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Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Spring Cross Stitch Patterns

I know it seems early!  I really do!!  But I have to work a bit in advance so I've just listed my first set of Spring Cross Stitch patterns:

Crazy Shamrocks Ornaments

Crazy Bunnies Ornaments

Crazy Butterflies Ornaments

Cupids Heart

Lucky
I'm almost done stitching up one of the Shamrock Ornaments so I'll post a photo of that in the next day or so. 

These designs are available at both Magcloud:  https://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me
(Please use for International orders)

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

Also, I wanted to mention again that Panel 6 of The Never Ending Sampler will begin right after the New Year.

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Crazy Trees

I thought I'd take a break from Crazy Quilting and do some cross stitch.  I always loved cross stitching and my latest ornament designs have been calling me!

I picked up some Perforated Paper and stitched up one of my Crazy Tree ornaments:

I plan to do another one or two of these but had to order a couple of the Mill Hill Crystal Treasure stars.

When I finally can buy a house, I plan to glue felt to the back and add a magnet.  I won't be putting up a big tree anymore so these will be really pretty little magnets for the fridge.

I have some Crazy Ornaments coming for Spring too!  Wait until you see those!  I'll release those later this week.

In the meantime, visit my Etsy store to see my entire collection of Cross Stitch patterns.


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to take a moment and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Saturday, November 23, 2019

McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt Block #20

Another block for the Mchenry Historical Crazy Quilt - this is the Samantha Button house built in 1854 and located on Waukegan St. Again I couldn't find a historical photo so I grabbed a screenshot from Google earth and oldened it in Photoshop.

Samantha Button was the daughter of William McCollom one of the very earliest settlers to McHenry Illinois. She was born in 1830 and came to Mchenry with her family in 1834. The only building in town was a log cabin located on the present site of The Riverside Hotel.

Her family continued west and made their home on the west bank of the lake named for them, McCullom Lake.

Samantha died in 1934 at 103 years old. Until her death, she was the oldest living mother of a civil war soldier. Her son died of typhoid during the war and is buried in Woodlawn cemetary here in McHenry.

This quilt will be a record of the historical buildings in McHenry. I'm still in Gagetown (the Main Street area) so theres a ways to go yet!

This quilt is pieced and embroidered entirely by hand. All lace is vintage or antique. The only embellishments are some vintage Mother Of Pearl buttons used to make the spider bodies. Spiders and spiderwebs are a traditional motif on antique crazy quilts. The Victorians believed that spiders were good luck so there is a spider on every block of my quilt.

I will be using this quilt to benefit the McHenry Area Historical Society. Preserving Mchenry's history is very important to me.

Next block - I'll be taking a little buggy ride (LOL) over to Centerville (Green St.) and doing the Owen Bros. Mill. Built in 1840. And I do have a real photo of it!!

Here's a photo of all the blocks together so far:

There's at least another 20 blocks to go so this quilt will be quite large!!
 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Kitty And Me Coupon Code

Be sure to use Coupon Code:  STITCH1 to save $1.00 on anything in my Etsy store:




Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Current Stitch-Alongs

The Never Ending Sampler will continue right after the New Year with Panel 6.

In the meantime, there are several cross stitch stitch-alongs going on at:

Fans Of Kitty And Me Designs Facebook Group

The current stitch-along projects are:

Snowflake Reindeer
Amidst The Poinsettia
The Millennium Cats
All patterns are available in my Etsy store:

Kitty And Me Designs on Etsy

You can also play "Kitty And Me Designs BINGO" for a chance to win a free pattern!!

Please join the group and have fun with other Fans Of Kitty And Me Designs!





Monday, November 11, 2019

Cross Stitch Patterns New Releases

Keeping very busy these days!!

I've just released several new Cross Stitch Pattern Leaflets:

Snowflake Reindeer
Winter Snow
Crazy Valentine Ornaments 1

Crazy Valentine Ornaments 2
Ask for my patterns at your favorite needework retail store or find them here:

Kitty And Me Designs

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Stitch Alongs - The Millennium Cats

There's a couple of Stitch-Alongs starting up on the Fans Of Kitty And Me Designs Facebook Group.

One of them is the ever popular The Millennium Cats!

If you're looking for a fun stitch-along, do hop over to Facebook and check it out!

Thursday, November 07, 2019

The McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt Block 19

This not a great photo but I've complete block #19 of my McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt:

I finished it yesterday and it was rather cloudy and dreary so the colors are a bit off.



This is the Methodist church on Main and Center St. in McHenry, Illinois.  The original Methodist church was on Elm St. This is the 2nd church. It was built in 1859.

