March 26, 2020

Make Do Needle Case

While staying home I've been trying to find fun and creative ways to fill my time.  Looking around at all of the things around my home that I could repurpose I knew I wanted to do something with empty TP rolls!  
This is my Make Do Needle Case 

 While traveling through France many years ago, I picked up all sorts of ephemera and I thought this would be a good time to pull them out and make use of them.  I have made a printout for you to use to create this little needle case too!

1. You will need two empty TP rolls.  
Flatten the rolls.  On one end of one of the rolls measure down 1/2".  Using a small round object, I used the top of a pill bottle, trace a curve, centered side to side.  Cut the curve out through both the front and back of the flattened cardboard tube.

2.  From the second tube cut a piece that is 1" narrower and 1" shorter than the 
first tube.

3. Print out the background page (link at the end of post) onto regular paper. Spread a thin layer of
glue on one side of the flattend cardboard tube.  Place it on the backside
of the printout 1/2" from the top and centered side to side. 

 4. Spread a thin layer of glue on the other side of the tube and wrap the printout
around to the back and glue where it overlaps. Make cuts where indicated by the red lines
on the printout pattern.
Fold the extra printout paper at the top to the inside and the tube and 
glue in place.  • Fold the bottom flap of printout paper to the backside
and glue in place.  This will form an envelope of the tube

5. Add a light layer of Mod Podge on the exterior, front and back. Regular white Elmer's glue will also work.

  6. Cut two pieces of lightweight batting slightly smaller than the
second cut piece of the TP tube. Cut two pieces of wool 1/2" wider and longer than the first
tube's measurements.  Sandwich the second piece of cardboard between the batting and wool.
Using a sewing machine sew around the edge of the cardboard. *You can
feel the edge.  If you happen to stitch a little bit through the cardboard that's
all right.  

  7. Trim the extra wool using pinking shears leaving a scant 1/4" from
the stitching.

8. Insert the wool covered cardboard into the paper covered case.

Make one for yourself and one for a friend!
Share pictures of your finished Needle Case and post them on Instagram #KathySchmitzStitches

Please follow me on Instagram - @KathySchmitzStitch
and watch my tutorial videos on YouTube - To the Point with Kathy Schmitz

Happy Stitching!

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Honey Bee

This is Honey, a quilter's friend!  I painted her years ago and decided now was a great time to make her into a paper doll to share with you all.
Remember making paper dolls?  Remember Flat Stanley?  Honey will bring back all of those fun childhood memories.  Print her out for FREE, cut her out and she will keep you company in your sewing room.  Take a picture and post it on IG #HoneyQuilts and see all of the places she has flown all over the world!


I hope you all are well and staying safe!

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March 9, 2020

Picture This - A complimentary pattern for the Picture Perfect book

Picture This wallhanging pattern uses the embroidery designs from the Picture Perfect book and a FREE wallhanging setting pattern.
Are you ready to stitch up another project using the embroidery designs from the Picture Perfect book?  I designed a small wallhanging (21" x 29") using all 16 of the embroidery designs!  This wallhanging setting pattern is free for you.


It's always better when we stitch together, right?  I have made video tutorials so you can follow along as I stitch and piece this project together.  You can watch the videos over on my YouTube channel -


The first thing you will need is your own copy of the Picture Perfect book.
Then download the Picture This wallhanging setting pattern for FREE - HERE
Once you have your supplies, pop on over to YouTube for helpful tutorial videos HERE
Picture This Tutorial #1 goes over all of the prep work...

Picture This Tutorial #2 goes over the different embroidery stitches used throughout the book...

Picture This Tutorial #3 goes over piecing the wallhanging!

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February 21, 2020

Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect is my newest book with Martingale and it's loaded with 16 little embroidery designs to stitch up and use in a variety of projects.
The book offers several ways to use the finished embroidery designs including mats to frame - right in the book!  

