I need HELP!

I get at least 2 or 3 questions every week asking for information on piecing or basic tips I’ve covered more than once.

I’ve had a look at all the blog posts I’ve made over the past 6 years and there were a lot of them!  It was so hard to find the information so I’ve deleted quite a few so you can find what you need quickly.

Here is how you can get the information you need.  Just go to the “blog” heading on my website.  Scroll down the right side of the page.  You’ll see several categories.  Click on the link that you are interested in viewing and you’ll see some great tips and information right at your finger tips!

Another way to see really popular tips is to click on “Free Projects and Tips” under the header bar.  We’ve posted the 3 videos that I made there for your convenience along with some of the most popular blog posts.

Want something FREE?  Got some great patterns under that same tab, “Free Projects and Tips”.  Just click on the link and download your favorites!

And the website is www.cindyblackberg.com.  Be sure to book mark it in your favorites!

Good News, Bad News…

Hi Everyone!

While sorting through my inventory, I found some Inner City stamps.  I’m going to offer them at first come, first serve, no invoices, no checks.  You MUST have a Paypal account to purchase as Paypal will “count down” the amount I have left.

Inner City Stamp

This stamp will combine with Aunt Hattie’s Hexagon (1 1/8″ hexagon) to make other designs.

Option for using the inner city stamp.

Inner City Pattern included with the stamp.

Now for the bad news…  My new stamp distributor has had to raise my prices a significant amount.  I’m holding the line on my prices for a couple months.  After that time, I’m going to have to raise my prices on any remaining inventory.

I’m also going to discontinue some of my slower sellers.  The first 2 to go are the “Cracker Box” and the “Dresden Plate“.  I’ll have counters on these 2 stamps and when they are gone, they are gone.  I’m sorry to discontinue some of my personal favorites, but it is a business decision I’ve had to make.

I do have some additional good news!  I’m working on some new patterns that you are going to LOVE!  I’ll keep you posted!

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Mystery Revealed!

Hi Everyone!

It’s been a while since I wrote, but things have been hopping here in the studio!

The good news is that the Rowing By Hand Mystery is finished.   A BIG thank you for those of you that joined me in the last mystery I’ll be doing.  I’m in love with my quilt and hope you are, too!

Here is the big “reveal” to those you that couldn’t join us.

Rowing By Hand finished quilt.

I hope you had as much fun making it as I did in designing it!  Be sure to post your finished tops in the “Stitching with Cindy Blackberg” Facebook page.

Happy Stitching!

3″ Churn Dash

It is here!  I’ve been working away this summer on the new 3″ Churn Dash blocks.  They are so easy to make and so stinkin’ cute you are going to love them!!!  The blocks finish to 3″ and are so simple to hand piece.

3 stamps in package

3″ Churn Dash blocks

You can combine them with the new 3″ Sawtooth Star set and/or the classic 3″ Lemoyne Star set.  Make a sampler or an easy medallion around one of your favorite applique blocks.  Use the 3″ Large Triangle to set them if strippy is your style!  Or use the Tall Triangle for a fabulous border!  They were designed to fit together!

Order your stamps here today!

 

A new video on hand piecing is now available

I’ve created a new video on how I hand piece.
This video is hand piecing hexagons, but the same techniques can be applied to any blocks.
This video will be especially helpful for those working on my Rowing by Hand Mystery.

Here is the video, but it can also be found on my Tips page under Free Projects and Tips.

3″ Sawtooth Star

Many of you know it takes a lot of time and effort into making a template stamp set.  The new 3″ Sawtooth Star set is no exception.  I had the stamp set made up over a year ago.  To say, I love this set is an understatement!

3″ Sawtooth Star Set

This set is amazing and will combine easily with the 3″ Large Triangle stamp that you probably already own.

3″ Large Triangle

(You can also use the 3″ Large Triangle with the 3″ Lemoyne Star set.)

I’m premiering this new set before April 1st when my new quilt appears in the June issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.  I can’t reveal that quilt yet, just sayin’ you are going to want the magazine and this stamp set along with the 3″ Large Triangle to make my design.

Here is the simple quilt design I included in the stamp package:

3″ Sawtooth Star quilt

These stamp set will also combine with the “Cracker Box” B stamp to make this arrangement:

Use the cracker box triangle for another version.

3″ Sawtooth Star Close Up

Order your stamp set here before the rush in April!

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Sequential Hand Piecing Video

Hi everyone!

It has been a long process and not easy, but along with my jewel of a webmaster, my “Sequential Hand Piecing” video is now uploaded to my website under the tips page.

If you want a refresher on this technique or you have signed up for the “Rowing By Hand” mystery and want to see how fast hand piecing can be, please view the video.

And credit where credit is due…  My video recorder was my grand daughter.  She is slowly pulling me into the world of technology.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Sugar Loaf Variations

One of my most versatile stamp sets is the Sugar Loaf.  The set contains 2 stamps that can be used together or apart.

Sugar Loaf stamp set

Sugar Loaf stamp set

The traditional sugar loaf quilt is lovely.  I made a Christmas quilt out of my sample last year.

My Christmas Sugar Loaf

My Christmas Sugar Loaf

If you use just the 60° diamond, you can make the baby block quilt as my friend, Sandi, made.

Sandi Myer's finished baby block quilt.

Sandi Myer’s finished baby block quilt.

You can also make the 7 sisters block.

Seven Sister's sample block.

Seven Sister’s sample block.

I LOVE this charm version I found on Pinterest.

1880's antique charm quilt found on Pinterest.

1880’s antique charm quilt found on Pinterest.

If you use just the 60° triangle, you can make “Thousand Pyramids” as I did in this charm quilt.

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My charm version of Thousand Pyramids.

I also made another version using just antique fabrics I was given in one of my teaching trips.

I call this version "Blueberry Pie."

I call this version “Blueberry Pie.”

Here is a wonderful scrappy strippy version I found on Pinterest.

Love this version, too!

Love this version, too!

Of course if you add the new Large Sugar Loaf Pyramid, you can make Linda Collin’s wildly popular “Panama Pyramids“.  (You can follow this group on Facebook.)

Large Pyramid contains stamp and instructions.

Large Pyramid contains stamp and instructions.

Here is my quilt top coming along…

My version of "Panama Pyramids."

My version of “Panama Pyramids.”

I have a lot more cut out and ready to assemble.  This has been so much fun to make, it is like eating peanuts, you can’t stop with one!

I’ve just scratched the surface with these stamps!  I see so many different quilts in each of them as I play.

Have fun today with your stamps.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Sawtooth Star Love…

When someone asks me what stamp set should I start with, I point them to the “Sawtooth Star” set of stamps.

Sawtooth Star set of stamps

You can make all kinds of blocks with this set, not just the “Star Toss” quilt pattern that is included in the set.

“Star Toss” one of my very favorite quilts!

This quilt has been “pinned” the most from my Pinterest board, too!

Love this picture and setting.

What else can you do with the set?  How about the “Civil War Mini Sampler“?  It is available as a pattern.  The blocks finish the same size as the star toss at 3 3/4”.

Civil War Mini Sampler pattern.

Want another quilt made with the same stamp set?  How about the “Nine Patch Civil War sampler“?  The blocks finish around 5 3/4”.

Nine Patch Civil War Sampler

Another 2 versions using this stamp set is “Bears and Berries“.  These were quilts that made for my Handwork in the Smokies retreats many years ago.  I love both versions, don’t you?

Strippy Version

Bears and Berries Block version.

So take out that set today and have fun stamping and planning.

Until next time,

Happy Quilting!