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Friday, July 13, 2018

Sunflower Blog Background

I really enjoy creating my own blog backgrounds.  I change them for the holidays and seasons and I like to share them with everyone.  So for today, here's my latest creation:

Free Sunflower Blog Background for Blogger/Blogspot 2 column blogs
If you like it and you have a blogger/blogspot 2 column blog, you're welcome to use it.  Here is the code:

<style type="text/css">
body { background-image : url(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1769/41576676560_4e46eb4b7e_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>

Copy and paste it into your HTML gadget and enjoy!

In other news, I have the 2019 Crazy Quilt Calendar complete, uploaded and ready to release on October 1st!  Thank you to my talented contributors.  They did a fantastic job on their blocks and sent everything to me in plenty of time to have the calendar all put together and ready well in advance!

Also, I'm pleased to announce that the Autumn 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine will be released on August 1st as scheduled!!!!  Thank you to my contributors and Mary Anne and Kathy!!!

I will be putting the PDF file together today and uploading it.

I intend to start on the Winter issue of the magazine next week.  With everything that's been going on in my life (it's been a nightmare!), I want to have that issue done well in advance too.

So......I'm now accepting submissions for the Winter issue.  If you would like to share photos, articles, tutorials or if you would like to purchase ad space, please drop me an email!!!

I'm looking for Winter and Christmas designs, crazy quilt dolls, bears...anything 3 dimensional, ornaments, snowmen, gingerbread men, santas....typical Winter themes.  

I'm looking forward to your submissions!!!!

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Happy 4th Of July

Just wanted to touch base with everyone here since I'm starting to get things back in order, at least for the time being.

Basically, I was forced to take my 4 kitties and relocate back in mid May.  Without going into any detail, I finally have my computer set up again and I've been working feverishly to get the Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine put together so that it can be released on it's scheduled date, August 1st.  Thanks to Kathy and Mary Anne, I think we'll be able to do it!!!  It's important to me that everyone gets to enjoy it on it!!!

Also, the 2019 Crazy Quilt Calendar is almost complete.  I'm waiting on 3 more designs and then I can finish putting it all together.  We have 13 incredibly gifted artists who generously contributed their time and talent for this project.  I can't thank them enough!  I'm looking at an October 1st release date for the calendar.

For my Never Ending Sampler stitchers, I will get to doing some new bands as soon as I have the Autumn issue of CQQ completed. 

I've been doing a little crazy quilting and little cross stitch.  I will post photos of my stitching very soon.  I'm living out of boxes and have to find my camera.

Hang in here with me ladies!  My life has been out of balance for many years.  It will start coming back together, slowly but surely.  When it does, I'll have way more time than I ever had before, to focus on fun stuff here!!!!

Hugs to all and Happy July 4th!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Patriotic Blog Background

I finally have my computer set up so I designed a nice Patriotic blog background to celebrate the 4th of July:

If you would like to use this on your Blogger/Blogspot Blog, here is the code:


<style type="text/css">
body { background-image : url(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1790/29197999768_4e420a35b1_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>

Copy and paste into your HTML thingy!  This will work for 2 column Blogger Blogs.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Update On The Autumn Issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine

Ladies, I'll be back more regularly soon. The Geek Squad man just put my computer back together for me. I plan to start on the Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine on Monday. I may not be able to get it done for the August 1st release date but we'll certainly give it our best effort.

I will get back to more bands for the sampler soon too. Things have been challenging for me the last few years but if all goes well, the end of me disappearing should be in sight.

Thanks for your patience.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Be Back This Week

Ladies, I expect to be back later this week.   I have the Geek Squad man coming out on Tuesday to set my computer back up.  If all goes well, I'll be able to finally get back to work by the end of the week.

Due circumstances beyond my control, I may not be able to have the Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazines ready for the August 1st release date.  I promise, we will release it as soon as humanly possible.

Thank you for your patience.  It has been a very stressful couple of months.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Be Back Shortly

Kadies, I apologize for my absence.   I'm taking care of some personal matters.  I will be back very soon.   If you need to reach me, please contact me through my email, Facebook or etsy.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Summer 2018 Now Available

Hi everyone!  The Summer 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available!!!

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Summer 2018
Thank you to Shirlee Fassell for her gorgeous cover design!

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

Available in print at Etsy:  http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ATC SWAP

Hi Everyone, just a quick note to let you know that the ATC's from the swap will be mailed next week.  I have everything ready to go.

Photos of all the ATC's are featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.  The release date will be May 1st.

Our cover artist for this issue is the talented Shirlee Fassell!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Free Kitty Blog Background

If you're looking for a new blog background and you like the one I'm using, you're welcome to use it on your blog too!

