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Monday, August 20, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 14

If you're working on the Never Ending Sampler, I have Band 14 of Panel 3 for you today.  First, the entire sampler so far:

And here is Band 14:

Band 14 is another example of the Rhodes stitch.  I love this stitch.  It offers a lot of opportunities from a design perspective.  We'll be doing more of them down the road.

Here is the overlap for placement purposes:

This link will show you how to work this stitch:

I've chatting a bit with Sharon B who is an expert on all the various stitches and hopefully, she will have some examples and directions soon as well.

We are nearing the end of Panel 3.  Once completed, I will give everyone a short break to get caught up and then we'll start on Panel 4.

Get out your DMC thread colors because we're going to stray a bit from what we've been doing.  You'll still be able to choose your own colors for some areas.  You'll see.  I just want to give ya'll some more options for creating a unique sampler and crazy quilt seam treatments.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Never Ending Sampler - Rhodes Heart Stitch

Yesterday, I posted Band 13 of the Never Ending Sampler.  This lovely border includes a heart worked with the Rhodes Stitch.

Pam Rhodes is up to date on Panel 3 so I wanted to share a photo of her sampler and a close up of her Rhodes Hearts.

First, Pam's sampler:

This sampler is just lovely worked in the variegated red thread.

Here is a closeup of Pam's hearts:

These hearts are raised when completed.  They are just lovely!!!  Thank you Pam, for the photos!

Directions for creating the Rhodes Heart are here:

The stitch count is a little different than mine but the directions are the same!!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 13

So anyone starting to see the theme of Panel 3?  Let me know if you are!!!

This is Panel 3 of the Never Ending Sampler so far:

And here is Band 13 by itself:

The hearts are worked in straight stitches.  Start at the bottom of the heart and work your way around to the other side of it.

This will be the most challenging stitch we've done so far!  But I know when you get the hang of it, you're going to love the way it looks!!!

Here's some closeup's of the heart pattern:

I don't want anyone to stress over this stitch.  Just do the best you can with it.  If you complete it (and I know some of you know exactly how to do this), please send me a closeup photo and I will post it here and on the Facebook group!

Here's the border with the overlap:

Have a great weekend and have fun with this stitch!!!

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 12

For those of you enjoying the Never Ending Sampler, here is Band 12 of Panel 3.  First, the entire sampler:

Here is band 11 by itself:

And here it is with the overlap for placement purposes:

Work this band with cross stitches and straight stitches.


Sunday, August 05, 2018

Halloween Stitching

It's a hot one today!  Now is the perfect time to start your Fall stitching projects!  This Counted Cross Stitch Halloween Cat needs a good home!!!

Counted Cross Stitch Pattern Halloween Cat by Pamela Kellogg
Available at Magcloud:

And at Etsy:

Friday, August 03, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 11

Since I've just gotten back to adding some new bands to the Never Ending Sampler, I thought I'd give you a new one to work on over the weekend.  This is Panel 3 Band 11.  Here is the entire sampler so far:

Here's band 11 by itself:

And here it is with the overlap:

Just simple cross stitches for this band!!!

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Coming Soon!

I thought I'd announce my upcoming book release!  This is an example of the 6 inch trinket blocks that I've been working on for a few years:

The calla lily is from a vintage hankie.  I added some sequins for sparkle and outlined it with tiny silver seed beads.

Beneath it, there's a vintage rhinestone earring that I purchased at a flea market.

I embellished the Shibori ribbon with flower earrings found at a recent garage sale.  There are also some tiny plastic flower beads that resemble forget me not flowers.

I've been working on a new book featuring the trinket blocks that I've done so far:

Crazy Quilt Inspiration Volume 2
Crazy Quilt Inspiration Volume 2 will be released on September 1st, 2018!  Many of these blocks have not been posted online.

In the meantime, the Autumn 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available:

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Autumn 2018
Print and digital copies are available at Magcloud:
Print copies available at Etsy:

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along Panel 3 Band 10

I apologize for my delay in adding new bands for everyone to enjoy.  I've mentioned before that my life has been rather challenging for quite some time now. 

I'm caught up on things for the time being so here is the next installment of The Never Ending Sampler.  First, the entire sampler so far:

Here is Band #10:

And here it is with the Band 9 overlap for placement purposes:

This band is nothing more than straight stitches.  Feel free to add beads if you would like.

Don't forget, crazy quilters can use these borders as seam treatments!!!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Autumn 2018

The Autumn 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available!

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Autumn 2018
Thank you to our cover artist Elisabeth Jenkins Baty.  Is that a gorgeous cornucopia or what?!!!!!

Print and digital versions are available at Magcloud:

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sunflower Blog Background

I really enjoy creating my own blog backgrounds.  I change them for the holidays and seasons and I like to share them with everyone.  So for today, here's my latest creation:

Free Sunflower Blog Background for Blogger/Blogspot 2 column blogs
If you like it and you have a blogger/blogspot 2 column blog, you're welcome to use it.  Here is the code:

<style type="text/css">
body { background-image : url(; background-position: center; background-repeat: no-repeat;  background-attachment : fixed; }

<script type="text/javascript">
var div = document.createElement('div');
div.setAttribute('style',"position: absolute; left: 0px; top: 30px; z-index: 50; width: 150px; height: 45px;");
div.innerHTML = '<a target="_blank" href=" "></a>';

Copy and paste it into your HTML gadget and enjoy!

In other news, I have the 2019 Crazy Quilt Calendar complete, uploaded and ready to release on October 1st!  Thank you to my talented contributors.  They did a fantastic job on their blocks and sent everything to me in plenty of time to have the calendar all put together and ready well in advance!

Also, I'm pleased to announce that the Autumn 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine will be released on August 1st as scheduled!!!!  Thank you to my contributors and Mary Anne and Kathy!!!

I will be putting the PDF file together today and uploading it.

I intend to start on the Winter issue of the magazine next week.  With everything that's been going on in my life (it's been a nightmare!), I want to have that issue done well in advance too.

So......I'm now accepting submissions for the Winter issue.  If you would like to share photos, articles, tutorials or if you would like to purchase ad space, please drop me an email!!!

I'm looking for Winter and Christmas designs, crazy quilt dolls, bears...anything 3 dimensional, ornaments, snowmen, gingerbread men, santas....typical Winter themes.  

I'm looking forward to your submissions!!!!

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