July 13, 2017


When I'm ready to create something, I love having EVERYTHING I need to make it right at my fingertips.  Sometimes those things might be time-consuming to gather, so I thought I would design some fun, small, projects, assemble all the items needed, and offer them as kits.  The first kit is Feathered Friend and it's a magnetic needle keep necklace.  The fabric is pre-printed with the embroidery design, no tracing needed!  I have glued a super strong magnet to the inside of a large 2 1/2" button blank for you so it's ready to go.  Just stitch it up, cover the button, and sew the necklace cording on!  Everything you need is included in the kit.
Feathered Friend magnetic needle keep necklace
The next kit I have available is Bee Humble.  Bees are the true caretakers of my garden and I wanted to pay tribute to them with this little 3" x 8" hanging.  Everything is included in the kit, even the little wooden stick!
Bee Humble

If you would like to be notified when more kits are available please sign up for my newsletter by clicking on the link below

Click on the images, or HERE, to start shopping.

Have a wonderful day!
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June 5, 2017

Moda #12 Contest

Flutterby pincushion

Thank you so much for joining me! It's my turn to share my project for the Moda 12 Designers Contest!  If you haven't visited with me before, welcome.  I have the good fortune to design fabric for Moda and I also design quilt and embroidery patterns.  Hand embroidery is one of my favorite ways to spend my time so I hope you will indulge me for including embroidery in this project.  Of course, if you aren't a hand embroidery enthusiast this project lends itself to machine embroidery too.  So if you have some fun stitches on your machine that you've been wanting to play with now is the time!
My project for this contest is a crazy quilt pincushion.  I have always had a fondness for crazy quilts but so far I've never had the time to make one.  This little pincushion was just the right size to scratch that "crazy" itch I had.  I can't wait to see the variety of fun pincushions you all come up with!

The rules -
1. You need to use at least 5 different fabrics, most of which need to be from any of my past fabric lines.
2. Finished size should be 4" x 6".
3. Use at least 3 different embroidery stitches.
4. Post a picture of your crazy pincushion on Instagram using the tag #12contestskathyschmitz. If you don't have an Instagram account feel free to email a picture of your pincushion to me at SchmitzStitches@gmail.com
5. Have fun, be creative, show your personality!
6. Post your picture by JUNE 30th.

Prize #1 - Moda fabric!
On the 1st of July, I will randomly pick 5 winners from the posts and emails I receive. Moda is generously shipping these winners wonderful prizes!!!!

Prize #2 - One Stitch at a Time membership!
The first two people to post a picture of their pincushion on Instagram using #12contestsKathySchmitz will win a membership to my One Stitch at a Time club!
If you are already a member of the club you can gift this prize to a friend or add it to your subscription length.
Join the One Stitch at a Time club to receive a new design by email every month.  Below are a couple samples of previous designs.  We also have a very supportive Facebook group for sharing your projects.  There are nice prizes every month too!

Past One Stitch at a Time designs are also available for purchase HERE

Tips to get you started:
Start with the focal fabric.  I fussy cut a butterfly from Garden Notes Moda fabric.  Make sure to leave at least 1/2" around the design.  Cut 4 sides - any shape! Or, embroider a small design for your focal point and fussy cut around it.

Start adding the coordinating fabric.  Always start with a straight cut side.  Leave plenty of room on each side of the fussy cut piece. Use 1/4" seam allowance.

Flip and press.  Trim the extra following one of the sides of the fussy cut piece.

Add fabric to each of the remaining sides of the fussy cut piece.  Press and flip as before.  Continue until all 4 sides of the fussy cut piece are surrounded
For further instructions click HERE for a free download.

Once your pincushion is stuffed it will be ready to use!  BUT if you want to make it really special, you can take one more step and add a nice finishing touch.  I like to make my own cording using DMC floss and a Custom Cord Maker.  Not only is it pretty, but it's super fun to make the cording. 

custom cord maker
much better

Remember I mentioned prizes?  Make sure you post a picture of your pincushion, or email it to me, by June 30th to be eligible.
A big thank you to everyone that posted pictures of their lovely pincushions!  The winners were notified and Moda is sending them some nice prizes.  Thanks again!

Who's up next?
Up next in this 12 designers contest is Venessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique.  Make sure to visit her blog, lellaboutiue, on July 1st to join her contest.

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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 www.KathySchmitz.com 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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