New Stamp…Dresden Plate!

You asked for it last year and now it is here, the Dresden Plate stamp!

Dresden Plate Stamp

Dresden Plate Stamp

The stamp makes a small size plate, only 5″ across.

Completed Dresden block.

Completed Dresden block.

I’d been working with this block for a while and tried different ways of piecing and appliqueing it.  I FINALLY figured it out.  I really wanted the traditional Dresden plate with the curved plates.  (Anyone can make the pointy ones by machine…)  So here is what I did.

I used a “Stampin’ Up” 1″ circle punch.  Why “Stampin’ Up” rather than a cheap one from the hobby store?  Because it will punch out perfect circles of heavy duty freezer paper.  I have a limited number in my web store at the same price I paid.

"Stampin' Up" 1" circle punch.

“Stampin’ Up” 1″ circle punch.

As you can see, mine has been used quite a lot!  It folds flat for storage, too.

I then punched out 1″ circles from Cut Rite Heavy Duty freezer paper.  One of my friends told me about this product for applique and I have to admit, it is GREAT!  You can see through it if you are doing traditional applique, but I just punched out my circles for my project.

Cut Rite Heavy Duty Freezer paper.

Cut Rite Heavy Duty Freezer paper.

I have a limited number of packs of 25 sheets in my web store if you need to purchase it with your stamp.

So, how did I use these products together?  The instructions are clear in the pattern directions, but here is one block as I worked on it, to give you an idea.

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Back side of block with freezer paper circles.

You’ll be making your blocks in no time!  I made my quilt with 9 blocks, but already have another setting in mind.

Dresden Plate quilt.

Dresden Plate quilt.

Get your stamp, 1″ punch, and freezer paper today here!

You are going to LOVE your blocks!

Completed block!

Completed block.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

UFO Contest!

I have them, YOU have them…  Coming out of baskets…

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Coming out of drawers…

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Those darn UFO’s!  (UnFinished Objects)  We take them out, look at them, and put them back for another day.  SIGH!  On quilter recently said she had Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.) when it came to her projects, moving from one to the other in jack rabbit timing.  🙂

Well, here is a way to help you FINISH those projects!  Let’s have a contest!

Start posting your pictures of any unfinished CINDY BLACKBERG projects on our facebook “Stitching with Cindy Blackberg” group.  Then start working on them.  On May 15, post the pictures of your FINISHED Cindy Blackberg projects.  Then start “liking” your favorite finished ones.  The one with the most “likes” by May 22 (only a week) will get a gift certificate of $100 from my web store, so you can start another UFO!  🙂

Again, your projects MUST be from either a Cindy Blackberg pattern or stamp set.  Your project can be from one of my patterns or stamps sets, or your own interpretation of one of my stamp sets.  You can finish it by machine quilting, but it must be finished.  Any size is eligible.  The group will judge which they “like” the best.

So, dust off those projects, take a picture and start working!!!  I can’t wait to see the results.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Traveling in Israel

Hi Everyone!

Most of you know I was in on tour in Israel a couple weeks back.  I came home with a cold and have finally caught up on my business and am feeling better and ready to write a blog about my trip.  I toured with my best friend of 40 years, Sandi.  She told me about the trip with Dr. Brunson, the lead pastor of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL and urged me to sign up.  I’m so glad I did!

Here are a few of the highlights…

Our guide was first rate and gave me a new appreciation for Israel.  It was like my biblical roots and history collided.  What a place!  First off I’d like to say, Israel is a safe place to visit.  I never felt fear or I was in danger.  Armed Israeli police and army were at the “hot spots” but never threatening.

What did I like the best?  It is hard to choose, but I did have my favorite places.

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Standing by the “Sea of Galilee” where Jesus called Peter, Andrew, John and James.

The “Mount of Beatitudes” was another peaceful beautiful place.

Looking here you can imagine Jesus preaching to the multitudes.

Looking here you can imagine Jesus preaching to the multitudes.

Here is one of the signs posted to remind us to be merciful.

One of my favorites.

One of my favorites.

Masada was a another highlight.  Built by Herod because he was afraid of Cleopatra and her army.  This is the place where 960 Jews held out against the Roman army for 7 months.  When the Romans built a ramp on the lower side of the tel, the Jews knew their days were numbered.  The men made a horrible, yet loving choice.  Knowing their women would be raped and killed and their children thrown from the cliffs or put in slavery, the men killed their families.  Then they drew lots to see who would kill the men left.

