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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Springtime Stitch Along Is On It;s Way

Hello to all stitchers, quilters, friends of Chickadee Hollow Designs!
We are having lots of fun with our Springtime Stitch Along. This is a start anytime program and features simple hand embroideries that are bordered with 1930's fabrics or if you have some cute spring fabrics. Either way it is fun and beautiful at the same time. Here are some snapshots of the blocks we have done so far.The blocks finish at 8 1/2" inches and we do one a week for 52 weeks.

Come and join us, only $3.00 a week! Sign up at .....look for Springtime Stitch Along in the Block of the Week programs!
Happy Stitching! Carol

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Bag Ladies of the Fat Quarter Club went to Paducah for the upcoming quilt show. This isn't the best picture, husband was holding it, would have hung straighter on a rod, but you get the idea. I had so much fun making this quilt. The patterns are available at You can also do it as a BOM. We have it set up that way also. You can also purchase the whole set at one time and save $24.00!
  Chickadee Hollow Designs's photo.


Happy Stitching! Carol

Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Easter Everyone...Springtime Stitch Along has started!

Happy Easter Everybody!!

It's a great day today, isn't it? Or at least there is something "great" in everyday!Today, I want to share with you our newest program.  
It is our,Springtime Stitch Along 
Springtime Stitch Along
  1. It is not a BOM, it is a BOW! 
  2. Registration fee $3.00 
  3. 52 weeks for $3.00 a week!
  4. No postage! (See # 6 )
  5. Great program for Beginner Hand 
      Embroidery people, although great fun 
      for an established stitcher!
  6. A PDF format program, unless you
      specifically ask it to be mailed!
  7. Do at your own speed, as you will be
      able to download your PDF when you
      are ready for it. Each Week will be
      numbered so you can keep track of
      where you are.
  8. You will learn basic embroidery stitches
      and also how to apply color by way of  
      regular color crayons, embellishment techniques.
   9.Download your Registration PDF and
       Week # Now  
 10.New patterns will be released on 
Week #1 has been posted.  
 11. Start anytime, do at your own pace.
                            Also New !!!
                               also in Redwork 
Stitching Friends 
                        individual pattern pre-print
Merry Mini Mondays
Miniature Quilts 
"My Winter Garden"
As a stark contrast to the colors on our page today, I am sharing my latest Mini Quilt. What does one do when your mind wanders to gardening in the dead of winter. plant a winter garden in your sewing room!
13.5 x13.5 inches.
Item can be found on our Miniatures Page 
                                                                   Visit our website 

Happy Stitching! Carol

Saturday, February 20, 2016


Forgot to mention in my post yesterday, every time I put out something new, I am going to give one of them away! So the Happy Easter Bunny is the giveaway and here is what you must do to enter, and I want you to be honest!
I would like some feedback on my Chickadee Chatter Blog, so comment and tell me what you like about it, and I also want to know what you don't like about it. Don't be afraid to tell me what you think. What kinds of things do you like to see in a Blog? What things DON'T you like? I want to use your feedback to create a good have at it! Let's see what we can come up with!
Oh, almost forgot to mention...two winners will be chosen, and it will be on the merit of your advice. Let's see how many comments we can get! The winners will receive the Happy Easter panel.

Happy Stitching! Carol

Friday, February 19, 2016

New Items Added to Website

We have a couple new items that have just been added to the website today. The first one is the Happy Easter Bunny. You can find it under the Category Hand Embroidery. Be sure to click on the thumb nail and the picture will enlarge so you can see the details in the designs,

thelma final 2

There is still time to do a few Valentines for your sweetheart, we have a few of those left in stock. Find them under Category Vintage Valentines.CDHVV04

The second item is our Bag Lady #11 Thelma, you will find this item under the Bag Ladies Of The Fat Quarter Club. There is only one more Bag Lady to be released, and that will be toward the end of the month.
That’s it for today folks, it won’t be long and we will be able to sit on the deck and stitch and watch
                                           Pencil and watercolor by Carol L. Steffensen
these little gals. I can’t wait!
     Happy Stitching! Carol

Monday, January 25, 2016

It's Not Too Soon To Be Thinking About Easter!!

