Friday, March 20, 2015

Basic Quilting Course........

Kathy Shaw has just posted details of a new session of her Basic Crazy Quliting course. The registration is open until March 22nd.

For more details go to this link.....here .

Take care:)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Using beads in Crazy Quilting.....

Here is a video using beads in Crazy Quilting. The camera work is a bit annoying but I think you'll get the idea:) Nancy has more videos on YouTube if you're interested....link.

StitchMap Class Done!!!!

Last summer I started a Traditional Redwork class with a Yahoo group called StitchMap. For various and sundry reason I couldn't finish it and had to stop at lesson 3.

I joined a new session of the class and I'm proud to say I stuck to it and finished all six lessons. Most of the stitches covered are ones that everyone knows but it was really great to sit down and learn to do them correctly.

At the end we took each of the small embroideries we did and made sewing weights and a bag to put them in. The weights are to hold down your pattern when you are cutting it out. I'll be honest I'll probably never use them but what the heck.

Here are my weights and the bag I made.



Yes there is blue and green...these colours became popular in "redwork" embroidery in later years as the dyes they used for the thread became colourfast.

The bag even has a lining!!!!!


Before I took this class I did the Color Theory class on StitchMap as well. It was quite interesting. Here are a few of my samples for my workbook.




I think I'm done with classes for awhile....I'm pooped.....LOL

Take care:)


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:) 








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