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June 21, 2017
Crazy Heart Quilt Progress from Blended Fabric Quilts | Good Earth Quilting | Organic Quilting Cotton


Crazy Heart CQ started some time ago. Truth be told I had begun the inner 'heart' while I was mulling over getting started on the Smithers Centennial Quilt which was the early days of 2012. How time flies!


I decided again this spring of 2017 it was time that 'Crazy Heart' found a home and direction. I had originally used some fringy braid that was hand sewn around the outside edge of the heart. But when I reviewed this peice, the fringy braid had to go. It was this initial start to remove the fringy braid that I realised underneath ...

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Crazy Heart Quilt Progress from Good Earth Quilting


Crazy Heart CQ started some time ago. Truth be told I had begun the inner 'heart' while I was mulling over getting started on the Smithers Centennial Quilt which was the early days of 2012. How time flies!


I decided again this spring of 2017 it was time that 'Crazy Heart' found a home and direction. I had originally used some fringy braid that was hand sewn around the outside edge of the heart. But when I reviewed this peice, the fringy braid had to go. It was this initial start to remove the fringy braid that I realised underneath ...

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June 12, 2017
The Button Quilt - A Pictoral Guide To Button Clusters from Kitty and Me Designs

I have a new book available:

The Button Quilt - A Pictoral Guide To Button Clusters

Buttons are an easy and inexpensive way to embellish crazy quilts! This is a pictorial guide to creating lovely button clusters! 25 close-up photos of the blocks on The Button Quilt will give you a lot of ideas and inspiration for your very own Button Quilt! A brief description of each block is included.

28 pages - $10.99 + shipping
 
Available at both Magcloud -  http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me
 
 
 

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May 16, 2017
Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Panel #2 Band #9 from Kitty and Me Designs

Is everyone caught up on the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along?  Or are ya'll outside working in your gardens?  If you need some quiet time to cool off, here is Band #9 of Panel #2.

First, the entire sampler so far:

And here is Band #9 by itself:

For placement purposes, here it is with the Band #8 overlap:

Work this band with back-stitching.  This is a blackwork band.  You can work this band all in one color or you can work it in multiple colors.  Or you can work it traditionally, with black!  Have fun with it!


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April 30, 2017
Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Summer 2017 Is Now Available! from Kitty and Me Designs

The Summer 2017 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine is now available:

Our cover artist for this issue is.....wait for it......the one and only, crazy quilter extraordinaire  Sharon Boggon!!!!  Thank you Sharon for sharing your beautiful work with us!!!

Available at both Magcloud:  http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me

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

And thank you to everyone who took the time to write articles, tutorials and send photos!  This publication would not be possible without our contributors and advertisers!!!  Thank you so much everyone!

Happy Stitching!

Pam

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April 19, 2017
Blooming Crazy Quilt from Blended Fabric Quilts | Good Earth Quilting | Organic Quilting Cotton

Hello to all my quilty friends!

Super excited that I'm finally able to get into some new fabric and some new quilts. More on that later. But just received some fun project supplies from www.fabricspark.com.


A few years ago I was inspired and fell in love with Jen Kingswell designs! My work on her pattern "Midnight in the Oasis" gave me pause for a whole bunch of reasons.


I have done so many quilts that pausing has been good for me and my aspirations.


I lingered on modern versions of crazy quilting using machine stitches and machine ...

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Blooming Crazy Quilt from Good Earth Quilting

Hello to all my quilty friends!

Super excited that I'm finally able to get into some new fabric and some new quilts. More on that later. But just received some fun project supplies from www.fabricspark.com.


A few years ago I was inspired and fell in love with Jen Kingswell designs! My work on her pattern "Midnight in the Oasis" gave me pause for a whole bunch of reasons.


I have done so many quilts that pausing has been good for me and my aspirations.


I lingered on modern versions of crazy quilting using machine stitches and machine ...

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April 18, 2017
2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar Contest from Kitty and Me Designs

Just a reminder, entries for the 2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar are due on May 31st!


We're hoping for lots and lots of entries this year!!  With "Musicals" as a theme, it should be a lot of fun!!!

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February 15, 2017
McHenry Crazy Quilt Block 7 - The Mill Pond from Kitty and Me Designs

With my husband's cancer treatment going on, I haven't been able to focus on stitching too much lately.  I've been very tired but I did finish up on Block #7 of my McHenry Crazy Quilt.

If you're new to my blog, this quilt is a traditional style crazy quilt featuring old photos of special sites in my little town of McHenry Illinois.  When I complete this quilt, I will be donating it to the McHenry Public Library.

Block #7 is devoted to the Mill Pond:

And here is the photo that I used:


The building in ...

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February 14, 2017
Twenty Four Chapters from Blended Fabric Quilts | Good Earth Quilting | Organic Quilting Cotton

This is the first of twenty four posts in this anniversary year of writing Good Earth Quilting.

