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August 1, 2019
Never Ending Sampler Panel 5 Band 13 from Kitty and Me Designs

Today, I have the final band in Panel 5 of the Never Ending Sampler.  This is Band #13:

Right click on the image and save to your computer, then print in any graphic software.

I will go ahead and get this put together into a pattern leaflet for those of you who prefer to work the design as a whole instead of working it as a stitch along.

I have some really cool ideas for Panel 6!  I'm going to give everyone a few weeks to get caught up.  It's still vacation time and school will be starting ...

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July 22, 2019

 Cathy M. recently attended a Sampler session at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and sent me some pictures. Above, is a quilt that Diane made.  The blocks were from the 2018 Sampler.  
 Pauline participated in the 2018 Sampler also and this is her quilt.  
Above is the back of Pauline's quilt.  These quilts are lovely and it is so nice to see the various settings for the blocks.  I've been unable to get to the shop lately and thank Cathy so much for sending these pictures.  

Don't forget the Lunch and Learn on Saturday, July 27th.  I ...

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May 13, 2019
Away From Home Quilt from caledonia quilter

AWAY FROM HOME is a book by Nancy Rink Designs.  Link HERE.  If you went to the quilt show in Ingersoll last weekend you would have seen this quilt hanging in the show.

I really love the combination of pieced blocks, multiple borders, and applique.

There was a great deal of s.i.d. on this quilt.

Cross-hatching behind applique is a very time consuming endeavour.

Such a pretty back.

I didn't make it to the show in Ingersoll, but I did get to the Quilter's Tea in Hagersville.  It was hosted by the Haldimand Quilters' Guild.  They ...

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April 16, 2019
Pond Life – Colour & Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Grumpy Frog colour scheme at Clever Chameleon

Waaay more excited about my Pond Life baby quilt than this frog is!

Today I have been working on the Pond Life quilt that I introduced last Tuesday. Want to see how it’s going? And find out who is featured from last week’s link party? Well, read on, Macduff!

accuquilt challenge logo with Island Batik

What and Why is the Pond Life Quilt?

For April, the Island Batik Ambassadors have been set the challenge of using the Accuquilt Ready. Set. GO! system we received in January to make a baby quilt.

Ready Set GO cutter from accuquilt

The GO! Cutter is not a new-to-me toy. I bought one several years ...

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March 25, 2019
Never Ending Sampler Panel 5 Band 5 from Kitty and Me Designs

I'm seeing some pretty fast stitcher's over on the Facebook group: is Panel 5 Band 5 of the Never Ending Sampler:

2 different Satin stitch leaves are the feature for this border.  They stitch up quickly and are fun to do!!

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March 19, 2019
Never Ending Sampler Panel 5 Band 4 from Kitty and Me Designs

As we continue on with the Never Ending Sampler, today I have Panel 5 Band 4:

Pretty Rhodes hearts in 2 different sizes are the special stitch for this band.

Click on the images to download and then print.

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March 18, 2019
tiny tuesday from Making A Lather

Hooray, at least until tomorrow, I am caught up with the tiny Tuesday blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge. The delay was mostly fear of applique with the melon. It wasn't so bad. Perhaps by the end of this sampler, I won't think twice about it.

We had a dose of spring yesterday

It is so pretty, especially since we know Spring always comes.

I am linking to:

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March 10, 2019
Never Ending Sampler Panel 5 Band 3 from Kitty and Me Designs

Today I have Band 3 of Panel 5 of The Never Ending Sampler:

This is an easy border worked with cross stitch, backstitch and some French Knots.

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March 5, 2019
Samplers Full of Stars from Quilted Joy

I’m always talking about shapes in quilts. Whether it’s circles, rectangles, or triangles. Any art student will tell you that any design or picture is essentially made of these basic shapes. But a standard composite shape that many quilts are made of is the star. Now when I say a star, there are lots of different stars that can be made for a quilt. Some of them even have names like a friendship star, Ohio star, or a Sawtooth star. The variety is what makes them amazing. You can fill samplers of all sizes with stars.

Donna’s ...

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February 28, 2019
Sampling Christmas Blocks from Bits From The Scrap Basket

I think making my Mrs Claus aprons at Christmas really lit my fire for Christmas blocks.

I've been seeing blocks that I'm itching to replicate - that's part of the challenge, isn't it? Seeing an image and breaking it down to see if you can make it yourself?

And Steve is enabling me over this. We headed out to the Ann Arbor Sewing Center over the holidays for a nice pile of holiday fabrics to tie all the blocks together. I figure on this streak I should have a whimsical quilt for Christmas. 

The next block is ...

