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!

Clue 1 on it’s way!

Hi everyone!

It has been a hectic 2 weeks in the studio with the surprise of being on the cover of the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting and preparing the first clue to go out to all of you that signed up!

Photo used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

The magazine is now available in stores, so hopefully you’ve obtained your copy.  I’ve also reissued the Railroad Crossing stamp set.  If you’ve also wanted to make this quilt and it is on your wish list, don’t forget to order your stamp set here.

Another change on the website.  I’ve reformatted the Josephine’s Garden pattern to a smaller size and have included the Elongated Hexagon stamp.  It now appears on the hexagon part of the webpage at a new lower price.  Order yours now if you missed out 3 years ago.

Josephine’s Garden made with the Elongated Hexagon.

For those of you that signed up for the LAST mystery, your first clue is in the mail.  (You can still sign up, but do it quickly so you don’t miss the fun!)  I had hoped to create some videos to go along with the mystery, but technology is not my strong suit, quilting is!  So, I’ll do some blog posts with detailed instructions for anyone wishing to learn new skills or refresh their old ones.

For now, check out my “Tips” under the header bar on my website.  You’ll be amazed at the tips you can learn!

For those of you that receive your first clue this week…

READY, SET, SEW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Counting the Days!

Hi Everyone!

I’m counting the days til the first clue for the “Rowing By Hand” mystery is mailed out!  There is still time to sign up for this “sort of” mystery!  Read all about it here.  It is one of my best, if I do say so myself and will be the last mystery I’ll be leading.  Don’t miss out!  Sign up now.

Other news…

Some of you have received the new April 2018 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  One of my favorite quilts, “Railroad Crossing” made the cover.  (It also made the cover 19 years ago, so I’m doubly excited!)

Photo used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

I’ve reissued the stamp set I used when I taught this quilt when I was “on the road.”  Here are some of my quilts made with the stamp set.

Order your stamp set here.

Until next time…

Happy Stitching!

Railroad Crossing is Back!

It is hard to believe that 19 years ago one of my favorite quilts, Railroad Crossing, made the cover of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  Since AP&Q is celebrating their 25th anniversary, they asked if they could use the quilt in their April 2018 issue.  Imagine my surprise as it made the cover again!

To celebrate I’m reissuing the Railroad Crossing template stamps along with the pattern.  The pattern contains 2 versions.

Railroad Crossing 49″ x 64″
Whistle Stop 34″ x 34″

I used the Railroad Crossing stamps to make the “arcs” and the Sawtooth Star set of stamps to make the flying geese.

Railroad Crossing stamp set

Here is a new version just made with just the Railroad Crossing stamps.

Simple railroad crossing block.

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of AP&Q by making your favorite version!

Order your stamps here!



Rowing By Hand

Counting down the days til our “Rowing By Hand” mystery kicks off.  I hope you are as excited as I am!

There is still time to join the fun!  You’ll still receive a free gift if you join!

There has been some confusion on the stamps needed.  My superior web person has helped you by changing the colors of direct links to the stamps you will need.  For those of you on a budget, the stamps are listed with the months we will be using them, so you can plan your purchases!

Have a look here at the changes she has made.  (Click on the word “here” and take a look at the changes.)  Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see a list of  stamps & supplies.

Some people have had a problem signing up and then adding the stamps to their shopping cart.  You will need to do 2 separate transactions, since the mystery includes shipping.  So, one transaction for sign up, one for your purchases.

For those of you that HAVE signed up, you’ll be getting your first “clue” less than a month away!  Keep choosing your fabrics.  It is going to be a great year!

Until next time,

Happy Sorting Fabrics!

Rowing By Hand Mystery




Get ready for a brand new “sort of” mystery and join the fun!

CLUE 1  Yes, it IS a row quilt.  But a row quilt like none other!  It started with some leftover blocks I had accumulated.  Then after pulling out lots of stamp sets, I finally got my design, which I think is one of my favorite quilts in a long time.

