November 26, 2016

Buttermilk Basin Blog Hop

Thank you for visiting me!  I have designed a little Christmas wish to share with you.  My wish is for PEACE ON EARTH   
May your days be happy and bright this holiday season.

A Wish free pattern
Click HERE for your free pattern.

I think I bake more cookes this time of year than any other time!  One of my favorites is
the Snickerdoodle!  Here is my recipe for Snickerdoodle cookies if you are interested.
Click HERE for a printable version.

One Stitch at a Time club  

If you enjoy doing a little stitchery, you might also be interested in joining my One Stitch at a Time club!  For $2 a month you will receive a new embroidery design emailed directly to you.
We have a Facebook group page to share our embroidery too.
Below are a few of the past designs.  For more information click HERE!

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October 30, 2016

The Splendid Sampler

I am so happy to share my Splendid Sampler block with you today!  Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog.  I LOVE  embroidery so when I designed my block I knew that would be the direction I would go.  I know how creative you all are and I'm hoping to see some amazing renditions of this block using applique and/or piecing.

For my design I wanted to share my love of all things hand made.  My hands are always busy, whether with needle and thread or with a paint brush (or snacking on popcorn).  One of the things on my bucket list is to make a crazy quilt so I wanted to honor that dream too!

Stitch Crazy pattern click HERE

*For tips on tracing/transferring your design onto fabric watch this quick YouTube video.

I've been adding a little embroidery to my blocks as I make them - 

One Stitch at a Time club

I'm hoping the embroidery blocks in the Splendid Sampler collection have you wanting to do more embroidery!  If you are looking for small (very doable) monthly projects, you might be interested in my One Stitch at a Time club.  Every month you receive a new design by email.  This is an ongoing club - start and stop whenever you want!  
For more information click HERE.
October #5 - Boo to You
To see an archive of past designs click HERE

I also offer a starter kit with the fabric and threads I'm using along with a small gift.  
Click HERE for more information

For a full listing of all my embroidery patterns please hop over to my website at

I hope you have a happy fall!

Best wishes,
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August 29, 2016

Garden Notes

Close-up of one of the watercolor paintings

I wanted to share my new line of fabric with Moda called Garden Notes.
This line has a delivery date of January 2017.
I hope you like it as much as I liked painting it!
Click Here to see more!

Morning Glory Blue Garden Journal
Bees in the Bowers
Close-up of Bees in the Bowers hand embroidery

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August 5, 2016

Top of the Hill - Splendid Sampler!

The Splendid Sampler has reached a major moment! 
 Flights of Fancy, designed by 
the super talented Joanna Figuero, marks the 50th block!
Flights of Fancy by Joanna Figuero

A very special block has been designed to 
celebrate the 50th and it's called
Top of the Hill!
Top of the Hill
The Top of the Hill pattern is available HERE.

Although I won't be sharing my  own
Splendid Sampler block with you until 
October 30th, I wanted to introduce 
myself today!  I live in the beautiful 
Pacific Northwest with my handsome
husband.  I have 2 amazing boys men, 
and 2 great cats.  

 I love to do hand embroidery!
Here is a smattering of some of the
projects I've been working on this year.
Some of these designs are for a pattern
using my next line of 
fabric with Moda, called Garden Notes. 
It will be in stores January 2017.
Some of the designs above will be in my next book 
with Martingale!  I believe it will be
available June 2017?  I'll keep you posted!
And finally, some of the designs are for my new
subscription club called 
On the first of every month, club members
receive, by email, a new little embroidery 
design for only $2 a month.
I'm having lots of fun designing these petite 
projects!  If you are interested in more information about
click HERE 

If you are looking for a little stitchery project, 
maybe you would like to work on this.
It's called Bird in Hand and I hope you like it!
Click HERE for a free pattern

Win Simple Tidings pattern!
Leave a comment and I will draw a random winner of
 the pattern Simple Tidings,
a calendar embroidery quilt. For more 
information about this pattern click HERE.
A winner will be drawn on August 10th.
Thank you so much for taking the time to pop over to my blog!  As a special thank you I would like to offer a 20% discount coupon good at through August 15th.

