Thursday, February 26, 2015

Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course (ICQC) 101-Piecing Crazy Quilt Blocks

Kathy Shaw has just announced open registration for her first Intermediate Crazy Quilt Class.

Here is the link to find out more.............Shawkl

Take care:)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Joyful Embellishment .......

Valerie Bothell.......co-author with Allie Aller of Quilting..Just a Little Bit Crazy!...... has started a Facebook group called Joyful Embellishments. The purpose of the group is to discover new crazy quilting seam and motif ideas.

To find it just do a search for Joyful Embellishments on Facebook. 

Valerie will be posting a new stitch idea Monday through Friday of each week. They will be based on variations of standard stitches such as the Herringbone Stitch. By the end of the year you will have tons of new stitch ideas to use on your crazy quilts.

Everyone can stitch along and post their work. So far there has been some amazing eye candy to see.

If you're not a Facebook person Valerie has also created a Pinterest board where she has posted pictures of her daily stitch ideas. So far there 38 ideas.

Pinterest board.....you can find it under Joyful Embellishments...https://www.pinterest.com/valbothell/joyful-embellishments/


Take care:) 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Crazy Quilting Journal Project 2015 - January Block

I finally got it finished. It seemed like a never ending project. It's not what I expected to do at all. I was trying to work on the principal that less is best but I sort of forgot myself....LOL

It's a bit busy.




I like the hare and the tree but then it went downhill from there :)




I started to stress out that I wouldn't get it finished in time and of course as fate would have it.

I didn't. Ah well.

I have also learned a lesson too. The block I chose from Pintangle may not have been the best for a newbie like me.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hello........

Hello everyone :)

I haven't been around for a bit as I've had influenza since the end of December. I still have a lingering cough but I'm finally on the mend.

I borrowed this video from another Blogger....Plays with Needles....as I thought it was lovely. All the amazing hand work. Sigh.


I have some deadlines I have to meet sewing wise for the end of January so I better get BUSY!!!!

One thing is the CQJP2015 challenge. Fortunately I took the time to put my 12 squares together before I got sick.

Thank heavens I did because I don't think I could face that at the moment. My enthusiasm and energy level is at a big zero :)

Looking at them now I must have been in a beige frame of mind. Never mind. I'll bling them up :)


I have a new little camera and we aren't friends yet. My old point and shoot died after I dropped it...twice :(  My new camera is not as intuitive as my old camera.

I'll just have to read the instructions I guess. What a concept.....read the instructions...har har. Oh I shouldn't laugh because my ribs hurt from coughing...ouch.

Ah well:)

Take care I'll be back soon to show you what I've been up to.



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December has a lot of special days for me......


December 1st......the anniversary of my retirement.....6 years ago.
December 9th....my husband's birthday....he's very old.....(he reads my blog...ha ha).
December 23rd....my birthday....I'm 65 years old this year so now I'm officially a senior citizen.
December 28th.....my 4th year blogoversary.
December 30th...the 11th anniversary of my mum's death....she was 90. 
December 31st...would have been the 76th wedding anniversary of my parents.

A month for reflection for sure but a whole brand new year is about to happen with all kinds of challenges and possibilities. I can't wait!

So..... I'd like to wish you all a Happy Hogmanay.....and a Very Happy New Year......all the best in the new year to come.

January 1st
Take care:)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas Everyone.......

To you and yours from me and mine....wishing you an extra special holiday time!!!!!!!!!!

Small Santa Claus and his helpers


Take care:)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

After all that......

Recently I've been reading the posts about the CQJP2015 project over at Block Talk With Gerry and she makes some very good points.

One thing she talks about is comfort zone as far as your pallette choice. While I'm crazy about colour and I did pull out a pile of  beautiful fabrics in the end I decided that my best choice would be neutrals.

I used to belong to the Monthly Far Quarter Club at Sew Sisters and every so often there would be a beige bit. I put them in one shoe box and there they have sat unloved.

See.....

I very rarely use beige in my sewing.

My rationale for my choice is that my aim in doing the CQJP project is to learn and become more proficient at seam treatments. That will be my ultimate focus and challenge.

So all my agonizng over palette choice is over and done with.....sigh of relief:)


Gerry said that she will talk about template selection in her next post....good.  I need all the help I can get.

I looked on Pintangle and there are 79 templates......79!!!!!!!!!!!!

Take care:) 








Friday, December 12, 2014

CQJP2015......


(go to the link on my left hand side bar for more info)

I'm having such an interesting time trying to decide what I will do for the Crazy Quilting Journal Project.

I have so many ideas that's it's very hard to just pick one:( 

Block shapes.....there are tons of possibilities......hexes, hearts, circles, diamonds, squares.

Do I want a theme to cover all 12 blocks or just do each one as a separate idea?

Should I use "silkies"? I spent all day yesterday looking at free images to print out.....arrggh...I just can't decide....LOL

Then there is the colour palette. Should I use pastels?....or my favourite forest colours?.... or should I go out of my comfort zone and pick colours I wouldn't normally use?

Decisions...decisions.....

I did remember one site that I found last year called Pallette Builder.  It's very cool. You can upload an image and it will give a palette of Hex values, Kona cottons or Aurifil threads.

Play Crafts: Palette Builder

Here is what I did with one free image I found.



You can choose to go up to 10 values (I only used 6 here). However when you go to save the pic it cuts off part of your list on the right side if you use the full 10....bummer. 

If your interested here is another site where you can build a palette as well......

Big Huge Labs: Color Palette Generator

....and, one of my favourite places to search for colour ideas.

Design Seeds

You can waste a lot of time there just enjoying the pictures never mind the colours.

Source
I love purples and blue greens.........this may be too dark for CQ though....but I love it:)

I better get my act together because I should at least be making block one very soon. January isn't all that far away.

Take care:)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers:)

I hope you and your families have the most wonderful day.


Victorian Thanksgiving Postcard
Source: Graphics Fairy

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