all of the above ways of stitching.

    —Sheila Bales on February 20, 2019
  • I enjoy embroidery combined with applique.

    —Sandy Koenig on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above!

    —Margaret Dalmer on February 20, 2019
  • Patchwork!

    —Vicki Sprain on February 20, 2019
  • Patchwork is my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Carol on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above!

    —Kaye Walker on February 20, 2019
  • I have liked doing embroidery work all my life since my grandmother taught me some stitches when I was about eight years old. I consider myself an excellent stitcher. I have offered to do any embroidery work that my fellow quilters might not like doing in their projects. Some have taken me up on my offer. It is a fun thing to do.

    —Jackie Wisherd on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above!

    —Bonnie on February 20, 2019
  • All of the above.Thank you for offering a really cute book.

    Barb Haakonson on February 20, 2019
  • My favorites are all the above. I love Tracey’s work, it’s beautiful. Thank you.

    —Patricia Anderson on February 20, 2019
  • Hand embroidery is my favorite for the seasons. Not only does it look vintage but makes the item embroidered have that "touch" of class one achieves with the embroidery.
    Lena

    —lena hussey on February 20, 2019
  • All of them! How can one resist?

    —Ondrea Delahoy on February 21, 2019
  • I love to hand embroidery, it is so relaxing

    —Devetta Senters on February 21, 2019
  • I do all of the above. I like something in my hands todo in the evening so I do a lot of handwork. During the day when I an be in my studio I piece art quilts. I am teaching a class tomorrow on silk ribbon embroidery.

    —Barbara Daniel on February 21, 2019
  • Applique’ but I’d like to learn hand embroidery.

    —Marcia Spencer on February 21, 2019
  • Patchwork and embroidery!

    —Patricia Daw on February 21, 2019
  • all of the above, for sure.

    —Fran Claassens on February 21, 2019
  • I love to make quilts using patchwork, but it always makes it more special when I include some embroidery in each project. It makes it more personal!

    —Teri D. Gailey on February 21, 2019
  • All of the above!

    —Rhonda on February 21, 2019
  • All of them!

    —Barb on February 21, 2019
  • All of the above – sometimes in the same project!

    —Kathleen T on February 22, 2019
  • All of the above

    —Vicki Allen on February 22, 2019
  • Patchwork embellished with Applique and embroidery is the most fun!

    —Sandra Chin on February 22, 2019
  • Love to embellish patchwork with Applique and embroidery!

    —Sandra Chin on February 22, 2019
  • The book has some wonderful projects for those of us that enjoy handwork. Using a machine is great and practical, especially if the item is going to get lots "abuse" with frequent washing… but construction and embellishing a item totally by hand is a process of joy and relaxation. What more can you ask for??? Satisfaction in the process and in the final product.

    Kay

    —kay on February 22, 2019
  • All of the above in that order and thanks for a chance to win the book!

    —Carole Block on February 22, 2019
  • Patchwork embellished with appliqué or stitchery.

    —Beth T. on February 22, 2019
  • Patchwork is my favorite, but I enjoy many kinds of crafting.

    —Linda Towers on February 22, 2019
  • All of the above. What a lovely book.

    —Teri c on February 22, 2019
  • All of the above

    —Susan MacLeod on February 22, 2019
  • Patchwork is my favorite, but I still do cross stitch once in awhile. Working on a cross stitch pattern of a quilt hanging on a clothesline.

    —Sylvia L on February 22, 2019
  • All of the above!

    —Mary on February 22, 2019
  • I love to stitch the seasons with embroidery and patchwork. I love many of the projects in this book.

    —Karen McMahon on February 22, 2019
  • Patchwork would be my choice–but applique and embroidery would also add to the fun.

    —Barb K on February 22, 2019
  • I enjoy embroidery most of all.

    —Lynn on February 22, 2019
  • All of the above! I like variety.

    —Susan Goodwin on February 22, 2019
  • Embroidery keeps me stitching year round!

    —Janna Lee on February 22, 2019
  • Patchwork with season-themed applique.

    —Colleen on February 22, 2019
  • All of the above. I have done all three. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Renea Yarolim on February 22, 2019
  • embroidery any way it works for the project.

    —Linda Christianson on February 22, 2019
  • Most definitely embroidery…it’s so relaxing, and you can easily take it anywhere. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    —Barb on February 22, 2019
  • I love to do seasonal embroidery & especially like to combine it with piecing. Can’t wait to get this book & start stitching.

    —Kay McCaffery on February 22, 2019
  • All of them. I probably do more Patchwork but love the look of appliqué and embroidery.

    —Rosalie on February 22, 2019
  • Definitely applique.

    —Donna on February 23, 2019
  • I love all of them – patchwork, embroidery, and applique.

    —Linda Webster on February 23, 2019
  • What a wonderful book and a talented lady. For me it would have to be "All of the above"

    —Sue Gordic on February 23, 2019
  • Definitely…ALL of the above!

    —Judi Leventhal on February 23, 2019
  • All of the above! The only season I stitch for is Christmas.

    —Karen on February 23, 2019
  • All of the above…but really, I prefer piecing. I do enjoy an occasional appliqué and embroidery project, though!

    —Heather on February 24, 2019
  • All of the above.

    —Helen Bowie on February 24, 2019
  • Definitely all the above! I’ve stitched several of Tracy’s pattern’s
    as well as a BOM from my LQS.

    Super giveaway! Fingers crossed!

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

    —usairdoll on February 26, 2019
  • Patchwork and a little applique. I am wanting to do some embroidery, but have yet to try.

    —Nancy on February 26, 2019

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