Sale code - SPLENDID50
Happy Stitching!!!
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July 16, 2016

Buttermilk Basin Summer Blog Hop

Summer in Portland, Oregon - City of Roses

Summer Fun!

Thank you for joining me on my day of the Buttermilk Basin blog hop! 

I like to spend my summer days in my backyard watching the plants grow, the birds flit about, and soaking in a little sun.  Yes, it does get sunny in Portland, Oregon!  It actually can get too hot for me, but nothing that a cold beer can't handle. Last year we had a record breaking 29 days in the 90's.  I live in a little brick bungalow and by the 10th day it was resembling a pizza oven.  I can get a little cranky when I overheat.

My neighbor calls me a "Lady Gardener", because all I like to do these days is light pruning and picking a stray weed here and there.  I can also be tempted to harvest our fresh raspberries.
My favorite summer fruit!

When it comes to "farmer" type's, I leave the heavy labor to my 80 year old Mom.  Seriously!  I just talked with on the phone the other day and she was spreading 2 yards of mushroom compost.  Now that lady has a green thumb! 
Mom's front yard
 Summer is also our time for family traditions.  We spend a week with my husband's family in Black Butte, Oregon and a week with my family on the Oregon coast.  It's a fun time filled with lots of laughter and eating way too much good food.  My sister-in-law always seems to introduce me to a new temptation or two.  Have you ever tried s'mores using Reeses Peanut Butter cups? Fab.

My favorite go-to recipe for get togethers is one my mother-in-law gave me 30+ years ago.

Click HERE to download this recipe

One of my favorite summer days is the traditional pottery painting day I have with my nieces.  We have been doing this for at least 10 years now and I look forward to this special time I get to spend with these girls.  

Tweet Home

Most of the stitching I do is embroidery which I can do anywhere.  If it's a beautiful day you will find me in my backyard stitching away and listening to an audio book.  The last one I finished was Watership Down.  I even stitched up my rendition of Hazel for an upcoming project!

Outside of my studio window
The stitchery I designed for this Blog Hop was inspired by a bird's nest outside my studio window.  I love the care that bird's put into crafting their homes.  I decided to add a birdhouse instead of a nest, but it's still home. I hope you like it!
 This free pattern is called Tweet Home and it measures 3 1/2" x 8".  For a free PDF 
copy of the pattern click HERE.

One Stitch at a Time

One Stitch at a Time design - #1 June 2016
If you enjoy stitching up quick little projects you might be interested in my new One Stitch at a Time subscription club.  It's only $2 a month, start and stop whenever you want.  On the 1st of every month you will receive, by email, a new PDF design.  For more information click HERE.
The design pictured above is from June 1st.  Although it has already been sent out to the subscribers, it is available for individual purchase HERE.



CQ4fun won the book!  Congratulations.  

Thanks to all who left comments, they were fun to read!

As a thank you for reading through this rather lengthy blog post I would like to offer a chance to win a  prize!  Simply post the name of your favorite flower in the comments and I will draw a winner on July 20th.  The winner will be notified by email and they will receive a signed copy of my new book Stitches from the Garden. For more information about the book click HERE.

I hope you had a fun time visiting my blog!  Tomorrow jump on over to The Cottage at Cardiff Farms blog  and find out some fun summer facts about her and see the great project she has created just for you!
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May 4, 2016

Stitches from the Garden

 Stitches from the Garden is almost here! Just in time for all things spring.  

Last spring I moved my studio to a room with windows looking out onto our backyard.  Watching all of the green leaves pop out and the buds opening up, I was inspired to design this book.  

I wanted to share my love for painting in this book too.  With a happy heart, I set out to paint little nature scenes along with some of my favorite garden quotes.

