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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Our Quilting Journey Magazine

My sweet friend Katie Bock has just started a new magazine about all types of quilting!

The Fall/ Winter Issue 2016 of Our Quilting Journey Magazine is our very first issue. This issue has a quilt block history on an old time favorite, a springtime quilt project to get you ready for spring. We also introduce you to a wonderful quilter who showcases her beautiful bookcase quilts and so much more. Great for all skill levels!

Contact Katie Bock via Facebook.

Available at Magcloud.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Autumn Blackwork Cat - Free Cross Stitch Design

For my cross stitch friends, my Autumn Blackwork Cat design is available to enjoy!

Just right click on the image and save it to your hard drive.  You can print it up with any graphic software.  The image is 8.5 wide X 11 inches high.  This one has always been a favorite and now is the perfect time to stitch it!

There are more of my free cross stitch designs here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Special Holiday Issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine - Coming Soon!

Just a quick note everyone, my staff and I have put together a Special Holiday Issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine! 

Filled with crazy quilt Christmas eye candy and special holiday memories from our contributors.  Also included are easy gift ideas and tutorials, easy cookie recipes and lot's more!

This issue will be available on October 1st at Magcloud.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Snowflake Biscornus

My Snowflake Biscornu Counted Cross Stitch designs are now available again!  I'm sure my counted cross stitch friends will be happy to see them!

Perfect for Biscornu pincushions, Christmas ornaments or stitch one up and work it into a Crazy Quilt block!

This booklet is available from Magcloud:

Cross Stitch Freebie

Since I'm republishing many of my retired counted cross stitch patterns, I've decided to work up a few new freebie cross stitch designs.  I'll post another re-release today but for now, here is "Bird On A Snowflake":

Just right click on the image, save to your hard drive and print using any printing software.  It fits an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Finished Some Projects

First, I'd like to thank you everyone who left me their kind comments in regards to Sunday's post.  It's just something that's kind of been hanging on me for all these years. 

I did some finishing over the weekend and thought I'd share those projects today.  First, you might remember this stitched piece that I did in the Spring:

I sewed it up into a mini wall quilt:

For fun, I used a different 1930's reproduction print on each side of the stitched piece.  Then I added yo-yo's with buttons in the center on the corners. 

Next, I finished up some Halloween cross stitch door hangers:

I can't remember who all the designers are.  I would give them credit if I could.  I think the little owl with the moon is Prairie Schooler.

I also stitched up my last little complimentary design:

I hand dyed the fabric myself.  It's a pale mint green.  I think I may work this into a little Crazy Quilt piece.  In case you missed the chart when I posted it, here it is again:

Just save to your hard drive and print.  It fits an 8 1/2 inches X 11 inch sheet of paper.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 11, 2001 - Premonition Dreams

Normally, I don't blog on the weekends.  I don't usually even have my computer on.  But today is a little different.

Like most of us, I remember September 11, 2001 like it was yesterday.  I was watching Good Morning America when the first plane hit the WTC.  I remember thinking that a plane out of JFK airport must have malfunctioned and that it was an accident.  And then I saw, on live television, the 2nd plane.

It was at that moment that I knew something really bad was happening.

Just like everyone else, I was so engrossed in the horrific events of that day, I failed to remember something that happened to me, one and two weeks prior. 

It didn't hit me until September 18th.  When it did, it blasted me to the point of almost passing out.  The anxiety that it caused when I remembered was sickening.  I had premonitions of that day.  Dreams.  Two of them.

I decided to share it today because it's been haunting me for 15 years now.  I know that writing things down helps to get it out of our heads and off of our shoulders.  It's the only way I can think to help free myself of what feels like a burden.

Dream 1:  Two weeks to the day, prior to September 11th of that year, I had been working on my computer all day.  Probably trying to meet a deadline for a magazine.  When I finished up, I was kind of tired so I laid down on the sofa to relax and watch TV for while.

I guess I dozed off but I wasn't completely asleep.  Twilight Sleep is what mom calls it.  Anyway, I suddenly found myself, standing on top of a very tall square silver building.  I looked down and I could see a ton of traffic and knew that I was in a big city.  Next to the building that I was standing on, was another building exactly the same, silver in color, except it had an antenna on it whereas the one that I was standing on didn't.

In this dream, I knew that I was supposed to jump from the building that I was on to the one next to it.  But I couldn't jump because it was too far.  The dream was in black and white and it felt like a grey, cloudy day.  Gloomy.  Dreary.

I woke up and thought it was a rather odd dream.  I mentioned it to my mom and then kind of wrote it off thinking it was just a dream.  It hung on me for a while and I kept thinking it must been from something I saw on TV.  I grew up in Chicago and now live about 50 miles north of the city.  It must have been something I saw on the news.

Dream 2Exactly 1 week later, and exactly 1 week before that horrible day, I had another dream.  This dream happened at night and it felt so real.

In this dream, there were 4 men of what I thought were Hispanic decent, trying to break into my house.  In the dream, my house was exactly like it is in reality.  Not at all distorted like some dreams are.  Anyway, I dreamed that it was the middle of the night and I heard a noise so I got up and went into the living room.  I looked out the window onto my front porch and I could see 3 men trying to break in.  I knew that there was a 4th man in my backyard somewhere but I couldn't see him.  I just knew he was out there.

I started saying in the dream, "I have to call 911.  I have to call 911."  I walked over to my telephone table, grabbed my phone and I saw myself dialing the numbers 9 1 1.  The operator answered, "This is 911".  I said to her, "Is this 911?"  She said, "yes, this is 911".  

