April 27, 2015

MODA'S BLOG TAKEOVER - CRYSTAL BALL FLASHFORWARD


Hi!  My name is Kathy, Kathryn when I'm in trouble.  I'm 12 years old and it's 1972.  I've been trying to see my future in a crystal ball and today I finally made it!  I see 2015!  I have MEN as sons!  MEN with facial hair!  I have a husband (giggle).  Things are looking good for me!  And what about my dream of being an illustrator and writing books like Murvery's Pet Shop....

Rough draft Murvery's Pet Shop - circa 1972
 Or The Cat and Mrs. Cary "retold in picures by Kathy"

Excerpts from The Cat and Mrs. Cary

The picture is getting clearer.....yes...I see lots of pencils and Sharpies.....and ......and..... dishes and laundry?  What?  And what about those boxes and boxes of fabric and patterns?  Oh!  Look at that sewing machine!  It's nothing like Mom's sweet black Singer or Grandma's treadle.  I wonder if my grown up me still has the quilt I made years ago when I was 10?

I see lots of drawing and painting stuff....and they're all MINE! No sharing with Bonnie!  Speaking of Bonnie... I just finished these family portraits. Want to see?
Family portrait 1972
 It looks like when I'm an o-o-o-l-l-l-l-d-d-d-d lady I'll get to draw and paint and embroider all day if I want to!   I get to create fun stuff all day long! Like these.....
Friendship KS-1512 - one of 8 printed fabric patterns

Spring has Sprung KS-1509 - one of four seasonal patterns
Look at all of this cool fabric -
Oh my gosh!  I think that's my married name right there on the selvage!  Schmitz?!  Hey I picked strawberries this summer with a boy named Steve Schmitz..... he was so cute!  You don't suppose.....
Sturbridge - delivers to shops in July 2015

I see lots of quilts too.  It looks like the 4-H sewing paid off!
Olde Towne KS-1501

http://www.kathyschmitz.com/shop/Quilt-Patterns.htm
Publik House -KS-1502

Now for the fun part! Leave a comment and you'll be entered in a drawing to WIN an ORIGINAL water color painting! 
This napping cat painting measures a petite 4" x 7".
The winner will be announced and notified on May Day- the  1st of May.
UPDATE • thank you all for taking the time to leave a comment!  The winner of the little water color painting is Carrie P. and she has been notified.
Thanks! 

  
  BLOG HOP SAVINGS!  Hop on over to Kathy's SHOP and enter the coupon code SPRUNG when checking out to save 10% off your total purchase! 
This coupon code is available through the end of the month - April 30, 2015

I have one more message coming through....... tomorrow, April 29th, hop over to these blogs to see who's taken them over!
April Rosenthal
Blackbird Designs 
Me & My Sister
Acorn Quilt & Gift Company  
Kate Spain  

What's that?.....I hear Mom calling.  Something about hanging the clothes on the line.  Gotta go!




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74 comments:

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

That is a great blog take over. Oh what I would tell my 12 year old self if I could.

Kim said...

I'm such a huge fan of rpeverything you do! I can't wait to see your new line of fabric and patterns! Love this post,

Barbara said...

A wonderful blog take over. Wouldn't we all get a laugh if we went back to age 12 and thought about what we thought was ahead of us in life.

Joan and Kevin said...

Love it!
Thanks!

Meredith said...

I love your work, Kathy, and am steadily working my way through A Patchwork Year BOM with your gorgeous fabric, and had the pleasure of meeting and working with Bonnie at a weekend retreat here in Australia in July last year. Loved this blog post!

Allison said...

What a sweet little painting. And such beautiful fabric!

Janet said...

Wow, guess it was no secret what you'd grow up to do! How fun to have those treasures from the "early stages". LOVE the sleeping cat ... have, um, several next to me now!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Patti said...

How fun! Love the kitty!
Blessings, Patti

martha said...

I really like your old towne pattern and to see your new fabricwould be great because I love the black and white pics!

Gina S. said...

Love your embroidery patterns. It's been so long since i've done that. Think i'm going to pick up one or two.
bluewolf554 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Love your work,the painting is so cute.
hjrogers@sympatico.ca

Phyllis said...

