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  1. Just wanted to let you know I love your blog. I wish I had the writing talent you have! You make everything so interesting. Love all your stitched pieces. I just don’t know how you get so much done.

    Debby

  2. You are very sweet Debby. I stitch whenever I get a chance but I have to say my real secret for having more time to do what I really want is no television, it was really stealing my time and I don’t miss it one bit.

    :0)

  3. Hi, Mary Kathryn,

    I reached here through the picture of your icthus cross-stitching on yahoo groups.

    I gave my big television set which my husband had purchased before I married him to a women’s and children’s shelter. I can tell by the electrical bill when my mother has visited as it shows amount of electricity used each month. If I watch two hours of television per YEAR, I have watched a great amount. BUT the radio is always on. We have a group of Christian stations here in Southwestern Ontario. I also enjoy a local easy listening station which has a gospel show. My small TV upstairs has one dail which I set to ‘U’ and then I turn the second dial to the number for the stations I want if the dial number is greater than 13.

    I hesitated to get internet access at home because I thought I would spend too much time there without realizing how many hours had passed. My girlfriend recommended a timer or alarm so I could end my sessions on time. So the computer – in boxes – arrived this morning. I haven’t made it home yet from my trip (supposedly) to the doctor. I’m at the senior centre downtown on the computer –no time limit.

    God Bless,

    Margaret

  4. Hi! I just stumbled into your site from another and wanted to say how much I enjoyed my visit, especially your “Rocky Mountain Wednesdays” pics. I’ll be moving to the Wasatch part of the mountains in fall 2008 and appreciated the preview. Temps in our target town have been at single-digit highs all week.I have a LOT to learn (I’ve been a SoCA girl my whole life.) Anyway, thanks for sharing. I’d like to visit again.

  5. Mary Kathryn,
    I have loved exploring your blog! You do such beautiful work. I have a question about the biscornu you made out of the Debbie Draper design. I have the Draper freebie design, but I was wondering where you found the design for the back, as I really liked that. I’m afraid you are going to say it’s something you graphed up yourself – I do that when I get frustrated about not finding what I want. I would really appreciate you sharing the information with me. Thanks for all your hard work on this blog.
    Barbie

  6. Hi! I just found you online the other day. I am a fiber enthusiast (too much yarn and fabric stash to reveal here!)who has never been interested in cross stitch until I saw your blog – it is beautiful!
    We homeschool our 3 youngest children, which includes twin girls age 6 who are being trained in love of all things fiber by me and my friends.
    God Bless and I look forward to more of your posts.
    Kim

  7. Hello, glad to find you in over blog in english through italian email cross stitch friends. I’m loredana from Peroj, County of Istria, Croatia.
    Love a lot cross stitching, and all other hand work. You have a nice blog, in future hope to create my own one, before I have to change a pc, know I have one 8 year old, a really dinosaurus. a lot of cross stitch kiss from Loredana.

  8. Hi Mary Kathryn,

    I’m from France and I enjoy reading your blog a great deal.Please, let’s know your secret : when do you get a chance to sleep ???

  9. Hi Mary Kathryn,
    i’m from Singapore and eversince i found ur blog link from LHN yahoo group, i have been reading through your past posts. Really inspire by your beautiful finishes and stitches.
    Its just as wonderful enjoying those scenic pics of rocky mountains at the other side of the globe.
    Will certainly returns again. Till then, nice meeting you here and may we share our joy and passion in stitching.
    Happy Stitching~

  10. Hi, Mary Kathryn! Iam Brazilian! Excuse-me but I don’t speak english… I loved your site!

    meu nome é Edna, moro no Brasil em Belo Horizonte, e sempre visito sites de ponto cruz na net. O seu me chamou a atenção pelas fotos maravilhosas do lugar que voce mora. Gostaria que visitasse meu blog e me enviasse um comentário! Obrigada! Thankyou!

  11. Hi

    I have had a look at your work and it’s stunning . I was wondering if you would be interested in showcasing some of your work on Stitcher’s Showcase.

    Stitcher’s Showcase is a website my husband Jeff and I have started that is dedicated to stitching artists showcasing their work, including quilting and tapestry artists. We want to provide a great community for artists to showcase their work and to interact. We would love to see you bring your talents to the site.

    We hope the community will inspire others and help them with their activities.

    There is no charge. You can customise your own page and include a link back to your website to help promote your own activities. We only ask no blatant commercial promotion of products etc.

    The website is http://StitchersShowcase.com

    If you like the site and would be kind enough to help us spread the word, a mention in your blog or on your website would be greatly appreciated.

    Regardless, I would love to see you showcase your work there.

    Thanks, and look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely
    Ann Pritchard
    Stitcher’s Showcase

  12. bonjour kathryn
    j’adore ton blog et ton site .je suis française et passionnée de point de croix .je comprend un peu et j’adore tes photos de tes montagnes .c’estvraiment magnifiques .j’adore aussi le patchwork.c’est reès beau ce ue tu fais.à bientot.nathalie.