Original painting included in the book.
 The process of designing projects for the finished embroidery pieces usually starts with a rough sketch.  Keeping the theme of a garden sketch book, I have included these project sketches in the book as well.  I hope you enjoy seeing the process and inspiration that created this book!

Sketch of a project idea
Pincushion project

Pre-orders are available HERE with a mid June ship date.
Published by the fabulous Martingale.  80 pages. $24.99
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May 1, 2016

One Stitch at a Time

One Stitch at a Time

One Stitch at a Time Subscription is now available! 
Every month you will receive a new embroidery
design emailed directly to you. 
These designs may be used to embellish anything you 

can think of - pincushions, sachets, pillows, ornaments...
let your imagination have fun with them. 
 $2.00 a month - no sign up fees and
no minimum month commitment!
The designs will vary in size and theme from month 

to month.
The average size is about 3"- 6". 
Some months I will show what they look like 

stitched in different color ways -
This one, Home Sweet Nest (#1 June 2016), I 

stitched using
Cosmo Seasons floss.

Cosmo Seasons floss #8041
DMC floss

I also stitched the same design using DMC floss then 

finished it with a little color, quilting, and a frame.
How you decide to use the embroidery 
design is up to you! 
The subscription is for the design only. 
There aren't any finishing patterns included, 

just lots of ideas.
Are you Ready!
Sign up HERE by May 31st to receive the first 

design which
will be emailed June 1st.
This will be fun!
*PayPal is having issues accepting International orders, but my 

Esty shop will take them.
On Etsy this item is listed as an annual subscription for $24 a year.

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January 22, 2016

Moda All in a Row - my turn : )

All in a Row - Martingale

Thank you for hopping over to my post!  I chose to make a row celebrating winter and all the fun that comes with a snowy day.  This row is a combination of pieced blocks and an embroidery portrait of one of my oldest friends.
I hope you like it!
All in a Row - Winter Friends
I'm sharing my Blog Hop day with the beautiful and talented Camille Roskelley.  The row she designed is fun and bright with lots of star points which I love! 
All in a Row - Twinkle by Camille Roskelley

I used fabric from my new line called Count Your Blessings (in shops May 2016) to offer another look for Camille's row.  
All in a Row - Twinkle designed by Camille Roskelley using my fabrics - Count Your Blessings

Moda - Count Your Blessings
My new line, Count Your Blessings, has a sweet panel I'm stitching up into a wall hanging pattern.  I can't wait to see it quilted and finished.  I think I'll hang it in my studio to remind myself everyday to count my blessings. 

Leave me a comment naming one of your blessings and I will draw 3 winners at random to win a copy of this lovely book!  The drawing is February 1st.  I will email the winners.

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January 12, 2016

All in a Row!

Moda All-Stars All in a Row!
This was a fun book to work on.  We each designed one row celebrating all of the seasons and Lissa Alexander designed blender rows to help you mix and match your favorite rows.  
Martingale published this beauty with so many beautiful color pictures - drool worthy : )
To get a peek at all of the rows and designers we are having a Blog Hop!  It starts on January 18th.
We are paired up two by two - double the fun! 
Oh Happy Day!  There will be prizes too!  Follow along!
All royalties for this book will be donated to No Kid Hungry.  A charitable organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger

Blog Hope schedule - 

Brenda Riddle  Carrie Nelson
Corey Yoder  Janet  Clare
Me & My Sister  Barbara Brackman
Pat Sloan  Edyta Sitar
Camille Roskelley  Kathy Schmitz
Sweetwater  Blackbird Designs
 Anne Sutton  Laurie Simpson
Lisa Bongean Joanna Figueroa
Betsy Chutchian Jen Kingwell
Kate Spain  Sandy Gervais
Kaari Meng Kansas Troubles
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September 25, 2015

