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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Unique Quilt Block Challenge

Thought i would share some pictures of some of the unique blocks we are working on in our Quilt Block Challenge. This is a free club, you can join us at any time. Basically, we are making blocks from 1 1/2" strips and 1 1/2" squares. So far we have 20 new blocks, what's unique about these blocks is they have all been changed mathematically to make them come out to 5.5 x 7.5. As you know, most traditional quilt blocks are built on a square. These are elongated, and offer some new options in designing quilts, which is always fun. If you are interested, you can still sign up, it is a Facebook Group and it is called Unique Quilt Block Challenge. Go there and indicate you would like to join and I will approve you and check out what we have been doing. Here are some pictures of some of the blocks we have done.

Check out the FB page to see others.Happy Stitching!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Additions % Corrections % Reminders

I just wanted to mention that we now have a coupon page, and if you click on the "Coupons" on out home page, a PDF will come up explaining all the coupons that we have available. Our coupons are all automated now, but you must put in the code when you use one in the shopping cart. You better check it out because you may be eligible for one!


We have added lots of buttons to our Clearance Page so check them out!             
 Permanent Price Markdowns
 CDH300 Machine Embroidery Snow ladies…$39.00
 CDH300 Complete Set of Hand Embroidery Snow ladies  $ 49.00  Individual, $6.00ea
 CDH300RW Complete Set of Red Work Snow ladies  $49.00  Pre-printed  
 CDH CSBL  Complete Set of Bag Ladies $96.00, Individual, $8.00ea suppose to be $6.00 each
                                      These are some very good deals! Don’t miss them!
Check out our FB Group, Unique Quilt Block Challenge, it’s free, concentrating on strip blocks, you will be amazed at the blocks you can make with strips!

Reminder: Scrappers: Will officially start on Monday Oct.15th, I will be posting mire pictures of the first project etc this weekend.
Happy Stitching! Carol

Thursday, October 12, 2017


  I have to introduce you to my new puppy. He is named "Scrappy" for obvious reasons! He is 10 months old. We have bonded already, and he has shown us his tenacity, and it is a lot more than this grandma has! He will have to learn my ways as he gets older.
Also sharing a completed pillow that I made from the Pre-printed name that was embroidered in the center. This is not the best picture, but I think you get the idea.

Happy Stitching! Carol

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October Newsletter 10-15-2017

                                                   Chickadee Hollow Designs
                                                           Autumn Abundance by Carol L. Steffensen


Hello everybody from Chickadee Hollow Designs!We are so excited to tell you that we have just recently updated our website! It was time for a facelift, and it looks so much better. We have lots of new things to report to you, so sit back, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

First of all I want to say Thank you to all our wonderful customers, so many of you have been with us from Day 1, which by the way will be 15 years next year. The time has gone quickly, but it has been enjoyable as we have met so many fine people across the nation and also some International. For anyone joining our customer list please put in your birth date, because we now have the capability to automatically send you out a Birthday Coupon for 20% off, however if you have not included your birthday in your registration, you will not receive the coupon. If you have been with us for a while, you can go back and add your birth date. So that is good news!
We also have another coupon that we include in every order we ship out. It is called theFriendship CouponActually you receive two coupons in your order, and the second one is for you to share with a friend! That way she/he will also get a coupon! Read the coupon, it has a code you need to put in when you order in order to get your 20% off.
Pre-printed Services: This is a new service we are just starting, To find out about this service go to the middle of our page where it says pre-printed services to find out all about it. When you click on the picture, it will take you to a PDF that explains more about this service. We do not have a lot of samples yet, but we have this one which gives you an idea.  They come printed to you, by your request, and they are ready for Hand embroidery, painting, coloring, embellishing as you desire. Great gift ideas!       

