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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Never Ending Band Sampler Stitch-Along

Hello to both my Crazy Quilt friends and my Cross Stitch friends!  For months now, I've been trying to think of something that would bring together stitchers from both venues of the needlework world.

As many of you know, I design counted cross stitch and I have a passion for crazy quilting.  I use waste canvas to stitch the seams on my crazy quilt blocks using my own charted border designs.

For details, visit my Magcloud site: http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me
or my Etsy shop:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

Okay, to make a long story short, I finally remembered the beautiful sampler of stitch examples that Sharon Boggon made:




You can find the story about Sharon's Band Sampler here.  (Photos posted with Sharon's permission.)

So here goes, I decided to offer a Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along!  For my crazy quilt friends, these borders can be used with waste canvas to stitch your seams.  Or if you're good at free-handing your seam treatments, just follow the patterns.

For my cross stitch friends, you can stitch this like any other sampler.  We'll be starting at the top and working our way down.

I called this Never Ending because I plan to offer several bands or borders each week and it will go on indefinitely.

We will be working in panels just like Sharon did.  Each panel will be approx. 6 inches wide X 18 inches long.  That's the stitched area on 14 count Aida or 28 count Evenweave over 2 fabric threads.  You'll want your fabric panels to be 12 inches wide x 30 inches long.

When your panels are complete, you can frame them individually, store them in a book or sew them all together like Sharon did with hers.  You can use your Never Ending sampler as reference for cross stitch borders, stitch examples or color combination ideas.

Because the width is only 6 inches wide, the borders will stitch up quickly making this a perfect "take along" project to work on while waiting in your car for your kids or in a waiting room.

Now for the fun part!  There's no rules!!  There's no charge!!  There's no time frame!!!  You can work at your own pace.  You can use whatever threads or colors you want to use.  You can skip any part that you don't like.  You can put it down for awhile and then come back to it.  This is a gift from me to you.  It's for the joy of stitching and sharing your examples with others.

If you enjoy Facebook, I have set up a Facebook Group called Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along.
You can find it here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/549782361886900/

For right now, I have it set as a Closed Group.  To join, you'll just have to click the "JOIN" button and wait for me to okay it.  I did it this way because I don't want any spammers jumping in.  This is for both crazy quilters and cross stitchers.  It's a place for everyone to share photos of their work and talk about the project, the designs, the borders and so on.  I still have a few things to set up there but you should be able to click the link and join right away.

So there you have it!  A fun project that has no rules!  It's really a mystery because even I have no clue what each panel will look like.  I just thought this would be really fun for everyone including me!

The charts will be in black/white.  On occasion, I may add something with specific colors.  I use DMC threads and will include those DMC thread colors for you.

If you have questions you can always leave a comment here, or email me or leave a message for me over at Facebook.

So those are the details!  We'll be starting at the end of the week so get your fabric and some pretty threads ready and lets start a new "Never Ending Sampler" journey!!! 









Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Cats And Quilt May Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

The May design for the Cats And Quilts Counted Cross Stitch series is now available:

Order it from Magcloud:  http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me

or from Etsy:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

A Note Of Gratitude

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you.  Words cannot express the gratitude that I have for all of the prayers, advice, kindness and generosity that we have been given.


Cancer is a horrible thing.  And treatment is a horrible thing too.  But Scott and I have been blessed with a good team of Docters at Loyola University in Chicago.  We've been blessed with good friends and lot's of kindness.

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you.  Little by little, we'll get this cured and get past the awfulness of it.  In the meantime, thank you to my very dear friends!!!

Love, Pam

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cats and Quilts April Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Hi Ladies, the April pattern of the Cats And Quilts Counted Cross Stitch designs is now available:

Available at Magcloud:  http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me

and at Etsy:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Cats And Quilts March Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I just finished putting the March design together of the Cats And Quilts series:

It's available at both Magcloud:  http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me

And at Etsy:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

Have a wonderful holiday everyone!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Counted Cross Stitch Cats And Quilts - January

I've had some requests for my Cats and Quilts Cross Stitch patterns so I've started to re-publish them.  There are 12 all together.  This is January:

This is available at both Magcloud:  http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me
and at Etsy:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

I'll start working on February next.

Scott is doing okay today.  I think he's starting to feel the effects of the chemo more today.  Please keep saying prayers for him.  And if you can, please visit our Scott's Cancer Treatment page on Go Fund Me.  Thank you everyone!!!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Update On Scott's Cancer Treatment

He's doing pretty well today.  So far, only a little nausea.  I can see that he's tired though.  He's just laying on the sofa and watching TV right now.  I told him I'd take him for a ride tomorrow if he wants to see something other than our living room!  LOL!!!

