Monday, October 20, 2014

Italy

Steve and I had the best adventure in Italy celebrating 30 years of marriage.  On this trip we stayed up North, but we will be back to explore the rest of this beautiful Country.  The people were unbelievably nice, the weather in October was perfect, the pasta was fantastic and the memories will last a lifetime. 
I also found so many inspirational images.  I can't wait to start designing!

Venice. 

Venice

Vernazza - Cinque Terra (My favorite of the five)

Manarola - unbelievable!
Sestri Levante - This was a great town to stay in if you plan on visiting the Cinque Terre

Pisa

Siena - I like Siena so much!  What a sweet city. 


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Patchwork Garden

 Patchwork Garden has now been shipped to fine quilt shops!
Your love of gardening need not end with the summer sun! Patchwork Garden is full of fun little garden themed drawing and sayings.  A simple red and white/cream palette are all you need to create your next two tone quilt!

Patchwork Garden 




Patchwork Garden close up


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Drum Roll.....



The winners of the Moda Love Bog Hop are....

Dorothy (Richland, WA), 5acredesigns, Me and My Stitches, and Nicole S.
Congratulations!  I will send the winners a confirmation email.
Thank you to everyone that left messages! 


I've added some fun little pendant necklaces to my website.  Click HERE to check them out!
1" x 1" necklaces with 24" ball chain




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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Moda Love blog hop


                  Thank you so much for visiting my blog!
Moda Layer Cake quilt as a table cloth

I made my quilt using a Layer Cake from my new line called Patchwork Garden.  This fabric line will be in shops SOON!
I did add my own two cents with the applique leaves.  Here is a pattern of the leaf if you are interested - LEAF and here is the layer cake pattern - MODA LAYER CAKE

Layer Cake quilt using Moda Patchwork Garden fabric line

I would love to tell you a little bit about this new line of fabric.  Click HERE for a video from Quilt Market.

I also stitched up 12 little embroidery patterns using the Patchwork Garden fabric line!  There are 12 little wall hangings in all.
Stitched in Red patterns using Patchwork Garden fabric line

Ready to stitch?  I have a few kits available with all 12 patterns and all of the fabric needed to complete the 12 projects - click HERE (only 3 available).  If you are interested in kits I've added LOTS of them on my website (small projects to big quilts) - HERE 

Time for Q&A -
When did you start quilting? Tell us about your first quilt...
I made my first quilt, at age 13, using left over fabric scraps my Mom had.  She used to sew our clothes and the left-over pieces of fabric were ours to play with.  
  

When did you fall in LOVE with quilting/ textiles? and Why?

I grew up watching my Grandma and Mom sew.  They both were quilter's as were their ancestors.  I guess I grew up admiring the beautiful antique quilts at the Quilt Museum when I visited my Grandma. As long ago as I can remember I've been encouraged to pick up a needle and thread.  
  
What fuels you to create?
I don't know what I would do with my day if I didn't create!  I suppose it's a great excuse not to clean the house or do laundry!
Creating is very comforting to me.  I get inspired by looking on Pinterest and looking back through doodle books I've done for years.  
What  is the best part of your design process?
I think the hardest part is coming up with the theme or direction I want to go.  Once I figure that out it's really a fun process.  It seems like one idea will lead to another. I like a celebratory glass of wine when I finish a project.  Sometimes a preemptive glass helps with the process too.

I get shaky knees when......
Well is that a good shaky or a bad shaky?  Bad shaky is speaking in public.  I'm getting better at it but it still make me "glow" as my Mom would say (women don't sweat).
A good shaky on the other hand can be caused by a REALLY good dessert.(Creamy butterscotch can even makes by toes wiggle)

I love the color......
burnt orange!!! Yum.  It's such a warm and cozy color.

When I teach classes or workshops, I love.....
learning new techniques from students haha.  I like being surrounded by other creative people.  I'm usually home by myself (and my cat) so it's nice to break that up with friendly faces and good conversation.   I don't know how much actual "teaching" I do.  Mostly I share things that I have found helpful, little tricks and stuff.

This project features a layer cake, charm pack or mini charm, but what is your all time favorite moda precut?
I guess that would be a layer cake.  I'm a sucker for cake of any kind!

I would love to spend a day with.....
My Grandma Ruby and Grandpa Bert.  They were a big part of my life growing up and I would love to see then again.  I think they would both be pleased to see what I do for a living. I hope they would be proud of me.

Feel like winning some lovely Moda fabric?  Now's your chance.  Simply leave a comment and I will randomly pick 4 winners and announce them on Sept 13th. 
Here's what you could win!!!!

