I’ve been taking a break from designing to give my creative juices some rest and work in other areas of my life. It’s very strange to not have anything on the stretcher bars but it’s an interesting exercise to not design for a few months. I’ve not done this since I started designing. I decided to take this “sabbatical” to see what happens. Of course, the ideas never really stop so the idea notebook is still growing. I am getting a big cross stitch project done and have been able to spend a lot of time in my sewing room working on some fun quilts.

This past weekend I taught a pilot class for my new design, “Serenity”. This group of ladies from my “local” Chapter (70 miles away!) did a great job and here they are after two days of stitching! It was so fun to see the different colorways emerge on their canvases!

This weekend I’m headed to Orlando for the Sun Region Seminar.  I’m taking advantage of Studio Time and have to decide what I will do – there are many options… I’ll also be at Merchandise Night on Friday – if you’re in the area, stop by – it’s open to everyone, whether you’re attending Seminar or not.

Until next time,


  1. Gail Ettinger on April 28, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Fabulous piece!!!! Will it be available as a class only? Or individual purchase?

  2. Kathy on April 28, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    It's a teaching design only. I'll be teaching it at Needle in a Haystack in Alameda, CA in July and at Bluebonnet Studio Stitching Retreat in Texas in Feb 2016.

  3. woolwoman on May 4, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Lovely to meet you at seminar Kathy. Ready for a Starbucks!! Safe travels home , Mel

  4. Carol Sweitzer on August 26, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    First I'd like to say what wonderful designs you create!

    My handicap does not allow me to travel. Is there any way that "Serenity" could be made available, either the pattern with colorways, or in kit form? I am fairly experienced (lifetime member of EGA.) Please get in touch with me here, or feel free to privately email me at (I am also interested in your piece "Around the Rainbow." Can you also tell me how/where I may order patterns/kits.Thank you so very much.

  5. Allison Bradbury on June 26, 2020 at 5:27 am

    Dear Kathy,
    Like Carol above, I too am unable to travel to attend a class. Please would you consider making this design available now some time has passed since you ran the classes.


    • Kathy Rees on June 26, 2020 at 10:00 am

      I’ve just finished teaching this class online and you can still sign up. I have kits available and all of the lessons remain online for about a year. Here’s a link to the info on with photos of the colorways.

      I’ll also be announcing registration soon for the two companions – Harmony and Tranquility.