New Patterns: October Trio Halloween Decorations

October Trio: Boo, Witchy Raven, and Pumpkin Time

October Trio: Boo, Witchy Raven, and Pumpkin Time

Better late than never! I have finally finished patterns for my new October Trio. These three ornament patterns are available all together or singly, and as PDFs or printed versions. I had such fun making them! They use a variety of threads from DMC, Valdani, Gentle Arts Sampler Threads and Weeks Dye Works. My favorite find has been Gentle Arts Sampler Threads Black Crow, which may be the perfect black. It has subtle overtones of navy and just looks so rich. It’s well named because it’s perfect for these crows and raven.

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I originally intended to make these single ornaments, but the other day I got the idea to add the buttons on the back which allows them to be hooked together in a long hanging decoration that measures about 4” x 18”. The buttons also allow you to rearrange as you like. You can also leave the buttons off and make them into individual ornaments.

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Well, that’s probably it for a while, back to packing!

Boo Halloween Ornament

Boo Halloween Ornament

Pumpkin Time Halloween Ornament

Pumpkin Time Halloween Ornament

Witchy Raven Halloween Ornament

Witchy Raven Halloween Ornament

New Pattern: Embroidered Kitty Brooch

Embroidered Kitty Brooch Pattern

Embroidered Kitty Brooch Pattern

Hello Friends!

Sorry for being so absent these last couple of months. It’s been a challenge to get much done in the studio while also keeping the house clean for multiple showings over the summer and getting Ryan to all his activities. Good news is that our house has sold and we are renters again. Bad news is that we are in the midst of packing and getting ready to move to our new house, which is exciting, but also time consuming and stressful. It will be a real push to get the new house finished in time to move in at the end of the month.

In the meantime I have been working on a bunch of stitchery samples for new patterns I will be releasing. The first of these is this new Kitty Brooch pattern. I think they are super cute and it’s hard to stop at one. Luckily, the pattern includes colorways for the four shown above which I think of as seasonal kitties: spring, summer, Halloween and Christmas. I am also always happy for folks to make up their own colorways to suit them and their pets. These brooches are completely sewn by hand and the directions for finishing are included.

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I also would like to give a shout out to Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm. I first discovered her wonderful embroidery designs on Instagram and purchased one on Etsy to try. I enjoyed it so much I started doing my own designs with the split stitch method. I’ve mentioned before that I have been having issues with arthritis over the years which can be exacerbated by hand quilting and other hand stitching. As it turns out though, cross stitching and embroidery don’t cause me any problems. Since I first started stitching as a girl by doing cross stitch, crewel embroidery, and needlepoint, it feels like I’ve gone full circle with this type of stitching.

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I have been trying for weeks get these patterns out in the world and just this week managed to get this first one up on Etsy, in both digital (PDF) form and a mailed paper version. More are in the works and will hopefully be done soon.

I had already been thinking about replacing my embroidered ornament kits with patterns only and this seems like the perfect way to go. The kits that are in the shop now will be the last ones in that format (with pre-printed panels). In the future I will re-do these cat, dog and trailer patterns in the split stitch style, with PDF and paper patterns. If you’ve been considering buying a kit, now’s the time to do it!

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The last few photos show some new items in the shop including two brooches that didn’t make the cut for the pattern, three finished ornaments from the Cat Patches Kit, and some new folk art postcards.

Lastly, I am getting ready for a couple of holiday shows this year. I’ll be doing Christmas Goose on November 22 and 23 at St. Charles Hospital in Bend. I will also be back at the Holiday Tails Art Fair on December 7 at the Bend Athletic Club. Save the dates if you’ll be town!

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The Undercover Quilters :: A Gentleman in Moscow

Our 10th Anniversary!

Our 10th Anniversary!

For our 10th Anniversary year we chose A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles for our quilt book. This is one of my favorite books of all time and if you haven’t read it yet, you should give it a go. I think you’ll like it! Our quilt exhibit at the Mt Bachelor Quilters’ Guild show a couple of weeks ago looked fantastic and I thought I’d share all the photos here. Each quilt has a full photo, at least one detail plus the maker’s quilt show tag with a short description. Except for mine which didn’t have enough room so I did a separate info sheet with all the details which I’ve copied here.