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February 14, 2019
A Sampler of Lace, Linens, and Love from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

If you have been reading the blog for a while now, you will know Teri and I have a great love for all things vintage—especially linens, clothing, or lace. Teri recently shared her story about a special dress in A Vintage Pinafore, Tea, and Friends, and I shared the story of my apron collection in Apron Strings. We even wrote a post together about our quest for vintage treasures in a Hershey, Pennsylvania, antique mall in Vintage Treasures Newly Acquired. We love seeing the handiwork of those who have stitched before us! 

Long ago, hand work was a required ...

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January 3, 2019
Are you ready for another of my Splendid blocks? from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Today is another of my Splendid Sampler 2 blocks. And I have a bonus mini quilt layout of them and a photo of my blocks so far!

Pat Sloan Splendid Sampler 2 Pat Star light

This week there are 4 blocks for you to stitch up

I had this stripe (still available HERE) that seemed just perfect to add into my quilt. I'd used it for my bees on the Honey bee block. Now I wish I'd used it sooner,'s not in the mix!

Pat Sloan Splendid Sampler 1 to 37 blocks pic 1

Here are all my blocks. I'm sewing ...

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November 18, 2018
Behind the Scenes on my Antique Memories block + a Bonus Layout! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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I'm so excited to tell you the story behind my Splendid Sampler 2 quilt block today.

Pat Sloan Splendid Sampler 2 Antique Memories pic 1

First the block!

It is a traditional log cabin in the Court House Step Setting.

Pat Sloan Splendid Sampler 2 Antique Memories pic 2  Pat Sloan Splendid Sampler 2 Antique Memories pic 3

Because it's an easy block, I decided to try out 2 colorways for my 100 block quilt. 

I really love the taupe, it's soothing and I could see a whole quilt like this. I've never done one in all taupe. You can see them together at the end and tell me which you would use!

The Design boards help ...

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October 18, 2018
Never Ending Sampler Panel 4 Band 4 from Kitty and Me Designs

For those of you who love Blackwork embroidery, you'll enjoy Band 4 of Panel 4 of the Never Ending Sampler!

This is what we have so far:

Click on the image, save your computer and print in any graphic software.

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October 15, 2018
Never Ending Sampler Panel 4 Band 3 from Kitty and Me Designs

Today I have Panel 4 Band 3 of The Never Ending Sampler.  First, the entire design so far:

Here is the charted version:

And finally the key:

Band 4 is worked with cross stitch, straight stitch, french knots, and small rhodes hearts.

Just click on each image, download to your computer and print.

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October 4, 2018
The Never Ending Sampler Panel 4 Part 1 from Kitty and Me Designs

For those you who are stitching on the Never Ending Sampler project, I have Panel 4 Band 1 for you today.  If you're new to this free cross stitch sampler, click on the link above to learn more about it.

Panel 4 will work a little differently than the previous 3 panels.  I am giving you a traditional color key for the design.  You are still welcome to change colors and/or threads if you want.  It's your sampler so please feel free to make it what you want it to be.  My color choices are only suggestions ...

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September 28, 2018
Summer Sampler von 2016 from Quilt Collection M.

Samplerblöcke nähen ist wunderbar. Ich liebe diese verschiedenen Muster und die unterschiedlichen Techniken und wenn ich dann noch in einem Quilt Along die vielen verschiedenen Varianten betrachten kann, bin ich rundum glücklich. Weniger glücklich macht mich das Zusammensetzen der Blöcke. Da kommt bei mir immer die Frage auf und nun, was möchte mir dieser Quilt dann sagen? Meistens ergibt sich ein wilder Muster- und Farbenmix und das Gesamtergebnis ist so lalala.

In 2016 hatte ich den Summer Sampler mitgenäht in einem Quilt Along. Die einzelnen Blöcke lagen ziemlich lange herum. Hätte ich den Quilt nicht auf meine Ufo Liste der ...

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September 2, 2018
A Few Great Edge-to-Edge Quilts, A Little Rant, and the Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

When I post photos on my blog and discuss the quilts, the focus is usually on custom quilted work.  In reality, most of my work is edge-to-edge quilting.  It's way faster, and way less expensive.  Considering that most of what we make, as quilters, is utilitarian quilts that will be loved, used, puked on by the kids and the dog, and thrown in the washing machine?... e-2-e is the way to go.

This was a block of the month that we did at the Binbrook guild last year.  My blocks are all done but the top's not yet ...

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August 27, 2018
sampling paper and cloth. [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

sampling paper and cloth.

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August 7, 2018
Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 12 from Kitty and Me Designs

For those of you enjoying the Never Ending Sampler, here is Band 12 of Panel 3.  First, the entire sampler:

Here is band 11 by itself:

And here it is with the overlap for placement purposes:

Work this band with cross stitches and straight stitches.


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