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January 17, 2019
New Cross Stitch Series!! Cats And Hearts from Kitty and Me Designs

I've started a new series of cross stitch designs.  The Cats And Quilts series has been so popular, I thought I try a little something different with the little black cats!

This new series is Cats And Hearts!  Geometric heart designs featuring the little cat silhouette!

January - June has just been released:

I have a few other things to do and then I'll get back to the next designs for this series.  In the meantime, you can find them all in my Etsy shop.

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Paper Pieced Tree Pattern from Wisonsin Quilting


A Family Tree, or Seasonal trees: paper piecing pattern for a wall hanging or quilt
Family trees are more “organic” than geometric, these days. Sew this tree pattern then embroider names and places wherever they fit. Mirror the tree and darken the fabrics to make a great reflection or to form roots.

Vary your colors to make trees for the changing seasons.

The $8 pattern finishes at 28″ wide x 18″ tall. The tree itself is 18″ wide x 16″ tall.  The pattern prints on 8 sheets of paper.  Instructions, a color chart, and piecing diagram are included in the PDF file.  

Email me if you’d like specific color suggestions or some ideas for ...

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January 15, 2019
business as usual from easypatchwork

What can I say? It's business as usual, or is it? The longer I have a blog, website and pattern business, the more I get frustrated with the whole deal. Please don't get me wrong. I love designing, writing patterns and teaching. I truly do. It is just the flip side that I don't like. Let me give you a little peak into the other world. I have been publishing my patterns and free tutorials in the

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January 14, 2019
Flannel Finish from Heart Desire Creations

The first Hospice quilt of the year is done! It’s such a happy and bright quilt and the flannel is so warm and cozy. This was such an easy finish as the donated blocks had been quilted onto batting.  I squared the blocks, pieced them, backed and did simple quilting along the seam lines and then diagonally.

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I’m thrilled to have a Hospice finish this early in the year. My gratitude to the donor for all the hours of work that were put into the blocks before they were sent to me. Our little quilting group meets this ...

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January 10, 2019
Summers End Cross Stitch Pattern from Kitty and Me Designs

I'm getting down to the last few re-releases of my cross stitch patterns.  I think I only have 2 more to do.  That took me awhile!

I just listed Summers End.  If you love Sunflowers, this is the cross stitch design for you!

I've always loved this design and regret that I never made the time to stitch it.  Perhaps when things settled down some. It would make a wonderful addition to a new kitchen!

My cross stitch patterns and crazy quilt books are available in my Etsy store.

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January 7, 2019
Cross Stitch Patterns - New Spring Releases from Kitty and Me Designs

I spent most of November and December working on my new Spring line of Cross Stitch patterns.  I have bunnies, kitties, chicks, shamrocks and more, all ready for stitching throughout the Winter months!!

Shamrocks - a quick to stitch, whimsical design perfect for St. Patricks Day.  Tiny detached chain stitch flowers add a touch of pink to this pretty March pattern.

Chocolate Bunny - another whimsical design for your Easter stitching!  This chocolate bunny sits among some pretty colored eggs and ready to bloom flowers!

Nesting In The Clover - a pretty English Robin is ready for warmer weather!  She's nesting in ...

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Today’s the day! Block 1 of the Perfect HST BOM! from Freshly Pieced


YESSSS you guys! Today is the day! Ridgeline Star – Block #1 of The Perfect HST Block-of-the-Month – drops into your inboxes this morning! I’m so excited to get the BOM off and running, and I hope you’ll enjoy this first installment!


We’ll be making this quilt during 2019 with the Perfect HST BOM. It’s a beginner-friendly block-of-the-month program that uses my best-selling Perfect HST templates, so that you won’t have to trim or square up a single half-square triangle! And if you haven’t joined in yet, I’m extending pre-sale discount pricing for 2 more ...

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January 4, 2019
Craftsy Pattern Purchase Update from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Quilt Friends,

I wanted to alert you that Craftsy is rebranding to BluPrint as of January 8, 2019.  I thought I would make sure you knew that in case you downloaded one or more of my patterns from Craftsy in 2018. 

I highly suggest that you make sure you have downloaded all of your patterns (from any designer) to your own computer.  That way, you will be sure to have access to your pattern purchases in the future.


Also, I wanted to let you know that my current and new patterns will ...

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Announcing the 2019 Block of the Month from Sew Incredibly Crazy

How is it that this is our 
4th Annual Block of the Month?
With it being the first part of the
2019, it is time to announce 
our theme and it is...….

Here is the list of designers and the months that 
they will be designing for.













We are ...

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January 2, 2019
Mt. SohCahToa {a finish} from Factotum of Arts

When designing a new quilt design, I am usually inspired by things around me and what I have seen. This time was no different. This past year (April 2018), we had the most amazing road trip in Utah and a smidge in Arizona. We visited 7 national parks and a couple of other parks in 7 days (Arches, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges, Monument Valley, Glen Canyon Dam, Horse Shoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon @ml.wilkie_adventures).


More images of our trip you can check out my other Instagram account (@ml.wilkie_adventures)

It was such an inspiring trip. One of ...