I replied telling her that I need her to send 911 to my house.  That there were 4 Hispanic men trying to break in.  I told her that I saw 3 men on my front porch and that I knew there was a 4th man in my backyard but I couldn't see him.  I just knew that he was there.  Again I told her, "please send 911.  Please send 911 right away."

I woke up having the worst panic attack that I have ever had in my entire life.  I was sweating, crying, shaking, hyperventilating - you name it.  I flew out of my bed, ran into my living room and looked outside.  There was no one out there.  It was 2:30 in the morning.  I couldn't stop shaking and crying.  I went outside and sat on my front porch for over an hour. 

I went back to bed but never got back to sleep.

In the morning, I told Scott about it and I told my mom about it.  It hung on me for awhile but I eventually wrote this one off too, thinking it was just a bad dream.

In the afternoon of September 18th, 2 military planes flew by, somewhere in my area.  They flew so fast, it created a sonic boom.  I about jumped out of my skin!  Everyone was still on edge anyway so I'm sure I wasn't the only person who jumped like that.

Once I settled down, I remembered the dreams.  It was like getting hit in the head with a baseball bat.  I think it shocked me and I thought I was going to pass out.  Those two dreams were premonitions.

I remember thinking "if I only knew".  But how was I supposed to know.  Obviously, the tall silver buildings in the 1st dream were the WTC buildings.  I just didn't put 2 and 2 together.  I've never been to New York.  I've only seen them on television.

The symbolism in the 2nd dream really freaks me out!  They weren't Hispanic men.  They were from the Middle East.  The 3 on my porch represented the 2 WTC buildings and the Pentegon.  The one that I couldn't see out in my backyard was the field in Pennsylvania.  4 men - 4 airplanes.

The 911 theme was so obvious, it makes me sick to this day.  I was symbolically given the place, the date, the number of airplanes and who was going to do it.  But I didn't know what it meant until after the fact.

Had I known, I could have called someone, but who?  I guess the FBI but they probably would have thought I was a nutcase.  I've discussed this with mom and she has told me many times that I can't feel guilty or blame myself in anyway because I didn't know and on a conscious level, I know this.  But I think on another level, I've always wished that I knew the dreams were premonitions and that I could have done something to change what happened that day.

For 15 years now, it's hung on me, popping up over the years here and there in the back of my mind.  I'm not the only person who had premonitions of that day.  I've done some research and found that there are many people who had similar experiences and they too wish that they could have know in advance so that they could have done something to prevent it.

I watched the Memorial Service this morning, still wishing that I knew what those dreams meant and that I could have done something to stop it.  But of course, hindsight is 20/20. 

For me, it's time to try to let the premonitions go, if I can.  That's why I'm writing about it today.  I'd like to forget those dreams.  What good did they do?  What was the point or purpose?  Why did it happen at all?   I'll never know that.  And I'm sure that others who had premonitions wonder the same thing.

What I do know, is that we must never forget the events of that day and we must never forget the almost 3,000 innocent people who lost their lives that day.  As long as we remember them, they will live on in our hearts.

Thank you for listening.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

2017 Crazy Quilt Calendar Blocks

As I do every year, I thought I would post the 2017 Crazy Quilt Calendar Blocks.  For this year, my staff and I decided to hold a contest.  We were not at all disappointed in our decision!  The entries were wonderful!!!  Our only sadness came in not being able to give everyone who entered the contest, their own page.  The runners up blocks will be included in the Winter 2016 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.  In the meantime, here are the winning blocks:

Cover Design:


Nina Burnsides

Linda Hopkins

Shannon Szkapi

Maria Mulder

Margaret Freeland

Kathleen Klein

Sharon Peters

Sally Mennella

Margreet De Reus

Jackie Keirnan-Hale

Heather Mantz

I would like to say thank you to everyone who entered the contest.  I'm so proud of all of you.  It takes a lot of courage and strength to put yourself and your work out there.  
I always say, everyone brings something to the table!!!
The 2017 Crazy Quilt Calendar is available at Magcloud. 

If anyone would like to enter our contest for the 2018 Crazy Quilt Calendar, here are the guidelines:

 Since the theme will be Musicals, Cathy Kizerian came up with a list of popular musical ideas.  You don't have to choose one from this list.  These are just some ideas. 
 Click on the images to see the details up close!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

2016 Holiday Issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Labor Day weekend!

I thought I would share a sneak peak of the special 2016 Holiday Issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine:

Our cover artist is Lisa Boni!  Thank you Lisa!  This issue is filled with eye candy and special holiday stories from our contributors.  Also included are tutorials for quick and easy gifts, tree ornaments and simple cookie recipes!!  Yes there's more, but I thought I'd just give a quick teaser!!
This issue will be available on October 1st.

Also, in case you missed my post last week, the 2017 Crazy Quilt Calendar is now available:

 And don't forget, the Autumn 2016 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available:

Finally for today, Saturday was our 28th wedding anniversary.  Scott and I went out for a nice dinner and then came back and sat our deck to enjoy watching the birds!  It was a nice evening.  Here is our wedding photo:

September 3, 1988, the most wonderful day of my life!

Thursday, September 01, 2016

2017 Crazy Quilt Calendar Now Available!

I'm pleased to announce that the 2017 Crazy Quilt Calendar is now available for purchase:

A special thank you goes out to all of our contributors!!!

You can order your copies here at Magcloud:

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