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April 8, 2020
The Never Ending Sampler - Upcoming Panel 7 from Kitty and Me Designs

We're almost done with Panel 6 of The Never Ending Sampler.  There will be one more band which will be released next week.

I'll give everyone a little time to get caught up on the previous panels but I thought I'd share my ideas for Panel 7.

I'm trying to make these all different.  I don't want anyone getting bored!!  So for Panel 7, I will be working the design as a more traditional, antique style sampler.  I always call them "schoolgirl samplers".  Traditional sampler motifs along with an alphabet and probably a phrase regarding ...

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At Least The Sun Was Out from Quilting My Way

Today was a quiet day.

Faye texted wanting to know if she could come pick up the backing and batting I cut for her. I asked her to give me an hour and then she could come any time. She came at 11 am. I had that and a few yards of fabric for her. She got the extra fabric from the red bolt. I also gave her some white on white and white on beige fabric. That should keep her busy for awhile. We chatted 6 feet away. I started out with the mask on, but took it off ...

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April 7, 2020
Never Ending Sampler Panel 6 Band 9 from Kitty and Me Designs

Today I have the next band of the Never Ending Sampler ready!

This is Panel 6 Band 9:

Never Ending Sampler Panel 6 Band 9 PDF Download

There will be one more band and then Panel 6 is complete.

Tomorrow, I'll talk a little bit about Panel 7!!

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April 6, 2020
The Sun's Coming Out from Quilting My Way

This morning I was up early thanks to the sun.

I enjoyed a little time to myself. Then when I got going, laundry was on the list to do. I also wanted to get some dessert going.

I started out with beading on ths Polar Bear peyote beading. While I was starting to bead I thought I could get some dessert going. So while the machine was going I heard a thudded sound. Thought maybe my beater dropped. I kept going and Patrick was working on getting my machine fixed. I washed everything and he worked on my mixer. Come ...

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April 4, 2020
Floss Tube: Jo’s Country Junction Episode 2 from Jo's Country Junction

What we’re working on…

  • Kelli
    • Farm Life by Little House Needleworks
    • His Eye Is On the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery
  • Jo
    • Pins and Orts by Heartstring Samplery
    • Seeking Refuge by The Scarlet House
  • Kayla

Face Masks



Keepsakes Cross Stitch Shop



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I've Had Better Days from Quilting My Way

Today I was playing games. Then I got to work on my cross stitching.....with Patrick suggesting he needed some more dessert.

Then he suggested pretzels. So, I decided I would do the pretzels. They turned out pretty good, but they aren't "hard" but "soft" pretzels. I did like them. We had them with cheese.

It made 6 pretzels. I think I need to let them raise a little more before I put them in the boiling water.

They cracked great! I do like them. Patrick did the twisting.

Then I went back to working on my cross stitch ...

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April 3, 2020
Governor Says Another Month from Quilting My Way

This morning I enjoyed being able to sleep in. Sophie woke me at 2 am to get some TLC and she wasn't going anywhere for a good 20 mins or more. She hadn't done that in awhile.

We did our usual morning stuff. Then we watched TV. I worked on my family history getting it updated and working on the "Find A Grave" site to get a few things put together. I also got the photos for Vickie - mom's cousin (or step-cousin). I added a few of those to my tree and then worked on getting them ...

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April 2, 2020
Now Available - The Bird Samper Series from Kitty and Me Designs

If you enjoy the Never Ending Sampler, I'm sure you'll love working on the Bird Sampler Series!

These beautiful band samplers feature several specialty stitches include the Rhodes stitch, Satin Stitch flowers and leaves, Eyelet stitches and the Smyrna Cross.

Worked in DMC threads on 28 count White Lugana.

Click here to order the patterns:

Cross Stitch Bird Sampler Series on Etsy

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Into Week 3 Of The Virus from Quilting My Way

Today started out like it has over the last 3 weeks. It's hard to believe it's 3 weeks, because it feels like 5 weeks at times.

I called and talked to mom. We got going on her family. I received a message yesterday from a gal that was looking for more information on her family. It turned out that she was the daughter Orville Matheson (WWII Veteran) wasn't the father of. His wife - while he was at war - had an affair. So, before Orville came back or just after he came back, she let Orville's sister ...

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April 1, 2020
Never Ending Sampler Panel 6 Band 8 from Kitty and Me Designs

If you're stitching on the Never Ending Sampler, we're on Panel 6 and this is Band 8:

Click Here for the NES Panel 6 Band 8 PDF download.

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Projects From Stitching Friends from Collector with a Needle

Ferns and Berries - Florence Block 1
Checking in with my stitching friends!
Wishing you all the best, thinking of you.

