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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Blackwork Valentine Cross Stitch Pattern

As you can see, I'm keeping myself very busy until everything is settled.  My muse is on vacation unfortunately but thank goodness for cross stitch huh?

Okay, I've republished my Blackwork Valentine design.  This was the Spring mystery stitch along for 2008.  If anyone missed it, it's available again:

Available as both professionally printed pattern leaflets and as instant digital PDF downloads in my Etsy shop:

http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

Hope everyone is having a good Sunday.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Butterfly Fantasy Cross Stitch Series

Another re-release for anyone who missed them...The Butterfly Fantasy Series of cross stitch patterns:

Blue Butterfly Fantasy Cross Stitch Pattern

Pink Butterfly Fantasy Cross Stitch Pattern

Yellow Butterfly Fantasy Cross Stitch Pattern
Available as both professionally printed pattern leaflets and as Instant Digital PDF Downloads in my Etsy shop:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

Thursday, September 20, 2018

A Little Stitching

I thought for today I would post a photo of a cross stitch piece that I just finished:

This not one of my designs.  I found it on Etsy and loved the colors!!!  Very tedious to stitch and the pattern had no directions for backstitching the eyes so I took it up on myself to do that.

I also didn't care for the symbols that were used on the pattern.  Same symbols used in 2 different directions placed next to each other is confusing.  Esp. with so many color changes. I always use colored pencils to mark off what I've done but several times I threaded my needle with the wrong color.  A least I caught myself and didn't have to do much ripping!

Anyway, the stitched piece is really beautiful.  I plan to make it into a pillow with crazy quilt borders. 

I'm not sure when I'll be able to do that.  I've mentioned before that my space here is quite limited and I'm one of those stitchers/sewers who needs space to really spread out!  I guess I'll get it done when I can buy my own house.

Until then, I'll just keep stitching!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cross Stitch Seasonal Birds

Just re-released as individual pattern leaflets are my "A Bird For All Seasons" series:




These are available in my Etsy shop as both professionally printed pattern leaflets and as Instant Digital PDF Downloads!  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

On 14 count Aida or 28 count Evenweave over 2 fabric threads, these designs are only 6 inches square!!  Large print, easy to read black/white symbol charts with colored backstitching. 
DMC Embroidery floss.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Coming October 1st - The 2019 Crazy Quilt Calendar!

The 2019 Crazy Quilt Calendar is ready!  It'll be released on October 1st!!!



The 4 seasons cover design is by Shirlee Fassell.

January - Betty Pillsbury
February - Suzy Quaife
March - Kathleen Klein
April - Nicki Lee Seavey
May - Karen Guthrie
June - Pam Peugh
July - Sandra Visser
August - Brenda Sandusky
September - Angela Grasse
October - Lisa Boni
November - Heather Brighton
December - Linda Steele

Thank you so much to our talented contributors!! 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Little Peacock Free Cross Stitch Pattern

For today, I have a free Little Peacock Cross Stitch pattern:

Just right click on the pattern and save to your hard drive.  Then open it in any graphic software and click print.  It will fit on a full 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper.

Perfect as a small crazy quilt motif or a cute little cross stitch door hanger!

Happy stitching!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

More Cross Stitch Patterns

I'm little by little re-publishing some of my cross stitch patterns.  It's tedious but eventually I'll get them all done and available again.  And, there will be new designs soon!!!

For now, I just released the Crinoline Ladies:

Cross Stitch Crinoline Ladies
And the Autumn Cat:

Cross Stitch Autumn Cat
If you missed these, they are available as both professionally printed lealets and as Instant Digital Downloads in my Magcloud store:  http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me

And my Etsy shop:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

I'm also in the process of revamping my blog a bit.  It was kind of cluttered looking so little by little, I'm cleaning it up a bit! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Never Ending Sampler Leaflets and PDF Downloads

As per several requests, I have made the 1st Panels of The Never Ending Sampler available in full as both professionally printed leaflets and Instant PDF Downloads!

The Never Ending Sampler Panel 1

The Never Ending Sampler Panel 2

The Never Ending Sampler Panel 3

If you're enjoying this project but prefer to work the samplers as a whole, rather than doing this as a stitch along, you can order either print versions or Instant PDF downloads from my Magcloud store:

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

Or my Etsy shop:

http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Instant Digital PDF Downloads

Thought I'd let you know that I'm little by little making my Cross Stitch designs available on Etsy as Instant Digital PDF Downloads.

I just added these Inspirational Samplers yesterday:





Find them on Etsy at http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

Monday, September 03, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Information

For those of you stitching the Never Ending Sampler, I wanted to let you know that Panel 4 will start in a couple of weeks.  You'll need to get out your DMC threads for this Panel but you'll still be able to choose your own colors for some parts of it.

