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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lots Of Fun Things To Do Here At Kitty And Me Designs

There are a lot of fun things going on here at Kitty And Me Designs!

Pam Kellogg's Halloween Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along
 First, my 2017 Halloween Mystery project is now underway!!  Would you like to see Part 1 all stitched up?  Here is Sharon Cooper's piece:

2017 Halloween Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along Part 1
Sharon's stitching is beautiful and I believe she said it took her about 7 1/2 hours to stitch Part 1.
Part 2 will be available on Monday September 25th.

For my Crazy Quilt friends, in case you missed it, the staff of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is hosting an ATC Swap!  Our "Share Your Mini's" Artist Trading Card Swap is a fun way to share your work with others!  Click the link above to learn more about it!

Crazy Quilted Artist Trading Card

And speaking of Artist Trading Cards, Renee at Hand Stitched Treasure blog has put together an excellent tutorial on making CQ ATC's!!  If you're not sure of how to make them, you don't want to miss Renee's directions!!  Best ATC directions I've ever seen!

For those of you stitching the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along, we will start Panel 3 on November 1st of this year.  I'm giving everyone some time to get caught up on the 1st 2 panels.

Panel 2 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along
Finally for today, I'm pleased to announce that all of my Counted Cross Stitch Patterns are now available as Digital files.  The Digital Downloads are available at Magcloud.

If you're not comfortable with Magcloud, please contact me and I will make arrangements to manually send them to you via email.

So that's my news for today everyone!  Pick a project for yourself and have some fun!!!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Are You Ready To Stitch The Mystery?

For those of you signed up for the 2017 Halloween Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along, Part 1 is now available!  Follow the directions that I sent via my Etsy shop!!!

Click here to join the 2017 Halloween Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

2017 Counted Cross Stitch Halloween Mystery Stitch-Along Now Available!

Good Morning Ladies!  The 2017 Cross Stitch Halloween Mystery Project is now available to order!

2017 Cross Stitch Halloween Mystery Stitch-Along
Orders can be placed via my Etsy shop.  Payment will be a one time fee of $10.00.  I will send you a confirmation Etsy message with the link to where you will be able to download each of the 4 parts of the mystery on the scheduled dates.

Please do not share the pattern or the link.  This is my living!!!

If you would like a nice place to discuss the project with other stitcher's, please join the
Fans Of Kitty And Me Designs facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fansofkittyandmedesigns/

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Happy Stitching Everyone!

Pam

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2017 Counted Cross Stitch Halloween Mystery Stitch-Along

If you enjoyed my "mystery" cross stitch projects in the past, you'll love the 2017 Halloween Mystery Stitch-Along!

This is a 4 part/4 week mystery.  The schedule is as follows:

The start date is Monday September 18, 2017 for Part 1.
Part 2 Monday September 25, 2017
Part 3 Monday October 2, 2017
Part 4 Monday October 9, 2017

This design is my traditional style, similar to the 2007 Christmas Mystery.

Here is the basic information that you will need to get started:

Stitch Count:  134 stitches square
Fabric:  14 count White Aida or 28 count White Evenweave over 2 fabric threads
Finished size:  9 1/2 inches square
Fabric size for framing:  15 1/2 inches square
Fabric size for a pillow:  13 1/2 inches square
Threads:  DMC


209, 210, 211, 310, 550, 552, 553, 745, 772, 975, 3345, 3346, 3347, 3348, 3823, 3853, 3854, 3855, White



Each part of the 4 part mystery will be released and available to download via my Etsy shop.
The mystery is $10.00.  That will be broken down into 4 parts as well.  You will have to order each part separately at $2.50 each.  Each part of the design will be available as an "Instant Download".

One week after Part 4 is released, the Instant Downloads will be removed and replaced with a " hard copy, leaflet only" full pattern.  So please, download each part as it becomes available.  I've had a horrible time with copyright issues over the years.  I'm hoping that by doing it this way, I will eliminate having to chase my copyrights all over the internet.

So that's my news for today!  Gather your supplies and get ready to stitch a beautiful and fun Halloween project!  Spread the word too!  The more people we have stitching this, the more fun it will be.

