Wilderness Walk is Back!!!

After its appearance in Pigeon Forge and winning a second place ribbon, my “Wilderness Walk” pattern is back on my website for sale.  A lot of people have been asking me to reprint patterns and bring back some of my old stamps that have been discontinued.  I thought I’d start with one of my favorite quilts, “Wilderness Walk.”

My version was hand pieced and hand embroidered.  It was expertly machine quilted by Maggi Honeyman in Texas.

Wilderness Walk

Wilderness Walk

This quilt was designed for the 2010 “Handwork in the Smokies” seminar.  I used lots of Jo Morton scraps and my Mariner’s Compass stamp set. For the border, I hand embroidered the vine and leaves and used the Sunflower stamp set.

Mariner's Compass Stamp Set

Mariner’s Compass Stamp Set

Sunflower Stamp Set

Sunflower Stamp Set

Of course, I’ve included templates for those of you that do not have or do not want to purchase the stamps.  Detailed instructions are included to make this 60″ x 80″ beauty.

Now you can make your own “Wilderness Walk”.  Order your pattern today!

 

 

Pointed Tile Variations Now Available!

One of the many things I love about using template stamps are the myriad of ways you can combine them to make other patterns.  I’ve been working on a few samples made with the VERY popular “Pointed Tile” stamp.  I designed the “Pointed Tile” to combine easily with pieces from the “Sawtooth Star” set of stamps.

My new pattern, “Pointed Tile Variations” uses both these stamps to make 3 different quilts.  I made samples of these quilts, but of course, you can make them as large as you like simply by adding more blocks!

The first is the ever popular “Lucy Boston” setting.  My quilt measures 28″ x 28″.

"Lucy Boston" uses the Pointed Tile Stamp and pieces from the Sawtooth Star stamp set.

“Lucy Boston” setting

Next I tried my hand at applique and love the look of this new quilt I call “Garden Gate.”  Easy applique makes it look so inviting!  This quilt measures 22 1/2″ x 22 1/2″.

This setting is PERFECT for your applique blocks!

Garden Gate: This setting is PERFECT for your applique blocks!

Last, but not least, this pattern contains a sweet table runner to use up your pointed tile scraps.  My table runner measures 13″ x 22″.

Pointed Tile Table Runner

Pointed Tile Table Runner

All three quilts are included in the pattern.  I’ve also included templates for those of you that do not own the template stamps.

Order your pattern today!

New Vintage Thimble!

It is here and ready!  I’m very excited about the new stamp I developed.  I call it “Vintage Thimble”.  It replaces the old thimble stamp.  The new stamp is taller and slightly wider than the old one.

Vintage Thimble

Vintage Thimble

Jo Morton sent me a picture of this particular design last year.  It was originally made as a child’s quilt in the 1880’s.  I made my quilt sample a charm quilt with 210 different pieces of fabric.

New Vintage Thimble Stamp

New Vintage Thimble Stamp

The stamp will fit on those new 2 1/2″ charm squares that you can purchase at your local quilt shop.  A great portable project.

I customized my quilt by cutting out little wool “spools” for the border.  Then I used perle cotton embroidery to “thread” the spools together.  (Spool design is included.)

Purchase your stamp here!

Contest and FUN!!!

Hi everyone!

I’ve been thinking about this contest for a long, long time and hope to get it launched today!  It is called, “SHOW US YOUR SEWING SPACE!”  When I was on the road teaching, my most popular lecture was “Sneaky Tips and Tricks of the Pros.”  I showed my sewing studio set up and other popular teacher’s sewing places.  It was a hit wherever I lectured.  Now it is my turn to turn the tables on you!  I want you to show me YOUR sewing space.  It can humble or grand, funny, tiny, messy, neat, whatever!

I’m going to ask you to post them on my Stitching with Cindy Blackberg face book page at:https://www.facebook.com/groups/StitchingWithCindyBlackberg/

The contest will run the entire month of March, so start posting!  The sewing room with the most “likes” will be awarded a quilt that appeared in American Patchwork and Quilting.  Perfect for your sewing room plus your choice of $50 in Cindy Blackberg products.

Used with permission from American Patchwork and Quilting ®magazine. ©2014Meredith Corporation.  All rights reserved.