  13. You live in EP, CO? I have a very good friend that lives there also. I recognized a picture taken from inside the park. My friend is also a needleworker and teaches needlework and tatting. If you’re interested in knowing her name, you can email me back at the above email addy.
    Love your blog!

  14. Mary Kathryn your blog is beautiful and I have enjoyed reading your postings and looking at your work – just gorgeous! I will continue to follow with interest! God Bless.

  15. Hello! I’m french, I live in the South West of france, and i’ve just discovered your blog. Well, I just want to read it from the beginning!!! I just loooove what you do, yours photos,… It makes me dream : I would love living in a small country village in USA, but it’s impossible! So, your blog will allways make me dream, I’m sure, and thank you for that!!

  16. Lovely to see a picture of you – although you are not what I imgained you to be like if you know what I mean. I tend to read blogs and draw up a picture in my mind as to what I think people look like.

    Hugs
    Claire in UK

  17. Terri told me about your blog. I live in EP and am a needlework designer and teacher. I also teach and design tatting – shuttle tatting. Your stitching is absolutely beautiful I, too, love samplers – just finished giving an Antique Sampler presentation to an EGA chapter outside Chicago.

    Do you have a shop? Is it in EP? If, so, I have missed it B I G T I M E!!!

  18. I want to start quilting and would like to know where to start. I honestly have no clue what to do or what i need/should buy or what brand to go with or the best sowing machine to get. I have never used a sowing machine so I’d like it to be really easy to use and load thread and stuff… but at the same time get good quality.

    Do you have any suggestions about where to start, what to buy, what brand is best and what machine to get? Or even maybe some website or books that would help me out?

    thanks so much for any help you can give me :)

    Jennifer

  19. Well, there are a whole lot of sewing machines available today. My personal favorite is the Bernina, made in Switzerland. There is also a Pfaff and Husqvarna, both very well made machines. My suggestion is to go to your local sewing center, see what they have and have them demo the machine for you. That way, you will get a feel for what it can do. If you check your yellow pages, you can probably find sellers of each of the top models. Before buying, I would check out all of them, try them out if you can, check with friends to see which one they prefer and why. This will be a major purchase – they are all expensive sewing machines, but should last you a lifetime.

    I know a lot of quilting is done by machine these days, but the purists would say the quilting should be done by hand. Why not start on something you can get in a kit and is small enough to see if this is something you are going to enjoy doing. A great source for very good kits it Nancy’s Notions – http://www.nancysnotions.com/home.do?extid=69&gclid=CMSGnuPGrp4CFQS7sgodxT4zmA

    She has a 1/2 hour show each Saturday on PBS in our area from 8:30-9:00 am. She shows a lot of things to do and usually has a guest on showing her specialty.

    A few things to think about: do you want it to do just plain sewing? Do you want it to serge your fabric? Do you want to do machine embroidery? There are a lot of considerations to take into account before actually deciding on your sewing machine.

    Hope this helps and gets the creative juices flowing.
    Betsy

    1. Thanks Betsy,

      One thing I will say, it has been my experience that salespersons will try to sell you much more machine than you need or want, even if you are very specific about what you are looking for. If you are just starting it might be a good idea to pick up an inexpensive Singer to get started on, it will serve as a back-up in the future if you like the craft and decide to invest in a serious machine. My ‘serious’ machine is mechanical and only sews a straight stitch I have a Janome 1600DP.

      A fun way to start is by purchasing a charm pack of fabric. These are precut 5 inch squares of fabric that coordinate beautifully, you can make a little table runner quite quickly and practice your seams and lining up corners this way. There are some other great projects using precuts here http://www.modabakeshop.com/

      Pick up a few books about quilting at the library and they will all have basic instructions regarding cutting and finishing quilts.

      :0)

  20. Bonjour Marie,
    my name is Anne and i woudl like to say you your blog is very good i am french and i have little girl Agathe she is 10
    sorry for mystakes
    bye
    à bientôt et encore merci pour toutes ces jolies photos et ces beaux ouvrages
    Anne

  21. I saw some beautiful dish cloths, in pink, blues, yellows, they were tied with 2 ribbons, they were beautiful, I saved your instructions, but cannot find the picture. Can you email me the picture. Thanks. Elaine

  22. I just found your blog while searching for the Traveling Stitcher kit. I didn’t realize that you were in Estes Park until I started looking at your pictures. Estes Park is my favorite place on Earth! You are so lucky! Thank you for all the beautiful pictures. I am in awe of your talent—stitching, cooking photography, etc. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to following your blog.

  23. Blog magnifique, je vous suis de France et j’adore vous lire, je suis aussi une grande brodeuse mais je ne parle pas l’anglais.
    amitiés
    Catherine

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