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Success Strips

Last month I hosted a giveaway for a set of Robbie Field’s Creative Stitchery Success Strips.  As promised, this post announces the second of two giveaways featuring these useful stitch templates.

For a chance to win you need only comment on this post telling me what stitch you last added to your stitching repertoire.  The winner will be selected randomly.

Recently I did a one on one heart swap with a crazy quilting friend from one of the groups I belong to.  When she received her heart she commented on the stitch spacing in one of the seam treatments she has difficulty with.  The even spacing was entirely due to Robbie’s success strips!  There is no greater testimony of how well these innovative strips work.

These simple strips are a great addition to any free-form stitcher’s “war chest”.  I pull mine out and use them often, and they work well with some of the other templates crazy quilters use.

To read more about the strips, visit the Creative Stitchery site (link in embedded above) or read the information I shared in my first giveaway post.

This giveaway will end on September 15 at 12:00 noon Central time.  (Can you believe it is September already?)

For a second chance to win tell, also tell me how you learned of this giveaway.  (This is a reward for actually reading my post.)  🙂

Everyone is welcome to enter.

If you already have a set of strips you can gift them to a stitching or crazy quilt newbie.  If you would like to get a set of these useful stitching tools without waiting, Robbie would be happy to receive your order.  Ordering information is available via the link in the first paragraph.  Robbie’s turnaround service is excellent.


I am in no way profiting by hosting this giveaway and have no affiliation with the Creative Stitchery Success Strips production or sales (except for the warm fuzzy feeling I get by doing something nice for someone with no expectation of anything in return).  I just believe in the product’s usefulness to fellow stitchers.

Until next time…

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.   (Ephesians 5:17)


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First of all, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to comment on this giveaway for a chance to win one of Robbie’s embroidery success strips.  If you did not win today, be sure to keep an eye out for my next giveaway featuring a second set of the strips.  I honestly believe all free-form embroidery stitchers would benefit from owning and using a set of these innovative stitch marking strips.  They make creating well-balanced crazy quilting seam treatments a breeze.   If you do not want to wait for a chance to win, I am sure Robbie would be happy to send a set your way for a very nominal price.  Rarely do we see anything used in crazy quilting priced so modestly.  These strips are worth every penny!

Without further pomp and circumstance…

The Giveaway Winner Is



Theresa commented saying…

Hi, I enjoy reading your blog.  My favorite seam treatment usually involves chain stitch.  I love that I can do sensuous curves and it stitches up so fast I can “travel” the seam quickly.

Congratulations, Theresa!  Thank you for playing.  I hope you enjoy your strips.  Please contact me as soon as possible.

Until next time…

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint..   (Isaiah 40:31)


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Since beginning my crazy quilting journey several different stitchers have recommended Robbie Fields’ Creative Stitchery Success Strips as useful tools when we talked about seam templates.  About two months ago I finally got around to ordering a set.  I’m so glad I did, and I have to wonder why I waited so long to order them.  The price is very reasonable, and they make even spacing and height of many of the stitches used in seam treatments such a breeze.

After receiving my strips and working with them for just a short while I decided to host a giveaway featuring Robbie’s nifty little templates.  When I told her about my idea Robbie graciously offered to supply two sets to be given away.  One will be given away in two separate giveaways.

To put your name in the hat for a chance to win comment on this post and tell me what stitch you are struggling to master or what your favorite seam to use in a seam treatment is.  My personal favorites are the Cretan stitch and the feather stitch.  Both of these stitches can be marked beautifully with Robbie’s templates.

If you already have a set of Success Strips feel free to comment anyway…and pass the strips on to a novice you would like to encourage.   OR you could even host  blog giveaway or pay them forward to another stitcher.

Below is a heart I used the Creative Stitchery Success Strips to mark the seam treatments.    The spacing and height of all my stitches are uniform thanks to the strips.

For Judy

The giveaway of the first set will be open for comment until 12 noon on 8/15/13 central time.  The winner will be announced in a blog post shortly after the giveaway ends.  Anyone who answers my question in their reply will be given two chances to win.  🙂  It pays to read the post!  🙂

Disclaimer…I have no ownership interest in Creative Stitchery Success Strips.  I am hosting this giveaway because I believe in the product and think all crazy quilters should own a set. 

Until next time…

And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.  John 17:26

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Earlier the week I began sharing pictures of the beautifully embroidered blocks my dad stitched more than over five decades ago.  This post is a continuation of that one.  Today I am sharing pictures of the second row of blocks.

Before I start I want to toss out a plug for the giveaway I will host very soon.  I hope everyone interested in embroidery will put their name in the pot for a chance to win this useful tool.

Now for row 2…









Connecticut…one of my personal favorites.  I love the call of the quail…”Bob White”.


New Hampshire…

12New Hampshire

That’s it for this time.  I hope you are enjoying seeing my dad’s handiwork.  I’m loving the walk down memory lane as I share it with you.  It makes him seem just a little closer.

