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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Be Back Soon!

I'm winding down from running on adrenaline for so long with my husband's cancer treatment.  He's doing great but I'm very tired now so I'm just taking a little break.  The feeding tube is out and the port will be taken out in August.

I'll be back soon with more bands for the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along.  Also, the Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly will be released on August 1st so look for that upcoming post!

I'll have a new Inspirational cross stitch sampler available shortly as well.

Also, there is a new price list for the Ad Space in Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine. 

New Ad Prices starting with the Winter 2017 issue!
  • Business Card Ad - $20.00 (2 inches high X 3.5 inches wide - pixels:  600 X 1050)
  • Quarter Page Ad - $25.00 (5.5 inches high X 4.25 inches wide - pixels:  1650 X 1275)
  • Half Page Ad - $50.00 (5.5 inches high X 8.5 inches wide - pixels:  1650 X 2550)
  • Full Page Ad - $100.00 (11 inches high X 8.5 inches wide - pixels:  3300 X 2550)
  • Back Cover - $200.00 (11 inches high X 8.5 inches wide - pixels:  3300 X 2550)
  • Community Ad - $5.00 (30 words or less) - Advertise your blog, Etsy shop, stitching group, supplies for sale, etc.
  • Ad graphics must be high resolution JPEG images 300 DPI
  • Graphics must be provided by vendor
  • Payment must accompany ad copy 
  • Payment to be made via PayPal
  • I can send you a PayPal invoice
Please email me for more information on placing an ad in Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine.
 
That's my news for now everyone!

Thanks for your patience!

Pam

Monday, July 17, 2017

CANCER FREE!!!!

Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you know that Scott had the scan done and it's clean! The cancer is gone!!!!

The feeding tube comes out tomorrow and we're hoping on Friday to find out when the port can be taken out.

I want to take a moment to say thank you to each and every one of you. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate your prayers, your kindness, your support and your generosity. I would not have been able to keep our heads above water had it not been for you, my friends and supporters.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and God bless each and everyone of you.

Pam

Friday, July 14, 2017

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Autumn 2017 Cover Preview

Just wanted to give you a sneak peek of the cover of the Autumn 2017 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine:

Our cover artist for this issue is Nina Burnsides!  This issue will be available on August 1st!!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

The Biography Of My Great Grandfather - E. J. Moore The Magician

Many of you know that I really enjoy genealogy.  I've spent the last several years working on my family tree and my husband's family tree.  Of course the "Kellogg" line is quite easy.  I already knew Scott's relationship to W. K. Kellogg of Battlecreek Michigan.  I had that line of the his tree done in about 20 minutes!!!

My father's side of the tree was also quite easy.  Everything lined up just as my grandmother had told me years and years ago.  My father's great grandfather owned a butcher shop in Chicago across the street from the O'Leary's (where the great Chicago fire started in 1871).  Supposedly, my great, great grandfather butchered the cow that knocked over the lantern that started the fire in the O'Leary's barn.
I recently found an article in the Chicago Tribune where my great, great grandfather insisted that the story was fact despite many theories to the contrary.

My mom's maternal side of the family was very easy too.  Her grandparents came from Baden Germany.  My great grandfather worked for Brach's Candy Company in Chicago and he traveled by train to New York regularly.  It was all there and easy to document.

My mother's paternal side of the family was a different matter.  Mom knew very little beyond her grandparents.  I searched and searched and dug and scraped and read until I couldn't see straight!  And I'm still digging.  Actually, I'm taking a break a moment because I was getting so aggravated constantly coming up with zilch!

I made to my 3rd great grandparents and just can't seem to get through the brick wall!  Thompson Daniels and Jane Sherman, both born in Fulton County New York around 1825.  Thompson's parents were supposedly born in Ireland but I'm not convinced on that one.

Jane Sherman was a cousin to General William T. Sherman and Senator John Sherman.  After several years of research, I still can't find the connection.

There is however, one person on my mom's side that was so much fun to research and that is my great grandfather Ernest Joseph Moore.  He was a famous magician.

Several months ago, while searching for photos of him, I came across a magician's blog.  Gary Brown had recently posted an article on my great grandfather so I took a chance and left him a message telling him who I was.  We got to talking and I offered to write my great grandfather's biography for him to use on his blog. 