Cute blog post this morning. Love your designs !! Hope your day is awesome.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

How fun that twelve year old Kathie saved all those charming drawings and stories!

DebrafromMD said...

I love the cat on the quilts! It reminds my of my sweet Jaymes who is no longer with us.

Tina Virshup said...

Love your original stories and drawings - you are so creative!

Tina said...

I love your 'Blog Take Over'! How great to have your early drawings and notes!! Wow!!!
P.S. Love your new fabric line and patterns!!!

Colleen said...

Wow, I can see your drawing talent all the way back to the early days :o) Your family portraits are really nice! Very nice post :o)

marie said...

Love your new fabric. Your chalkboard doodles are a favorite.

Susie Hoover said...

I loved your series of table mats. Thought the pieced backing was totally INGENIOUS!!

Anonymous said...

Love your work, especially the seasonal samplers. Plan to do all of them. I love cats, so this would fit into my WV home nicely.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Shelia

Aunt Christy said...

You crazy design folk (and families!)never cease to amaze me with your creative wit and humor. If our ease in life was how you all make it seem....from sewing to creating, to your creative wit in writing.... Life would be, well, relaxing days with our stash on a spring lawn of green, kicking back with our loved one about. Thanks for your words! :)

Loris said...

It is so fun to see that your dreams came true!
I love this picture of the cat on the quilts. I went back and forth with this one and the house with the alphabet for my phone cover. The house won this time ;-)
That tea cup on the armchair was also a contender. I love having your art on my phone!

Gretchen said...

Love your fun post! I have four cats that spend (most of) their time sleeping on piles of quilts. Beautiful watercolor! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

Kathy H said...

Love your story. You did wind up telling stories, just in pictures and fabrics!

Kalynn's Creations said...

Love the takeover. So much fun to look back and see what you were like as a child.

Kalynn's Creations said...

Love the takeover. So much fun to look back and see what you were like as a child.

Carrie P. said...

This is such a sweet post. Reminds me of the days I used to draw all the time. Thanks for the giveaway.

Little Ella Lu said...

How fun! Did you marry the berry boy?

Nancy said...

Oh my I wish my 12 year old self had told me of my future. Love the blue fabric.

see mary stamp said...

I love that you have your stories and drawings from when you were younger! The watercolor print is adorable. Fun post today.

Mokki said...

I love the picking strawberries with a boy named schmitz, thats so sweet.

Theglasdiva said...

What a great watercolor. Cute cat too. I had to say goodbye to mine today. (tears) Thanks for the give away.

MyLittleBlueDog said...

Brilliant and I love love the cat. So very entertaining. Thank you.

Kathy E. said...

Your talents certainly popped up at a young age! Lucky you. I really like the embroidery saying about friendship being a sheltering tree...so true!

sisylyn2 said...

I really like cats and its funny they always find the best seat.
Nancy
gandn74@ymail.com

linny said...

Really enjoy doing all your embroidery patterns. Love the Kitty painting.
lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

Lynn S said...

Your fabric just makes me smile. It is so beautiful and I have a growing collection, I really enjoy your patterns--doing the monthly rework ones now!

s_hawes said...

Loved seeing the development of a great designer and awesome person........

Kathy Davis said...

What a content cat! Love your story.
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Joyful Quilter said...

Don't you wish we could see what 10-20-30 years from now would look like? Nope, not me.

Love the painting - my two favorite things.

Nancy said...

May Day....what fond memories of making little paper baskets, picking spring flowers to put in them and hanging on friend's doors!
Enjoyed your step back in time

Roseanna Jakubowski said...

Enjoyed your 'takeover' post. It got me thinking about my 12 year old self. I love your work and would love a chance to win. Thank you.

OhioLori said...

What a fun "Takeover"!!! I am right there with you! Awesome! :)

Looove this prize! Would be soooo honored to win! What a Treasure! Thanks for the chance!

Jubama said...

Love it ! thanks !!!

minibea12 said...

What a sweet painting! Love the fabric!
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GranChris said...

