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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hexies, scrap quilts and crazy quilting...................

I have been quilting for about thirty years - and one of my favourite quilts to make are scraps quilts - and mostly I piece them by hand. I decided to empty my scrap basket a few years ago (some of the fabrics were about 25 years old!! and I suppose I should have just dumped them but no..................) so I made this HST quilt ......which I still have to hand quilt.

BUT I had so many HST left over - so I decided to EPP them turning them into hexagons (my absolute favourite quilt designs).

Its coming along quite nicely.....................

And I know many of the fabrics are very ugly but I am liking how it is turning out.

Back to crazy quilting -
I am always fascinated by people's stuff and how they store it!!

Beads ............

Deb joined my new workshops in Caboolture and seemed to take to crazy like a duck to water.

She is now coming to one of my classes at the Patchwork Angle too. We have time now to add the little extras that make crazy, well, crazy.



and more herringbone - and they all look so different.  Good work, Deb.

Another Debbie in my Patchwork Angle class has been with me for so long now.
Her work is always interesting.

Detailed but not fussy - which I like.

Zigzag chain stitch and silk ribbon embroidery.

Thank you Deb and Debbie for allowing me to share your work.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Brazillian embroidery and an O birthday!

At the end of last year I decided to teach ( to those students who were interested) Brazilian embroidery using the traditional rayon threads.

I made up a few simple samples and we off we went.

Gail, who always interprets my classes in her own way, has meandered her stem and embroidered some interesting flowers.

Gwen had an O birthday a while back - so that meant a party!

Food and a glass or two of bubbles to celebrate.

I took time away from crazy and did a bit of crocheting - making this shawl.

A while back, Christine bought in her framed crazy sampler to show us all. Unfortunately, the photo does not do her work justice.

Deb's work is coming together beautifully - I ma now working with her to make it all gel ........................

For me, there is such a fine line between too much in crazy quilting.

The birthday girl Gwen's work - always gorgeous.

So pretty. Very pretty.

Till next time.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A sad time..................

I apologise for being so quiet on social media over the past few months. Our beloved Gem Squash has been very ill and we eventually made the heartbreaking decision to euthanize her. I was devastated.....................................I will miss her terribly.

I, once again, packed up my quilts - both sane..............

and crazy and headed off for another trunk show.

I show a lot of my students work as it adds variety and interest. Gwen's work is always greeted with oohs..................

As was this work by a embroidery "virgin", Dee, who dived in and thoroughly enjoyed the whole crazy adventure. (I apologise for the poor quality of the photo)

June's beautiful crazy.

And Elaine and Eleanor's work is the finale to the show.

My trunk shows lead to more classes which keeps me busy..............

............................and gives me the opportunity to meet many lovely new students.

Their different colour choice............

...............interesting storage ideas..............

................and not to mention all the treasures that they are willing to use in their crazy workshops. This selection of fabrics dates from the 1930's and includes wedding dresses, handkerchiefs and formal gowns.
Till next time.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Crazy quilting eye candy - work by Debs

Here are a few more photos of the crazy trinket boxes I taught a few years ago.
This work is done by my friend Debby.

She used four different vintage fabric and embellishment packs by "Colour Streams" She just had to add a few embroidery and ribbon threads from her stash to create this gorgeous work.

The embellishment packs include fabric, trims, ribbon, silk thread, sequins and roses like this one - all colour coordinated.

Debby's crazy quilting is always meticulous.

Till next time.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Gwen's beaitiful crazy quilting

While desperately trying to work out how to use my new camera and then load the photos on my PC, I discovered some older photos of my students work.

A few years ago we made little crazy boxes in my classes.
This is Gwen's work.

Beautiful, as usual.

Lovely amount of embellishments...

Silk ribbon embroidery.

This is the lid of the box.

Thanks again Gwen.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Crazy quilting - Margot - Caloundra workshop

I thought I had deleted these photos of Margot's work. Thank goodness, I found them!!

Whenever I teach an embroidery group I feel a little intimdated. The standard of work done by the members of these groups is of such a high standard - and often the embroiders are "purists" - meaning they like to use a certain type of needle and they prefer to do fine work.

The foundation stitch (ie the first embroidery stitch)  worked on a seam obviously cannot be too small as there will be no room to embellish and add an extra stitch or two. And some for some classic embroiderers increasing their stitch size can be feel foreign.

I knew that Margot was a beautiful embroiderer as I had overheard a few conversations in my class.

What I so love about her work is that she stayed true to her beautiful workmanship but embraced large an expansive stitches.

This is an unfished block- but aren't her ribbon flowers in the left top corner gorgeous?

The blanket pinwheels looks so good creeping over the seam.

Margot obviously has a thing about spiders! Beautiful couched bow too.

The curling feather stitch with flower sequins - so elegant.

I wonder where she purchased all her beautiful charms from?

This block is also a WIP - I am sooooooo looking forward to seeing Margot's work completed.