View from the top of Masada.

View from the top of Masada.

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Copies of the “lots” found at Masada.

Of course we went to the Jordan River.  It is merely a muddy stream right now.  The Jews have been siphoning off the water north of the river to plant fruit, vegetables and trees.  They have made an oasis in the desert lands with drip irrigation.

Looking down at the muddy Jordan river.

Looking down at the muddy Jordan river.

That is the country of Jordan directly across the river.

The Dead Sea scrolls are a national treasure.  We saw where they found the scrolls which contained the earliest copies of the bible.  The scrolls are housed in a special building.  When they were threatened by terrorists, the Jews hid them in a safe place.  These were copies.

Dead Sea Scrolls copies.

Dead Sea Scrolls copies.

In Jerusalem, Sandi and I went to the temple mount and many other places, including UNDER the old city of Jerusalem.

View of the city of Jerusalem.

View of the city of Jerusalem.

There is hardly enough time to tell you everything we saw and everything we did.  It was an amazing trip!

BUT, no fabric shops!  🙂  I did look!

Have fun traveling this summer with your friends and family!

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

New Stamp… INNER CITY

Hi everyone!

I’m very excited about the newest stamp I’m adding to my collection, “Inner City“.  The fun part of this stamp is that it is a half hexagon and “connects” to the “Aunt Hattie’s Hexagon” (1 1/8″ hexagon) to make even more quilts.

Inner City Stamp with pattern.

Inner City Stamp with pattern.

So many variations can be made with this stamp in combo with the Aunt Hattie’s hexagon.

Inner City placed around the Aunt Hattie's Hexagon

Inner City placed around the Aunt Hattie’s Hexagon

Here is what it will look like when pieced.

Candle Mat made by Jeanne Etter.

Candle Mat made by Jeanne Etter.

Another variation…  Put the inner city pieces around the Aunt Hattie’s Hexagon this way:

Inner City placed around the Aunt Hattie's Hexagon another way.

Inner City placed around the Aunt Hattie’s Hexagon another way.

When pieced it will look like this:

Candle Mat made by Jeanne Etter.

Candle Mat made by Jeanne Etter.

You can also use the stamp alone to make this layout:

Another Variation!!

Another Variation!!

I used Japanese Diawbo fabrics for my samples, so they look almost like I didn’t make them!  (I did, I promise!)   I finished my quilt with “Sashiko” style quilting.

Close up of my quilt with "Sashiko" style quilting.

Close up of my quilt with “Sashiko” style quilting.

Here is the finished quilt:

Finished Inner City Quilt

Finished Inner City Quilt.

This new stamp is now available here in my web store along with a limited number of Diawbo fabric kits.

Out of Town

Hi everyone!

I’m leaving next Monday, March 7th, to go on a tour of Israel with my best friend of 40 years, Sandi. We are going with a group from First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL, headed by the pastor that loves Bible History.  I’m excited to go and learn and see!

We will be gone 10 days, so I won’t be arriving home until March 16th.  It should be a wonderful tour, but I won’t be here in my studio to process any orders until I come home.

If you need to order any supplies before next Monday, PLEASE order now.  Do not wait until March 6th!  I can fill most of my current orders but will let you know if you have to wait.

Shalom!

Cindy

Template Stamp Storage

A recent post on the “Stitching With Cindy Blackberg” face book page got me thinking about how I’ve stored my massive stamp collection so I can find everything easily.  This question was also raised by a good hand piecing friend that purchases almost every stamp.  I’m not sure if this will help and I’m sure you can contribute more ideas on the face book page.  (Pictures always help, too!)

I divide my stamps into 2 categories, working and discontinued.  (In the “working category I also have new stamps that I’m trying out before they go into production.)

Working and Discontinued Boxes

Working and Discontinued Boxes

Inside the boxes I divide the stamps into zip bags so they are easy to find.

Stamp sets are neatly tucked into plastic bags.

Stamp sets are neatly tucked into plastic bags.

But then sometimes I have lots of leftovers that I might use in another quilt, so I store the leftovers with the stamp set.

Leftover Carpenter's Star pieces stored with stamps.

Leftover Carpenter’s Star pieces stored with stamps.

Small stamps with small leftovers get put into small bags.

New Clamshell with Leftovers.

New Clamshell with Leftovers.

