Tuesday, February 18, 2014


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


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


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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Monday, September 16, 2013

Moda Size Matters prize winners

Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave a comment!  Even if you were not in a guild your name was included in the drawing.  The winners are -
Teresa S. from Kent, WA., Sharon S. from Camano Island, Brynwood Needleworks, Karen W. from Brooklyn Park, Trillium from West Virginia, and Carol of Napa, CA., Kris from Greenbay, All of the winners have been notified.
This week I will total up the different quilt guilds who responded and I will post the winner for that prize.
Thanks again!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Size Matters - Moda Blog Hop

16" x 16" Nautical Star Pillow
Size matters.....yes and no.  It's really all a matter of perspective and need right?  I sure could use a larger studio space, but I've always been drawn to the super tiny little things, like painting these little 1"x1" square paintings below.  So it seems like it would make sense that a tiny studio would do, but no no! To paint these little pictures I need lots of paint in all sorts of colors and paper large and small, I need the mediums to make the crackle finish and I need paint brushes in a variety of sizes.  The list just goes on and on!  And then there is all of the MODA FABRIC!
tiny 1" x 1" watercolor paintings
My quilt block (the pillow above) is one of my favorite and really very easy, just snowballed corners (or flying geese) and squares.  I added a simple star applique for a nautical look.  The finished pillow is using a 16" square, but my favorite block is in the very center - it measures a tiny 2" x 2"!  If you would like directions to make this Nautical Star pillow click HERE.

For a more general pattern of the quilt block in a variety of sizes (above) click HERE.

If you are drawn to tiny things you might also like one of my little pendant necklaces.  There are three quilty designs to choose from.  They measure  1" square and come with a 24" ball chain.  The designs are prints from original watercolor paintings.  Best of all they only cost $12 plus shipping. Click HERE to check them out.


The best for last right?  Moda has GENEROUSLY provided some spectacular goodies for me to give away!  I have fat quarter bundles, layer cakes, charm packs, jelly rolls.....all from my new fabric line called Piecemakers which won't be in stores until January!   Be the first to stitch something up with this new line!  The concept for this line was everything sewing/quilting related including quilt guilds.  I was doing a little research and I got caught up in the creative names of guilds and I decided to use some of them in the fabric.  The colors are a soft wheat, pale soldier tealy blue, and chestnut browns.

The winners have been notified, thank you!
Moda Piecemaker's available in January

 I had a fun time designing these four quilts with this fabric.  I was lucky enough to have my Mom and my good friend Sheryl do piecing for me - THANK YOU!!!!!

Four quilt designs using Moda's Piecemaker fabric line - top left - Nimble Thimble KS-1304, top right - Cotton Patch KS-1305, bottom left - Piecemaker KS-1302 (the "applique" pieces are actually cut from the panel, no applique needed!) bottom right - Patchworks KS-1303.  The patterns will be available in November - suggested retail $8
And in case you would like some other piecing options my dear and talented friend Barb of Coach House Designs came up with these cuties!

New Day

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Moda Hop

The hop continues this week!  Don't miss out on the fun. 
Today's designers are:

V & Co.
Deb Strain
Barbara Brackman

Hop back to me on the 11th for my turn.  I will actually be at a lovely quilt retreat in the middle of a gorgeous state park here in Oregon (with no cell or internet reception), but my post is scheduled to publish at 12am!  I'm crossing my fingers.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Buggy Barn Quilt Show & upcoming Moda events

I had heard stories and saw pictures of past Buggy Barn Quilt Shows, but to see it in person was a real treat!  My sister, Bonnie of All Through the Night, and I taught a class and participated in Buggy Barn's annual Craft Sale.  One of the other teachers we spent time with was the super talented and really sweet Sue Spargo. I've been a fan of hers for years so it was great spending time with her.
I also made some new friends who graciously had Bonnie and I over for a little vino and great company - thanks ladies!
Bonnie Sullivan, Sue Spargo & me

Spectacular embroidery and wool piece by Sue


Join us in our Size Matters Blog Hop September 4-16, 2013 for even more fun and inspirations from  designers in the industry.  Moda has graciously supplied us with some fantastic give-aways so be sure to visit each site.
The theme for this blog hop is "Size Matters".  Each designer was given a single quilt block and designed something fun combining different sizes of the block. Does that make sense?
Click here for more information.

September 4, 2013

Laundry Basket Quilts
French General
Zen Chic

September 5, 2013

Bunny Hill
Basic Grey

September 6, 2013

Jan Patek Quilts
Pat Sloan
Sandy Gervais

September 9, 2013

Deb Strain
Barbara Brackman
V & Co.

September 10, 2013

Lauren + Jessi Jung
Kate Spain
Me and My Sister Designs

September 11, 2013

Kathy Schmitz Studios
Minick & Simpson
Primitive Gatherings

September 12, 2013

Fig Tree & Co.
Malka Dubrawsky

September 13, 2013

Blackbird Designs
Cotton Way
Stephanie Ryan Design Studio

September 14, 2013

Kansas Troubles
Aneela Hoey

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Quiltmaker Magazine!