This special year of 2017 is Canada's 150th Birthday!

That makes this a wonderful year to celebrate why I started writing a blog in the first place. Its been ten years since I started sharing online by writing my thoughts, my processes and methods even, to an open door of further creativity. 

We, who do share blog posts are "passing along our culture" our way of doing things. If we were back in the Cave Dweller Days, we'd be hulking around ...

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Twenty Four Chapters from Good Earth Quilting

This is the first of twenty four posts in this anniversary year of writing Good Earth Quilting.

This special year of 2017 is Canada's 150th Birthday!

That makes this a wonderful year to celebrate why I started writing a blog in the first place. Its been ten years since I started sharing online by writing my thoughts, my processes and methods even, to an open door of further creativity. 

We, who do share blog posts are "passing along our culture" our way of doing things. If we were back in the Cave Dweller Days, we'd be hulking around ...

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February 7, 2017
Never Ending Sampler Panel 1 - Band 17 from Kitty and Me Designs

Today, I have Band #17 of the Never Ending Band Sampler.  Here is Panel 1 so far:

Here is Band #17:

And here it is with Band #16 for placement purposes:

Work the flower centers with Eyelet stitching.  The rest is cross stitches and back stitches.

Once my husband's cancer treatment is done, I'll get on a schedule with this sampler.  Until then, I'm uploading the bands as I have time.

Happy Stitching!


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January 31, 2017
Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Spring 2017 Now Available from Kitty and Me Designs

Just a quick announcement today everyone, the Spring 2017 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available:

Special thanks go out to Allison Aller for being our cover designer!

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

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



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January 25, 2017
Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along - Panel 1 Band 15 from Kitty and Me Designs

Finally had a chance to work up Band #15 for the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along!!!

Here is the entire sampler so far:

For Band #15, you'll be working two rows of the Cretan Stitch:

You can use beads or French Knots on the points.

Here is the overlap chart for placement below Band #14:

If you need directions for working the Cretan Stitch, please visit Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary.
Click on the "Open Cretan Stitch" for this band.

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January 9, 2017
McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt Block 6 - Hanley's Woods from Kitty and Me Designs

I've been stitching on my McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt and finished up Block #6.  This Hanley's Woods:

If you don't live in McHenry, this probably won't mean anything to you but Hanley's Woods was owned by Alexander Hamilton Hanley and is located over by where my parents live.  Today it's known as the Whispering Oaks subdivision and Water's Edge.

The man on the left hand side of the photo is most likely one of Alexander's sons.  Probably George Hanley.

As I've mentioned before, Alexander Hanley is my old McHenry settler of ...

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January 3, 2017
McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt - Block #5 Complete from Kitty and Me Designs

I was wide awake at 1:30 this morning so I just got up, made coffee and stitched.  I finished up on Block #5 of my McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt:

As a reminder, this building is called the North Western Hotel.  It was built in 1901 and sits on our Main St. next to the Train Station.

Here are a couple of closeups:


I haven't decided yet what photo I'll working on next.  Maybe by the end of the day....


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January 1, 2017
McHenry Illinois Historical Crazy Quilt Block #5 from Kitty and Me Designs

I'm moving right along on my McHenry Illinois Crazy Quilt.  If you're new to my blog, I started this project to take my mind off of worrying about my husband who's being treated for cancer.  And for worrying about how I'm going to pay all the bills on my income.

This is block #5:

The building is the North Western Hotel.  It was built in 1901 and sits right next to the Train Depot. 

Here's a screenshot of it now.  I grabbed this off of Google Earth.  In was in the process of being repainted ...

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McHenry Crazy Quilt Block 4 Complete from Kitty and Me Designs

I finished up Block #4 of my McHenry Illinois Crazy Quilt the other day:

Since I couldn't find the exact year that this house was built, I simply embroidered "1860's" on the block.

The "AH" stands for Alexander Hamilton and then his last name is at the bottom of the block.

There will be several more blocks devoted to this early McHenry settler.   But for now, I've moved on to Block #5.

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Never Ending Sampler - Panel 1 Band 13 from Kitty and Me Designs

Happy New Year everyone!

Here is Band #13 of the Never Ending Sampler:

And here is the band all by itself:

Simple cross stitches, straight stitches and either french knots or seed beads.

Here is the overlap with Band #12:




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December 28, 2016
McHenry Crazy Quilt - A H Hanley House from Kitty and Me Designs

I'm working on Block #4 of my McHenry Crazy Quilt.  There is a particular early settler that I'm rather fond of.  Why?  I have no clue!  I've just been compelled to read everything about this man that I could find.

Perhaps it's because he owned such a huge piece of property in McHenry, close to where my parents live.

The man's name is Alexander Hamilton Hanley and this block represents his house:

This is the oldest photo I have been able to find of the Hanley house.  Sadly, this was taken long after it was ...

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