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September 10, 2019
New Releases Halloween Cross Stitch Patterns from Kitty and Me Designs

Halloween is one of my favorite little holidays!  I love cute little pumpkins, ghosts, witches and spiders!  And then there's the black cats, sunflowers and colorful leaves!!

I've been designing and these are what I've come up with:

Which one is your favorite?

All are available in my Etsy store!!!

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June 14, 2019
Hummingbirds & Sunflowers: The Inspiration Behind Valori Wells’ Latest Fabric Collection, Murmur from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Valori Wells’ new collection is used in Jenny’s latest tutorial, the Roadmap Quilt. This collection is perfect for the spring/summer seasons and just absolutely beautiful. With so many stunning collections under her belt, we got curious about the inspiration behind Valori’s lastest designs.

Here’s what she had to say about getting her start in fabric design and working her way to her latest collection, Murmur.

Murmur by Valorie Wells

“Murmur is my 41st collection of fabric, I have been designing for twenty-one years. My first collection released in 1998 and the fabric was inspired by my black and white photography ...

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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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October 20, 2018
Sunflower......Curved Piecing DONE from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I am attending a Quilt Retreat 

this week with the

I finished the curved piecing on my

sunflower quilt top...


I took the quilt top outdoors for a photo shoot:

This was such a pleasure to create...

I will paw through the fabric cupboard

and find a hand dyed fabric 

for the backing...

I am hoping to get this under the needle soon.

My friend, Linda, was working on her own quilt

right along with me...

Linda's completed sunflower quilt top

Time to celebrate getting our tops pieced:

Do you hear the clinking of glasses ...

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October 12, 2018
Free Block of the Month 13—Sunflower from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Fields of sunflowers are very common here in Germany. Many of them are in pick-your-own fields where you can cut what you want and then pay for them in a little box using the honor system. Other fields with sunflowers in them, as I mentioned before in a previous post, are grown solely for the sake of the bees. 

Sunflower from a pick-your-own field 
Sunflower at a local preschool

When I saw the beautiful sunflowers at the preschool, I knew that I would need to incorporate one into this series. Their bright yellow petals are just so cheerful, and the ...

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October 9, 2018
Monday......Sunflower Progress Report from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Today is Monday...

I spent the day with the

working on my sunflower quilt.

I am filling in the top left corner area...

This area is green leaves and blue background...

It is all filled in at this point:

That nearly solid brown down the center of

the flower head is bothering me...

it appears to cut the flower in half...

I don't like it.

Here is a closer look 

at the brown strip in the center...

I removed the strip...

I found another brown fabric that has

some texture to it...

it blends and works ...

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September 18, 2018
Monday......Sunflower Progress Report from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Here we go with another Monday

progress report on the Sunflower...

I am curve piecing my way 

along the top of the flower.

The blue background gets darker 

along the top edge...

This distant image gives you some perspective

of just how big this flower really is...

At this point all of the petals are stitched in place.

I am beginning the green leaves 

along the top left side...

5:00....I called it a day

Just a little corner left to piece.

Here's a look at real flowers

growing in the back yard this evening:

Dinner Plate Dahlias ...

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September 17, 2018
Monday......more Sunflower Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I spent the afternoon today

working on the sunflower quilt...

This is where I left off.....last Monday.

At this point, I am nearly done

filling in the dark brown center of the flower...

5:00.....I am calling it a day.

The rest will have to wait until next Monday.

Before I began stitching on the sunflower,

I spent the morning basting quilts:

Spray basting is my preference...

This quilt top has been sitting around 

for close to a year

waiting its turn to go....under the needle.

As long as I had the can of 505 Spray out ...

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September 13, 2018
"In the Garden"—Garden Gate from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Because of my trip to Europe in August, we took a hiatus from our Block of the Month, but we are back to finish this quilt! On Sunday, I (Teri) taught the class on our newest block, Garden Gate, at Primitive Homespuns Wool & Needleworks in Frederick, MD. As always, we had lots of fun as we reviewed the techniques used to create this block. And the shop has just moved into a larger building, so we enjoyed a bit more room in which to stitch! A happy respite from our rainy day. 

Following are a few highlights for creating the ...

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September 4, 2018
Monday......Sunflower Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I spend Mondays with my local

quilt group

Today I continued piecing my sunflower quilt...

I am really enjoying watching it grow!

It is approximately 4 x 3 feet in size

Nearly all of the flower petals

and blue background are fussy cut...

The blue background will get darker and darker

as it goes above the sunflower.

This is where I left off today...

2/3 of the way done:

I am looking forward to more stitching

on this project next Monday.

Last week we attended the Oregon State Fair:

The Cowboy and I enjoy making a stop at the ...

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August 11, 2018
Sunflower......Art Quilt from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I have a new Monday project...

I am starting a new Sunflower quilt...

I meet with the Harlan Valley Quilters

each Monday.

This is my new Monday project...

This is the color story:

Blue for the sky behind the sunflower,

Green sunflower leaves,

Red, Orange, Yellow for the sunflower petals,

Dark browns and black 

for the flower center...

The entire project is curved piecing...

a favorite of mine.

The sunflower is about 4 feet tall...

This is a great deal of fun...

it will take self control to work on

it only on Mondays!

Teasel grows everywhere

here in Western ...

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February 25, 2018
Batik Watercolor Art Quilt from All Things Quilty

I have been organizing my sewing area in our newly finished basement for the past week.  I have found all kinds of treasures...especially UFO's (UnFinished Objects).  Here is one that I started several years ago in a class with Kathie George at Art of the Carolinas in Raleigh, NC.

Golden Flowers, by Jeanne Turner McBrayer

It is actually a watercolor painting on Ginwashi Oriental paper, sort of like rice paper.  Starting from the lightest shades, areas are painted, then waxed to preserve the light color.  There are at least four or five layers.  When all the color is ...

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