Free Kitty Blog Background for Blogger/Blogspot blogs




Copy and paste the following code into your HTML gadget:

<style type="text/css">
body { background-image : url(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4355/36371948715_1812e87f35_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 will work on Blogger/Blogspot 2 column blogs.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Crazy Quilt Trinket Block - Girl Scouts Of America

One of the happiest times of my childhood is when I was in Brownies and Girl Scouts.  I got to do so many fun things in Girl Scouts.  Crafts, baking, field trips.  So many nice things.  And of course, selling cookies!!!

My most recent crazy quilt trinket block represents those really fun years:

I still have my sash and my pins but I didn't want to take my sash apart.  I bought these little Brownie and Girl Scout pins on Ebay and I bought the patch on Ebay.

For all the years I was a Brownie/Girl Scout, I was the flag bearer for my troop.  I got to carry the American flag for all of my troops functions and all school assemblies.  I was so proud of that and it's I learned my respect for the American flag.

The flag pin in the top righ-hand corner is from the Bicentenial of the United States back in 1976.  I was in 8th grade then.  So that represents me being the flag bearer as well as the 200th birthday of the United States.

The little heart shaped watch is from my mom.  She used to have it hanging on her purse but she can't see it anymore so she gave it to me.  I represents the love I have for being a Girl Scout and the happy time that it was in my life.

Here's a photo of my sash:

Notice my first patch is for needlework!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 9

Before I talk about the next band, I want to make an announcement.  Due to lack of interest, I will be discontinuing the Never Ending Sampler project.  I will finish up Panel 3 so the handful of stitchers who are still working on this project can have a nice sampler.

Many of the stitchers who were working on this project have dropped out, maybe due to the fact that there are quite a few gorgeous stitch alongs available now.

I will keep the patterns available in case anyone wants to use them and on occasion, I will work up some more charted borders for anyone who likes to use them for their crazy quilting or on their own cross stitch projects.

I'm sorry if anyone is disappointed but please look around online for free stitch alongs because there are a ton of them out there.

Okay, so on to Panel 3 Band 9:

This band is worked entirely in cross stitch.  Try working the pansy in one color and the leaves and vines in another.

Here it is with the overlap for placement purposes:

And here is the entire sampler so far:

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Crazy Quilt Trinket Block - Blue Avon Elephant Pin

Here is the latest finish in my Crazy Quilt Trinket block project:

The blue elephant is pin from Avon from back in the 1970's.  I had quite a few of these since my mom sold Avon back then.

I tried to give this block a "girly", pastel circus look.  I wanted it to feel whimsical.  I'm not sure where I got the little gold crown.  Mary Anne maybe?  I'm really not sure but it's the only one I had and it seemed to work perfectly on this little 6 inch block!

If you're new to my blog, I've collected little do-dads for years.  Saved things from my childhood, saved things that belonged to family members and friends who have since passed, collected things from flea markets and antique shops and garage sales....you know how it goes.  When you like little things, you just collect them and save them.  Well, a few years back I decided to start showcasing them on 6 inch crazy quilt blocks. 

For now, I'm just sewing blocks and stitching blocks and not really worried about putting a quilt together....but it that will happen eventually.  These blocks will at some point be made into several wall quilts.  I'll probably divide them up by season, theme and holiday.  I've done quite a few already, probably 40 or more and you haven't seen them all!!!  But you will!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Easter Blog Background

I just finished up my Easter Blog Background:

Free Easter Blogger/Blogspot Background
You're welcome to you it on your own Blogger/Blogspot 2 column blog.  Here's the code:


<style type="text/css">
body { background-image : url(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/808/39092242590_08005caf30_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>

Just copy it and past it into your HTML thingy!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Crazy Quilt Trinket Block Boyd's Bear Pin

My latest crazy quilt trinket block features a little Boyd's Bear pin:

Mom found the pin in her jewelry box but she hadn't worn it for awhile so she gave it to me to use on these squares.  It's quite heavy so I have it pinned on but also, I strung 3 small plain buttons with crochet thread and glued them to the back of the pin with E6000 Jewelry glue.  Once dry, I pulled the crochet threads to the back of the foundation and tied them on. That holds the pin in place and will help to keep the bear stable once this is sewn into a quilt.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 8

Today I have Band 8 for Panel 3 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along Project:

Here is band 3 by itself:

This band is worked entirely with straight stitches.  As always, feel free to add beads if you like.

Here it is with the Band 7 overlap:

While I'm at it, if you're stitching on this project, could you please leave a comment and let me know? I'm trying to determine how many people are still interested in this.  Thanks!





Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Crazy Quilt Trinket Block Under The Sea Seascape

As promised, here is my latest completed Crazy Quilt Trinket block:

Obviously, this one has an under the sea seascape theme.  The large fish was a gift from my husband.  He bought it at an antique shop.  I don't know where I got the little fishes at the top.  They're small pins and I used to wear them on my jean jacket back in the 80's.