Until next time…

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure.   (2 Timothy 2:19)

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When I was a girl I remember my dad coming home from a long day at the office and unwinding in his chair after supper.  He would pick up the quilt block he was working and stitch until bedtime.  It took a couple or more years for him to meticulously embroider the forty-eight state birds and flowers I will share over the next few posts.  (If you know history, you know this quilt top predates 1959, because, Alaska and Hawaii were not admitted into the union until that year.)

Today my dad would have been 86 years old.   For that reason I chose today to begin sharing pictures of the wonderful quilt top he embroidered.  It was stored in a box in the top of his closet for decades.  Two years before he passed away I brought the quilt top home and quilted it for him for Father’s Day.  When I gave it back to him, he cried.  He said he did not believe he would ever see it completed.  Earlier this year my mom gave it back to me.  Needless to say, I cherish it and count it amongst my earthly treasures.

I will share each block in the order it appears on in the quilt starting with the top row.



New York…

2 New York

North Carolina…

3North Carolina







Dad’s steady hands and sharp eyes helped him turn out beautiful work.  He was self-taught and a perfectionist.  I’m hoping one day to be as accomplished a stitcher as he was…surely a little of his creative genes rubbed off on me.

I will share another row of blocks very soon.  I hope you will check back and see all forty-eight.

Be sure to keep an eye out for my upcoming giveaway featuring Robbie Field’s  Creative Stitchery Success Strips.  I will be posting the details very soon.

Until next time…

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?  Matthew 6:26

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Once again days have turned into weeks since my last post.  My dear husband and I took a trip to north Arkansas for a few days for a little rest and relaxation.  While we were visiting that part of the country we had the pleasure of visiting with my crazy quilting, online friend Hollie and her husband Mark. (picture of Hollie and me in the post before this one)  When we returned home we needed a few more days of rest and relaxation to revive from the road trip…If you are over fifty, you know what I’m talking about.

When we went out of town we left our dogs at home with our oldest daughter.  They love her dearly, and we never have to worry about them when they are in her care.  Our Great Dane started getting very finicky about eating while we were gone this time, and when we returned things went downhill from there.  We were hoping he was just being sensitive, because we left him and he would soon return to normal.   His hips had been getting bad for a while.  He showed signs of old age.  I’ve seen the “handwriting on the wall” for several months.  On Tuesday of last week he completely stopped eating.  Nothing I offered him would entice him to eat.   On Monday of this week we called our vet in to euthanize him.  He was beginning to show signs of suffering, and we had to gulp up the courage to do what was best for him.  Hence…the broken heart.  Bubba was a great dog and will be missed greatly.


Moving on to crazy hearts…Late last week a crazy quilting friend’s husband passed away.  My words are not adequate for expressing the sorrow I feel for her loss.  I’ve never walked that mile…I can only imagine the pain she is feeling.  This heart will be embellished with her in mind, and I will send it to her.  Hopefully I’ll have it completed and ready to go by weekend’s end.


The next heart is for a one on one heart swap…just because.   I constructed it a little bit bottom heavy and have not decided how I will handle that.


Speaking of one on one swaps…My friend Pam and I have entered into a one on one block swap.  We chose an 8 inch block.  Each of us made a naked block and exchanged them to embellish and return home.

Here is the one Pam sent to me.  She dyed all the fabrics herself.  Aren’t they lovely.   The colors are vibrant…brights are her favorite.

Pam's block one on one

The block I sent to her is made of fabrics in far more muted colors…The trim along the edge of the curved patch was salvaged from a thrift store pillow case.  I call this block “two friends” because of the silkie I used for the anchor patch.

Pam Gonzalez - one on one

Last but not least, I worked on the final block I will angel stitch for in the World Wide Crazy Quilting encrusted RR.  The block belonged to Carol.  For my part I stitched the vine on the long blue patch, added stitching to the existing stitching on the anchor patch, and added the spider web and spider.  I tried a different web-making technique and have not decided if I like it as well as couching the web.

Carol's block

Before I go I want to announce my next giveaway.  Robbie Fields has generously offered to share two sets of her Creative Stitchery Success Strips to be given away one set at a time on my blog.   I will be featuring her success strips in a post very soon (or as soon as I can manage to get another post ready).  I recently bought a set of these strips from Robbie after hearing about them from several of my very accomplished stitching friends.  I’m so glad I did, because they make it so simple to space my embroidery stitches evenly and give them a more professional look. That’s a big plus when stitching compound-stitch, seam treatments.   I think every crazy quilter should have a set of these great stitching tools, and I have to wonder why I waited so long to buy them.  Click on the link and see how affordable they are.

Just for the record, I am hosting this giveaway because I really like the strips.  Robbie did not ask me to.  Only after I asked her if she minded if I featured her strips on my blog and told her I wanted to give a set away did she offer to furnish the sets.  I appreciate her generosity.  I expect nothing in return for hosting the giveaway.  It is my intention to share a wonderful stitching tool with those who are not aware of it.

Until next time…

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8)

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