Hi everybody, it's been awhile. How y'all been??
We are in the middle of winter here in Minnesota
 and we have really had a nice mild winter so far, 
one week of really cold but other then that,
 the temps have been above zero.
 For Minnesota, that is good! We will take it!
Been working on some new ideas for Easter and
 spring and decided to share one with you.
 This one hasn't been stitched yet, but will be as soon
 as I pick out the colors of floss I will use.
 Do most of you use DMC floss? That seems to be
 the one that is most widely available. Was thinking
 of doing this one in the over dyed floss from Gentle Art
I would like to hear your opinions of what you like best.

Happy Stitching! Carol

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Sweetest Little Nine Patch

The Sweetest Little Nine Patch
 Who doesn't love a cute little mini? 
I just love making little quilts and the smaller the better,
this one is slightly larger than a piece of paper 10" x 12."
 I had so much fun making this!
Stop on over to our website, www.chickadeehollowdesigns. I will give away a free kit to one lucky person.for making this mini if you enter by making a comment on this post. 
While you are at it, drop on over to facebook,
 Chickadee Hollow Designs and give us a Like.
Pattern will be available for purchase 
later today on our Miniature Page
                                  Happy Stitching! Carol

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Two New Patriotic Ornaments.....POW-WOW!

Patriotic Hat

Patriotic Feathered Star
 These are the two new Patriotic Ornaments that went out this week for our Patriotic Ornament of the Week....and WOW....Winner of the week is Amy, so next week Amy will get one of her ornaments free. Congratulations Any!!!
Each week we send out two Patriotic Ornaments and we choose one winner to receive a free ornament each week. Program runs until right before July 4th!
Happy Stitching! Carol

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Made this to honor my husband who served in Viet Nam

Thinking about Memorial Day today,
 after my husband commented how busy the highway
 was on his way home from town. 
Everybody is going somewhere this weekend 
to celebrate Memorial Day. 
We typically don't do any celebrating as such. 
It is more a quiet day....a day of thinking about Memorial Day
 and those who have gone before us. 
We have had many family members who have served,
 on both sides of the family, including my husband who 
was in Viet Nam. They have all come home 
after their service, pretty much unharmed. Makes me
 wonder why some are chosen to die, and others are not, 
I have heard of some families who have lost more 
than one family member,
 some even 3 and 4 members of the same family. 
What is their Memorial Day like?
 How do they spend this holiday? 
Freedom is not free.
 It is impossible to put a price on it or measure it in any way, 
other than by counting the ones who lost their life 
in defending that freedom. Other things are hard to measure too........the pain that soldiers and their families
 have been through,physical,emotional,spiritual,
missed opportunities for those who had plans, 
dreams of coming home and building a family,
 a home or a career.
I have for those who lost their lives, 
the families who waited for them,
 to those who are having to serve as we speak.
 War is Hell......Freedom isn't Free!
 That's what I will be thinking about
Happy Stitching! Carol

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sign Up Today for our first POW-WOW!!

Patriotic Ornaments  

POW-WOW!   Sign up by May 8th!
Patriotic Ornament of the Week-Winner of the Week!
Our newest program, here are the details!

1.There are sixteen ornaments in the complete line. These have been revised since we had our fire. We think these are better than our previous ornaments. Same technique, pre-printed and pre-colored, same size, same price, just better than ever.
2. There are 11 weeks between now and the 4th of July. Each week, for eight weeks we will automatically ship you two ornaments, that are ready to stitch.
3. Each week we will select one person in the club, and that person will receive one of their ornaments free for the next week.

4. They will be shipped First Class every Monday to minimize shipping cost. Cost is the same, $7.00 per ornament so that will be $14.00 each week. If your name is selected as a winner, the next week you will receive one of your ornaments free. You have until May 8th to sign up. Sign up by selecting the sign up area below for $14.00 and that will include your first week of two ornaments. Postage is
additional at approximately 1.50. each week.
You will need Warm-N-Natural and Tea Dye Backing for this project. We have it available on our Notions page.
Fat Quarter of Warm-N-Natural and a Fat Quarter of Tea Dye backing fabric, each $3.00 
 Sign Up Today by going to Chickadee Hollow Designs
Happy Stitching! Carol

Friday, May 1, 2015


Today Millicent joined our group of Bag Lady embroideries. She is a bit eccentric in her clothing, but a bag lady has to wear whatever she finds to wear. She checks out the local thrift store every week and puts together these amazing outfits. I love the colors she chose! She is a sweetheart of a gal, but just a little bit timid. She loves her Friday nights at the Bag Lady Club at the local quilt shop, remember Fat Quarters are only .99 cents on Friday nights.
Wouldn't you just love to stitch her? I forgot to mention she carries her cat Thimble in her jumper pocket, she is kind of scraggly but she is good company for Millicent.

