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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 3

Here is Panel 3 Band 3 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along:

Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along Panel 3 Band 3
As you can see, this actually a continuation of Band 2 and then Band 3 is beneath that.

Work the continuation of Band 2 with cross stitches and add straight stitches and either french knots or beads.

Band 3 is worked with cross stitch and detached chain aka Lazy Daisy stitches.  Feel free to add a french knot or bead in the center of the flowers.

2017 Christmas Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along Part 3

Part 3 of the 2017 Christmas Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along is available:

2017 Christmas Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along Part 3
If you've joined the mystery, you can find the PDF file in the same location as Parts 1 and 2.  That link is available in the confirmation Etsy message that I sent to you when you placed your order.

If you would like to stitch this mystery project, please order from my Etsy shop.

The 4th and final part of this mystery will be available next week.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

2017 Christmas Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along Part 2

If you're stitching on the 2017 Christmas Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along project, Part 2 is now available.  Find it in the same location as Part 1:

If you would like to join in on the stitch-along, please order it from my Etsy shop.

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 2

For those of you stitching the Never Ending Sampler, here is Panel 3 Band 2:

Band 2 is worked with straight stitches and cross stitches.  Simple stitches with an elegant, airy look!
Feel free to choose either French Knots or beads for the flower centers.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Thanksgiving Turkey Blogger Blog Background

If you like my Thanksgiving Turkey Blog Background, you can use it on your own Blogger Blogspot blog.

Thanksgiving Turkey Blog Background
Copy and paste the code below into your HTML thingy:

<style type="text/css">
body { background-image : url(; background-position: center; background-repeat: no-repeat;  background-attachment : fixed; }

<script type="text/javascript">
var div = document.createElement('div');
div.setAttribute('style',"position: absolute; left: 0px; top: 30px; z-index: 50; width: 150px; height: 45px;");
div.innerHTML = '<a target="_blank" href=" "></a>';

This is for Blogspot 2 column blogs.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

2017 Christmas Mystery Stitch-Along

Part 1 of the Christmas Mystery Stitch-Along is now available!!  If you signed up for this project, you can find the link to Part 1 in your Etsy confirmation email.

If you would like to join in on this Stitch-Along, please order it from my Etsy shop.

Thank you to Sharon Cooper for stitching the model!

Never Ending Sampler Panel 3 Band 1

I can't believe that today is November 1st!  Where did October go?

I know everyone needed some time to get caught up on Panels 1 and 2 of The Never Ending Sampler but now it's time to start on Panel 3!!

If you're new to this Stitch-Along, you'll want to read about it here.

Band 1 is worked with cross stitches and straight stitches.  The Bargello stitch around the center square should be worked with 3 strands of floss to give the look of satin stitching.

Here's a closeup of the center of the square:

These are long straight stitches that will cross over each other.

If you would like as nice place to chat with other stitchers about this project, hop over to Facebook and join the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along group!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Winter 2017

The Winter 2017 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available:

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Winter 2017
Thank you to Nicki Lee Seavey for being our cover artist!

Available at Magcloud:
(Print and/or Digital)

And at Etsy:
(Print only)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Handmade Christmas Door Hanging PIllows

My mom made a few pretty Christmas Door Hanging Pillows:

Christmas Tree Door Hanging Pillow

Heart Shaped Christmas Door Hanging Pillow

Christmas Santa Claus Door Hanging Pillow

Victorian Santa Door Hanging Pillow
All are in my Etsy shop.  I don't think mom has time to make any more this year so if anyone is interested, please order now!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Strip Quilted Pouch

I've meaning to post this for awhile now:

This is a little pouch that I made for a friend of my mom's.  She's legally blind and has a guide dog.  She doesn't like to carry a purse.  I've made her several Crazy Quilt cellphone pouches over the years but this time I thought I'd make her a larger pouch so she has room for her keys, phone, rosary and wallet.

I strip quilted the pouch on a muslin foundation, then top stitched lace over the seams.  I appliqued the rose embroidery (from a vintage hanky) on top using heat and bond to hold it in place while sewing it down.  Then I added the trim around the outside.

A few embellishments gives it some sparkle.

I put it all together and then hand crocheted some trim for the bottom with some fancy yarn. 

The chain is removable.  I use the little lobster claw clasps which I hand sewn on and then added the chain.

It's a nice quick gift if anyone is looking for some fast Christmas ideas!

In other news, there's a contest over at Fans Of Kitty And Me Designs Facebook group!  The prize is one of my cross stitch patterns.  Hop over and check it out!

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