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October 17, 2017
Winter Into Spring Cross Stitch Patterns - Now Available Again! from Kitty and Me Designs

If you've been following my blog since the beginning, you may remember the Winter Into Spring Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along that I did about 10 years ago:

Winter Into Spring Counted Cross Stitch Pattern January

Winter Into Spring Counted Cross Stitch Pattern February

Winter Into Spring Counted Cross Stitch Pattern March

Winter Into Spring Counted Cross Stitch Pattern April
I originally designed this as a bellpull.  The designs are now available separately but can be stitched all together vertically, horizontally, as one large design (2 X 2) or individually and framed or made into pillows:

Winter Into Spring Counted ...

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October 15, 2017
Sew and Tell from Butterfly Threads

Fusion pattern from my book Scrap Quilt Secrets

I didn't actually make any of these quilts, but I was lucky enough to see them! These are all made from recent classes, workshops, or patterns...

A mini Pumpkins in the Patch from a recent workshop.

An apple version of Pumpkins in the Patch from the retreat.

Sawnee Shadows pattern from my book Scrap Quilt Secrets

Plaid Paws pattern from my shop

Another Sawnee Shadows pattern from my book Scrap Quilt Secrets

Thank you SO much for send photos of your finished quilts! 

It makes me so happy!!


Luna doesn't ...

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October 14, 2017
Pokemon Fridays: Block Two from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Hi! :) Welcome Back to Pokemon Fridays. Today I'm sharing Block 2, the middle of the top row.  If you're just joining us, you can click on the Pokemon Fridays button over there in the left sidebar to get caught up. Or you can click here & here. This is Block 2: ***************** **************** BrightTurquoise (Background): 1 1/2" sq. (8) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (1) 1 1/2 x 3

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October 13, 2017
Outlook - A New Pattern Coming Soon | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My Not Finished is a new quilt pattern.  There's NO sewing going on around here with my Juki sewing machine needing some TLC this week.  I decided it was the best time to send my longarm tablet in for upgrading as well since it had been giving me fits on and off.  So with no sewing going on, I've been working on my new pattern, Outlook!  This pattern will be released very soon!



Isn't aqua sweet!?!


And red is so bold!


And ...

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October 5, 2017
Dressing for Fall- Creating the Perfect Wardrobe from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

 Hello Fabric Friends, 

What's your favorite season? Mine has always been Fall! Growing up in Minnesota I couldn't wait for the hot summers to be over and the cool crisp breeze to come, which meant it was time to break out the boots and leggings. It also meant creating outfits with layering pieces like scarfs and cardigans. There is nothing better than a perfectly balanced layered look!

Below I share great sewing patterns to add to your to sew list for Fall.  Adding these great pieces to your closet will have you perfectly prepared for what the Fall ...

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Toothless Terrors from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Things that go bump in the night! My new pattern for Halloween – Toothless Terrors, is now available  for download. This is a lap sized quilt with 13 (yes 13) cheeky pumpkins and is the perfect size for your lounge or wall to dress up the house for Halloween.  Quilting: One of my favourite variegated threads...

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Toothless Terrors from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Things that go bump in the night! My new pattern for Halloween – Toothless Terrors, is now available  for download. This is a lap sized quilt with 13 (yes 13) cheeky pumpkins and is the perfect size for your lounge or wall to dress up the house for Halloween.  Quilting: One of my favourite variegated threads...

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October 4, 2017
Winner! & September Wrap-Up from Heart Desire Creations

Grand Canyon 2017

September has not been a heavy sewing month for me. We went out west for a nine day vacation (Vegas, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff, Lake Powell, Zion Park and Boulder City.) Much time was spent planning and then packing. We had a GREAT time but, of course, came back exhausted. I am just getting back into the studio and trying to get a rhythm going again.

I have done several blocks for a batik quilt using a block of the month from Craftsy I downloaded a couple of years ago. The fabric is the batik version of “Bobbins and Bits ...

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October 2, 2017
Pumpkin Patch Retreat from Butterfly Threads



Earlier this year I was asked to teach an 'in house' retreat at Tiny Stitches (where I have the pleasure of working on Wednesdays and some Fridays and weekends.) I was so excited to spend a whole weekend with the fun folks who frequent the shop. I'm not exaggerating when I say we have the best quilters anywhere! These ladies are fun, creative, kind, supportive and wonderful to be around.


I was excited to plan and prepare for the weekend. I added a smaller version of the pumpkin quilt to the menu of offerings. I swapped ...

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Summer’s last gasp — a paperpiecing treat from Wisonsin Quilting

DSC00403 car hop tray pairIf you live in the north, Labor Day marks the end of summer.   Surely we will have some more gloriously warm days scattered in with the coming frosty ones,  so you still have yet a chance to go to a drive-in, crank down your window and have the car hop bring you a tray loaded with goodies including, of course, a sundae with a cherry on top.

Claw back a bit of summer :  make this 15″ x 15″ pattern and enjoy a car-hop sundae all year long, or give it to a favorite friend!

The pattern uses two techniques… straight-line ...

