Saturday, September 27, 2014

OK, I am in and doing this!

It seems that everything easy is not really easy at all. I began trying to post my first blog in several years and after doing what I had been told to do - FOUR times - and I was still without blog. I guess if you are over 40 this probably rings true to many. If I am told one more time - "it is so simple a child could do it" I am going to call in my 2- 6 year old grand children and have them write the blog. It might even be better than what I am trying desperately to do.

Since I feel have been silent for so long, when I decided to speak and then couldn't, I felt the earth had stopped moving. (Maybe too dramatic?) It has not, I have been assured.

So, I will add a few more photos, I think I have this now. My son-in-law came to my rescue yesterday. I appreciate his wonderful work on my behalf in spite of the fact he only uses a PC and has never even looked at Facebook. Yeah, he did it! Now I will do it!

A food quilt for my bestie who got her Masters Degree in Culinary Arts a few years ago. Hope you have all purchased the games "Foodie Fight" and "Wine Wars." If not, look them up. Great fun. She is a genius!
This quilt is called Beacon of Hope. I made it for an auction to benefit cancer survivors held by Above & Beyond Cancer in Des Moines. Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine featured it earlier this year.

Another BIG College

Recognize this one? For a University of Iowa Hawkeye fan extraordinaire. This will hang on a door during all Hawkeye games. The size is 20" across and on #10 mesh canvas. It is off being finished currently.

Friday, September 26, 2014


Seem to get a lot of requests for school logos.

University of Colorado

Nice logo, cannot remember the school. Someone out there will know.

Anami Montessori in Charlotte, NC

I am in the South now - ALABAMA

St. Augustin's school in Des Moines, IA. This might have been for a 1st Communion.

Most of the school logos are on #18 mesh as the detail is much better. If you are interested, just send me the school name or the logo. As the grandkids say "easy, peasy, lemon sqeezey." But it does take a couple of hours to paint these little ornaments :)

I am BACK!

To all friends far and near,

It has been several years since my first blog, but things are about to change! I have moved to North Carolina, acquired through my children’s birth experiences several more grandchildren, sold the Kids Kits part of my needlepoint business to Colonial Needle, Inc. in NYC and traveled with son, Charlie, on a couple of great climbs around the world.

The children and grandchildren are the best part of the above scenario, the move was difficult (too much stuff ), selling the kids kit line was great as I had no space to put the kits together and I am glad I traveled with Charlie when my knees were a little bit younger!

It is now time to get back to business and see what all my friends are up to when it comes to keeping their hands busy! From now on, I will be showing all of you a lot of custom needlepoint designs that leave daily from my now “smaller” studio than the one many of you visited in Des Moines. The good news is that many, many more designs leave the premises now, I design custom needlepoint for several shops around the country and I am BIG, make that BIG, into quilting design.

In 2006, Martingale & Co. published my first quilting book Applique at Play, 19 Sports Blocks to Mix and Match projects for the athletes in your life. It was a blast doing that book and my hope is to do several more books soon so I need the help of all of you, my friends! READ my blog, even if you don’t sew quilts or do needlepoint. It’s the numbers that count here so, please take a few minutes and sign in.  My DeElda Erbe Wittmack Facebook page will have a link to this blog and will be showing lots of current custom work.

There will be both needlepoint and quilts, some of my needlepoint line canvases that are particularly popular, and all my ideas for future projects. And, YES, weigh in. I always like another opinion, even if does not agree with mine. My sisters say I don’t listen to others, but I do! ☺

 The quilts are not your grandmother’s quilts! I often start with a traditional pattern that morphs into clean, contemporary projects of all sizes in bright and sunny colors. These become a focal point of every room and are great for the decorator in all of you. Lots of Kaffe Fassett florals, polka dots, and batiks – just about anything the mood warrants.

 So tune in, remember to like my website and blog.

This is one of my first quilts and one of my favorites! It is called Evening Star and is a scrappy quilt.