I am so excited to have a pattern in the new Quiltmaker magaine!  It's issue #153 Sept/Oct and it goes in the mail today I believe.  The embroidery project is similar in style to the Sweet Stitches patterns I have done; same size with the same type of pieced border.  It will also fit on an Ackfeld Wire stand or it can be hung on the wall.  It's called Bless This House (a limited number of kits are available at www.KathySchmitz.com)
Embroidery project 12" x 14"

Quiltmaker #153 Sept/Oct

 I have bundled up a limited number of kits, including all Moda fabric, DMC floss and for good measure a little 4" x 6" print ready to frame!  The kit sells for $12.00 / limited qty.  Please note the pattern is NOT included with the kit.  The pattern is only available in Quiltmaker Magazine, but it is well worth the purchase!  One of my favorite designer's, Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio also has a darling Halloween design in this issue.  Not to mention all of the other fun quilts and projects in the issue!
ready to frame print!

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Around the world

It's so fun to see how folks from other countries make little changes to Americana patterns to make them their own.  This one is from my pattern "Liberty" and Marina changed the American flag to a sweet needle punch Australian flag. I think it turned out so cute!  Marina is doing the Sweet Stitches patterns through Mrs. Martin's Quilt Shop in Victory, Australia.
For my friends up North I changed the phrase and flag -
Have a great day!
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Bitty Bag

I'm finally caught up with Market orders and I have finished unpacking and sorting all of my Market goodies!  I found a few fun rulers and other little notions, but the best thing I came home with was this Bitty Bag personalized just for me!  I was so surprised to receive this sweet little bag with pockets galore.  The very talented and generous Peggy H. was so sweet to have made this special bag for me.  I feel so lucky!  The pattern Peggy used is great because it has so many compartments-  it's easy to keep everything where it belongs. Click on the link to go to the Sew Mini Pieces website if you want to see other patterns.
Thanks so much Peggy!

pattern by Sew Mini Pieces

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Simply Red in the face

Quilt Market is over!  It ended with a beautiful sunny day in Portland, Oregon.  I hope everyone that made the trip to this part of the country enjoyed their stay.  I have some photos to share but I'm partial to close-ups and I didn't realize that ALL of the photos I took were zoomed in pretty tight!  I hope you enjoy them anyway.  To see more pictures I started an Instagram account while at market and I'm so happy that it's such a simple and fun process.  My Instagram account is Kathyschmitzstitches. 

Before I share the photos I need to tell you that I am red in the face.  I am soooooo very sorry, but I do need to point out a small error in the Simply Red book.  The yardage for the red fabric says it includes enough for the binding, but it doesn't.  You will need to add an additional 1/2 yard.  I am busy putting stickers in the rest of the books.  My sincerest apologies.

Laundry Basket Quilts

Pieces From My Heart

Primitive Gatherings

Thimble Blossoms

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Simply Red is here!

Simply Red KS-1301 $14.00
They have arrived!  14 boxes filled with Simply Red books! The book has 16 colorful pages and four projects.  The biggest project is a quilt (54" x 65") which has 12 appliqué blocks (would work well as a BOM).  Each appliqué pattern also has a little quilty quote to go with it.  I chose to fuse my appliqué pieces and machine appliqué the edges.  The detail on the appliqué blocks is done using DMC wheat colored floss.
embroidery detail

Wool appliqué pillow pattern.  Choose whichever appliqué design you like best

Needle Nest opens to a full circle

Heart & Home is only 12" x 12"!

If you would like to check it out on my website click HERE.
Tomorrow is set up day for the International Quilt Market which takes place right here in Portland this time!  The next few days will pass in a blur of inspiration and fun - so many amazing quilts to see and old friends to meet up with. I will be taking lots of pictures which I'll share on my next post.
Take care,
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Thursday, April 25, 2013


 The sun has blessed us this week and the flowers in my yard are soaking it up!

Tree Peony - Tuesday.....

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Southern Hospitality (and yummy fried food)

I just returned from a great trip to Georgia and South Carolina.  What a beautiful part of the country and what a perfect time of year to visit!  Steve made sure we included a Braves game in Atlanta and then we hit the road and visited some lovely quilt shops.  The first one was The Scarlet Thread - a bright and friendly store (very large store!).  I think they had something for everyone!  What nice folks! They recommended a great place to stop for lunch - Buckner's.  The fried chicken was sooooo good.

 Little Quilts in Marietta feels like walking into a quilter's home - very warm and way too much to see in one trip through! After seeing Mary Ellen at Quilt Market for so many years it was great to see her beautiful quilt shop in person. I felt right at home there, all I needed was a comfortable chair and a good quilt book!


The next stop was Tiny Stitches - oh my!  So bright and cheerful!  It felt like a breath of fresh air walking into her light filled shop.  Love, love, love her customers!  I had a lovely visit with customers and staff and was treated to some delicious homemade snickerdoodle cookies.  I was a happy camper.
The lovely customers at TINY STITHCES

I loved seeing what Cindy Lee (Tiny Stitches staff) had done with some of my patterns.  She has a great eye for color and piecing and it was really fun to see patterns stitched up with her creative twist.  She took my pattern Love and Laughter and completely made it unique and fresh!
A customer, Vicki Nielson, showed me what she had done with the patterns from my book Gather the Passing Seasons.  She had made each one using wool applique and they turned out so cute.  I'm kicking myself that I didn't take a photo.  I love how creative people are and how they feel comfortable making changing and bringing their own creativity to projects.  This was a wonderful way to end out trip.

Cindy Lee's creative adaptation to Love and Laughter pattern
I also need to mention that my website, www.KathySchmitz.com,  is now up and running!  There have been a few little glitches - sorry to those of you that received multiple newsletters!  My new book SIMPLY RED is now available for pre-orders (all pre-orders will be signed). I'm crossing my fingers that they will be here by mid May.  They retail for $14 and have 16 full color pages and four projects.

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