Only 3 more days of chemo and then he gets a break for a couple of weeks before starting round 2.  He's hoping he can go to work on Monday next week.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Thank you so much for your help, your prayers and your well wishes for Scott's Cancer Treatment.  I'm so grateful for my online friends!!!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Theme for Summer 2017 Issue Of Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine

The theme for the Summer 2017 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine will be "Buttons". We're looking for photos of button clusters, button collections, vintage and antique buttons and clever ways to use buttons on crazy quilt pieces. Articles and tutorials are also welcome! Please email  me if you would like to contribute content for the Summer 2017 issue. I will be starting on the Summer issue in January.  Thanks!


Update on Scott's Cancer Treatment:  Chemo started today.  I'll let everyone know how he does with it.  Thank you again to my dear friends and blog readers for your love, support, help and prayers.  It means so much to me!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Autumn Cross Stitch Freebie

I've been working on republishing my counted cross stitch patterns and came across this cute little one that I did a few years ago.  I worked it up into a nice printable free pattern for you to enjoy:

Right click on the image and save it to your harddrive.  You can then print it up in any graphic software.  It will fit on an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper.

Update on Scott's Cancer Treatment -  The port was put in yesterday and chemo starts today. I'll ya'll know how he does.  Thank you for your support, your prayers, your kind email message.  I'm so grateful for my online friends.  Thank you everyone!




Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Christmas Cat Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

I've just released another of my Counted Cross Stitch Patterns.  This beautiful white Christmas Cat is ready for your holiday stitching enjoyment!

Available at Magcloud:  http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me
and at Etsy: http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

Update on Scott's Cancer Treatment:

He's at the hospital today having bloodwork done and the port put in.  Chemo will start on Friday.
Thank you to everyone who has helped with donations for his treatment, for all of the prayers and the support that you've sent to us.  I'm so grateful!!!

If you can help us with his his treatment fund, please visit our Go Fund Page page.  And if you could share our page on your blogs and Facebook, I would so much appreciate it.  Thank you so much!!!

Pam




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thank you!

First, I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who has made a donation to Scott's Cancer Treatment Fund.  This is a difficult time for us.  I'm still a little in shock and I know he is too.

My father in law is coming up today.  He'll be doing all the driving.  I've never been one to do long distance driving and especially in the city.  Treatment is being done at Loyola University in Chicago.  And we live way up north in the country on the Illinois/Wisconsin border.

Anyway, tomorrow, the stint will be put in.  Since my father in law will be with Scott, I will be home working.

I'm in the process of republishing many of my retired Counted Cross Stitch Designs.  And I'm planning on doing some new designs too!

At the moment, I'm working on this design:

For my cross stitch friends who like my cat designs, this Christmas Cat will be available later this week.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Go Fund Me for Scott's Cancer Treatment

My dear blog friends, my husband Scott was recently diagnosed with cancer.  It's treatable and has an 85% curable success rate.  I'm sure he'll be fine.  He's very resilient and has a good attitude.



Unfortunately, due a surgery that he had back in December of 2015, we are out of money.  We're still paying on that bill. 

It pains me to have to swallow my pride and ask for help.  Financial assistance is very difficult to ask for.  But dealing with cancer and chemo/radiation treatment is difficult to deal with too.  It's very sad that anyone going though that should have to worry about their financial situation at the same time.

The process expected to take about 3 months.  Hopefully, that's all it will be.  And Scott plans to try to work through this if he can but being an auto mechanic, he may be limited.  I don't know.

I just hate asking for charity but if anyone can help us so we don't have to worry about paying our regular bills as well as medical expenses, lost pay and travel expenses, I would  be so grateful.

Please visit our Go Fund Me page for more information.

https://www.gofundme.com/scotts-cancer-treatment

I will be back with more needlework talk soon.

Love to all, Pam

Friday, November 11, 2016

Kitty And Me on Facebook

Thought I'd share this for those of you on Facebook.  I have a Facebook page set up for Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine which you can find here:  https://www.facebook.com/kittyandmedesigns/

I've also set up a Facebook page for my Cross Stitch designs.  You can find that one here:

Please follow me on Facebook.

To place an order for Crazy Quilt Quarterly or for my Cross Stitch designs, they are all available at Magcloud:  http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me

They are also available at Etsy:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/


Thursday, November 03, 2016

CUBS WIN!!!!

Ya'll know that I'm a lifelong Cubs fan!  Well guess what?  In case you haven't heard, they won the World Series last night!  First time since 1908!

We're bouncing off the walls here and flying the "W"!!!!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Winter 2016

The Winter 2016 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available:

Special thank you to Genevieve Tracey for creating the beautiful cover design for this issue!

Order your copy today from Magcloud: http://magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me

or from Etsy:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

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