If you have the book Picture Perfect and you are looking for another project, I think I might have something for you!  I have designed a small wallhanging using all 16 of the designs from the book.  This time, I'm also adding just a touch of fused applique.  The picture at the top shows one of the blocks with the applique.
I will be doing a YouTube tutorial video so that you can stitch along with me if you like! 
The stitch along will begin in early March on YouTube - To the Point with Kathy Schmitz.  Here is a list of what you will need if you want to join along -

1. Picture Perfect book

2. Light-colored fabric for embroidery background - 3/4 yard
(the sample was stitched on Moda Home Rice Paper Cream)

3. Medium-colored fabric for applique and piecing - 1/2 yard
(the sample used Moda Home Rice Paper Oat)

4. Dark print for piecing - 2/3 yard (plus + 1/4 yard for binding)

5. Freezer paper for tracing the embroidery design and for applique placement

6. Lightweight fusible web 8" x 10"  (I really like FlexiFuse which I'm hoping to carry on my website soon).

7. 1 skein floss - color to coordinate with your fabrics
(the sample was stitched using 1 strand of DMC black floss)

8. batting

9. lightbox or window

10. Tracing tool - I like to use the Pilot FriXion pen

Hope on over to my YouTube station to subscribe so that you don't miss the stitch along!

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February 9, 2020

My Valentine's

Recently, while getting lost in the depths of Pinterest, I came across the most wonderful woven paper hearts.  Some of them were so intricate they were almost lace-like.  I thought it would be fun to design my own, on a much simpler scale, and share it with you!  Remember playing with paper dolls?  It's almost like that.  We get to cut paper shapes and weave them together, how fun!

From my heart to yours!

Print out the paper page here - KATHY'S VALENTINE HEART
(I printed mine on regular inkjet printer paper)

It's a pretty simple little project.  Here are the steps -
Cut out the heart and hand

Fold them in half as shown

Line up the heart on top of the hand, over the fold.  Place the heart pointing down.  Match up the rounded part of the heart with the dots on the hand.  Cut the 3 slits through both the heart and hand.

Place the heart on the hand pointing up and weave the slits in the hand through the slits in the heart.

This part might be a bit tricky.  Using something like a large pin, pull the points of the heart through to the top.

You did it!
Share this little bit of love with your loved one this Valentine's day.


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January 16, 2020

Sampler Embroidery Patterns

 I could look at pictures of antique samplers, some stitched by very young girls, all day long.  I too learned how to embroider when I was little although my stitches looked nothing like those beautiful antique ones.
I recently started designing my own take on samplers and I've become a bit obsessed.  The first one I designed is called Home Sampler.

The images in Home Sampler reflect several different "homes" from beehives to birds nests.  

For Quilt Sampler I picked out some of my favorite sewing related items.

Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!  

The day slips away so fast when I'm out in my garden

Snow is so magical!  It makes everything so quiet and peaceful.

Sweet memories of childhood Valentine's parties.

Each pattern has numerous stitches, some are standards like the stem stitch and the lazy daisy.  There are also a few stitches that might be new to you like the woven wheel or the fishbone stitch.  Because some of the stitches might not be as familiar as others, I have made a YouTube stitch-along tutorial for Garden Sampler, Snow Sampler, and Love Sampler.  
My goal is to make YouTube tutorials for all of my new patterns - it's always good to have a goal, right?

Happy Stitching!
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October 3, 2019

Moda Schoolhouse Blog Hop - I Can Make That!

Are you doing the HOP?  The Moda blog hop that is.  If you are, then you have already collected several FREE 18" quilt block patterns.  Today I would like to share my block with you.  I stitched this up from my new fabric line, Home, which is in shops now.


I tried to use as many of the fabrics as I could in this block!  I also added a splash of red to really make it pop.  The nice thing about this fabric line is that about any accent color looks great with it!  How about a nice eggplant or olive?  

Nothing makes a house a home like a nice comfy pillow, so that is what I made with my block.

Here is your free pattern compliments of Moda -

 Tomorrow will be the last day of the HOP.  Please visit Zen Chic and Deb Strain to collect the last 2 blocks.  I hope you have had a great time following along!
If you missed any, here are links to the other designers -

September -

23rd - Lella Boutique and Sherri & Chelsi 
24th - Kansas Troubles 
25th - Crystal Manning and Me & My Sister
26th - Jan Patek
27th - Robin Pickens and Corey Yoder
28th - BasicGrey
 October -
1st - Betsy Chutchian and Lisa Bongean
2nd - American Jane 
 3rd - Kathy Schmitz
4th - Zen Chic and Deb Strain

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December 15, 2018


I'm usually not too concerned about the appearance of the back of my embroidery.  I usually make so many knots and "travel" so much it looks like a beautiful macrame back there.  I might be exaggerating a tiny bit. 