If you look very closely, there's a little bit of symbolism on this block.  Down on the right-hand corner, you'll see a tiny "Pizza Hut" pin.  I used to work in management back in the 80's.  That's where Scott and I met.  To the left of it, there's a tiny "diamond" ring.  I'm sure you can figure that one out!  He proposed to me back when we worked there.  We were married in 1988.

The little purple tendrils to the left on the bottom are tatted.  If you "cast on" all in one direction, you'll get these pretty little twisted tendrils which are perfect for seascapes!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Seascape Trinket Block

I've been working on my little 6 inch crazy quilt trinket blocks.  I can't believe how many I have done already!  I have a whole boxful with a lot more blocks to go!

My current block has a seascape theme:

This block still has a ways to go.  I have a beautiful vintage fish brooch that Scott bought me years ago at an antique shop down in Peoria Illinois.  That will go on last.  It's quite weighty so I'll have to make sure it's well anchored.

I think I mentioned last week that these blocks are the purpose of showcasing all the little trinkets and do-dads that I've collected over the years.  Things that go back to my childhood, things that were given to me, little things from loved ones long gone.  Some blocks will be for the sake of memories, others will represent things that I love and some may be just for fun.

These blocks will eventually get sewn into multiple wall quilts but I'm not focused on that right now. I'm really into piecing the blocks and stitching them to showcase my do-dads of which I have plenty!!!!  However, flea market season is starting next month.....need I say more?  LOL!!!

I'll post an update when I finish this one.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Never Ending Sampler - Panel 3 Band 7

Today, I have the next installment of the Never Ending Sampler for you!

Here is the entire sampler so far:

And here is Band 7 by itself:

This is band is worked simply with straight stitches.  You can add beads to the points of the little leaves if you like.

Here is it is with the band 6 overlap for placement purposes:

Crazy Quilters - Don't forget you can use these bands for crazy quilt seam treatments!!!!



Thursday, February 22, 2018

Another Crazy Quilt Trinket Block

I finished stitching up another Crazy Quilt Trinket block yesterday:

The little snowman cross stitch piece was designed by Meridel Abrahms.  She did the design quite a few years ago but I always loved it so I stitched up last Summer for this crazy quilt project.

At the top right-hand corner of the snowman piece, you'll find a beautiful vintage rhinestone earring.

At the bottom in the center is a Czech Glass Button that I bought from Ebay a long time ago.

I've been working on this trinket quilt for awhile now.  I put it down when things were so chaotic with my husband's cancer treatment.  I decided to go back to it 2 weeks ago when I lost Lucy.

I still have a lot of great little things that I've collected over the years so I have no idea how many blocks there will be.  A lot of them!!!  I'm working on Block #26 now.

I plan to keep going until I use all my little things.  I'm keeping the backgrounds all pastel.  I may end up putting together several quilts depending on how many blocks I have when I'm done but that's a long way down the road.  For now, I'll just keep stitching.

And with flea market season just around the corner, there may be more trinkets!!!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 6

Today I have another band for Panel 3 of the Never Ending Sampler.  Here is the entire Panel so far:

This is band 6 by itself:



Work this band with cross stitches, straight stitches, smyrna cross stitch and either french knots or beads.  If you need help with the smyrna cross stitch, please visit Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary.

Here is band 6 with the band 5 overlap for placement purposes.

Happy Stitching!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Never Ending Band Sampler Panel 3 Band 5

I have another installment of the Never Ending Band Sampler today!

Here is the design so far:

And here is Band 5 by itself:

This band is simply worked with cross stitches and back stitches.

Here is it with the Band 4 overlap for placement purposes:

Don't forget, Crazy Quilters can use these too!  I use waste canvas to stitch the majority of my seam treatments.  These are the charted borders that I use!!!



Free St. Patrick's Day Blog Background

If you like my St. Patrick's Day blog background, you're welcome to use it on your own blog:

Free St. Patrick's Day Blog Background
Copy and paste this code into your HTML do-dad:


<style type="text/css">
body { background-image : url(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4678/40284350511_f7ebfb01a9_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 background will work on Blogger/Blogspot 2 column blogs.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Crazy Quilt Trinket Blocks

A few years back, I started on some little 6 inch crazy quilt blocks to showcase the trinkets I've collected over the years.  Things I've saved from childhood, things that belonged to my grandmothers, my aunt, my great aunts, my flea market finds, do-dads that Scott has given me and so on.

The past few years have been rough so I kind of lost interest in this project and opted to stitch more simplistic things like cross stitch and simple embroidery.