*Although they didn't show up on the blog this morning, all comments were received and are now published.  Sorry about that!
Give away!  Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.



Don't forget to hop on over and feel the love with -
Laundry Basket Quilts 
Zen Chic 
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Friday, August 29, 2014

YIPPEE! Another Moda Blog Hop

Are you ready to see all of the pretty quilts the Moda designers have made using the same pattern?  It really is something to see what a variety of color and placement can do to change a pattern.  The blog hop starts on September 2nd with -

Janet Clare of Janet Clare Designs
 Kate Spain 
Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms

My day is September 11th : ) 

Make sure you visit all of the blogs and enter a chance to win some fabulous Moda fabric!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Patterns!

 My new Redwork patterns are now available!  The samples were sewn using my new line of fabric with Moda called A Patchwork Garden.  The fabric will be available in quilt shops in October.  There are several shades of reds and creams to give each piece a scrappy look.  I added a little quote or poem on each cover celebrating the month of the year.  These little hanging measure 12" x 12" and fit nicely on Ackfeld Manufacturing wire and dowel hangers. 

http://www.kathyschmitz.com/shop/Embroidery-Patterns.htm










If you're looking for a bigger project these patterns will also be available as a quilt BOM through several of your favorite shops.
The other project I designed for this fabric line is called Garden Home, a 10 month BOM.  It's an appliqué and embroidery quilt.  I used fused appliqué and then embellished the pieces with embroidery. Ask about it at your local quilt shop or check the list of some of the participating shops on this blog.
close up from Garden Home

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Quilt Market

I'm back home from the Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburg, PA!  As usual the show was inspiring but this time I noticed a huge swing in the age of vendors and shoppers!  Maybe it's just that I'm getting older, but it really seemed like the crowd was getting younger. It was great to see so many young people involved in the quilting industry! 

I never like having my picture taken and I really don't like videos, but if you can bear to watch it here is a little video showing my new line of fabric with Moda called Patchwork Garden and some patterns to go with it. 
Click HERE to see the patterns and fabric.

Patchwork Garden fabric - October delivery
The fabric will be shipped to stores in October 2014.
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Monday, May 5, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

Thank you all for participating!  The winners of the magazine are Loris and Anne.  I have emailed them to let them know.  My block is on page 49 - the same as my age! (not).
This lovely magazine will be available in stores tomorrow!
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Friday, May 2, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

This amazing magazine is a treasure!  100 quilt blocks all in one beautiful publication.   The magazine will be on shelves May 6 through  June 30th so pick yours up soon.  Want a chance to win one?  I'm giving 2 away today!  Send me a comment with the page number you guess my block to be on (26 - 75). The first 2 to guess the closest by 5pm (pacific time) on May 11th wins.
Have a great day!
Kathy
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Patchwork Garden

New fabric!!!!  This line is all reds and creams and has a sweet little garden theme.  My photos aren't the best, sorry.  The reds are much better in person. I've been sewing more in the past week than I have in the past year getting ready for Quilt Market.
I have a new set of 12 embroidery patterns and an appliqué quilt I'm working on.  The appliqué quilt, called Garden Home, has these cute little blocks - 4" x 4".  I love little and these hit the spot.
blocks for Garden Home quilt


Stitched in Red embroidery blocks
I also designed a quilt using the embroidery blocks.  The individual ones can hang on an Akfeld Wire dowel hanger (12" x 12" blocks).

Hope you enjoy the sneak peek!  The fabric will be available in October! 
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SPELL IT WITH FABRIC


My letter is E for EMBROIDERY 
I knew I wanted to incorporate embroidery and a little appliqué with my letter.  What else starts with the letter E?  Eggs of course!  My E features an embroidered momma bird on branches watching over her nest of eggs.  I added a couple of borders to make it fit in a standard frame.  The fabric is from the line Piecemakers which is available now at your local quilt shop!


 Click HERE to download the directions for my embroidered E block. If you just want the plain letter E directions click HERE. For piecing all of the letters together click HERE.

Questions and Answers...
My letter is....   E
What are your initials? KLS 
My favorite quilt block.......... probably the Bear Paw. I love blocks with points.

 
My favorite memory about school.... Christmas vacations!
My favorite book, movie or television show starting with your letter...... Movie - E.T. 

