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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Be Back Soon!

I'm winding down from running on adrenaline for so long with my husband's cancer treatment.  He's doing great but I'm very tired now so I'm just taking a little break.  The feeding tube is out and the port will be taken out in August.

I'll be back soon with more bands for the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along.  Also, the Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly will be released on August 1st so look for that upcoming post!

I'll have a new Inspirational cross stitch sampler available shortly as well.

Also, there is a new price list for the Ad Space in Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine. 

New Ad Prices starting with the Winter 2017 issue!
  • Business Card Ad - $20.00 (2 inches high X 3.5 inches wide - pixels:  600 X 1050)
  • Quarter Page Ad - $25.00 (5.5 inches high X 4.25 inches wide - pixels:  1650 X 1275)
  • Half Page Ad - $50.00 (5.5 inches high X 8.5 inches wide - pixels:  1650 X 2550)
  • Full Page Ad - $100.00 (11 inches high X 8.5 inches wide - pixels:  3300 X 2550)
  • Back Cover - $200.00 (11 inches high X 8.5 inches wide - pixels:  3300 X 2550)
  • Community Ad - $5.00 (30 words or less) - Advertise your blog, Etsy shop, stitching group, supplies for sale, etc.
  • Ad graphics must be high resolution JPEG images 300 DPI
  • Graphics must be provided by vendor
  • Payment must accompany ad copy 
  • Payment to be made via PayPal
  • I can send you a PayPal invoice
Please email me for more information on placing an ad in Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine.
That's my news for now everyone!

Thanks for your patience!


Monday, July 17, 2017


Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you know that Scott had the scan done and it's clean! The cancer is gone!!!!

The feeding tube comes out tomorrow and we're hoping on Friday to find out when the port can be taken out.

I want to take a moment to say thank you to each and every one of you. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate your prayers, your kindness, your support and your generosity. I would not have been able to keep our heads above water had it not been for you, my friends and supporters.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and God bless each and everyone of you.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Autumn 2017 Cover Preview

Just wanted to give you a sneak peek of the cover of the Autumn 2017 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine:

Our cover artist for this issue is Nina Burnsides!  This issue will be available on August 1st!!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

The Biography Of My Great Grandfather - E. J. Moore The Magician

Many of you know that I really enjoy genealogy.  I've spent the last several years working on my family tree and my husband's family tree.  Of course the "Kellogg" line is quite easy.  I already knew Scott's relationship to W. K. Kellogg of Battlecreek Michigan.  I had that line of the his tree done in about 20 minutes!!!

My father's side of the tree was also quite easy.  Everything lined up just as my grandmother had told me years and years ago.  My father's great grandfather owned a butcher shop in Chicago across the street from the O'Leary's (where the great Chicago fire started in 1871).  Supposedly, my great, great grandfather butchered the cow that knocked over the lantern that started the fire in the O'Leary's barn.
I recently found an article in the Chicago Tribune where my great, great grandfather insisted that the story was fact despite many theories to the contrary.

My mom's maternal side of the family was very easy too.  Her grandparents came from Baden Germany.  My great grandfather worked for Brach's Candy Company in Chicago and he traveled by train to New York regularly.  It was all there and easy to document.

My mother's paternal side of the family was a different matter.  Mom knew very little beyond her grandparents.  I searched and searched and dug and scraped and read until I couldn't see straight!  And I'm still digging.  Actually, I'm taking a break a moment because I was getting so aggravated constantly coming up with zilch!

I made to my 3rd great grandparents and just can't seem to get through the brick wall!  Thompson Daniels and Jane Sherman, both born in Fulton County New York around 1825.  Thompson's parents were supposedly born in Ireland but I'm not convinced on that one.

Jane Sherman was a cousin to General William T. Sherman and Senator John Sherman.  After several years of research, I still can't find the connection.

There is however, one person on my mom's side that was so much fun to research and that is my great grandfather Ernest Joseph Moore.  He was a famous magician.

Several months ago, while searching for photos of him, I came across a magician's blog.  Gary Brown had recently posted an article on my great grandfather so I took a chance and left him a message telling him who I was.  We got to talking and I offered to write my great grandfather's biography for him to use on his blog. 

Click here if you would like to read the well-documented Biography of E.J. Moore The Magician.

 E. J. Moore The Magician

Special thanks go out to Gary Brown for helping to keep the memory of my great grandfather alive!!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Panel 2 Band 12

Panel 2 Band 12 of the Never Ending Sampler!

Here is the entire sampler so far:

And this is Band 12 by itself:

Home Sweet Home is worked with backstitching.  Work the trees with Smyrna Cross Stitch.  Think about some little red beads for apples or berries!

Here it is with the Band 12 overlap for placement purposes:

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Button Quilt - A Pictoral Guide To Button Clusters

I have a new book available:

The Button Quilt - A Pictoral Guide To Button Clusters

Buttons are an easy and inexpensive way to embellish crazy quilts! This is a pictorial guide to creating lovely button clusters! 25 close-up photos of the blocks on The Button Quilt will give you a lot of ideas and inspiration for your very own Button Quilt! A brief description of each block is included.

28 pages - $10.99 + shipping
Available at both Magcloud -

Friday, June 09, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Panel 2 Band 11

It's going to be a hot weekend!  Here's Band 11 of Panel 2 of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along.

First the entire sampler so far:

And here is Band 11 by itself:

And finally, with the Band 10 overlap for placement purposes:

This border is worked with backstitching, cross stitches and satin stitches.  Here's a closeup of the shamrock:

Have a great weekend!  Stay cool!!!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Panel 2 Band 10

Are ya'll ready for the next band of the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along?  Here it is.  Panel 2 Band 10:

Here's band #10 by itself:

And here it is with the band #9 overlap:

You'll be working the Herringbone Stitch with a Fan stitch beneath it.  The dots can be French Knots or Colonial Knots or beads.  Your choice!  For help with the stitches, visit Sharon B's Pintangle Blog and click on the Stitch Dictionary.

Here's a closeup of the Fan Stitch:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Panel #2 Band #9

Is everyone caught up on the Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along?  Or are ya'll outside working in your gardens?  If you need some quiet time to cool off, here is Band #9 of Panel #2.

First, the entire sampler so far:

And here is Band #9 by itself:

For placement purposes, here it is with the Band #8 overlap:

Work this band with back-stitching.  This is a blackwork band.  You can work this band all in one color or you can work it in multiple colors.  Or you can work it traditionally, with black!  Have fun with it!

Monday, May 08, 2017

Never Ending Sampler Panel #2 Band #8

I hope everyone is caught up on Panel #2 of the Never Ending Sampler because today, I have Band #8 for you!

Here is the entire sampler so far:

And here is Band #8 by itself:

This band is worked entirely in cross stitches.  Please feel free to use multiple colors.  You can also add beads if you wish!

And here is Band #8 with the #7 overlap for placement purposes:

Also for today, if you're on Facebook, there are a couple of new groups that you might be interested in. 

First is, Fans Of Kitty And Me Designs.  This is a place where you can post photos of any of my designs (stitched pieces), be it this sampler, my cross stitch patterns or my crazy quilt patterns.

Next, if you love Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine, you'll enjoy this group hosted by Karen South
Friends Who Like Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine.

And don't forget to post your sampler photos over at The Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along Group!

There's lot's of places to hang out and have fun with stitchers!!!!
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