Blue Ribbon Designs
Blue Ribbon Designs Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 6

June 2013 

In This Issue
What's New?!
Special Sneak Peek
On The Drawing Board
Noteworthy News
Design Spotlight
Complimentary Designs
Quick Links
Komen 3-Day

Greetings friends, fellow needleworkers, and new subscribers ~ it's time for the June newsletter... 


It is a beautiful day here in West Des Moines, Iowa - a welcome change from an entire week of severe thunderstorms and rain (with more on the way tomorrow) - everything is blooming and beautiful. Where did the month of May go (along with the rest of 2013)? - seems like only yesterday I was writing the May news....time is just flying by! This month I kept busy working on a huge deadline for a unique project with a large industry publisher (more on that in the future), a very special "pink" project, and preparations for several new upcoming releases.


If you visited my blog in May, you were the first to see more photos from my recent teaching were able to read all about my class project for the New England Stitcher's were able to see photos of our new German Shepherd puppy...and as always, I shared photos of my latest creative endeavors! To see what I am doing during the month and be eligible for my future giveaways and contests, visit: 

This past month, I enjoyed chatting with lots of new stitching friends and faithful followers on Twitter and the Blue Ribbon Designs Facebook page - it is such a treat to hear from you - please stop by for a visit...I love to read your comments and hear about your BRD finishes and projects!


Okay, let's get started with the news for June - there is quite a bit to share this, grab your favorite beverage and sit back, relax, and enjoy...
Bel Signature

In My Heart
What's New?!....  

There aren't any new releases this month...but that just gives you a little extra time to catch-up on your BRD stitching, as new pieces will be coming soon!

All three parts of "Blue Jeans and Daisies" (Mystery Sampler Club - Springtime Edition) have been released and are currently available in needlework is not too late to join in the fun - this is the perfect project to work on this spring and summer!

Blue Jeans and Daisies - Part Three
Part Three
Additional Photos
Design Specifics and Supply Listings

 Blue Jeans and Daisies - Part Two
Part Two
Additional Photos
Design Specifics and Supply Listings

Blue Jeans and Daisies - Part One
Part One
Additional Photos
Design Specifics and Supply Listing 

In addition:
Two new designs were released earlier this year - these bright and cheerful springtime designs can both be found at your favorite needlework shop or needlework webstore: "Sunflower Serenade" and "Berries, Birds, and Blooms". 

Sunflower Serenade (BRD-107)
A Midwest/Kansas-inspired sampler with two coordinating needlework smalls (scissor fob and pin pillow). 
Package contains charting for the entire sampler and two smalls shown, stitching instructions, stitch diagrams, complete finishing instructions for the two needlework smalls, and an alphabet/numbers for personalization. 


For more detailed information, visit the following links: 


Design Specifics and Complete Supply List


Berries, Birds, and Blooms (BRD-108) 
A framed sampler with a cheerful, springtime feel and a set of four needlework smalls (scissor fob, pinkeep, floss ring tag, and needlebook). 
Package contains: charting for the entire sampler and four needlework smalls, stitching instructions, stitch diagrams, complete finishing instructions for needlework smalls, and an alphabet/numbers with personalization area.  

For more detailed information, visit the following links:

Design Specifics and Complete Supply List


Currently there are over 100 designs in the Blue Ribbon Designs catalog; details, photos, and supply lists for ALL Blue Ribbon Designs are all posted on the BRD website...all of these design charts
 are currently available and/or can be ordered at your favorite needlework shop.

You can view all the current designs in my catalog by visiting the
"Designs" page on the Blue Ribbon Designs website.
Special Project Peek
Special Project Sneak Peek

Just for fun...
This month I thought I would share a little peek at a very special design I am currently working on...this is just a little corner snippet.

More details and photos of this project will be coming very soon - this is just a little taste to whet your appetite. If you are curious, keep an eye on my blog and website later this month for details - they will be posted as soon as they are available...

On the Blue Ribbon Designs Drawing Board:


As promised, I am working on several new releases (along with the little something special I shared with you in the previous segment). There are quite a few projects in the works for the upcoming months - "Botanical Blessings" (shown below), "Sunlight, Seeds, and Scents", "Feathers, Flowers, and Fruit" (shown below), "Through The Trees", "Mischief At Midnight", and "Harvest Huswif". My plan is to have a couple new releases in the near future, so stay tuned for details! I have so many exciting ideas in my sketchbook that I look forward to expanding, I have a couple new teaching pieces in many ideas and definitely not enough stitching time... 