If you would like a nice place to discuss the project, you can hop over to Facebook and join the "Fans Of Kitty And Me Designs" group:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/fansofkittyandmedesigns/
There a lot of nice ladies over there to talk with about your project!!!

UPDATE - I'm going to rethink the payment plan and where to upload the files.  International ladies will end up paying way too much in Etsy fees.  Let me think about this over night and I will post the revised upload/payment plan tomorrow.







Tuesday, September 12, 2017

For My Cross Stitch Friends - Coming Soon

In case my cross stitch friends have been feeling a little neglected, I will be offering a new mystery stitch-along!!  Yes, they were always so much fun!  I asked over on my Facebook page if anyone was interested and I heard a lot of emphatic "yes's".

Spread the word please!  I will be announcing the details and the start date soon!  And with Etsy offering "instant download", this one will be the easiest one print up yet!!!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Free Cross Stitch Pattern - Dove Of Hope

Little by little, I've been reworking my Cross Stitch freebies into nice printable pages.

I did The Dove Of Hope years ago, when my dear friend Lula Chang developed breast cancer.  Lula beat the disease but died 3 years ago due to other issues.

I've been thinking about her lately, missing her really, and decided that now would be a good time to re-release this design:

This was designed to support Breast Cancer Awareness.  It could certainly be stitched as a Christmas ornament, or a Spring or Valentine's Day project.

Have a good weekend and Happy Stitching!

Pam

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Artist's Trading Cards Crazy Quilt Style - Swap Your Mini's!!!

We all like to send and receive fun things in the mail and we all like to create things that are quick and easy….right?  So the staff of Crazy Quilt Quarterly are excited to announce 
‘Swap Your Mini’s – ATC’s CQ Style’!  We’d love for you all to play along (and you can play as often as you’d like!).




All you have to do  is create one (or as many as you’d like) crazy quilted artist trading card(s) and send via snail mail to Pam Kellogg.  You will receive one back for each one you send.  Simple?

Guidelines are as follows:


* Create a crazy quilted artist trading card (2 ½” x 3 ½”). 
 It must be crazy quilted and it must be the stated size.  
We ask that there be no politically themed entries (patriotic is fine). 

* Any embellishments should be flat to keep mailing costs down 
(eg. seed beads, flat buttons, ribbon, embroidery, charms, etc.)

* Each ATC you create must be mailed to Pam and MUST include a SASE 
(self addressed stamped envelope).  
Be sure to include a separate SASE for EACH ATC you send! 

* Please use the backing card (pattern provided) on each of your ATC’s 
and also include your email address on each one so the recipient can contact you.

* NOTE: you will need to privately email Pam at pkellogg@mc.net or Mary Anne at
marmic1954@hotmail.com to indicate your desire to play 
and to receive her snail mail address. 

* Alas, we can only open this to residents of the United States.  
Deadline for receipt is January 31, 2018.

* As a further incentive Pam will photograph each ATC and they will be published in a special edition of the magazine….the date of which will be announced as soon as it becomes available.

* Six of the ATC’s that we receive will be chosen for the cover. 
 Those six artists will receive a prize - an extra ATC created by one of our staff members!!

Have fun and let’s swap our mini’s – ATC’s CQ Style!! 




Be sure to print the above images.  The should fit on a standard sheet of 8 1/2 inch X 11 inch paper.  Use cardstock for the ATC back and the little ATC envelope!

You can also download the PDF file here.

We are hoping to receive and trade at least 300 Crazy Quilt ATC's!!!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Calendar Cover Block

I was thinking, ya'll might like to see the entire block that I used on the cover of the 2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar:

Purple Crazy Quilt Block
The hanky in the center is a gift from a friend.  The bird brooch on the right is also a gift from her.  It's vintage too!

Here it is sewn into a pillow:

Purple Crazy Quilt Pillow
This is a 9 inch block.  I crocheted the trim with some fancy fun yarn and then hand-attached it along the edge of the pillow.  I really like the crocheted edgings with the cool fuzzy yarn!

And here it is on the calendar cover:

2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar
This is available at both Magcloud http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me
and at Etsy:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

Be sure to stop by next week!!  The staff of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine has an announcement coming!!!  This is going to be so much fun!!  Don't miss it!

