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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Feather stitch for Rothwell workshops and seam treatments additions by the Maleny workshops

Firstly, for those new to my blog. I post work done by me and by my very generous students. The watermark across the photos read either www.jenniferclouston (my work) or www.sewsocrazy.blogspot.com (my students work). It is very important to me that I am NOT credited for the beautiful work done by my students!!!!!

The Rothwell students have asked me for some photos of my work for feather stitch ideas.
So, here are some for you. Please take note that most of these seam treatments are still in their "naked" stage - they are a foundation for you to work add onto!!! Remember to do the basics and we can add on together in the class.


.....not the greatest photo but you get the idea of mixing up threads etc


More simple feather.............


My black crazy .................


Feather stitch is my favourite stitch ................


The July Maleny class lesson was all about adding "stuff" onto their existing seam treatments. This is what I love to in my classes - adding on small changes to enhance what my students have created.
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I did not get to take a before of this seam treatment.


Denise forgot her little squares at home (Freudian slip???) so she chose a bit of fabric and we got started. I am looking forward to see what she has produced...............


I suppose it is all a matter of choice when it comes to crazy quilting. I do prefer a "cleaner" style of crazy where the seam treatments stand alone and do not blur into each other. That is what I so love about crazy - we all interpret it in our own way.

 
Till next time.
And I have not forgotten the recipes for those who asked for them - I will do them next post - I promise!!
Jenny
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Relaxation techniques and crazy quilting "virgins"

I am flat out teaching at the moment...................


which is lovely and I am not complaining .....................but I do find it hard to relax and switch off............


I find English paper piecing very relaxing - I have done EPP for 30 years and most of my "sane" quilts are hand pieced. So I am mindlessly working through my scrap Aunt Grace basket and turning them into all manner of shapes and sizes.


Without sounding crass, I LOVE crazy quilting virgins and particularly embroidery virgins - my eyes light up and I get excited. Beginners have no muscle memory, so I don't have to undo all the tiny, perfect stitches that they have been taught by strict teachers etc. I find virgins to be experimental and take to doing the bigger stitches with ease.
Liz is my latest virgin at the Patchwork Angel. Liz is a sewer - a very good one, she has made bridal gowns for years, so the piecing of the crazy block was no problem at all.


I lent a hand with her colour choice of threads, silk ribbon and sequins. "Colour Streams" makes colour choice so easy.


Talking of colour!


Michelle M is all about her orange and black and red................


Michelle was just a little bit of a virgin.................


But.....................she is loving all things crazy...........


And she has taken to it like a duck to water.........................


Not only that, she is great to have in a class - funny, cheeky and slightly irreverent - LOVE it.

Thanks for allowing me to share your work.
Jenny
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

gifts and beautiful crazy quilting....................

Tools of my (teaching) trade all packed up in this handy bag - a birthday gift from a friend.


I LOVE Instagram - to be honest, I "slightly" addicted to it. Annie (she has a lovely feed @whipbird_studio) and I met on Instagram and  she joined my Maleny workshops. Annie arrived bearing a gift - this sweet little pincushion. xxx


My son surprised me with this little owl tape measure.....


Back to some crazy - as usual Gwen has produced some oh-so-beautiful work.....


Bullion roses................


Silk ribbon embroidery etc..........


These seam treatments are found in my book .....................


On to Debs - glorious colour and graphic embroidery - love it...........


Little wooden bird.............


A happy dog.........................in the sun...........


Bullions and silk ribbon .....................


Buttons and bits and bobs.................

 Thanks Debs and Gwen for allowing me to share your work.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Missing my stitching.............

I seem to have no time to do my own crazy............................


.....................and I am missing it.


HOWEVER, I can create vicariously through my lovely students. I mentioned in yesterdays post that Rosemary (Last Tuesday of the month class at the Patchwork Angel) has saved so much of her life's fabric..................


It's quite lovely..................school badges, her father's military clothing - the list goes on.


Little bits of unfinished artwork..............


Name tags from her school uniform..................


Every piece of Rosemary's stash has a story - a history..................


She is generous too....................


She incorporates all I teach into this collection of her life.....


It is special. Very special.


I do all my crazy in a hoop - a lovely hoop on a stand - and have actively encouraged my students to give it a try. Rosemary is one of my many converts...

Till next time.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Students "stuff"

I absolutely love all the "stuff" my students have to bring to the classes............................. to create beautiful crazy like this by tap-dancing Gwen - you have to have "stuff"..................


I managed to find the photo of the purse Wendy M (Tuesday am - Patchwork Angel class) made for a friend - gorgeous isn't it??????


Rosemary - oh my hat - I would so love to se her fabric stash - she has kept absolutely everything over the course of her life. And I mean everything - quite incredible.


I also get to see a LOT of pincushions. This one, I particularly love - a magnetic needle catcher!!!!


................an oldie but a goodie................


Bettye's sumptuous pincushion - it had to be Bettye's - I mean it's purple!!!


Another one belonging to Bettye...........


This collection of vintage needles, belonging to Cheryl, is so special - all the needles are perfect - no rust!!!


Rosemary has made these quite wonderful bags. She made one for me a few years back and I use it all the time.


The way people store their stuff also fascinates me...........................some are neat and orderly..............


..................and others are a glorious mess.  I love glorious messes.!!!!

Jenny
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