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Friday, August 28, 2015

Crazy quilting workshops

 My workshop at the Caboolture has sadly come to an end (it was longer than planned with a few extra classes added) - the only good thing about that is that I have lots of eye candy to share.
For some reason though - the lighting was not great for taking photos.
Any way ...
This work belongs to Ros...............


Who sat quietly next to Julie..................and loved the whole crazy experience.


Her works reflects that......................


Nice juicy spider!!


Isn't this a great block .............lots to see.............


Beads, buttons, charms and silk ribbon embroidery..........


Nice and busy but Ros kept the "shape" of the crazy design within the block - seam treatments clearly defined.


I am hoping that Ros continues with her crazy quilting ................


...........we need to spend more time doing "stuff" that we enjoy...........


.................creative stuff...........................

Well done Ros.
Thank you for doing my workshop and for allowing me to share your beautiful crazy quilting.
XXXX

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sane and crazy...............

I get to see so many quilts as my "students" often have show and tell.
Deb B's owl quilt.............


....................... a close up.


Gail G's HUGE quilt as you go .....................


Leanne is not a "crazy" person but an "old" friend who popped into show me this striking quilt..............


................made for her daughter. LOVE!!


Oh my hat, Rhoda knows I love all things old. She recently purchased this antique quilt...........


The maker used shirtings on the back - I suffered serious quilt envy that day!!


Back to crazy - I met Liz a few months back when she asked me to do a quilt show in her home town of Dalby.  She then joined my classes at the Patchwork Angel.


Her colours are gentle and pretty.................. much like Liz herself.


I am the "stab stitch queen" and I add them to most of my students seam treatments.


So pretty...........


I LOVE this feather stitch + colonial knots + stab stitches .........

I have been invited to do a weekend workshop with Liz and her friends in Dalby - I am so looking forward to that.
Till next time.
Jenny
XXX

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Home alone, quilts and classes

I spent a weekend alone - which, was quite nice - spent my time eating, having a few wines and covering hexagons - a well needed break.


I managed to hand quilt this giant quilt in just 5 days - perfect timing for my husband to take it with him to Canberra - my son and his fiancé have just bought their first home!


Congratulations to Cheryl and Gail who both won first prizes for their crazy quilting at the Nambour Show!


Rosemary's crazy hexagons are coming along very nicely..............


................lots of family treasures kept over the years.


Lorrae ands I have spent a few months transforming this backstitch pattern into something gorgeous.


"Oh bless", Angie, one of my new students has taken to crazy quilting like a duck to water. After completing my beginner classes she is now working on a QUEEN size crazy !!


Her work is striking and vibrant!!


Christina - another newby - has also decided to continue after the beginner classes.


Rhoda's crazy is made up of vintage ties.


And then onto lovely Jocoba, what a pleasure to have her in my classes (all of 7 years now)


Liz's work is delicate and very pretty.............
 I cannot wait to show her work - she has a few more seams to complete - watch this space..

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
XX

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
xx