CLUE 2  Yes, you WILL be using stamp sets for each row except for 2 wool embroidery rows.   (6 different stamps or stamp sets are used… listing below)

CLUE 3  The quilt will be 36″ x 42″ without borders.

CLUE 4  This year, color handouts will be sent each month. At the end of each clue I’ll include a picture of my finished row so you will know EXACTLY which fabric I used and where, making your fabric selections easier.  So, no guess work which fabrics I used where, making it a “sort of” mystery.

CLUE 5  This mystery is for ALL levels.  We will begin with the easiest of blocks so everyone will have success.  I’ll be blogging along the way so you’ll be guided by my teaching through the blogs.  Posting your pictures on the “Stitching with Cindy Blackberg” Facebook page will help everyone and double the fun.

The fun starts February 15th and will run for 8 months!

Here are the stamp sets you’ll be using:

Cracker Box (February)
3/4″ Hexagon (March)
Hexagon Connector (May) (not the 3/4″ connector)
Dresden Plate (June)
Sunburst (July)
3″ Lemoyne Star (August)

Want to join?  Only $55 for 8 months of mailings plus a FREE gift for the first 100 sign ups.  (Stamps, notions and fabrics are extra.)  Let us know here!  Your supply list and free gift for the first 100 people will be sent to you upon sign up!

Ethel’s Candy Time!

I’ve been in the kitchen today making our family Christmas treat in time for giving and those Christmas parties around the corner.  I’ve published this pattern before, but thought I’d revisit it in case you weren’t a reader a few years back.

This lovely candy has been made in the Blackberg kitchen for 40 years!!!  My sons expect it every year and I don’t like to disappoint.  Here it is for you, my dear readers:

“Cindy’s Candies via Ethel”

1 cup coconut

3/4 cup smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup confectionary sugar

1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

1 cup pitted dates/ chopped (Do not use the prechopped, they aren’t as sticky.)

12 oz semisweet pieces

Mix all the ingredients except for the semisweet pieces.  (You will need to use your hands, it is very messy.)  Form into walnut size balls.  Melt the semisweet pieces in a fry pan over very low heat until melted.  Using 2 spoons, coat the balls and place on wax paper.  Let cool in the frig.  This makes about 16 balls.



Don’t forget a few more days to get your free Christmas Memories Pattern!  Order anything on the website and I’ll tuck in this nice surprise for you.  (In lieu of an Ethel’s candy!)

Christmas Memories Pattern

Merry Christmas to all!

FREE Christmas Memories Pattern

Hi everyone!

I have to say, I was a little shocked over the response when I posted my old “Christmas Memories” pattern on the “Stitching with Cindy Blackberg” face book page.  Of course, I forgot completely that I have a new audience out there that hasn’t seen every work or pattern I’ve made.

So, I’m offering this pattern FREE with a purchase on my website of any pattern, stamp, stamp set, block keeper or needle keeper.  (The keepers make excellent gifts for your friends that quilt, BTW.)

So, here is your chance to get a free Christmas pattern made with the Carpenter’s Star set of stamps.

Christmas Memories Pattern

Just order any pattern, stamp, stamp set or keeper on my website and I’ll tuck one of these patterns in your order for FREE!

Until next time,

Merry Christmas!


Valdani SALE!!!

I’ve been going through my inventory and it seems like I have overstocked my favorite collection of Valdani perle cotton size 12.

Cindy Blackberg Collection

My overstock is your gain!  For a limited time, I’ll be selling my Valdani collection of beautiful thread at a bargain price of $50!  That is less than $4.50 a ball, PLUS I will include a pack my favorite needles for embroidery, Clover Chenille size 24.  A $12 savings!

Use your thread for Big Stitch as well as embroidery.

Clover Chenille Needles and Valdani Perle Cotton #12

Great for Wool Embroidery, too!

Josephine’s Garden
35″ x 42″

Order now before my supply runs out.

Cindy Blackberg Collection

Valdani, hand dyed and always colorfast.

Get your box here.


Revisiting an old post: Sugar Loaf

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.


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!