Click here if you would like to read the well-documented Biography of E.J. Moore The Magician.

 E. J. Moore The Magician

Special thanks go out to Gary Brown for helping to keep the memory of my great grandfather alive!!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Panel 2 Band 12

Panel 2 Band 12 of the Never Ending Sampler!

Here is the entire sampler so far:

And this is Band 12 by itself:

Home Sweet Home is worked with backstitching.  Work the trees with Smyrna Cross Stitch.  Think about some little red beads for apples or berries!

Here it is with the Band 12 overlap for placement purposes:

Have a great weekend everyone!





Monday, June 12, 2017

The Button Quilt - A Pictoral Guide To Button Clusters

I have a new book available:

The Button Quilt - A Pictoral Guide To Button Clusters

Buttons are an easy and inexpensive way to embellish crazy quilts! This is a pictorial guide to creating lovely button clusters! 25 close-up photos of the blocks on The Button Quilt will give you a lot of ideas and inspiration for your very own Button Quilt! A brief description of each block is included.

28 pages - $10.99 + shipping
 
Available at both Magcloud -  http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me
 
 
 

Friday, June 09, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Panel 2 Band 11

It's going to be a hot weekend!  Here's Band 11 of Panel 2 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along.

First the entire sampler so far:

And here is Band 11 by itself:

And finally, with the Band 10 overlap for placement purposes:

This border is worked with backstitching, cross stitches and satin stitches.  Here's a closeup of the shamrock:

Have a great weekend!  Stay cool!!!






Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Panel 2 Band 10

Are ya'll ready for the next band of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along?  Here it is.  Panel 2 Band 10:

Here's band #10 by itself:

And here it is with the band #9 overlap:

You'll be working the Herringbone Stitch with a Fan stitch beneath it.  The dots can be French Knots or Colonial Knots or beads.  Your choice!  For help with the stitches, visit Sharon B's Pintangle Blog and click on the Stitch Dictionary.

Here's a closeup of the Fan Stitch:




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Panel #2 Band #9

Is everyone caught up on the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along?  Or are ya'll outside working in your gardens?  If you need some quiet time to cool off, here is Band #9 of Panel #2.

First, the entire sampler so far:

And here is Band #9 by itself:

For placement purposes, here it is with the Band #8 overlap:

Work this band with back-stitching.  This is a blackwork band.  You can work this band all in one color or you can work it in multiple colors.  Or you can work it traditionally, with black!  Have fun with it!


Monday, May 08, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Panel #2 Band #8

I hope everyone is caught up on Panel #2 of the Never Ending Sampler because today, I have Band #8 for you!

Here is the entire sampler so far:

And here is Band #8 by itself:

This band is worked entirely in cross stitches.  Please feel free to use multiple colors.  You can also add beads if you wish!

And here is Band #8 with the #7 overlap for placement purposes:




Also for today, if you're on Facebook, there are a couple of new groups that you might be interested in. 

First is, Fans Of Kitty And Me Designs.  This is a place where you can post photos of any of my designs (stitched pieces), be it this sampler, my cross stitch patterns or my crazy quilt patterns.

Next, if you love Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine, you'll enjoy this group hosted by Karen South
Friends Who Like Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine.

And don't forget to post your sampler photos over at The Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Group!

There's lot's of places to hang out and have fun with stitchers!!!!

Monday, May 01, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Panel 2 Band 7

How is everyone doing on the Never Ending Band Sampler?  I hope ya'll are caught up now!

Today, I have Band #7 of Panel 2.  Here is the full sampler so far:

And here is Band #7 by itself:

And then with the Band #6 overlap for placement purposes:

Band #7 is worked with Eyelet stitches, straight stitches and french knots or beads.

Happy Stitching!!!



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Summer 2017 Is Now Available!

The Summer 2017 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine is now available:

Our cover artist for this issue is.....wait for it......the one and only, crazy quilter extraordinaire  Sharon Boggon!!!!  Thank you Sharon for sharing your beautiful work with us!!!