Anyway, when I stitch up a tea towel I have to change my thinking and take the time to make the backside as presentable as possible. There are two methods I like to use to stitch without knots.  One is called using a "Waste Knot".  The other has no name I'm aware of so I'll call it "Double Up".

Waste Knot -
Using 2 strands of floss

1. Tie a knot at one end of your floss.
2. Thread the other end onto your needle (I like to use an embroidery needle size 8).
3. From the topside pull the needle down about 4" from the starting point of the embroidery.
4. Start stitching as usual until there is about 4" of thread left on your needle.
*leave the slack from the knot to the starting point.
5. On the backside thread the needle through several of the previous stitches.
6. Cut off the excess thread.

7. Cut off the knot and pull the thread to the backside.
8. Thread the floss onto the needle and weave it under existing stitches as you did in step #5 above.

Double Up -
Use 1 strand of floss

1. Cut a length of floss 2x the length you need.
*I usually stitch with a length of about 24" so I would cut this about 48", but I never measure exactly
2. Fold the floss in half to form a loop.
3. Thread the cut ends onto the needle.

4. Pull the needle up from the backside at your starting point being careful not to pull the thread all of the way through.
5. Pull the needle to the backside about 1/8" away.
6. Thread the needle through the loop on the backside and pull gently to secure.
7. Start stitching!

When you start your next length of floss simply thread the needle through several of the existing stitches.

The embroidery design I'm working on in these examples is a One Stitch at a Time design. One Stitch at a Time is a super cool monthly embroidery club.  On the 1st of every month, a brand spankin' new 6" x 6" embroidery design is emailed directly to you.  Every month a lucky member will win a fun prize too.
2019 brings out first quilt challenge contest!  There are many prizes from the generous folks at Moda, Martingale, and more! Join anytime, it's only $2 a month and it will bring you $5 or more of joy : )
For more information click on the "CLUBS" button in the right column.

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August 29, 2018

Playing with color

My color pencils have been calling me.  I pulled a few of them out of their dusty storage box and started playing around on fabric.  Combining a touch of color to an embroidery piece is reminiscent of those old time tea towels.  There is something comforting in the soft, storybook, look.
This was my first attempt and won't be my last!  I thought I would share how I went about it.  I would love to hear your tips and tricks for using colored pencil of fabric!

1. I copied my embroidery (with the design reversed) onto the paper side of freezer paper.
Then I ironed the wax side of the freezer paper to the back of my fabric.
 I printed the design on my inkjet printer but it can also be traced, just don't use a laser printer.

2.  Using a lightbox, I traced the design onto the fabric.  The freezer paper stabilized the fabric and makes tracing super easy.
I like to use the Pilot FriXion pen for tracing.  The lines disappear with the heat of an iron.

3. With the freezer paper still on the back of the fabric I used Prismacolor colored pencils to fill in the areas I wanted colored.  I started off with a dull point on the pencil and I used a light touch and gradually filled the areas in.

4. Next I removed the freezer paper and using 1 strand of Sulky 12wt black thread I embroidered the design.  I found that the color faded quite a bit with handling while stitching.  I still like it, but it seems a bit too washed out.

5. I decided to add more color.  FIRST I ironed the freezer paper back onto the wrong side of the fabric.  This is really important and helpful for me.  When coloring after stitching it works best to point your pencil toward the stitching.  

6. I think the added color really made a big difference.  For the nest I made marks rather than a smooth filled in look.  That worked well with the feel of the nest.  I also added some brown marks on the eggs to give them some character.

7. With a small paint brush I applied a small amount of Medium to the areas that were colored in.  Let this try thoroughly.  Follow this up with a dry, hot iron and it's set!

This little design is one that I created for my One Stitch at a Time monthly embroidery club.  On the 1st of every month members receive a new design by email and someone in the club wins a SUPER DUPER GIVE AWAY just for being a member!  The designs are usually around 4" - 6" in size.  There isn't a beginning and end to this club so join anytime!  Past designs are also available for purchase separately.  If you would like more information please visit my website (for those in the US) HERE.  If you live outside of the US please visit my Etsy shop HERE.

Happy Stitching!

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