Stay tuned to the "Future" page of the website for details and specifics as they become available...

Botanical Blessings
"Botanical Blessings"

Feathers, Flowers, and Fruit
Feathers, Flowers, and Fruit
Framed Design and Smalls (Snippet Receptacle and Scissor Fob)

Feathers, Flowers, and Fruit Needlework Smalls
Noteworthy News:


I am excited to share my scheduled teaching is going to be another wonderful year of traveling and visiting with those of you who share my passion of needlework... 


October 4-7, 2013

New England Stitcher's Retreat
Enfield Shaker Museum - Enfield, NH 

Class Project: "Autumn In Enfield" 
This Shaker class project has an autumn theme....the class design features on an oval Shaker Shallow Carrier Box (11" H x 7 3/4" W x 2 3/4" D - with a 9" H handle). We will be stitching a padded base for the inside of the carrier box - along with several needlework smalls: a carrier handle wrap, flower scissor fob, needlebook with autumn leaf pages, and an owl pincushion - giving you a very unique stitched Shaker-style display.



Autumn In Enfield


I hope to see you in Enfield this fall...

Additional information:



I have multiple other teaching events scheduled and will keep you posted as the coordinators release information...


Patience and Prosperity
The Blue Ribbon Designs Gallery shows off all sorts of fun BRD finishes - including the fabulous one seen right: "Patience and Prosperity" stitched by Robin B. in Madison, VA - isn't it a wonderful framed finish?! Robin changed the colors in this piece and I think the shades of blue look incredible - a beautiful interpretation!

The gallery features photos from needleworkers located all over the world that have stitched their favorite Blue Ribbon Designs. You will see creative and fun finishing ideas...color changes...fabulous framing...and some beautiful stitching! 
PRETTY PLEASE, send me your photos when you complete a Blue Ribbon Designs project or post them to the BRD Facebook wall - I always enjoy hearing from fellow needleworkers and I would love to "show off" your work in the website "Gallery"...and who knows, you just may end up featured in the monthly newsletter...
Design Spotlight    Stitches, Stars, and Stripes


Spotlight on some favorite patriotic designs

you just may have missed...



BRD-032 Stitches, Stars, and Stripes (right)


BRD-033 Patriotic Wishes ~ Volume 1


BRD-034 Patriotic Wishes ~ Volume 2


BRD-068 Proud and True


BRD-081 Patriotic Patchwork


BRD-082 Americana Panorama


BRD-095 Liberty Stitchery

Bluebirds and Daisies
Bluebirds and Daisies

Complimentary Designs   


Check out the "Freebie" page of my website to find multiple complimentary charts - there you can find these favorites: 

  • "Leprechaun Lodge"
  • "Stars Over Pines" 
  • "Redbirds for Peace"

And for an extremely limited time you will find the retired chart "Bluebirds and Daisies" (right) - I recently re-posted posted this particular design and will leave it up for a month or so...get it while you can!


I hope you enjoy these special complimentary designs - my gifts to you for your continued support, friendship, and encouragement - thank you for allowing me to "pursue my passion"...and if you need a new project, I hope these complimentary charts will entice you to visit your favorite needlework shop and purchase some of the larger designs in the Blue Ribbon Designs catalog!


To obtain a copy of any of my complimentary design charts, simply visit:

and click on "Freebie" in the left-hand menu - you will see photos of these designs - click on the statement "CLICK HERE FOR CHART" (directly under the coordinating photos) - a new window will open containing the design in PDF form (you will need Adobe Reader to view/print the charts). *Note*: These are large quality files and will take a moment to load. If you are receiving an error message when trying to open one of the charts, more than likely, you are using an older version of Adobe Reader - you will need to update to the newest version to open the file. Still having difficulty? - Make sure your virus protection software recognizes as a "safe site".


Please remember, ALL of my designs are protected by copyright law - thank you for respecting my copyright. 

Blue Jeans and Daisies

As always, I would like to take a moment and thank everyone who supports Blue Ribbon Designs - I appreciate your encouraging words, comments, and heartfelt e-mails; I am so thrilled you like my designs - you are a HUGE reason I LOVE my job! I truly enjoy hearing from you.


You are now up-to-date on all the latest news - keep your eye on my website for the latest information. 


Until the July newsletter ~ may each day bring you kindness from a good friend, sunshine, and happiness. Take a little time to count your blessings...and a little time to stitch...

Happy Spring!


As you know, I value your comments, ideas, and creativity ~ please feel free to send them to me by replying to this message.


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