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.


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


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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?


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.

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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian followers:)

I made my usual stuffing...sausage meat, celery leaves, onion, fresh sage and parsley from my garden, garlic, basil and oregano plus my all time necessary ingredient Paxo.  I stuffed and cooked my first turkey when I was 16 so I've been using Paxo for at least 50 years:) I've tried other stuffing products but they aren't the same at all. 

The original Paxo stuffing I first used was made in Great Britain but now it's made here under license to Campbell Soup Company by Pepperidge Farm.  I don't think there is much of a difference to be honest.

The recipe was originally created in 1901 by a butcher from Eccles (near Manchester) called John Crampton.

Mmmmm.....the turkey is in the oven and now I can smell it cooking......yum yum:)

Have a great day everyone. 

Take care.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class - Task #13 - Embellishing a "Silkie"

I think there are two more tasks left. I'll be very sad when the class is over as I'm enjoying it very much. The good news is that Kathy is working on some advanced classes for those of us who want to continue.

This task was to take our block with the "silkie" and embellish the picture using machine embroidery thread, beading thread or silk thread. I of course had none so I used a single strand of regular embroidery thread. I think silk thread would have been preferable but I didn't want to go out a buy more stuff.......I have TONS of embroidery thread.


My "silkie"was very pale and hardly showed so I cheated a bit and coloured it very lightly with my water colour pencils. I use them for doll faces so I figured it couldn't hurt:)


I picked out my stitching several times as I was undecided  as to how much to do. I think it's possible to overdo it. She stands out much better now I think.

Take care:) 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class - Task #12 - Kathy's Rose

This rose is so beautiful if it's done right:)...take a look here.

I see now where I went wrong in laying down my petals. But time I'll do a better job.  The trouble with silk ribbon is that if you do a stitch wrong it's mega difficult to back it out.

Take care:)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crazy Quilt Basic Class (CQBC)

Exciting news!!!!

Kathy Shaw is offering her free Crazy Quilt Basic Class once again. Registration will be open until midnight CST on 12 October 2014.

Here is the link to Kathy's blog post about her class......LINK

It is a fabulous class for anyone who has wanted to try CQ and needs that extra push and motivation to get started.  


On the personal front....I was summoned to attend for jury duty last Friday October 3rd. This was my first time and everyone told me what was to be expected....HA!!!

I got special treatment.

I was led into a huge courtroom There were so many of us selected that some had to be in another room to view the proceedings by camera. I sort of freaked out when I saw several policemen standing at alert. Having never been in a criminal court I wasn't sure if this was normal or not. The judge entered and started the proceedings. He then asked the accused to rise to be arraigned. I hadn't noticed that there had been a young man sitting between the policemen all that time. The counts were read and my heart sunk.

What a minute...what was going on! No one told me it would be like this!!!

It turned out I was one of 400 people selected for what will be a very sensational trial for us here in Toronto The Good. It involves gangs, shooting, two deaths and many injured. Lucky me:(

I so did not want to be there.

Random selection made me juror number 138/400. So Monday I went back for the next part of the process....the interviews. Each prospective juror was to be interviewed privately by the judge and counsel for the defense and the prosecution.

We all  sat there waiting to be selected in our own little islands of unhappiness. Many expressed dismay at being involved in such a sensational case. Time passed..... I was really starting to sweat it. They were just starting to prep juror number 126 to go in to be interviewed by the judge and counsel when the court clerk announced that the final selection had been made. We could all go home. Whew:)

So close. I can't tell you how happy I was to get out of there.

Take care.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class - Task #11 - Silk Ribbon Sunflowers and Violets

It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted. I have no idea what I have been doing. Messing about with stuff I guess:)

I did finally get around to doing the next task in the CQ class I'm taking.  More silk ribbon embroidery but this time sunflowers and violets.

Here is what I produced.......sunflowers to the bottom left.  I quite like them myself. I did the middles in French knots and they are very soft to the touch.

The violets that Kathy teaches are very cute but I didn't have enough ribbon in the right size or colour. I did a few teeny tiny ones in the middle here and then filled in with some other flowers.  I must give them another try once I get more ribbon.

I put them on my fan shaped block in a little empty space. It turned out to be quite a good idea as the lace edging looks like a little fence. Purely accidental on my part:)

Someone in my class asked what kind of laying tool I used when I did my sunflowers.

I have this thing. I don't know where I got it or what it actually is. At first I thought it might be from an old manicure kit but now I think I got it as a freebie with some DAS paper clay.

Don't know but it seems to work for me.

Take care:)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class - Another Raised Applique

I thought I'd do another raised applique to add to one of my CQ blocks. I decided to do the little cat that was part of the class material.

It was not easy turning the little head and trying to get it through that little neck. There was a bit of swearing done:)  I used felt again which wasn't really a good choice. Next time I think I'll use a very thin knit...a t-shirt weight maybe.

The Intermediate CQ class is made up of several individual task units. At the end I hope that my three practice blocks will end up looking somewhat complete and with a certain amount of flow. Here is my "silkie" block so far. I still have a lot of touches to add.

I thought I'd join up with The Needle & Thread Network today.

The N&TN is a forum for Canadian textile artists and today is their 3rd year for weekly linkups. Please come over and visit and see what my fellow Canadians are up to.

Take care:)


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