You can join our Bag Ladies of the Fat Quarter Club anytime. Just go to www, and click on the Category to the left.
Happy Stitching! Carol

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Reminder: Club Sign Ups Still Available!

                                             Ernestine Bag Lady #1

It is not late to join either our Bag Ladies of the Fat Quarter
 Club at $12.00 a month or our Merry Mini Mondays 
Miniature Quilt Program. Either one of these clubs can 
still take members. We have good responses from both
 programs and our participants say they are having fun,
 which is what it is all about. Just go to   and sign up.
 Happy Stitching! Carol

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Merry Mini Mondays Miniature Group Reminder

Reminder: we will be starting our Merry Mini Mondays on the 30th of March. I have started a Facebook page for our Group. It is called the Merry Mini Monday Miniature Group. Persons who are  taking part in this group may go there and select Join. It will be our place to share pictures, ask question, chit chat about our projects
and just have fun. You may also share other things you are working on. I am sharing a picture of our first project. If you want to sign up just go to Chickadee Hollow Designs  and  go to the Merry Mini Monday Miniature Group and by purchasing the the first kit pictured there, you will automatically be signed up.

Happy Stitching! Carol

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

                                                                      " Ernestine"
Ernestine is our first Bag Lady of The Fat Quarter Club and has already been posted on our website,
so she is ready if you want to start stitching these. The stitching adds so much to these characters; they kind of come to life, Look for The Bag Ladies of the Fat Quarter Club. This is where you can purchase them.

Sneak peek of another Bag Lady of The Fat Quarter Club soon to be released. I wanted you to see them before the stitching,because I think the stitching adds so much. Here is Charlotte. She looks a little tattered, with holes in her sleeves, her big toe sticking out of her shoe; she is on the way to the park to feed the has already found her and has landed on her shoulder. Oh, and she has a donut for herself in her pocket.
Come on over and take a peak at our website, www,    We have another club we just started and it is called Merry Mini Mondays Miniature Quitls, that one will start the lasy Monday of the month. however you can sign up for it alreadty. Just purchase the first kit and you will automatically be signed up. Here is a picture of the first kit, sign up for $25.00, and that includes the first kit.

Happy Stitching! Carol

Friday, March 6, 2015

Two New Programs at Chickadee Hollow Designs


We are starting two new programs at Chickadee Hollow Designs. Here is the information on the first program . It is called a Merry Mini Monday!Read the following information to find out the details.
You can start signing up now, on our website. I will be back later with details about the second program

Merry Mini Mondays
   Join us as we began our journey of “Merry Mini Mondays.” 
One of three mini’s
   are showcased above, and reflect the theme of the mini’s 
 we have planned for you.   
   We will   launch our program on the last Monday of the month. 
  We will be using 
   reproduction fabrics both from the Civil War Era and from the 1930’s. 
Each quarter   
   we will rotate  between Civil War and 1930’s. 
There are a limited spots available in 
   this program; we need  to know how many for making kits
 Persons who sign up for 
   the program will get 10% of their kits. 
The mini’s will be presented each quarter at a 
   time, but will be shipped prior to the last Monday of the month. 
We are setting up a 
   Facebook group for this program,
 so that customers can ask questions, showcase 
   their work, and join others in conversation who are in the program
  The FB group not will be accessible before the last Monday.   You may sign
  up for this program by going to our website,    
  starting today. Remember there is a limited number of spots available.  These 
  patterns are  designed for beginners to intermediate. 
They have very easy, understandable instructions.
  The kits will be pre-cut and available for club members first, 
if there are others who 
  want them, we will post any extras
 that we have available on our Miniature Quilt 
  Page. If you  want to sign up you must do so on the MERRY MINI MONDAY 
  Category The kit price will range from $16.95 to $25.00, and includes the pattern. 
  If you want to join us and use you own fabric, you  may do so, the patterns will 
  be available for $8.00. If you have questions,
  you may email us at or call us at 320-354-2456.
  Sign up fee, $25.00, this includes your pre-cut first kit and pattern.  

  Tune in  tomorrow for the details of our second program.