Used with permission from American Patchwork and Quilting ®magazine. ©2014Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

So get out those cameras, phones, ipads, whatever and start taking pictures!

Best of luck!

 

The Weather Outside is Frightful…

Hi Everyone!

Just an update of the first mail out for Piney Rose.

"Piney Rose"

“Piney Rose”

I’m so sorry I won’t be going out tomorrow to the post office to mail Step #1.  The roads here in East Tennessee are icy and dangerous.

Please keep safe and I’ll get your orders out as soon as I can make my way out the drive way and down the hill.

It does give us an opportunity to stay in and sew, but I’d rather be off to do my regular post office run.  :(

Happy Stitching!

 

Piney Rose Announcements!!!

Have you been waiting at your mail boxes with a sad look?  :(  Don’t worry, things have been busy here at the studio getting ready to send out your STEP 1 in the Stitch Along.

Step #1 is almost ready to launch!

Step #1 is almost ready to launch!

I was planning on sending out your steps on the 15th of the month, but since this month the 15th falls on a Sunday and Monday is a holiday, your package will be mailed out on Tuesday, February 17th.

This month includes 7 color sheets with 2 “Supportive Tips” pages.  One supportive tip sheet covers “Sequential Hand Piecing”, the other “Embroidery Tips.”

Be sure to post your partial blocks as you stitch on the “Stitching With Cindy Blackberg” face book page.  This is a closed group that will support you as you “Stitch Along”.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/StitchingWithCindyBlackberg/

Now for some REALLY exciting news…  I’m going to be giving out special prizes as we go along in our Stitch Along.  The first prize is a brand new stamp that isn’t available yet, VINTAGE THIMBLE!

New Vintage Thimble

New Vintage Thimble

I decided since it will be the newest edition to my inventory of stamps, one of the stamps should go to the first person that signed up for the Piney Rose Stitch Along.  Judy Cummings, this stamp is coming your way next week!  (Insert clapping here!)

I have other surprises in store for you, so sign up and keep stitching!

I also had a question on the stitching group with someone asking about hand quilting her “Lone Star Blossoms” quilt.  She wondered how she should quilt it.  I posted pictures on the Stitching Group, but for those of you that haven’t joined, here are the pictures for your enjoyment and knowledge.

Detail of the quilting on the diamonds.

Detail of the quilting on the diamonds.

Whenever I quilt, I want credit for every hand stitch!  So I quilted through the CENTER of the diamonds, not in the ditch.

I extend the quilting lines into the block areas.

I extend the quilting lines into the block areas.

The pattern, Lone Star Blossoms, is available on my website under patterns.  You can take a look at the whole quilt on the pattern page.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

 

Piney Rose is almost ready to begin shipping

Just finishing up the last tip sheets for Piney Rose Stitch Along. What fun we are going to have this year! I’ll be giving out a nice prize soon to one of our group.

PineyBinder

Facebook users be sure to sign up for the “Stitching With Cindy Blackberg” group, too, to post your pictures as we stitch! This month includes 5 color sheets, including 2 exclusive “Supportive Tips” pages plus instructions for the first step. My sister had a great idea of getting a binder ready for all the handouts you’ll be getting. You might want to pick one up this week.

 

Basic Stamping

Hi everyone!  I’ve received a few comments recently from new followers about basic steps.  I plan on doing some blog posts to cover these important subjects in the next few weeks.

I’m going to start with the very basic steps of stamping.  I know I posted some of this information a while ago, but it is always worth a new look.

First…  What is a template stamp?

A template stamp is a rubber stamp with piecing and cutting lines.

All my stamps come mounted on hard wood with finger holds that are placed parallel to the lengthwise grain of the fabric.

Single stamps

Single stamps

Ink up your stamp with VersaCraft ink.  I carry brown and white on my website.  Mostly you will use the brown, but occasionally you might need the white.

Versa Craft Ink and Reinkers

Versa Craft Ink and Reinkers

You can reink the pad about 50 times with a reinker, so do not throw the ink pad out if it gets a little dry.  Just order a reinker when you need it.  The pad has ink when you purchase it, it will last for at least 2 small quilts, one large one without having to reink.