I love quilting because............I love being creative and spending time with my quilting friends.
What if everyday was a holiday?...... Everyday is a holiday in my world!
Is there an object, tool or anything that you cannot work without? Erasers for sure.  I even give them a special place on my desk

 
Do you have a quote or motto you live ( or work) by? Reach for the stars / It is what it is / and my favorite..... Wag more bark less (I've been looking for this bumper sticker forever)
Something I like...... wool pincushions, good movies, a good glass of red wine, a fire in the fireplace, a heated mattress pad in winter, old silver thimbles, huge trees, listening to the waves on the beach, all types of adhesives (tapes and glues - LOVE THEM).

 
Somewhere I have been...... The summer between 4th and 5th grades my family took a 2 month road trip across the U.S.  From Oregon to Rhode Island, Maine to Florida to L.A. and somehow hitting most of the states along the way.  I think my dad drove out of his way just to say we were in another state!  We camped in our tent trailer at KOA campgrounds (Florida in July - not a good idea).  Mom cooked on a camp stove every night. My sisters and I took turns sitting in the middle of the back seat.  I remember we sang songs from musicals like Camelot and Oklahoma during the drives.

Now I have an aversion to long road trips, but I've been to France, Germany, Austria, and Belgium.  A long flight is better than a long car ride in my book!
Somewhere I want to go...... Italy, Ireland, Scotland, England
Someone I know.......... Does this mean someone famous?  hmmmm..... my sister Bonnie (Sullivan - All Through the Night) is kind of famous : )  If I mention Bonnie I need to mention my other sister too.  She taught middle school for 30 years and now volunteers for the Red Cross - pretty cool lady.


The winner of the drawing is Karen in Breezy Point!  Thank you to everyone who left a comment!
Congratulations Karen!



 I'm sharing this day with a couple of great designers I'm lucky enough to call friends.  Make sure to hop over to their blogs too.

Deb Strain -  http://debstrain.blogspot.com/
Fig Tree and Co. - http://figtreequilts.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Tomorrow is another day and more letters!
February 19th -
French General - http://frenchgeneral.blogspot.com/
Janet Clare - http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/
Basic Grey - http://blog.basicgrey.com/






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Monday, February 17, 2014

MODA BLOG HOP STARTS TODAY!

SPELL IT WITH FABRIC -
Check out these talented ladies and the great designs they came up with for their letters -

American Jane - http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/
Aneela Hoey - http://comfortstitching.typepad.co.uk
Bunny Hill - http://bunnyhillblog.com/
Cotton Way - http://cottonway.blogspot.com/
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Friday, January 31, 2014

CHALKBOARD DOODLE

I'm really wishing love was all it took to stay warm!  Our boiler malfunctioned and died 3 weeks ago and even though Steve and I love each other very much we have been without heat ever since.  I've learned that boilers are manufactured on the East coast - a LONG way from here.  Luckily the weather in Oregon has been pretty mild lately.  It turns out the boiler was original to the house (1930) and it had a good long life.  It really went out with a bang though; water from every radiator in the house ....  in the middle of the night.  By the time we realized what had happened we had of water damage in almost every room.  I'm usually at home alone with my cat Molly during the day, but I've had a troup of men in and out of the house over the weeks.  They've all been very nice and worked hard to clean up and fix the mess.  Thank goodness for insurance!  After all of these years paying for it, it's a relief to know we were really in good hands with Allstate. They really came through for us. 

Piecemakers fabric is now in stores!  Yippee!  Look for it at your local shop the next time you're out and about.
Be ready for the Moda designer's next blog hop, SPELL IT WITH FABRIC, starting February 17th.  For details click HERE.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

All Stitched Up!

Whew!  I can finally take a breath!  Between visiting my "boys" in Boston.....
Cory and Steve enjoying a yummy lunch at Alive & Kicking Lobsters in Cambridge.  If you visit the Boston area you MUST eat here.

Tom an Kathy

Cory and Kathy Harvard Square
and sewing the quilts I designed for my new fabric line with Moda call Piecemakers.....
Sew, Mom, sew!

Just a couple of flying geese : )

Pieces of Piecemakers fabric

Three days of piecing at quilt retreat!
and putting the finishing touches on my new BOM All Stitched Up!......
Sweet June pattern of All Stitched Up! (Google All Stitched Up!  to find a retailer)

All 12 table mats measuring 13" x 24" each.

A little gift in each pattern : )  Bookmarks with a little watercolor and quote. 

The 12 center quilt blocks from each month can be combined to create a quilt!  This one is made using Moda's Piecemakers fabric line available in January 2014

I've been busy!  Today the sun in out after record breaking rains and I'm heading out to enjoy the sunshine!
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