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

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

And thank you to everyone who took the time to write articles, tutorials and send photos!  This publication would not be possible without our contributors and advertisers!!!  Thank you so much everyone!

Happy Stitching!

Pam

Thursday, April 27, 2017

America, America Primitive Patriotic Cross Stitch Sampler

My latest Cross Stitch design:

America, America, God shed his grace on thee! A beautiful primitive counted cross stitch sampler celebrating our patriotism!! The stitch count for this design is 96 stitches wide X 148 stitches high. On 28 count Evenweave or 2 fabric threads (or 14 count Aida) the stitched piece will measure 6 3/4 inches wide X 10 1/2 inches high. Designed with Sampler Threads by The Gentle Art, I've also included the DMC equivalents. Designed by Pamela Kellogg of Kitty and Me Designs.

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

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar Contest

Just a reminder, entries for the 2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar are due on May 31st!


We're hoping for lots and lots of entries this year!!  With "Musicals" as a theme, it should be a lot of fun!!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Primitive Cross Stitch Sampler

I finished up another little sampler in my Inspiration Sampler Series of Counted Cross Stitch patterns:

Again, the pattern suggests Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art but I also included the DMC equivalents. 

I am so much enjoying the designing process again!  I always loved old looking samplers and I enjoy like bible verses!

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

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

Never Ending Sampler Panel 2 Band 6

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter!  Today I have Panel 2 Band 6 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch - Along.  Here Panel 2 so far:

And here is Band 6 by itself:

And here it is with the Band 5 overlap for placement purposes:

Band 6 is worked with cross stitches, straight stitches and either french knots or beads.

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Panel 2 Band 5

Today I have Band 5 of Panel 2 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along:

Here's band #5 by itself:

And here it is with Band 4 for placement purposes:


The special stitch is called a "Sheaf Stitch".  Sharon B has a tutorial for this stitch in her Embroidery Stitch Dictionary.

Here's a closeup of the stitch:


Happy Stitching!

Psalm 118:24 Inspirational Cross Stitch Sampler

Second in the series of Inspirational Samplers, this counted cross stitch design is Psalm 118:24. This is the day the Lord has made. Sampler Threads by the Gentle Art are recommended but DMC conversions are also included. The stitch count is 98 stitches wide X 143 stitches high. On 28 count Evenweave over 2 fabric threads or 14 count Aida, the design will measure 7 inches wide X 10 1/8 inches high.

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

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

Sunday, April 09, 2017

New Inspirational Cross Stitch Sampler Series

Awhile ago, I mentioned that I was going to start creating some new cross stitch designs.  I've been liking primitive samplers a lot lately and I've always loved bible verses so needless to say, I put them together.

Here is the first design in the series:

Threads used are the Sampler Threads by the Gentle Art but I've also included DMC equivalents. 

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

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

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Panel 2 Band 4

For your weekend enjoyment, here is Panel 2 Band #4 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along:

Here's the band by itself:

Use cross stitches and straight stitches.  The leaves should look like they're satin stitched.  Here's a closeup of the leaves:

Have a great weekend everyone!  Happy Stitching!


Monday, April 03, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along - Panel 2 Band 3

For those of you who are stitching on the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along, here's Panel 2 Band 3:

And here is Band 3 by itself:

Work this band with cross stitches and straight stitches.




Sunday, March 26, 2017

Easter Cross Stitch Freebie

I case you haven't seen this one, although I think I released it last year, here is an Easter Cross Stitch freebie for ya'll to enjoy:

Right click on the design, save it to your hard drive and print it in any graphic software you have.

Happy Spring!!!

Pam

Friday, March 24, 2017

Scott's Go Fund Me For Cancer Treatment Bills

Good Morning everyone! Scott is doing well. Only 2 1/2 weeks of treatments left. We're both counting down the days until this is over and the real healing can begin.

Unfortunately, I now have over $5,000.00 in medical bills sitting on my desk. I've done very well staying on top of everything until now.

It pains me to keep asking for help but the relief in being able to get this all paid for so we can put this horrible experience behind us, would be incredible. The last 6 months have just been awful for both of us.

We don't need to reach the goal that I set. We just need to raise another $5,000.00 to put this nightmare behind us. Cancer is hell!