I couldn't locate a vintage photo of it so I grabbed a screenshot from Google Earth and "oldened" it in Photoshop.  It took me awhile to age the photo.  There are electric lines running through the photo so I took all those out.  Then I added a sepia filter to it and then faded it out a bit and then made it look slightly water-stained.  I think the results are pretty good!

The photos are printed on fabric sheets that I run through my inkjet printer.

This is a traditional Victorian style Crazy Quilt pieced and stitched entirely by hand. The purpose is to document the early history of McHenry Illinois.

When I assemble it, I will be doing it on the sewing machine.

I'm using traditional Victorian era style fabrics and colors. All lace is antique or vintage.
 
I've decided, now that I'm on the board of the McHenry Area Historical Society, to use this quilt for events to help the society.

Next block - The Samantha Buttons House.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Never Ending Sampler Update

Just a quick update:

If you're working on The Never Ending Sampler, we'll be starting on Panel 6 right after the New Year.  I don't know about anyone else, but I always need something to get through the month of January!

Panels 1 - 5 of The Never Ending Sampler are available in my Etsy shop:







Friday, November 01, 2019

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Winter 2019

The Winter 2019 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available!

"Another Winter is upon us. It’s time to cozy up in our favorite corner with a cup of hot tea, our favorite movie and our stitching projects.

Our cover artist is the one and only Suzy Quaife! Who doesn’t love her work?! Pamela Cowen shares her first crazy quilt and Shirlee Fassell writes about her recent Crazy Quilt Retreat experience with us.

Don’t miss Susan Sato’s Living Crazy Quilt and Connie Eyberg’s 20th Century Fashion Crazy Quilt.

Heather Mantz has won some ribbons on 2 of her quilts and Donna Vitale shares an antique crazy quilt with gorgeous embroidery work!

Our 2020 Challenge interviews continue, this time with Viv Garforth. Mary Anne Richardson shares her Snippet Needle Roll project as well as a product review.

I hope this issue inspires your creativity throughout this Winter season!"

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Crazy Ornaments in Cross Stitch

Because of my love for crazy quilting, I sometimes try to incorporate that style of needlework into my cross stitch designs.

I've just released a set of "Crazy Ornaments" in cross stitch:



These ornament designs can be stitched on 14 count Aida but my preference would be to stitch them on Perforated Paper!  Worked in DMC threads and beautiful gold and silver Kreinik metallic #4 braids, these designs are perfect for tree ornaments, package tie on's, added to cookie plates for friends and neighbors or little gifts for co-workers!

Ask for them at your favorite needlework retail shop or find them in my Etsy store!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Price Drop On Embellishment Packs

Good Morning everyone!  I've dropped the price on my Embellishment Packs.  I can't store much here so I'm offering these for $15.00 which includes Free Shipping:

These are small pieces of various drapery trims.  Each packs contains at least 85 pieces.  These are perfect for crazy quilting, textile art, doll making and lots of other craft projects!!

More photos in my shop.

Here's the direct link to this item in my Etsy store:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/732285412/crazy-quilt-embellishment-packs-for?ref=shop_home_active_1&frs=1

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Block 16 of the McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt

I completed another block for my McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt:

Block 16 of my McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt. This is the Gage House, a hotel built by the Hon. George Gage in 1858. Later it became known as The Parker House but sadly burned down in 1890. It was replaced by the current Simon Stoffel building.

This quilt is a work in progress recording the early history of McHenry's historic buildings. It's worked in the traditional Victorian style, pieced by hand on a cotton foundation using traditional fabrics and colors. All embroidery is worked by hand as well. All lace is vintage or antique.

Next block: The Methodist church.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Embellishment Packs Available

EMBELLISHMENT PACKS!! I have 5 beautiful embellishments packs available for purchase. These are perfect for crazy quilting, textile art, scrapbooking, card making, handmade dolls, Christmas ornaments and other crafts!

Each pack contains a minimum of 85 pieces. They are small pieces of trims from sample books. Due to the fact that they came out of sample books, not all but some pieces still have some glue/paper on the back however, they are high quality drapery trims and are very usable! I've included photos of the backs of some of them. Some of the glue peels off quite easily and some doesn't. You can decided for yourself if you can use these. They can be sewn down by hand or glued down.

Please look closely at all the photos. Everything you see is in these photos is the contents of one package and no 2 packs are alike. I tried to mix up the colors.

$25.00 each and that includes the postage for Flat Rate Priority Mail. USA only please.
Email me if you would like to place an order.  I accept PayPal and will send an invoice.



















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