Have a safe and fun 3 day weekend everyone!  I'll be back on Tuesday!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

September Free Blog Background

If you like my blog background, you can use it on your blog too!  Perfect for September with the apples and bees.

Paste this code into your HTML gadget thingy:


<style type="text/css">
body { background-image : url("https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4355/36899566775_d1c858ba3a_o.jpg "); background-position: center; background-repeat: no-repeat;  background-attachment : fixed; }
</style>

<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>';
document.getElementsByTagName('body').item(0).appendChild(div);
</script>

This is for Blogger/2 Column Blogs

Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Panel 2 Band 17 (End Of Panel 2)

Hi everyone!  I hope you all have been enjoying the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along!

I have the final band for Panel 2 today!!!

Here is the entire sampler:

Here is Band #17 by itself:

Work this band with straight stitches and French Knots, Colonial Knots or Beads.

This is Band #17 with the Band #16 overlap for placement purposes:

I'm going to give ya'll a few weeks to get caught up before starting on the 3rd Panel.  I know everyone has been busy with Summer things and Back To School stuff.  Now that Fall is starting, I know there will be more time for stitching!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The 2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar Is Now Available!!

The 2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar is now available!  This year's calendar features 13 of my designs, each suitable to the month of the year.


2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar
Available at both Magcloud - http://magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me

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

Monday, August 28, 2017

2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we didn't receive enough entries to put together a 2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar.  Heartbroken is not a strong enough word to describe how I feel about this.

Not only am I saddened for the girls who took the time to work up their submissions, but I'm saddened for my readers as well. 

The entries are featured in the Winter issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine which will be released on November 1st.  Each entry is beautifully displayed on it's own page along with a nice bio written by the artist.  From the 8 entries, my staff and I chose 2 winners, a grand prize and an editors choice winner.

The grand prize winner will receive a 1 year subscription to Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine starting with the Spring 2018 issue.  The Editors Choice prize will be a publication of the artists choosing from my Magcloud publications.

Each entrant will receive a print copy of the Winter issue.

For the 2019 calendar, I've decided drop the contest and go back to choosing artists for the 13 designs.  This will ensure enough designs to create a beautiful publication.

In the meantime, for 2018, I've decided to put together a calendar using my own designs.  This will give my readers a pretty calendar for next year.  It's not what I wanted to do but it'll be pretty.  I will be working on it this week and will release it as soon as I have it ready.

These are the calendars from 2015, 2016 and 2017:

2015 Crazy Quilt Calendar

2016 Crazy Quilt Calendar

2017 Crazy Quilt Calendar
If you're missing any, they are all still available at both Magcloud and Etsy and very much worth the beautiful eye candy!

So that's my news for today! 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cross Stitch Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon

I did this as a free cross stitch design quite a few years back and thought with October, Breast Cancer Awareness month coming up, that now would be a good time to rework the printable page:

Free Cross Stitch Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon
Right click on the image, save it to your hard drive and print it in any graphic software.  It will fit a standard 8 1/2 inch X 11 inch sheet of paper.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Panel 2 Band 16

We're getting to the end of Panel 2 on our Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along!

Today I have Band #16.  Here is the sampler so far:

Here is Band 16 by itself:

This band is worked with cross stitches, back stitches, satin stitched flowers and french knots or beads.  But I would like to you try the Colonial Knot instead french knots. The Colonial Knot comes out more consistant in structure than french knots do.  Here is a link to Sharon B's Pintangle blog where you can find the Colonial Knot Tutorial.

Here is a close-up of the little satin stitched flower:

Finally, this is Band 16 with the Band 15 overlap for placement purposes:




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2007 Cross Stitch Christmas Mystery Has Been Re-Released!!

If you missed out on the 2007 Counted Cross Stitch Christmas Mystery Project, I'm happy to announce that it is now available again:

Obviously, it's no longer a mystery (although there may be a new one in the near future) but it's here now for those of you who missed out on it the first time around!

