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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lots Of Fun Things To Do Here At Kitty And Me Designs

There are a lot of fun things going on here at Kitty And Me Designs!

Pam Kellogg's Halloween Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along
 First, my 2017 Halloween Mystery project is now underway!!  Would you like to see Part 1 all stitched up?  Here is Sharon Cooper's piece:

2017 Halloween Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along Part 1
Sharon's stitching is beautiful and I believe she said it took her about 7 1/2 hours to stitch Part 1.
Part 2 will be available on Monday September 25th.

For my Crazy Quilt friends, in case you missed it, the staff of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is hosting an ATC Swap!  Our "Share Your Mini's" Artist Trading Card Swap is a fun way to share your work with others!  Click the link above to learn more about it!

Crazy Quilted Artist Trading Card

And speaking of Artist Trading Cards, Renee at Hand Stitched Treasure blog has put together an excellent tutorial on making CQ ATC's!!  If you're not sure of how to make them, you don't want to miss Renee's directions!!  Best ATC directions I've ever seen!

For those of you stitching the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along, we will start Panel 3 on November 1st of this year.  I'm giving everyone some time to get caught up on the 1st 2 panels.

Panel 2 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along
Finally for today, I'm pleased to announce that all of my Counted Cross Stitch Patterns are now available as Digital files.  The Digital Downloads are available at Magcloud.

If you're not comfortable with Magcloud, please contact me and I will make arrangements to manually send them to you via email.

So that's my news for today everyone!  Pick a project for yourself and have some fun!!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Are You Ready To Stitch The Mystery?

For those of you signed up for the 2017 Halloween Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along, Part 1 is now available!  Follow the directions that I sent via my Etsy shop!!!

Click here to join the 2017 Halloween Cross Stitch Mystery Stitch-Along.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

2017 Counted Cross Stitch Halloween Mystery Stitch-Along Now Available!

Good Morning Ladies!  The 2017 Cross Stitch Halloween Mystery Project is now available to order!

2017 Cross Stitch Halloween Mystery Stitch-Along
Orders can be placed via my Etsy shop.  Payment will be a one time fee of $10.00.  I will send you a confirmation Etsy message with the link to where you will be able to download each of the 4 parts of the mystery on the scheduled dates.

Please do not share the pattern or the link.  This is my living!!!

If you would like a nice place to discuss the project with other stitcher's, please join the
Fans Of Kitty And Me Designs facebook group:

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Happy Stitching Everyone!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2017 Counted Cross Stitch Halloween Mystery Stitch-Along

If you enjoyed my "mystery" cross stitch projects in the past, you'll love the 2017 Halloween Mystery Stitch-Along!

This is a 4 part/4 week mystery.  The schedule is as follows:

The start date is Monday September 18, 2017 for Part 1.
Part 2 Monday September 25, 2017
Part 3 Monday October 2, 2017
Part 4 Monday October 9, 2017

This design is my traditional style, similar to the 2007 Christmas Mystery.

Here is the basic information that you will need to get started:

Stitch Count:  134 stitches square
Fabric:  14 count White Aida or 28 count White Evenweave over 2 fabric threads
Finished size:  9 1/2 inches square
Fabric size for framing:  15 1/2 inches square
Fabric size for a pillow:  13 1/2 inches square
Threads:  DMC

209, 210, 211, 310, 550, 552, 553, 745, 772, 975, 3345, 3346, 3347, 3348, 3823, 3853, 3854, 3855, White

Each part of the 4 part mystery will be released and available to download via my Etsy shop.
The mystery is $10.00.  That will be broken down into 4 parts as well.  You will have to order each part separately at $2.50 each.  Each part of the design will be available as an "Instant Download".

One week after Part 4 is released, the Instant Downloads will be removed and replaced with a " hard copy, leaflet only" full pattern.  So please, download each part as it becomes available.  I've had a horrible time with copyright issues over the years.  I'm hoping that by doing it this way, I will eliminate having to chase my copyrights all over the internet.

So that's my news for today!  Gather your supplies and get ready to stitch a beautiful and fun Halloween project!  Spread the word too!  The more people we have stitching this, the more fun it will be.

If you would like a nice place to discuss the project, you can hop over to Facebook and join the "Fans Of Kitty And Me Designs" group:
There a lot of nice ladies over there to talk with about your project!!!