My Little Patterns

Little, Little, Little!  Anything tiny has my attention!  I don't know what it is about miniature things, but I've always loved them.  I just finished up 4 new little quilt patterns each measuring about 16" x 19".  They were so much fun to do and the piecing was pretty quick. The little embroidery pieces measure just 3" square.
The first one is called My Little Garden.  There are 12 embroidery images all with a garden theme including a cat with a birdie friend...
KS-1519 My Little Garden
 My Little Home has 12 embroidery images about all things heart and home
KS-1520 My Little Home     
My Little Stitches has 12 embroidery designs showing my love of the needle and thread
KS-1521 My Little Stitches
My Little Year - January through December through pictures!
KS-1522 My Little Year
Once you've embroidered all of these little cuties once I'm sure you'll want to do it again, right?
In each of the above patterns there is also a pattern to make the combined quiltlet My Favorite Little Things. (measures 28" x 36"). 
My Favorite Little Things
Decisions, decisions, decisions.  Do one or do all four?  These patterns are ready as PDF digital downloads now or put your order in for the first shipment of paper patterns scheduled to go out mid October.
For my friends in other Countries these patterns may be purchased as PDF digital downloads from my Etsy Shop.

For my favorite shops that might be interested in carrying these patterns, but aren't sure you have time to do the embroidery....I have a little something just for you on my website.  "Cheater" embroidery blocks will be available to you for your shop sample.  Click HERE for more info.
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April 27, 2015


Hi!  My name is Kathy, Kathryn when I'm in trouble.  I'm 12 years old and it's 1972.  I've been trying to see my future in a crystal ball and today I finally made it!  I see 2015!  I have MEN as sons!  MEN with facial hair!  I have a husband (giggle).  Things are looking good for me!  And what about my dream of being an illustrator and writing books like Murvery's Pet Shop....

Rough draft Murvery's Pet Shop - circa 1972
 Or The Cat and Mrs. Cary "retold in picures by Kathy"

Excerpts from The Cat and Mrs. Cary

The picture is getting clearer.....yes...I see lots of pencils and Sharpies.....and ......and..... dishes and laundry?  What?  And what about those boxes and boxes of fabric and patterns?  Oh!  Look at that sewing machine!  It's nothing like Mom's sweet black Singer or Grandma's treadle.  I wonder if my grown up me still has the quilt I made years ago when I was 10?

I see lots of drawing and painting stuff....and they're all MINE! No sharing with Bonnie!  Speaking of Bonnie... I just finished these family portraits. Want to see?
Family portrait 1972
 It looks like when I'm an o-o-o-l-l-l-l-d-d-d-d lady I'll get to draw and paint and embroider all day if I want to!   I get to create fun stuff all day long! Like these.....
Friendship KS-1512 - one of 8 printed fabric patterns

Spring has Sprung KS-1509 - one of four seasonal patterns
Look at all of this cool fabric -
Oh my gosh!  I think that's my married name right there on the selvage!  Schmitz?!  Hey I picked strawberries this summer with a boy named Steve Schmitz..... he was so cute!  You don't suppose.....
Sturbridge - delivers to shops in July 2015

I see lots of quilts too.  It looks like the 4-H sewing paid off!
Olde Towne KS-1501
Publik House -KS-1502

Now for the fun part! Leave a comment and you'll be entered in a drawing to WIN an ORIGINAL water color painting! 
This napping cat painting measures a petite 4" x 7".
The winner will be announced and notified on May Day- the  1st of May.
UPDATE • thank you all for taking the time to leave a comment!  The winner of the little water color painting is Carrie P. and she has been notified.

  BLOG HOP SAVINGS!  Hop on over to Kathy's SHOP and enter the coupon code SPRUNG when checking out to save 10% off your total purchase! 
This coupon code is available through the end of the month - April 30, 2015

I have one more message coming through....... tomorrow, April 29th, hop over to these blogs to see who's taken them over!
April Rosenthal
Blackbird Designs 
Me & My Sister
Acorn Quilt & Gift Company  
Kate Spain  

What's that?.....I hear Mom calling.  Something about hanging the clothes on the line.  Gotta go!

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