Ink up your stamp by gently pressing into the pad.  If your stamp is large, just press it around the raised pad to ink up all the lines.

Ink up your stamp by gently pressing into the pad. If your stamp is large, just press it around the raised pad to ink up all the lines.

Now just press the stamp by lining up the finger holds on the lengthwise grain on the back of the fabric.  Give it a push, but don’t push so hard you get ink in the middle of your image.

Line it up to conserve fabric.

Line it up to conserve fabric.

Lift up your stamp and your image should look like this…

Image is correct.

Image is correct.

Now just cut out your image and use!

stamping steps 6

Cut it out on the outside line, piece it on the inside line.

The really great thing about stamping is that the seam allowances are consistently a perfect quarter inch!

Next time I’ll cover basic hand piecing!

Until then,

Happy Stitching!

 

 

Piney Rose Questions Answered!

Hi everyone!

I’ve had a few questions about the Stitch Along I thought I’d address before we start in a few weeks.

"Piney Rose"

“Piney Rose”

For those of you that received your “starter package” with your stitch along bag and supply list, I made a note that Pappy’s Quilting Place has yardage of the “oyster” fabric.  They sold out of the first bolts and are waiting on a new shipment to come in and hopefully Moda will ship it out very soon.  The “oyster” is a tad darker and warmer than the light Moda I used.  It is BEAUTIFUL and will accommodate your scraps without looking as white as mine.   (I can’t wait to get my hands on a piece for a future project!)  If you aren’t using this fabric, just make sure your background has a substantial “hand” which means a nice close weave.  Do not use muslin as it will stretch.  Ask me how I know this. :(  A print will work, but make sure the print is very faint.   I would NOT use a white on white as it is hard to hand stitch and usually isn’t good quality.

The other question I’ve had repeatedly is “How come I can’t order the Piney Rose Stitch Along and all my supplies on my website together?”  We set it up on the website so that you will need to do 2 separate orders.  It helps me to keep track of everyone efficiently.  I’m also sending product packages and “starter packages” out separately.  So if you order the stitch along and then order products, they will come in separate packages.  Remember any product order over $100 is free shipping!

I hope you are as excited as I am to start your project and are gathering your supplies!  I will be doing blog posts along the way to help you along with sending you handouts now and then.

Remember the “Stitching with Cindy Blackberg” face book group is up and running.  You can check out what other quilters are working on and hopefully as your stitching your “Piney Rose” you can put up pictures and get kudos from everyone!  We are up to 200 guests on the page!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/StitchingWithCindyBlackberg/

FYI, I’m leaving tomorrow to go on a stitching vacation with friends for a couple days to Whistle Stop Retreat center in Sweetwater, TN.  I hope you take time off in your busy schedules to have time with friends!  I’ll be back on Friday to send out orders and take care of business.

Until Next Time,

Happy Stitching!

 

Stitching Preparation

Don’t you LOVE hand work?  It is so portable!  Today I’m going to show you how I prepare my piecing for travel.

First, I lay out my design on the design wall.

Layout your design.

Layout your design.

Next I pick up one row at a time starting with bottom, being careful to keep the shapes the way I’ll be sewing them.

Knot a long piece of quilting thread onto a needle and push up through the row of pieces from the bottom.

Come up from the bottom and back stitch at the end of the row.

Come up from the bottom and back stitch at the end of the row.

Keep adding rows, backstitching as you go.  You’ll have a long “string” of patches.

This is a WHOLE quilt top!

This is a WHOLE quilt top!

I backstitch at the end so the pieces won’t fall out.  Now I’m ready to fold this string up in my block keeper and away I go.  The really neat thing is because I was careful when I picked up the pieces, the first pieces will be the first row.  I just stitch until I get to another back stitch and I know I’m done with that row.

Now isn’t that a great TIP!

Talking about tips, be sure to sign up for the NEW “Stitching with Cindy Blackberg” face book group.  You can share your pictures of your current Cindy projects with everyone in the new closed group.  A new contest is coming soon on this group page “Show us your Sewing Rooms!” (With a really neat prizes!)

Here is the link to the page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/StitchingWithCindyBlackberg/

 

Until next time,

Happy Stitching! (and Prepping)