One thing of note that I didn’t notice until the quilts were displayed all together is that they are predominately shades of grey and blue. It was a complete coincidence that that happened, but it makes for a very cohesive exhibit. There is one other thing to look for, since it’s our 10th anniversary we decided to have everyone somehow represent “10” in their quilts. Some did it more than once, some did it expressly, and for some it’s a little more hidden. See if you can find them all. Enjoy!

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Herr Drosselmeyer by Cheryl Chapman

Herr Drosselmeyer by Cheryl Chapman

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Metropol Hotel by Suzanne Martin

Metropol Hotel by Suzanne Martin

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Nevertheless, He Persisted by Jane Davis

Nevertheless, He Persisted by Jane Davis

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A Game of Zut by Kristin Shields

A Game of Zut by Kristin Shields

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My generic quilt label with a real explanation of my quilt below.

My generic quilt label with a real explanation of my quilt below.

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A Game of Zut
Kristin Shields

This quilt was inspired by A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles for the Undercover Quilters Book Club. 

This marvelous story of a former aristocrat subjected to house arrest in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov makes a life for himself despite his constrained circumstances and affects the lives of countless others over the years as the world comes to him. 

He and his daughter Sofia develop a game they play each night as they wait for dinner in the hotel restaurant.  They call it Zut, so named because, “according to the Count, Zut alors!* was the only appropriate exclamation in the face of defeat.”

“A game of their own invention, Zut’s rules were simple. Player One proposes a category encompassing a specialized subset of phenomena- such as stringed instruments, or famous islands, or winged creatures other than birds. The two players then go back and forth until one of them fails to come up with a fitting example in a suitable interval of time.”

At their final dinner together they play a particularly poignant game of Zut. “Sofia rose from the table to give her father a kiss on the cheek. Then returning to her chair, she leaned back, squinted, and said: ‘Famous threesomes.’ ‘Ha-ha!’ exclaimed the Count.”

*translation: darn, shucks, dang, shoot; pronounced zoot-ahlor*

Fabulous Foursomes by Susan Mondry

Fabulous Foursomes by Susan Mondry

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The Willowy Woman by Cindy O’Neal

The Willowy Woman by Cindy O’Neal

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Fantastical by Wanda McGehey

Fantastical by Wanda McGehey

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Map of Moscow by Erin Biskup

Map of Moscow by Erin Biskup

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Secrets Undercover by Martha Sanders

Secrets Undercover by Martha Sanders

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St Basil’s by Betty Gientke

St Basil’s by Betty Gientke

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Happy Town

2019 Happy Town (41” x 41”)

2019 Happy Town (41” x 41”)

Happy Town is challenge quilt that I was obligated to keep secret until the reveal a couple of weeks ago. This original design was made for the Mt Bachelor Quilters’ Guild “My Hometown” challenge. Rather than doing a specific place I did one of my imaginary hometown scenes of whimsical houses. Because it’s Happy Town, I also added the Bluebirds of Happiness. This cheerful quilt was a lot of fun to make!

The background was improvisationally pieced. This includes the grass, the sidewalks, lawns, and sky. All of the other elements were added with hand applique. The fabrics are all prints designed by Marcia Derse, except for a few solids and the grunge for the sky. I machine quilted the whole thing and then added some hand embroidery to finish it. My favorite part was fussy cutting the art history:101 graphic print to make the doors, windows, trees, and flowers.

The challenge quilts were shown and voted on at our July meeting. Then the quilts will be shown at our August Quilt Show at Pioneer Park in Bend, August 17, 10am to 4 pm. They will also be shown at the Sisters Quilt Show next year.

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Uppercase Magazine Feature

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A couple of months ago I got a message from Janine at Uppercase Magazine asking if she could feature my folk art cat painting in the next issue. Of course I said yes! It’s such a colorful, lively page and I’m honored to be there along with other wonderful artists including Mogg Shop because I own a couple of her paintings myself.

The issue just arrived in hands all over the world and I realized that it’s poor timing on my part because my shop is on holiday until July 15. Never fear though, that cat painting and several others will be available as soon as my shop opens. Shop links are in the header.

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