How wonderful. I love the whole idea and the cat is too sweet.

Clothed in Scarlet said...

I love it! Your cat on the quilts is so cute :0) As a quilter who sews with a group of ladies at a co-op building and who teach summer sewing for the 4-H ers it provides affirmation to know you give a nod to learning with a summer 4-H class. Thanks, Sarah

QuilterLaura said...

Oh, be still my heart! That drawing was surely created for me. Perfect in my new sewing room, and even my cat would approve. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

Lee said...

Good work on the takeover ! Have a good day!

kristie said...

What a clever blog take over! I know I had no idea what I would be doing when I was 12. Knew I loved animals, books and math. Well have lots of pets and was an accountant for a time before I became a Media Specialist...so I guess our likes do become what we are and will be.

Dody said...

Oh, how sweet! Love it.

Judy J said...

Loved the blog takeover!

marcella said...

So cute! Loved seeing those doodles and drawings from your childhood.

quilter said...

My 2 favorite things, cats and quilts, thanks!
cork@pa.rr.com

KrisD said...

I am having a blast reading the blog takeovers. You MODA designers keep us so entertained. Thank you for all the craziness you go through to keep our sewing rooms filled with new things.

Lou said...

Great blog!
You took the right path to where you are now:) I and so many others are happy you made it!!!

Cindy A. said...

Ahhh...shades of the sixth grade. I wrote about the purple people eater. Funny the things we remember, even after so many years. If I happen to win your water color painting I have the feeling my daughter would "confinscate" it as she says. Since she'll be graduating from college on Sunday the 3rd that would be all right I guess. She loves cats and has worked hard the past four years. Maybe it would inspire her to get back to piecing, now that she won't have to be studying and practicing all the time, instead of just stitching, which was always her portable craft to have on hand. I think I'll cross my fingers for both winning and future quilting projects.

Sharon W said...






I enjoy reading these blog take overs.
love the water color drawing-two of my favorite things, cats and quilts. Thanks for the give away.

Brenda said...

Interesting take on takeovers. Sometimes I wish my 12-year old self could take over my life. Or even better, we could share. Her view of the world combined with my experience of the world should take us far!

Beautiful quilts. Beautiful painting. How did you get so much detail in something so small?

Lorraine said...

Fabulous post Kathy! I have been enjoying these "take over" posts. Did Murveys pet shop make it to publishing? Loved the family portraits!

Hildy said...

Now I wonder what my 12 yo me would say about me? Mmmh, ...

Teresa Stanulis said...

I love the cat napping on the quilts! My cat loves my quilts too!
tstanulis@verizon.net

Karen Dobbs said...

Mmm, I'm liking that Sturbridge! Have fun at market.

wannabequilter.com said...

Very cute!

Quilting Momma said...

OMG! Be still my heart! I love the the cat on the quilts! I too have written journals from when I was young....one of the entries when I was about 13 was how excited I was because a boy named "Benji" looked at me! hahahaha who the heck is Benji? So much fun! Thanks for bringing back memories of my earlier years! And thanks too for the giveaway!

Helen L said...

Great post! I love your 12 yr old self and her pictures!! And your kitty painting is sooo cute!!

Gill said...

What fun!

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Wow! It's so impressive how you kept your old drawings...to think it was year 1972! Unbelievable!

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Anonymous said...

Oh I have just found your blog, and I love it!

Two comments. Looking at the kitty-on-quilts painting, I sort of was scrolling past quick, till I saw a kitty sleeping on a stack of quilts. I thought "Aw how cute...i love cats. But-- how did she make those quilts look painted-on? Oh, she painted the stitches right on the quilts, how clever!" It took a moment to realize the whole thing is a painting!

Also I thought I'd die when I saw a flash from my past in one of your drawings, A POLE LAMP!! My mom dragged one from Tucson to Tacoma to SoCal to Bay Area. Eventually it just wasn't there. I think I always thought it was ugly, but the 'rents must've thought it was pretty snazzy. Probably worth a fortune on ebay.

I'll be checking back in, your blog is very creative and fun to read.