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December 29, 2018
Seasonal Landscapes from Kitty and Me Designs

I have been quite busy with new cross stitch designs!  They'll be released over the next few days.  In the meantime, I'll also republished my Seasonal Landscapes.  It's a series of 4 "full coverage" patterns, one for each season:

I've always wanted to stitch these and maybe now that I have more free time, I will!!

These are available in my Etsy store:

Both printed leaflets and instant PDF downloads are available.  And now, you can ask for my patterns are your favorite needlework stores too!!!

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December 28, 2018
Summery Vibes: Sun Kissed Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Even though it's technically winter, here in Florida we're used to warm sunshine this time of year! You'll often find us Floridians decorating palm tress with Christmas lights, and there's been several years where I've even gone to the beach on New Year's Day with the family. 

With this in mind, we decided to stick to what we know and bring in some warmer climates with Maureen Cracknell’s latest collection, Sun Kissed! Inspired by soaking up the sunshine and glowing skin after a cool swim, this fabric line features cute smiley suns, swimming ...

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December 27, 2018
Our Year in Review from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

We thought it would be fun to do a little year-in-review post this week, since it is almost time to say goodbye to 2018. What a year it has been! We have traveled to a few countries, enjoyed meeting many fellow stitchers in different parts of the world, and completed a lot of projects and patterns. Here is our year in pictures and posts. Just click on the caption, which is a link to the original post.

Birmingham Festival of Quilts

Birmingham Festival ...

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December 26, 2018
Busy Hands Quilts' Best of 2018 Quilts! from Busy Hands Quilts

2018 was a super busy year for me.  Sixty quilts made their way from an idea and fabric to a completed quilt.  I have many favorites among them so deciding how to narrow them down to 5 quilts took some thought.  

My Best of 2018 list includes goals that I met in 2018.

Printed Patterns!

Diamond Dance was the first quilt pattern I had printed.

Wholesale Quilt Patterns!

Picket Fence was my first pattern sold wholesale.  I now have 9 patterns selling wholesale to quilt shops.

Craftsy's 2018 Quilt Along!

Can you imagine my surprise and delight when my ...

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December 20, 2018
How To Download, Store and Use PDF Quilting Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts

There’s been some big news in the quilt design world – Craftsy is drastically changing the pattern marketplace on December 28. They sent out an email to all pattern store owners yesterday – some received the news that their stores were closing permanently, and others received the news that their stores will stay but not necessarily all of their patterns will remain. My store on Craftsy will remain, but I won’t know what patterns will be kept until December 28.

How to save Craftsy patterns

What does that mean for customers

While professional quilting and crafting Facebook groups are talking about nothing else but how ...

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December 18, 2018
QuiltCon 2019 Acceptances from Carol Lyles Shaw

Yesterday was a busy day on Instagram.  And although I signed off for the holidays, I will have to do one more post.  The Modern Quilt Guild sent out the decision emails for QuiltCon 2019.

I am quietly celebrating three acceptances.

MidCentury Modern Curve #1.  I KNOW that I’ve been promising a pattern…and I am seriously delayed on this one.  However, in the meantime, I’m scheduled to teach this workshop in 2019.  Contact me if your guild is interested in booking this workshop in 2019 (a few dates are open) and 2020.

MidCentury Modern Curve #1 was ...

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December 17, 2018
An Interview with: Tracy Lee of Sew Thankful from Terificreations's Weblog

At Fall Market while looking for another quilter I met Tracy Lee, owner of Sew Thankful. We had a bit of a mutual admiration society with each other. We’ve both been following each other for a long time. And quilters she’s someone I’d always wanted to meet. How I came to know Tracy’s business, Sew… Continue reading An Interview with: Tracy Lee of Sew Thankful

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December 14, 2018
A Nod to The East: Silkroad Fusion Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers!

If you have been following AGF for a while, you would know that we don't often focus on contrasting colors of black, red, and white in our collections. Well, we decided to do things a little different this time and this time, and bring them to center stage in our latest collection! Inspired by what you’d discover while traveling the trading route that connected The East to The West, AGF created its latest collection, “Silkroad Fusion.” This fabric line celebrates the emerging trend of Asian influences in textiles with designs from ancient techniques of brushwork that ...

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December 13, 2018
Minimalist Churn Dash quilt from Flying Parrot Quilts

I almost forgot to tell you about a pattern I’ve got out in the current (and final–so sad!) issue of Modern Patchwork! This quilt is called “Minimalist Churn Dash” and is a play with an oversize churn dash block. I’ve also got some tips on choosing quilting designs for modern quilts in the same issue!

The quilt is made from Robert Kaufman’s Kona Cottons, specifically Niagara, Paris Blue, and Riviera. Paris Blue (the medium blue) is one of the newest colors, and it’s such a great true blue.

This quilt has lots of sharp angles ...

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December 10, 2018
A Creative Homage: Art District Fusion from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Have you ever spent a day exploring an artsy neighborhood?! You’d probably start your day, grabbing a cup of coffee at a cute cafe, wander in and out of art galleries, browse small shops that are filled with unique, artisanal crafts, and of course, spend some time photographing all the amazing murals you’d unexpectedly find in alleyways. In Florida, if you're looking to see some street art or explore some unique shops, galleries, plant stores and delicious cafes, our biggest art district here is "Wynwood" which is a fun place to head to! If you were here ...

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