Friday, September 26, 2014

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.


  1. Great to see you back in blog land, Dee! Wonderful post. I'm sure you will have many fun project in store for all of us keep our fingers busy and our sewing machines humming!



  2. Thanks, Carolyn. Still a lot to learn reagrding photo size and a lot else!