If you can help with a donation or even just help by sharing this post as much as you can, I would so much appreciate it.

And thank you all so much for the donations and prayers that you've give us. We are both so grateful. I'll post another update next week.





Scotts Cancer Treatment Go Fund Me Page
If anyone prefers, there is a Paypal Donate button in my sidebar.  Thank you so much everyone!

Pam

Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Panel 2 Band 2

Today, I have Band 2 of Panel 2 for the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along.  If you're new to this sampler, please click the link above to learn more about it. 

Here is the Panel 2 so far:

And here is Band 2:

This band consists of multiple stitches including the Feather Stitch, Cross Stitches, Straight Stitches and French Knots.

If you need help with the Feather stitch, please visit Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary.

When working the Feather Stitch on this band, you will want to start from the outside and work your way towards the center of the design.  You'll have to do this on both sides of the band.

If you've never worked the the Feather stitch, it may look intimidating but it really is an easy stitch once you get the idea of it.  It's one of those stitches where you have to "catch" your thread as you go along.

Feel free to add your own special touch to this border.  Use beads instead of french knots if you want to.  Use multiple colors or work in just one color.  This is YOUR sampler so give it a try and enjoy!!!




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Take 15% Off At Etsy

I'm offering a 15% off Coupon Code on all publications including Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.  This offer is good through March 31, 2017 only in my Etsy shop.  Use Coupon Code:  Spring2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Panel 2 Band 1

I hope everyone is caught up on Panel 1 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along.  And I hope ya'll are enjoying this project!  If you're new to this stitch along, click the link above to get started with Panel 1.

As I mentioned last week, I needed a little break due to the stress of my husband's cancer treatment and other things that seem to constantly make their way to my plate.

So now that I feel a little more caught up on things, I've started on Panel 2.  Here is Band #1:

I'm very eager to see how everyone interprets this band.  I worked it all in black so that you can decide for yourself what you want to do with it.  My only suggestion is to think in terms of an antique sampler.  There are flowers, birds, leaves and a little vase or urn.  This band is worked entirely in cross stitch so just think "antique sampler" and I'm sure ya'll will come up with some beautiful color combinations!

Be sure to post your stitching photos over on our Never Ending Sampler Facebook Group!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Quick Newsbrief

Good morning everyone!  I just wanted to update ya'll on a few things.

First, Scott's cancer treatment is winding down.  We have 1 month left of the treatments.  If I figured right, 3 more of the mild chemo and 4 more weeks of the radiation.

He's doing well and although his mouth is sore from the chemo, so far he hasn't had to use the feeding tube.  He's really looking forward to getting that thing taken out!  Don't blame him.

Once the treatments are the done, we just have to pay off the medical bills, get back on our feet and then the real healing can begin.

Thank you to everyone for your kindness, your prayers, your cards and your generosity!

In other news, if all goes well, we'll start on Panel 2 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along next week.  I've been very tired and stressed and I needed a break.

The Summer issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is all done and ready to released on May 1st.
I've decided for the Autumn issue, rather than have a theme, to let that issue be whatever it's going to be.  I have some fun tutorials that I haven't been able to fit into any other issue so I'll include those.  If anyone would like to contribute projects, tutorials or eye candy photos, please email me

Did you know that I have a Facebook page for Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine?  I also have one for my cross stitch designs.  Here are the links:

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine on Facebook

Kitty And Me Designs Cross Stitch on Facebook

Please hop over and like both pages!!!

Speaking of cross stitch, I have been asked by Kreinik Manufacturing if I would do some new cross stitch designs for them which I have agreed to.  I always enjoyed working with them and with their gorgeous metallic threads.  I will be working on their designs next week.  Please hop over to their website.  Kreinik threads are perfect for any type of embroidery.  I love to cross stitch with it and it really adds some sparkle to crazy quilting!  Click on freebies if you're looking for a new project.  They offer quite a few of them and several are ones I did for them a few years back.

Finally for today, here's a free a little St. Patricks Day cross stitch pattern that you can use either as an ornament or on your crazy quilt projects:

Just right click on the image and save to your hard drive.  The open and print in any graphic software. 

Happy Stitching!

Pam

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