A couple stitching friends sent me photos of their current work and gave me permission to share with you.

Florence shared her Ferns and Berries project.  She's using a small reproduction indigo print with red berries and reverse applique.

For the berry stems, she's using an embroidered chain stitch.

Antique Quilt from our collection

This is our original - from our pattern cover.

The antique quilt is very heavily hand quilted with detailed motifs.

The original had embroidered stems ...

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What Day Is It Again?! from Quilting My Way

The days are starting to run together lately. We don't have appointments and we don't need to be anywhere, so I really don't know what day it is half the time.

I did work on the laundry. I also got to work on my beading. The good news is that I'm at 417/446. It's getting there! I may have it done yet. I'm surprised at how quick I'm going through the rows now that I'm past 400. I'm okay with that. I did notice I'm running low on a ...

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March 30, 2020
Staying Home Has It's Advantages from Quilting My Way

Today I slept in. Lately that's easy to do, since I don't have any place to go.

I got some laundry going and then I sat to work on my beading. I was able to get 3 rows done today, before I got tired of working on it. While I was beading, my half square triangle sheets arrived.

So, I headed downstairs to get some half squares ready. I was able to set up about 6 different sets. I then went ahead and sewed 3 of them up. I cut them and then cut them apart. I have ...

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March 29, 2020
Because Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain!! from Kitty and Me Designs

Normally, I like to release several new designs at one time.  Under the circumstances at this time however, I thought we could all use a rainbow to remind us that every storm eventually runs out of rain!

This is my latest in the Colorful Cats series of Cross Stitch patterns.  What do you think of Rainbow?

Available as printed pattern leaflets and as instant digital PDF downloads in my Etsy shop.  Or, ask your favorite needlework retail stores to stock my patterns!!

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It's A Quiet Saturday.....Again from Quilting My Way

Today I was up and enjoying the day. It was quiet and I did get a few things done.

I was working on my beading again. Teri came over with some flour that she found at one of the stores. One of 2 last ones. I gave her a hug and Patrick got after me for hugging her because she is out working at the bank. So, she gets out and is around people. I washed my hands and cleaned up after she left. I don't think it matters but I did just in case.

Got back to my ...

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Sunday Stash March 29, 2020 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers.
SS yellowI’m still working on the same three projects. All have seen progress, but nothing is done. I’m probably two or three weeks out from the next finish given that I still go to work every day.
The only project I haven’t shown lately is the penguins. A little more stitching on his tummy and scarf will finish him. Then I move on to the frame and outline stitches.
penguins 32820It would be nice to finish it in time for the holidays.
Fabric In: 1.5
Fabric Out: 4 yards
Net Fabric Out: 2 ...

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March 28, 2020
Raw Emotions At Times...I've Got This! from Quilting My Way

This morning I heated up the downstairs to try and get a few things done. Patrick got going with cleaning the glass in the dinning room cabinets. While he was doing that, I cleaned up the spoons that are part of the collection mom had while we were growing up.

I went downstairs and ironed the backing for the quilt I have down there ready to go to Bill. Bill has pneumonia right now, so it's not looking really good for him. I told everyone that we weren't to take any quilts to him when the Virus started ...

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March 26, 2020
Never Ending Sampler Panel 6 Band 7 from Kitty and Me Designs

Well, it looks like I chose a good theme and bright color scheme for Panel 6!  Nothing like happy yellow daffodils to brighten one's mood!

Here is Panel 6 Band 7 of The Never Ending Sampler:

Never Ending Sampler Panel 6 Band 7 PDF Download

Stay safe and keep stitching everyone!

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Another Day Waiting from Quilting My Way

Today started out pretty good. Had to get my laundry going again. Funny how I keep forgetting to put it in the dryer. I tend to take longer doing laundry that way. lol

We kept busy. I worked on my beading for a couple hours. I was able to get 2 more rows done on the beading. The good news is that I am now at 50 rows to go. That feels really good to be that close to finishing it.

Then we went for a walk. It was nice to have the sun out while we walked. It's ...

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March 25, 2020
Went Out Today - Shopping And Dinner from Quilting My Way

This morning we were up early and out the door to Safeway. We had a couple things to pick up. Not much, but stiff we were running out of. I wanted some more flour - NOPE - tortilla shells - NOPE - and a few other things.

Even stuff in the freezer was gone. I was able to get some fries but they only had 3 bags left. UGH I really wanted more flour.

We came back home and I worked on my cross stitch for awhile. We watched the a movie and I got a lot done.

At 3 pm we headed out ...

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