Monday, May 27, 2024

Quiet Book Progress

 Just had a wonderful week with my friend Sharron, we sewed and ate...then repeated all week. My main project to finish (which I did not get done) was a group of quiet books for my friend Terri. However, the design needs a bit of tweeking...but I am pretty close now. Did get a long way into the project; just not quiet done.

For example, this little chair had too large of a pillow when I found some great fabrics to "fussy cut" the back of the chair out of. So, will be making it smaller in the pattern.

Also, decided to add a fence and tree to the back of the book; rather than just an empty area.

The books are almost complete, each need to have all of the fusible pieces sewn down to keep them intact in the washing machine. That will take me a couple of days at least.

Then, have to make some little dolls. The initial one is done (except for face embroidery)...and the pattern did need some adjusting. Trying to make it as easy as possible.

Hope to get the entire pattern completed in the next couple of weeks. June will be very busy as I'm starting a new hands-on local quilt/embroidery, better get back at it! Hugs!

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Uploading more Seam Designs!


Working on uploading more seam designs to my Patreon followers today....scheduling them for release each Sunday as promised.

Am getting ready (cutting fabric & packing) to head to a quilt retreat next Wednesday. So, don't want to get caught up in daily life and forget an upload for y'all.

If you have not checked out Kathy's Stitching Adventure on Patreon yet...there is a button on the right side bar of this blog. Hope to see you joining as I have a long list of designs that I'm diligently working on in Adobe Illustrator (you will get a pdf version),


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Working on Nametags for Guild Retreat


This is what happens when I can't find my binder clips (found them 10 minutes after finishing this task...isn't that the way it always is).

Adding some bits and bobs to the name tags...and on my left leg is Sunshine (snoozing as usual while I work!).

When my light gets to be too much for her, she just curls in the opposite direction and keeps on snoring. 

Friday, April 5, 2024

Red & White EPP Progress

 Another project that needs some attention...but is still in the "hold line" is this red/white quilt. I fell out of love with the original design; but do like these EPP elements of the quilt. So, am now thinking I can just use the fabrics for an entire EPP quilt in red white instead.

Will keep you posted!

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Flannel Monkeys

 Still thinking on current projects. Have a sweet little simple flannel quilt done for Evie...the kind you can just toss on to the floor for her to play dolls on.

Honestly, I did not need a new project. But, when at my friend Sharrons recently...we HAD to go to the quilt store and to the local Hobby Lobby. Could not pass up this cute little animal flannel.

My binding will be in the red cotton fabric. I had cut some green flannel...but now think that will be too bulky so using standard quilter cotton instead. This is probably one of the projects that will be packed up and head to retreat with me Saturday week.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Seams Adventure Begins

 I've been itching to design more seams lately. So, decided to begin a new Patreon page where I can post these weekly.

These are not re-publication of seams from my books...but new seam ideas. I will be posting one each week (on Sunday) throughout the year. 

As I design motifs, (like this one we played with in the Intermediate Class)...

... I will post them as well. My goal is to draw one at least monthly. My head is full of project ideas too, like this little zipper organizational bag design in my brain at present. So, I know that they will also find their way to the site over time too.

If you want to get these new designs...the cost is from $3 montly to $7 monthly...depending on how much of ME you want. Ha!

Here is a link to go check out all the details if you are interested:

Welcome & What to Expect | Patreon


Girl Scouts

 Recently, I too inventory of all the projects that are "in progress". Believe you me...there were way too many of them! That's the price you pay when your attention is easily drawn to new things and your brain if always full of new ideas.

At present, I'm busy working on two non-sewing projects for my local Quilt Guild. This Saturday, we have a group of 29 Girl Scouts (different troups, different age groups) coming to learn about Hand Sewing, Embroidery, and Machine Sewing. They are working on badges.

My part is the Embroidery. So, I have designed three different little the ages range from 6 to 18 in the group.

There will be instruction sheets with diagrams (like the one above for Straight Stitches) so hopefully, each can finish up their project; but if not, can at least have the instructions so they can finish at home.

All of the embroidery designs are printed directly to fabric (muslin). So, no tracing needed. I often print my embroidery designs directly to fabric; do you do that? Here is what you need to do:

1. Works only with INK JET printers, not laser type.

2. Cut a piece of freezer paper measuring 9 x 11.5 inches

3. Cut a piece of cotton fabric (muslin) measuring 9 x 11.5 inches

4. Iron the paper to the fabric...the wax side of the paper is against the fabric.

5. Trim this paper/fabric sandwich to exactly 8.5 x 11.0 inches.

6. Place into your paper tray...and print.

NOTE: My printer feeds the paper from the tray FACE DOWN, so I put my paper/fabric sandwich into the tray with the fabric facing down. Test your printer to see how it feeds before you waste a fabric sheet.

Print ONE SHEET AT A TIME; you can not stack these to print multiples unless you enjoy paper jams. 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Cotton Candy Monthly Blocks

These are the fabrics I've been working with on a monthly quilt kit. It is traditionally pieced. I would like to have had more contrast and am really hoping that I like the finished quilt top. However, even if I don' would still make a perfectly usable quilt for someone. Keeping my fingers crossed!

 Here is the laydown of the grouping titled Cotton Candy by the quilt shop. I'm now about half-way through the quilt and was keeping up nicely each month until the holidays hit. I don't think I did much more than the CQ promotion for Dazzling Diamonds book the entire month of November. December/January were total busts...don't even remember what I worked on.

Feels like I'm coming out of a daze (have been ill off/on for months now). Hope to get enough energy back to really work on my quilts again soon.