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Friday, September 13, 2019

A Few More Halloween Crazy Quilt Pieces

Here are a few more Halloween Crazy Quilt pieces that I did awhile ago:

As soon as my divorce is final and I can get back to something that resembles a life, I can get back to more stitching.  I really miss doing my glittery crazy quilting but I can't get to most of my supplies so I have to enjoy the photos of what I've already done.  I hope you do too!!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Halloween Crazy Quilting

I don't have any new stitching to share with you but I thought you'd like to see a few of the Halloween Crazy Quilt projects that I made a few years ago:

I made this for my cousin awhile back.  She loves Halloween!!

I did not design the cross stitch cat.  I believe the designer is Prairie Schooler.  I stitched the piece and then appliqued it onto the block use fusible web.  I topped stitched it too so that it stayed in place.  Then I added the trim by hand.

the glittery ruffle in the top right corner is just a strip of fabric left over from something else.  I hate wasting anything so simply gathered it and sewing it down.  Then I added all the embroidery and do dads!!

I'll see what else I can find to share tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Another - Look What You Can Do!

Small cross stitch patterns are perfect for crazy quilting! 

I can't wait to do more of these!!

The patterns are in my Etsy store!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

New Releases Halloween Cross Stitch Patterns

Halloween is one of my favorite little holidays!  I love cute little pumpkins, ghosts, witches and spiders!  And then there's the black cats, sunflowers and colorful leaves!!

I've been designing and these are what I've come up with:

Which one is your favorite?

All are available in my Etsy store!!!

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Look What You Can Do!!

Look what you can do with these little cross stitch designs:

Small cross stitch patterns are perfect for crazy quilting!  Stitch the designs on 14 count Aida and sew it into your block during the foundation piecing process.  Or, piece your block and applique it on!  Either way, you'll have a beautiful, unique and fun project to stitch!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Small Cross Stitch Motifs For Every Occasion

If you're looking to use up some of those small scraps of cross stitch fabric, these little designs are perfect!   Every occasion is covered!!  Use these for ornaments, gift tags, magnets, greeting cards, crazy quilting, bookmarks and more!  Quick to stitch!!  Available at Etsy!  Printed pattern leaflets and PDF instant downloads!

Friday, August 09, 2019

McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt Blocks 9, 10 and 11

I've been doing a little stitching on my McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt.  You may remember, I started this project a few years back and work on it little by little as I have time.

I've completed 3 more blocks which are worked in the traditional Victorian style.  They're pieced entirely by hand on a cotton foundation.  All lace is either very vintage or antique.  Other than a little lace, the embellishments are limited to hand embroidery and each block has a tiny spider made from little vintage mother of pearl buttons.  I'm trying to use traditional Victorian colors on these blocks.  And no beads or sequins (I do miss stitching with my glitter!)

Block 9:

I'm using old photos of historic McHenry, Illinois buildings.  This is the Empire Theater built in 1919.  It burned down in the 1950's.  A new theater was built on the same spot 18 months later and then completely restored last year.

This is before the remodel:

 And this is what it looks like today:

Block 10:

This is the public school built in 1894.  It's still used as a grade school and it's called Landmark.  The land was donated by an early McHenry family, The Owens.  They also donated the school bell which still hangs in the tower.

Here's what it looks like today:

 Block 11:

This one is my favorite!  This is referred to as The Counts House!

This beautiful Greek Revival style home has a facade on both Waukegan St and another on Main St. The 1 acre property was purchased in 1859 from George Gage by a prominant physician, Dr. William P. Melendy and his wife Mary.

The house was built in 1860. The Melendys, who eventually moved to California sold the house to Oliver Owen in 1873. Oliver Owen (the Owen family donated the land for the school above)  sold the house to Frederick Schnoor only a few months later.. Eventually, in 1912, Fred deeded the house to his son for $1.00. Yes, you read that right!

In 1920, the house was sold to an Austrian dignitary who immigrated to Chicago. Count Oskar Bopp Von Oberstadt. He sold the house in 1927 when he moved back to Europe.

