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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

Friday, March 03, 2017

Our Quilting Journey Magazine Spring 2017

Katie Bock has just released the 2nd issue of Our Quilting Journey Magazine, Spring 2017:

There's a lot to see in this issue!  Hop over to Magcloud and take a peek!

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1247195

Monday, February 27, 2017

Radiation Has Begun

Hi Everyone!  I'm back.  I was sick early last week with some sort of cold/flu thing.  Couldn't really tell which one it was!  But it seems to have passed now and thank goodness!



I thought I'd give you an update on Scott. He's doing very well. We had the feeding tube put in last Wednesday. This is for the sake of precaution, just in case the radiation makes his throat too sore for him to eat and swallow. The Dr. said that most people don't need it but it's better to have it and not use it than visa versa.

He started the radiation on Thursday. He'll get it 5 days a week for 6 weeks. The mild chemo continues on Monday's. If all continues to go well, the treatments will be done by mid-April and then the feeding tube will be removed around the beginning of May. We don't know yet how long they'll wait to take the port out but we're getting there with things.

Thank you again for your kindness, prayers and generosity. I will keep ya'll posted as we complete this process.

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

Love to all, Pam

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Update On Scott

Hi Everyone. I want to give ya'll an update on how Scott is doing. Very well actually. The mild chemo treatments don't seem to be messing with his stomach at all, thank goodness! There are some side effects but they're mild so we can deal with them.

The radiation will be starting soon. First, because this is on his neck, a feeding tube will have to be put in which requires surgery. I'm waiting to get the exact date on that. I'm assuming next week sometime.

He's going to be missing a lot of work again. The surgery is an overnight stay in the hospital. The radiation will be 5 days a week for 6 weeks.

Mondays he will be getting the mild chemo and radiation so he won't be able to squeeze in any work time on Mondays. I'm not sure he'll be able to work at all towards the end of the radiation treatments but that remains to be seen.

I'll keep you posted. If all goes as expected, the treatments should be done by mid - late April. We're both stressed and we're both tired but having the medical stuff out of the way will be a huge relief. He's responding very well to the treatments!

Love and hugs!
Pam

Scott's Cancer Treatment Fund

Never Ending Sampler Panel 1 Band 20

Panel 1 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along is complete with this, Band #20.  Here is the complete sampler:

And here is the final Band, #20:

This border is to be worked with Cross Stitches, Backstitches and the Blanket Stitch.  If you're not familiar with the Blanket Stitch, please visit Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary for instructions.

Here is the overlap with Band #19 for placement purposes:

I'll give ya'll a little time to get caught up before we start on Panel 2 which will begin sometime next week.  Have a good weekend everyone!



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

McHenry Crazy Quilt Block 7 - The Mill Pond

With my husband's cancer treatment going on, I haven't been able to focus on stitching too much lately.  I've been very tired but I did finish up on Block #7 of my McHenry Crazy Quilt.

If you're new to my blog, this quilt is a traditional style crazy quilt featuring old photos of special sites in my little town of McHenry Illinois.  When I complete this quilt, I will be donating it to the McHenry Public Library.

Block #7 is devoted to the Mill Pond:

And here is the photo that I used:


The building in the background is Landmark School which will be my next block.  The school is still there and still used as a grade school today.

This is a screenshot from Google Earth of the same spot today.  Actually, it's as close as I can get to the same area where the old photo was taken:

Since you can't see the school in the above photo, here is a screenshot that's slightly to the east:


And here's a photo of Boone Creek:


Again, this is slightly east of the top photo.



The above photo is a map of McHenry from 1872 showing the mill pond and the Owen Bros. Mill:
Okay, so unless you live in McHenry, you might not be interested in the visual information.  For me it's fun to know where things were back in the day!

If you live near a mill pond, they're not a body of water created by God.  They're man made for the purpose of running a grist mill with water power.  They're usually created by causing a creek to dam which floods the area causing water pressure to run the big wheel on the mill.

In the case of McHenry, the Boone Creek was dammed to create the mill pond.  Boone Creek was named after the Boone brothers, a couple of McHenry's early settlers.  Boone Creek runs off the Fox River and is pretty much all over McHenry!  We really can't go anywhere around here without crossing over it. 

In the winter months, the mill ponds would freez and ice houses on the pond would cut ice from them for refrigeration.

Once electricity took over, water power was no longer relied on for power.  In some cases, the old mill ponds were drained and that was the case here in McHenry.  Our mill pond was created in 1851 and was drained in 1929.

Okay, I hope I didn't bore you with all this.  I just love the history of McHenry!

I'll get on with some closeup photos of my stitching:



As I mentioned above, Block #8 will be of Landmark School.  I'll get started on that as soon as I can.  For now, I'm too focused on my husband's cancer treatment which is going well but it's tiring for both of us.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Panel 1 - Band 19

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

I have Band 19 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along for you today!

Here is the entire Panel 1 sampler up to this point:

Here is Band #19 by itself:





And here it is with the overlap of Band #18:

And finally, a closeup of the little flower:


This border includes Cross Stitches, Straight Stitches and French Knots.

I will post the final border for Panel 1 on Thursday.  We will be starting on Panel 2 next week.  In the meantime, Happy Stitching and Happy Valentines Day!




Thursday, February 09, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Panel 1 - Band 18

Today's band is a nice alphabet.  If anyone wants to personalize their samplers at any point, this is pretty alphabet to use.  And who knows, there might be a few verses down the road!! 

Here is the entire sampler so far:

And here is Band #18:


And here it is again with the Band #17 overlap:

I will have band 19 next week along with an undate on my husband and an update on my McHenry Quilt.  Have a nice weekend everyone!


Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Panel 1 - Band 17

Today, I have Band #17 of the Never Ending Band Sampler.  Here is Panel 1 so far:

Here is Band #17:

And here it is with Band #16 for placement purposes:

Work the flower centers with Eyelet stitching.  The rest is cross stitches and back stitches.

Once my husband's cancer treatment is done, I'll get on a schedule with this sampler.  Until then, I'm uploading the bands as I have time.

Happy Stitching!


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