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Facebook Group for Crazy Quilters

Hi everyone,

For all the Facebookers out there, there is a new group for Crazy Quilters:

Friends Who Like Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine and Crazy Quilting is run by long time crazy quilter, Karen South.  If you don't know Karen, she does beautiful work!!  Be sure to see her article in the Summer 2017 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine!

Available at Magcloud


Do hop over and join Karen's group!  You can share photos of your work, discuss your projects and Karen offers some very nice give aways too!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along Panel 2 Band 15

Today I have Band 15 of Panel 2 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along project!!

We're nearing the end of the Panel 2 now!!

Here is the entire sampler so far:

And here is Band #15 by itself:

This is worked simply with cross stitches and backstitching.

And here is the Band 15 with the Band 14 overlap for placement purposes:

Have a great weekend everyone!



Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Free Autumn Crazy Quilt Blog Background

While I was waiting for some things to upload, I worked up another free Crazy Quilt Blog Background.  This one is for Fall:

I know it's a little early but it popped into my head!  Anyway, copy the code below and paste it into your HTML Gadget thingy!!  This for Blogger/2 column blogs.

<style type="text/css">
body { background-image : url(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4420/35660346023_7c1e260cac_o.jpg); background-position: center; background-repeat: no-repeat;  background-attachment : fixed; }
</style>

<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>';
document.getElementsByTagName('body').item(0).appendChild(div);
</script>

Monday, August 07, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along Panel 2 Band

Today I have Panel 2 Band 14 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitching-Along.  Here is the entire sampler so far:

And here is Band #14:

This band is worked with cross stitches, back stitches and a large fan stitch.  Use beads or french knots on the bottom of the fan.

Here is a closeup of the fan:

And here is the overlap pattern for placement purposes with Band #13:

Happy Stitching Everyone!






Sunday, August 06, 2017

New Cross Stitch Sampler

I've been working on a series of new cross stitch patterns inspired by bible verses.  There's so many that I love so I have my list and work on the designs as I can.

I just finished up John 15:5 I Am The Vine :

The 5th design in my Counted Cross Stitch Series titled, Inspirational Sampler. Inspired by the bible verse, "I Am The Vine, You Are The Branches" John 15:5, this design is worked with Sampler Threads by The Gentle Art but I have included the DMC equivalents. On 28 ct over 2 fabric threads (or 14 count Aida) the stitched area will be 6 5/8 inches wide X 10 inches high. The stitch count is: 94 X 140. 

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

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

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Free Crazy Quilt Blog Background

I've been playing around with creating my own blog backgrounds.  I've done a couple but this morning, decided to do a crazy quilt design.

If you would like to use this on your blog as well, please be my guest:

Copy and paste this code in your HTML gadget:

<style type="text/css">
body { background-image : url(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4339/35553708674_0a26d16e49_o.jpg); background-position: center; background-repeat: no-repeat;  background-attachment : fixed; }
</style>

<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>';
document.getElementsByTagName('body').item(0).appendChild(div);
</script>




I'll do a few more when I have time.  I only know how to do these for Blogspot.  If you have a different blog venue, I'm afraid I can't help.  If you have any trouble with this, please let me know.

Enjoy!

Friday, August 04, 2017

2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar Announcement

Due to lack of submissions, we will not be publishing a crazy quilt calendar for 2018.  For the same reasons, we also will not be publishing a 2017 Holiday issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.

All submissions that we did receive will be published in the Winter 2017 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.

I apologize for any disappointments that anyone has.  The calendar has always been popular and the Holiday issue was very popular last year too but I can't publish either one without enough content.

If anyone missed it, the Autumn 2017 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available!

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

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



Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along Panel 2 Band 13

Today I have Band 13 of Panel 2 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along.  First, here is the entire sampler so far:

For this band, I'm introducing a new stitch for you to learn.  This is the Detached Chain AKA Lazy Daisy Stitch:

The Detached Chain is a loop type stitch.  These are fun to do and they go fast!  If you need help with directions, please visit Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary for detailed instructions.

Here is the "overlap" chart for placement purposes:

Have fun with this little stitch.  We'll be using it again down the road!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Autumn 2017 Now Available!

The Autumn 2017 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available!

Click here to purchase from Magcloud:  http://magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me

Click here to purchase from Etsy:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

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!





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