When I lost Lucy last week, I needed to keep myself busy.  I felt like my arms had been ripped off my body.  I just didn't know what to do with myself so I pulled out my little box of finished blocks to look at them.  I had one started and decided to finish it.  I posted a photo the other day but here is a better picture:

The little heart is a pin that mom gave me (I think) years ago.  The blue flower to the right of it an earring that belonged to my grandmother.  I'll use it's companion on another block.  I also have the matching necklace.

Once I finished this, I thought now would be a good time to get back to the project so I put together a few blocks on my sewing machine and I've been working on them.

I finished this one the other day:

That cute little chick is an Avon pin from the 70's.  My mom was an Avon representative back then so I have quite a few of these cute little pins.  They had solid perfume in the back.  The little heart with my name on it was given to me years ago too.  I just can't remember by whom!

So that's what I'm doing at the moment.  Finally feeling up to some crazy quilting. 

If you would like to follow my works in progress, be sure to follow my personal Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/pamela.kellogg.16

I post progress photos there as I stitch on these.





Monday, February 12, 2018

Thank you!

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for your kindness in regards to me losing my Lucy girl.  She was with me for a long time.  Scott rescued her when she was only 8 months old.  When I can handle going through my photos, I'll post a picture of her right after we had her spayed.  She was so cute.  In the meantime, this one was taken about 2 years ago:

And this one was taken in 2014.  She was looking at Scott:

We had her little kidneys working great!  But she was having trouble with her back legs.  Our vet suspected that she had a blood clot in her spine causing her back legs to give out on her.  I couldn't take chance that she would fall and break a bone.  I didn't want her to suffer.  So I did what I had to do.  She was 19 1/2 years old.  We gave her a good life.  She wanted for nothing.  She was so beautiful!

Anyway, I've been trying to keep myself busy.  I'm always lost when I lose one.  I pulled out my Crazy Quilt trinket blocks.  I had one started from awhile ago and I finished it up:

Sorry that the picture is a little dark and fuzzy.  I took this with my cellphone rather than my camera.  I'll get a better picture and post it soon.

Over the weekend, I sewed up a couple more of these little 6 inch blocks to stitch on.

It's really been a rough couple of years here.  A rough decade really.  But Spring is around the corner right?  Despite the fact that we just got dumped on with 12 inches of snow over the weekend.  I was really okay with not having to look at any!

In case you missed my post, the Spring 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available:

This is available in both print and digital from Magcloud.

Oh, I wanted to make an announcement about the ATC Swap.  We didn't receive enough ATC's to put together into a book.  So instead, we will be featuring them in the Summer 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.  The prizes will remain the same.  My staff and I will vote on our 6 favorite ATC's and those ladies will receive the prizes.  I'll keep you all posted as to when I send the ATC's out.

Since today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday, I think I'll go stitch and watch the movie Lincoln.  If you haven't seen it, it's very good!




Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018

Morning Ladies!

The Spring 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available:

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Spring 2018

Our cover artist for this issue is Karen Guthrie!  I'd like to thank Karen and all of our contributors and sponsors!

Available at Magcloud in both print and digital.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 4

Sorry for the delay in getting back to the sampler ladies.  I was running behind on the Spring 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.  I have that done now and it will be released on February 1st.

So for today, I have Band 4 of Panel 3 of the Never Ending Sampler.  Here's the entire sampler so far:

And here is band 4:

This is worked entirely in cross stitch.  When choosing your colors, think in terms of Spring.  Daffodils and shamrocks or daffodils and hearts.

Here's Band 4 with the band 3 overlap for placement purposes:



Happy Stitching!


Monday, January 15, 2018

More Embroidered Door Hangers

Here are a few more embroidered door hangers that I've made:




These patterns are from my vintage iron-on transfer embroidery pattern collection.  I've been collecting them for years and years.  I find them at flea markets and antique shops.  I've bought a few from Ebay and Etsy too.  And on rare occasion, I get lucky and find them at garage sales!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Victorian Valentine Blog Background

If you like my Valentine Blog Background, you're welcome to use it on your own Blogger/Blogspot blog:

Free Victorian Valentine Blog Background
Copy and paste this link into your HTML gadget:

<style type="text/css">
body { background-image : url(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4703/38925641024_41edccf019_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 works with Blogger/Blogspot 2 column blogs.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Embroidered Door Hangers

I've been busy working on the Spring issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.  I'm running late on it due to the holidays.  So please forgive me for not posting much lately.  As soon as I'm done with it, I'll get back to the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along and all the other things that I usually post about.

I've been doing some stitching and enjoying my collection of vintage iron-on embroidery patterns:




These are Crayon Tinted and then embroidered.  I sewed them together over the weekend.  My husband was kind enough to stuff them for me!!!

I have more pieces to sew together and will post them when I have them done.

For now, I have to get back to the magazine so I have it ready for everyone on February 1st!

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