We also have a new program, staring October 15th, it is called the chickadee Hollow Designs Scrappers Club. Sign up is by the 15th of October. The cost is $5.00 a month or if you want a kit they could be up to $15.00. We must have a card on file so that we can automatically deduct the monthly charge. There will be lots of perks in the program, such as access to the scrap bags, scrap exchanges, a members only card that will give you a 10% off any orders placed on our website that is not part of this program. AND other fun things that we have planned for our Scrappers! Be a Chickadee Hollow Scrapper and show off all of your goodies! The little Americana Pillow is an example of the kinds of things we will be making. You need to sign up now if you want to be a part of it, we will start Oct.15th, but we need to have a couple of weeks to get kits together. The Perfect club for someone who wants to make cute little things to decorate your home into a cozy, warm atmosphere! Click on the pillow in the middle of the page on our website and it will open up to a PDF that will explain everything.                                                   
We have added lots of buttons to our Clearance Page so check them out!             
 Permanent Price Markdowns
 CDH300 Machine Embroidery Snow ladies…$39.00
 CDH300 Complete Set of Hand Embroidery Snow ladies  $ 49.00  Individual, $6.00ea
 CDH300RW Complete Set of Red Work Snow ladies  $49.00  Pre-printed  
 CDH CSBL  Complete Set of Bag Ladies $96.00, Individual, $8.00ea 
                                      These are some very good deals! Don’t miss them!
Check out our FB Group, Unique Quilt Block Challenge, it’s free, concentrating on strip blocks, you will be amazed at the blocks you can make with strips!  

 Happy Stitching! Carol

Monday, October 9, 2017

New Service At Chickadee Hollow Designs

 Hello! I hope everybody  is taking advantage of this gray, cloudy day and in their sewing rooms just stitching away! I am excited to tell you about a new service that we are starting at Chickadee Hollow Designs. We are offering Pre-printed Services for items to hand embroider. We haven't got a lot of samples yet but I do have one that I will share with you. These are intended to be Hand Embroidered or painted/colored and quilted. We will have all the details available shortly, but you can give us a call now and ask questions if you like. These will have to be ordered over the phone, so that we can get the information you want printed exactly. 320-354-2456
Also wanted to share with you a pillow that I made using one of the Vintage Basket embroidery design. There are four Vintage Basket designs on our website,Chickadee Hollow Designs on the Hand Embroidery page.
And one last pillow, I was working on this when my sewing partner Ginger passed away, so I dedicated it to her.
I also wanted to mention we have a Quilt block challenge going on that is free and you can join us at any time. If you are interested you can go to FB and search Unique Quilt Block Challenge and sign up if you want to join, like I said it is free and you can download the PDF's after you join for each block. The PDF's are not to be shared with others as I plan to make a book of all of them when we are finished.
And, we are starting a Scrappers Club that you can read all about on our website. Starts Oct. 15th, so check it out.
So what are you all working on, would love to see and hear.

Happy Stitching! Carol

Saturday, February 4, 2017

 Weekend Specials

It's time to think about something for your sweetheart for Valentines Day, we have some Vintage Valentine Ornaments for you to choose from. These are perfect for decorating your Valentine Tree or to use for decor. Check them out on our Seasonal Ornaments Page. They are just as sweet as chocolate, but have no calories!!             

Weekend Special Flash Sale til midnight Sunday night! 02/05/17

Quilting Snow Ladies Complete Hand Embroidery Set  Regular Price: $69.00
Sale Price $50.00  This is a great deal for retail customers only!

Quilting Snow Ladies Machine Embroidery CD  Regular price: $69.00
Sale Price  $50.00  This is a great deal for retail customers only!
                                           BLOCK of the MONTH
Quilting Snow Ladies Redwork Hand Embroidery BOM These are preprinted in red and we are starting a BOM CLUB for these on February 10th. WE will take registrations this week only, as we have to order the pre-prints, and need to know exactly how many we need. This set regularly costs $12.00 each  and club members will get them for $10.00 each and we will pay postage! We will have floss packs available for these.........$7.00 
           !!! REMEMBER  SIGN UP BY NEXT FRIDAY      
                  02/10/17 AS THEY WILL SHIP ON     
                           Call us to register, 320-354-2456

                             Chickadee Hollow Designs
                  'Where happiness is homemade,
            and any day stitching is a great day!'

Happy Stitching! Carol

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