Also, I've had some suggestions and requests to offer each Panel as a PDF file in my Etsy shop.  Yes, I will do this.  I'll get them ready later this week and make them available for a small fee as Instant PDF Downloads.

Here are the first 3 completed panels.  This is Panel 1

This is Panel 2

And finally Panel 3


For now, I'm finishing up on the Winter 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.  The release date is November 1st.

In the meantime, Volume 2 of my Crazy Quilt Inspirations book is now available:

Print and Digital are available at Magcloud:  http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me

Print copies are available at Etsy:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Halloween Crazy Quilt Pillow

It's a little challenging to do crazy quilting where I am at the moment.  I just don't have the space to spread out.  Despite the challenge, I've been wanting to make something happy for my cousin Kim.  She too has had her share of stress these last few years.

Kim loves Halloween so I started out my making a small cross stitch Halloween piece.  The design is by The Prairie Schooler and I think it's from a few years back.  Anyway, I pieced a 9 inch block in happy orange colors and appliqued the cross stitch piece on.

This is the finished block:

I finished this into a pillow and added some hand crocheted trim around the outside of it:

Kim loves this!!!!

I'm looking forward to the day that I have my own place and the space to spread out and do my CQ work comfortably.  For now, I've been doing some small cross stitch projects like this one:

This is not one of my designs.  It's from an early 1990's cross stitch calendar by Leisure Arts.  It's been on my "to do" list for many years.  My plan for this piece is to work some crazy quilt borders for the sides and then sew it into a pillow.  But for now I have to wait. 

I'll just keep on stitching!



Saturday, September 01, 2018

Kathy Shaw's First Annual Crazy Quilt Retreat

Our own talented and beloved Kathy Shaw is hosting a Crazy Quilting Retreat!!  The retreat runs from February 8, 2019 - February 11, 2019.  It will be held in Crane Hill, Alabama!!

Please visit Kathy's blog for more details!!

Oh if I only lived closer!  If you're like me and have had enough Winter by mid-February, this would be a wonderful way to enjoy some warmer weather and spend some time with stitching friends!!!!

Friday, August 31, 2018

New Release!!! Crazy Quilt Inspiration Volume 2 by Pamela Kellogg

It's here!!!  Crazy Quilt Inspiration Volume 2 is now available!


Crazy Quilt Inspiration Volume 2 by Pamela Kellogg
Crazy Quilt Inspiration Volume 2 features my own crazy quilt artwork. These are my Trinket Blocks. Created using little things that I've been collecting or saving since childhood. 37 6 - inch crazy quilt blocks are sure to inspire the beginner, the intermediate and the advanced crazy quilter! Large photos of each block with a brief description of the trinkets.

This is an ongoing project so more Inspiration books will follow!

40 pages.

Print and Digital available at Magcloud:  http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me

Print copies also available at Etsy:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Complete Panel 3 Band 16

This is it everyone!  The final band for Panel 3 of the Never Ending Sampler:

Here is Band 16 by itself:

It's a simple little snowflake border worked in cross stitches and straight stitches.

Here it is with the overlap for placement purposes:





Next week, I'll talk about Panel 4 which will be a little different the first 3 Panels.




Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 15

We're nearing the end of Panel 3 of the Never Ending Sampler.  I think we've been working on this for 2 years now, right?  Lot's more to go!  But for now, I have Band #15.

First, the entire Panel 3 sampler so far:

I'm sure you can see the Four Seasons "theme" that I worked in to this panel!!!

Here is Band 15 by itself:

Simple cross stitches and straight stitches create the snowflakes!

Here is Band 15 with the band 14 overlap for placement purposes:

There will be 1 more band on this Panel and then we'll talk about Panel 4 and when that will start.

Happy Stitching!



Saturday, August 25, 2018

Cats And Quilts Instant Downloads on Etsy

I'm in the process of offering my cross stitch patterns as Instant Digital PDF Downloads on Etsy.

All 12 Cats and Quilts designs are available:

Cats And Quilts January

Cats And Quilts February

Cats And Quilts March

Cats And Quilts April

Cats And Quilts May

Cats And Quilts June

Cats And Quilts July

Cats And Quilts August

Cats And Quilts September

Cats And Quilts October

Cats And Quilts November

Cats And Quilts December
These designs are also available on Etsy as Instant PDF Downloads:

Halloween Cat

Christmas Snowman

Inspirational Birds Cardinal

Inspirational Birds Blue Jay

The Millennium Cats

Christmas Poinsettia

First Robin Of Spring
As I have time, I will post more of my designs as Instant Downloads.  Once I complete that task, I will be designing some new cross stitch patterns!

Until then, visit Kitty And Me Designs on Etsy to order!
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