Then all these “Leftovers” get put into a file drawer so I can retrieve them quickly when I need them.

File Drawer with the "Leftovers".

File Drawer with the “Leftovers”.

Of course, I LOVE to display what I’m currently working on, so my new stamp set and it’s fabrics are sitting in a basket where I can grab them and go!

Basket with goodies!!!

Basket with goodies!!!

See more ideas from other friends at www.facebook.com/groups/StitchingWithCindyBlackberg/

Until next time, happy organizing!

Going, Going…

Just a reminder…

The Log Cabin and the Hummingbird Stamp Set are going away the end of the month.  You only have one week left to order:

Hummingbird stamp set

Hummingbird Stamp Set

Order the Hummingbird Stamp Set here.

Log Cabin One stamp is all you need!

Log Cabin Stamp

Order the log cabin stamp here.

Don’t miss out before they are gone!

Happy Stitching!

New Stamp! The Clamshell arrives!

Many of you asked for the clamshell to become a template stamp.  Well, here it is!  I actually thought it might be easier to make this via the English paper piecing method, but once I got started, this stamp made my job so easy!

Not for everyone that likes fiddly or curves, but I must admit this stamp makes piecing this little beauty a breeze.  The top reference mark makes pinning easy.  The pattern has close up photographs of the piecing.

Clamshell Template Stamp

Clamshell Template Stamp

The stamp will finish to 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.  It can be used in the traditional setting as shown on the pattern or use it on a border of a medallion quilt.

Clamshell Quilt

Clamshell Quilt

Orders yours today here!

Just a reminder, the Traditional Log Cabin and Hummingbird template stamps will be discontinued the end of February.

Also, the Feathered Star stamp set is only available for a limited time.

Heads UP! Stamps that will be discontinued soon…

Due to the high cost of keeping every stamp set in inventory, I have to make some choices as to the stamps that I’ll be discontinuing the end of February.  This is your last chance on these 2 stamps.

Traditional Log Cabin

Traditional Log Cabin

As much as I LOVE this single stamp, it needs to go…  Order yours at:

http://cindyblackberg.com/shop/template-stamps/log-cabin/

The other stamp set that will be discontinued the end of February will be the cute “Hummingbird” set.

Hummingbird quilt

You can order your set at:

http://cindyblackberg.com/shop/template-stamps/hummingbird/

I’m sorry to see them go, and there won’t be a discounted price, but I need room for my new stamps coming out later this year.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Josephine’s Garden… Stamping and Piecing

Hi Everyone!

While I was at my stitching group this week, I had one of my newbies asking about piecing the “rounds” on Josephine’s Garden.  I keep forgetting that not everyone has taken workshops with me or has been stitching as long as I have.

I have a lot of good information on my website under  “TIPS” under the header bar.  One of the tips is basic stamping.  I won’t go over that again here, but will refer you to that tip if you are having problems with figuring out how to stamp.  http://cindyblackberg.com/2015/01/28/basic-stamping/

In your “Josephine’s Garden” pattern I have a clear diagram of how to piece your first “round”.  It was the rest of the rounds my friend was having trouble figuring out.  You will ALWAYS be stitching your elongated hexagons to the center piece.

Sewing Sequence #1

Sewing Sequence #1

You can start anywhere on the center piece.  I found it easier to start on the top or bottom.  Then add the next piece to the adjacent side.  Sometimes you will be sewing 3 sides as this diagram shows.

Sewing Sequence #2

Sewing Sequence #2

When piece number 2 is sewn, you can add piece number 3.  Notice you only sew 2 sides onto the center.  You’ll be sewing the adjacent pieces checking the sides of the elongated hexagons as you sew.  (You can see piece number 4 will be sewn on 3 sides, 5 on 2 sides.  Just keep checking as you go!)

Try not to do this if you have fussy cut a piece!

Sewing it wrong!

Sewing it wrong!

Ask me how I know about this!  LOL!  Keep checking the orientation of your fussy cut pieces!

Hopefully, you are all sewing along on our handwork journey!  If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me or pose them on the Stitching With Cindy Blackberg Face Book Page.  Pictures are wonderful, too, and we all enjoy seeing your pieces as you work.

Another question came up as to whether to press each round.  It isn’t necessary, but you can if you prefer.  Just use a mini iron or no steam until the entire piece is constructed as shown on page 3 of your pattern.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!