It was Count Oskar who gifted the church bell to St. Patrick's Catholic church here in McHenry!

The house sits on the highest ground in McHenry and was loaded with fruit trees when the Count sold it.

So that's how this gorgeous home came to be known as The Counts House.

It is listed now on the National Register of Historic places.

This is the house today:

So do I know my McHenry, Illinois history or what?  LOL!!  I love it!!!

I still have a lot of history to document so it'll be awhile yet before this quilt is complete.  When I do finish it, I will be gifting it to the City Of McHenry.  I'd love to see it hang in City Hall!

Thursday, August 08, 2019

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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

The Never Ending Sampler Panel 5 Pattern Leaflet

For those of you who prefer to stitch from a "whole" pattern, The Never Ending Sampler is now available as a professionally printed pattern leaflet or as an instant digital PDF download:

The Never Ending Sampler Panel 5

Find both in my Etsy store:

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Never Ending Sampler Panel 5 Band 13

Today, I have the final band in Panel 5 of the Never Ending Sampler.  This is Band #13:

Right click on the image and save to your computer, then print in any graphic software.

I will go ahead and get this put together into a pattern leaflet for those of you who prefer to work the design as a whole instead of working it as a stitch along.

I have some really cool ideas for Panel 6!  I'm going to give everyone a few weeks to get caught up.  It's still vacation time and school will be starting soon so I know people will be getting ready for that.

In the meantime, Happy Stitching!  I hope you've enjoyed Panel 5!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Autumn 2019

Good morning everyone!  The Autumn 2019 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available:

Our cover artist for this issue of CQQ is Janese Morris. Janese is the creator of the adorable little crazy quilt animals presented in previous issues of this magazine.

Also in this issue the next installment of the 2020 Challange interviews, a gorgeous Dresden Plate crazy quilt by Lauretta Allen, a wool crazy quilt by Patty Schock, an American Flag quilt made by Wilma Van Wagensveld and several quilts by Robin Waybright. Darlene Kliewer shares some of her recent projects too!

Be sure to see the Winter Solstice block by Marilyn Luke-Paris and the CQ Hand by Shirlee Fassell.

There are book reviews, an “orphan block” tutorial and a Snippet Roll by Mary Anne Richardson as well! We've also included an 1825 Redwork Signature Quilt that you may find inspirational.

Print copies are available in my Etsy store.

Print and digital copies are available in my Magcloud store.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

And The Winner of Kathy Shaw's New Book Is........

Laura of Flowers Of The Wind blog!!!  Congratulations Laura!

Thank you everyone for leaving a comment.  You still have chances to win Kathy's book.  Visit the scheduled blog for each day and leave a comment!!

Laura, please drop me an email message!

Monday, July 08, 2019

Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts Blog Tour and Give-Away

I'm pleased to announce a Blog Tour and Give-Away to promote Kathy Shaw's newest and very beautiful book, "Stunning Stitches For Crazy Quilts"!

Visit C&T Publishing to learn more about it!

Now for the fun stuff!

"Stunning Stitches For Crazy Quilts" is loaded with beautiful, full-color photos and stitch diagrams for 480 embroidered seam treatment designs for crazy quilting.  I can't imagine needing more seam treatments than that!

Kathy shares how-to's on creating the basic embroidery stitches and then combining them to create beautiful and unique borders.  You'll also learn how to create and use your own templates!

This book is a wonderful tool for crazy quilters and embroiderer's alike!  Loads of eye candy too!

***Okay, this is how the blog tour works:  

Each day for the next week, Kathy's book will be featured on a different blog.  Each blog owner will choose one winner to receive a free digital copy of Kathy's book.  This means you have 7 chances to win!!

Here is the schedule:

***Please visit the blog for each day and leave a comment on the post about Kathy's book.  

***For my blog, leave your comment on this post.  I will be putting all names in a bowl and choosing one from the lot.

***I will announce the name of the winner tomorrow in another blog post.  I will have the winner email me for further instructions.

So that's the Blog Tour and Give-Away!!!

Good luck and be sure to stop by tomorrow for an update!!!

