Sunday, January 29, 2012

This is a quilt I designed that is not a Black Cat pattern.  But it is available as a PDF download at

I have a group of GFs (you gotta have good friends) and we all got into "rusting" fabric.  That's where you take muslin and some old rusted metal, put them together and sit it out in the sun to set.  We had Texas stars, chains, nails, horseshoes - all kinds of stuff.  You can see my rusted fabric in the large rectangles in the outer border.  I had also purchased some fabulous cowgirl prints from and really wanted to use them in a project.  When my friends saw what I had designed, they wanted to make one too.  When you design stuff for other people all day, sometimes it's fun to just do something for yourself. 

You can put a pieced picture in every block, but I chose to use the embroidery designs from our Rodeo Stars pattern, enlarge them, and stitch them in the blank blocks.  I think it makes a really unique quilt and we all had a blast doing it.

One tip - the cowgirl prints were not washer safe so I dipped them in a color set solution before sewing them up.  Let them dry and they're now completely colorfast.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Come on ladies!  It's time to get your embroidery on!!   

If you're like me, this time of year I'm itching to start new projects.  My brain is screaming - Be creative!!  I've gotten a little hooked on Pinterest - a good and a bad thing.  They have these darling pillowcases with crocheted edges that I'm dying to try.  I also have many embroidery projects waiting for me.

If your brain is screaming at you, you need to try our Afternoon Tea designs. There are 18 teapot designs in this quilt and Judy has put them in a great setting.   (  I always have a zippy bag with a project going in it.  This is a great take along stitchery.  We even have the threads in a kit available on our website.  We like to use Perle Cotton Size 8 threads.  You can't always find all of the colors at Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby.  So, we've put them all together for you. 

Don't like teapots?  No problem.  We have some other beautiful embroidery patterns on our website that I'm sure you'll love.  And if you don't like to hand embroider and machine embroidery is your thing, these designs are also available on a CD.

Now, I just need to find the time to sit still and stitch....