UPDATE - I'm going to rethink the payment plan and where to upload the files.  International ladies will end up paying way too much in Etsy fees.  Let me think about this over night and I will post the revised upload/payment plan tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

For My Cross Stitch Friends - Coming Soon

In case my cross stitch friends have been feeling a little neglected, I will be offering a new mystery stitch-along!!  Yes, they were always so much fun!  I asked over on my Facebook page if anyone was interested and I heard a lot of emphatic "yes's".

Spread the word please!  I will be announcing the details and the start date soon!  And with Etsy offering "instant download", this one will be the easiest one print up yet!!!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Free Cross Stitch Pattern - Dove Of Hope

Little by little, I've been reworking my Cross Stitch freebies into nice printable pages.

I did The Dove Of Hope years ago, when my dear friend Lula Chang developed breast cancer.  Lula beat the disease but died 3 years ago due to other issues.

I've been thinking about her lately, missing her really, and decided that now would be a good time to re-release this design:

This was designed to support Breast Cancer Awareness.  It could certainly be stitched as a Christmas ornament, or a Spring or Valentine's Day project.

Have a good weekend and Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Artist's Trading Cards Crazy Quilt Style - Swap Your Mini's!!!

We all like to send and receive fun things in the mail and we all like to create things that are quick and easy….right?  So the staff of Crazy Quilt Quarterly are excited to announce 
‘Swap Your Mini’s – ATC’s CQ Style’!  We’d love for you all to play along (and you can play as often as you’d like!).

All you have to do  is create one (or as many as you’d like) crazy quilted artist trading card(s) and send via snail mail to Pam Kellogg.  You will receive one back for each one you send.  Simple?

Guidelines are as follows:

* Create a crazy quilted artist trading card (2 ½” x 3 ½”). 
 It must be crazy quilted and it must be the stated size.  
We ask that there be no politically themed entries (patriotic is fine). 

* Any embellishments should be flat to keep mailing costs down 
(eg. seed beads, flat buttons, ribbon, embroidery, charms, etc.)

* Each ATC you create must be mailed to Pam and MUST include a SASE 
(self addressed stamped envelope).  
Be sure to include a separate SASE for EACH ATC you send! 

* Please use the backing card (pattern provided) on each of your ATC’s 
and also include your email address on each one so the recipient can contact you.

* NOTE: you will need to privately email Pam at or Mary Anne at to indicate your desire to play 
and to receive her snail mail address. 

* Alas, we can only open this to residents of the United States.  
Deadline for receipt is January 31, 2018.

* As a further incentive Pam will photograph each ATC and they will be published in a special edition of the magazine….the date of which will be announced as soon as it becomes available.

* Six of the ATC’s that we receive will be chosen for the cover. 
 Those six artists will receive a prize - an extra ATC created by one of our staff members!!

Have fun and let’s swap our mini’s – ATC’s CQ Style!! 

Be sure to print the above images.  The should fit on a standard sheet of 8 1/2 inch X 11 inch paper.  Use cardstock for the ATC back and the little ATC envelope!

You can also download the PDF file here.

We are hoping to receive and trade at least 300 Crazy Quilt ATC's!!!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Calendar Cover Block

I was thinking, ya'll might like to see the entire block that I used on the cover of the 2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar:

Purple Crazy Quilt Block
The hanky in the center is a gift from a friend.  The bird brooch on the right is also a gift from her.  It's vintage too!

Here it is sewn into a pillow:

Purple Crazy Quilt Pillow
This is a 9 inch block.  I crocheted the trim with some fancy fun yarn and then hand-attached it along the edge of the pillow.  I really like the crocheted edgings with the cool fuzzy yarn!

And here it is on the calendar cover:

2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar
This is available at both Magcloud
and at Etsy:

Be sure to stop by next week!!  The staff of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine has an announcement coming!!!  This is going to be so much fun!!  Don't miss it!

Have a safe and fun 3 day weekend everyone!  I'll be back on Tuesday!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

September Free Blog Background

If you like my blog background, you can use it on your blog too!  Perfect for September with the apples and bees.

Paste this code into your HTML gadget 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>';

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Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Panel 2 Band 17 (End Of Panel 2)

Hi everyone!  I hope you all have been enjoying the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along!

I have the final band for Panel 2 today!!!

Here is the entire sampler:

Here is Band #17 by itself:

Work this band with straight stitches and French Knots, Colonial Knots or Beads.

This is Band #17 with the Band #16 overlap for placement purposes:

I'm going to give ya'll a few weeks to get caught up before starting on the 3rd Panel.  I know everyone has been busy with Summer things and Back To School stuff.  Now that Fall is starting, I know there will be more time for stitching!

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