Friday, July 05, 2019

Never Ending Sampler Panel 5 Band 12

Happy 4th Of July weekend everyone!

Today I have Panel 5 Band 12 of the Never Ending Sampler:

This is another simple border worked in cross stitch and backstitch.

Right click on the image and save to hard drive.  Then print using any graphic software.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Never Ending Sampler Panel 5 Band 11

We're getting down to the end of Panel 5 of the Never Ending Sampler!!

I'm getting my ideas together for Panel 6 but in the meantime, here's Band 11:

I've included the overlap for Band 10 to help you with placement purposes.

Right click on the image and save to your hard drive.

Don't forget, all Cross Stitch Digital PDF Download patterns are on sale in my Etsy store!

Happy Sunday and Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Never Ending Sampler Panel 5 Band 10

I'm seeing a lot of stitcher's on our Never Ending Sampler Facebook group who are caught up on the Never Ending Sampler so for today, I have Panel 5 Band 10.  It's actually Band 9 1/2 and Band 10!

Right click on the image and save to your hard drive.  Then print in any graphic software.

We'll be wrapping this Panel up soon.  There's only a few more bands to go.  Is anyone looking for anything specific for Panel 6? 

I'm open to suggestions.  Do you prefer to completely choose your own colors?  Do you prefer horizontal bands are are you open to something a little different?

How about the special stitches?  Would you prefer a panel worked in cross stitch and backstitch only?

Please leave a message and let me know what your thoughts are!!

Also, if you've been eyeing any of my cross stitch patterns, I'm offering 10% off all PDF Downloads in my Etsy shop.  Use Coupon Code:  PDFDOWNLOADS at

I'm looking forward to hearing your ideas regarding Panel 6 of NES!!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Summer Sale

I don't run a lot of sales in my Etsy store so take advantage of my June discount while you can.

Save 10% on all PDF Instant Download Cross Stitch Patterns now through June 30th.

Use Coupon Code: PDFDOWNLOADS at

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sweet Summer Cross Stitch Patterns

I can't believe it's Memorial Day weekend already!  Where did Spring go?  Here in northern Illinois, I don't think we had it yet!  LOL!!

It's been a busy week for me as I have just complete 3 new designs.  That's how inspiration hits me.  I get a couple of ideas all at once and can't decide which one to do first!!

My new projects are Summery and whimsical.  I'm not big on the noise of fireworks but the little POP! POP! POP! of firecrackers inspired a fun patriotic design with gold metallic (Kreinik) stars cascading down from red, white and blue firecrackers.

Something To Crow About was inspired by my cousin Kim.  She loves crows but isn't really fond of primitive designs so she asked me to design something with a realistic crow.  The addition of a watermelon slice, a bright yellow sunflower and some cool vines with red berries gives this design an updated country charm.

Finally, strawberry season is just around the corner. Bluebird On A Strawberry!   A giant strawberry gives a little bluebird a place to rest his feathers!  Realistic yet whimsical at the same time.

I'm sure one of these is the perfect project for your Summer stitching rotation!

Ask for my pattern leaflets at your favorite Needlework Retailer stores or

find them in my Etsy shop!

I hope you have a safe Memorial Day weekend!!


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Never Ending Sampler Panel 5 Band 9

If you're stitching along on the Never Ending Sampler, here is Panel 5 Band 8:

This pretty vine features satined stitch leaves and flowers.

Right click on the image, save your computer and print in any graphic software.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

New Cross Stitch Pattern Series - Cats And Mandalas

Mandalas are all the rage right now!  I've been busy working on a new series of cross stitch patterns.  Cats And Mandalas are a series of 12 cross stitch designs, one for each month of year.  Each design features my signature black cat!  The pattern leaflets also include the pattern for the mandala alone so they can be stitched with or without the cat!

Here is what the mandalas look like without the cats:

These are available in my Etsy store as both professionally printed pattern leaflets and as instant digital PDF downloads.

I'm also offering free shipping on the entire set of 12 pattern leaflets.

Also, check my list of retailers who carry my designs.  I like to support the needlework retails stores!!
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