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Charming paper piecing: Mom and Baby from Wisonsin Quilting

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Quilting and babies go hand in hand so there’s nothing more satisfying than this 21″ x 30″ project to commemorate the new baby in your family.

Buy this 21″ x 30″ downloadable pattern for $8

The draped blanket or the mother’s skirt may be a perfect spot to use lace or satin from your family’s actual clothing.

Mother and Baby quilt LG
Add a few borders, a band of 3×3″ squares, a name and a date, and you’ll find you want to make two, one to give and one for yourself.  I’d be happy to supply you with a ...

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September 29, 2017
Pokemon Fridays: Block One from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Hi! (hand waving) :D It's Pokemon Friday (for the Intro post, click here) and this week we're diving in to make a block #1! You can also find the Intro post and all of the Sew Along info by clicking on the Pokemon Sew Along button over there in the left sidebar. That will take you to the Sew Along page, where I'll be adding all of the posts as we go along, so it will be in one central place

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September 28, 2017
Lambkin Fabrics: A sweet collection for boys & girls from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there, fabric friends!

Who can agree, that there’s something so special about kids. They say silly things, look cute all dressed up, and their curiosity is incomparable to anything else! Although I don’t have kids of my own, I love them. They’re fun to teach and I just love how creative and imaginative they can be!

Bonnie Christine illustrates all of these things beautifully, in her new collection Lambkin. This delicate range of fabrics tells a story of a peaceful farmstead filled with cute lambs, free birds, and two distinct colorways for boys and girls. She ...

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The Millennium Cats Counted Cross Stitch Patterns from Kitty and Me Designs

The Millennium Cats were designed in 1999 for the celebration of the upcoming “new millennium”. Because we had no idea what the new millennium would bring, the cats are faceless. I remember there being an overshadowing fear of the internet and all computers shutting down, never to reboot again! LOL!!!

There is one cat for each month of the year and one birthday cat for a total of 13 designs.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 17 years since I created these little cat designs. They were very popular when I first released them and for those ...

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September 27, 2017
Modern Fabrics for Everyday Outfits from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi There, 

What are some of your favorite sewing patterns? I know I am always on the lookout for sewing patterns that are first somewhat easy and quick to sew up and second they have to be comfortable! And just because it’s comfortable don’t mean it can’t be cute!  

Picking the right prints for your garment is the fun part! I am really digging Dana Willard’s new collection! Blush fabrics has super fun geometric fabrics mixed with modern floral fabrics. My favorite print in the collection is the print called Cat Nap, perfect for all the ...

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Back to School & Giveaway! from Heart Desire Creations

Back to School Blog Hop GraphicBack to School time has been a bittersweet time for me. The weather starts to cool which is a good thing, but reminds me that our yard will soon be thickly carpeted with leaves and acorns (we live in the woods) that take many, many hours to clear. Also, when my children were school age, I was never one of those parents who celebrated going back to school. I loved having them home! As the temps get increasingly colder, however, I spend more time in my studio – a great thing!

Island Batik Solstice

This month as part of the Island Batik Blog Hop ...

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September 26, 2017
Unicorn Quilt pattern: Unicorn Scrappuccino from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Caution: Unicorn overload. ;) Back in April, I started toying around with drawing a pieced unicorn block. It took a LOT of tweaking and many, many, MANY different versions to get it to it's final face.  I wanted it to be looking straight on.  Then came the hard part. He is a mixture of foundation paper piecing and traditional patchwork. So I really struggled with writing the

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September 24, 2017
Black and White Beauty from Heart Desire Creations

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Black and White fabric – love, love, love! Because of that love, I have had lots of scraps. I’ve used B & W in lots of quilts, as an accent, but wanted this one to be just B & W and began cutting lots and lots of 2 1/2″ squares. Luckily, I have a cutting machine!

buckeye beauty block

I chose the Buckeye Beauty block – simple but dramatic, especially with this color choice. For the half square triangles, I used a white on white polka dot and plain black. Two four patches and two half square triangles = great effect!

Interestingly enough, towards the end ...

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September 22, 2017
Happy Fall! from Ellyn's Place

I love fall! I love the cooler temps, pulling on a sweater and leggings, bundling up under a a quilt. Sadly, even though the calendar says "fall", Texas didn't get the memo. It's still 90+ degrees outside and I'm hiding in the air conditioning in capris & a t-shirt. boo.

However, I've been having a blast making some new clothes for when fall finally decides to show up. I had been eyeing up Grainline Studio's Linden Sweatshirt pattern for a while. About a month ago, we were driving through Austin and I convinced hubby I needed ...

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Bloggers Quilt Festival - Quilt Entry 2 from Quilt Fabrication

Enjoying all of the quilts entered on the Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2017? I sure am!

                                                 Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2017 hosted by Amy Ellis at AmysCreativeSide.com

Today, I'm entering quilt #2, Fireworks.


Fireworks quilted wall hanging

This quilt just makes me so happy! Always a fan of red, white, and blue, and exploding fireworks - what more could I ask for?

And just like Joy, my first entry, this one deserves the nod because
  • it's an original design
  • the quilting is a perfect fit
  • the fireworks are ready to burst off the quilt!

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