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February 15, 2020
Pincushions from Thread Head

I belong to Kathleen Tracy's (from A Sentimental Quilter) online group called Small Quilt Talk. For Valentine's Day there was a pincushion challenge. I made a little crazy quilt heart out of some leftover French General fabric, and an old key with a heart shaped opening.


I used a piece of wire so that the pincushion could hang up - let's be honest it is more of an ornament than a practical pincushion.


It is an addition to my other pincushions I have made over the years. The oldest one is the felt one with my initials that ...

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January 30, 2020
Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Spring 2020 from Kitty and Me Designs

The Spring 2020 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine is now available:

Spring has arrived and soon we’ll hear the lovely sound of the robins singing their beautiful song!

This issue is filled with wonderful projects to inspire your crazy quilting muse. First, our cover artist is the very talented Stephanie Novatski. She has graciouly given us a tutorial for making one of her beautiful dolls!!

Also in this issue is one of Di Van Niekerk’s projects worked by Patricia Jordan. Carmen Huggins shares the story of Ursula. A textile art project comes to us from Margaret Rolfe ...

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November 23, 2019
McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt Block #20 from Kitty and Me Designs

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 ...

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November 7, 2019
The McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt Block 19 from Kitty and Me Designs

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 ...

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October 30, 2019
Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Winter 2019 from Kitty and Me Designs

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 ...

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October 24, 2019
Block 16 of the McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt from Kitty and Me Designs

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 ...

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October 19, 2019
Embellishment Packs Available from Kitty and Me Designs

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 ...

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September 12, 2016
Remnants of Spring from Shelley Swanland

remnants-of-spring-wCollaged fabric, embroidery and embellishment on Linen, Remnants of Spring, is my latest piece. It features silk ribbon embroidery over vintage fabrics, digital pictures, vintage napkins and lace. It is embellished with buttons, charms and beads with a lock and key. Once finished the linen was mounted on a piece of felt and then a quilted base of crinkled batik fabric. remnants-of-spring-detail-2remnants-of-spring-detail-1

 

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