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Sunday, May 24, 2015

The inspirationsl "Inspirations Magazine" crazy quilting.

I had very mixed feelings after Susan O'Conner from the beautiful "Inspirations Magazine" http://inspirationsmagazine.com.au/ asked if I would design a crazy quilting project for the magazine (86th edition). Firstly, I felt privileged and then I felt daunted (as the work featured in the magazine is of such a high standard).


After I scrapped my first attempt I settled down and got the job done.  Susan also asked me to submit an article which I felt much happier about.


I wrote about my journey as I crazy quilter.................


A big thank you to Susan and Elaine from Inspirations Magazine.


There is a kit available for the project too.

 
Jenny
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Silk ribbon embroidery - Ann from Caboolture (group 1) workshops

I am halfway through the workshops at Caboolture. I am so enjoying teaching this group of quilters and was very pleased when they asked me to stay on for a few more classes.

The last lesson we did was on silk ribbon embroidery and Ann has very generously allowed me to share her beautiful work.

Fuchsias  - a combination of the free form flower (page 91 in my book)  + ribbon stitch (page 77) + lazy daisy (page 76) + pistil stitch (page 73) Aren't Ann's glorious??


Spider web roses (page 79) + ruched rose (page 78) + lazy daisy (page 76) + feather stitch (page 72)


Gorgeous beaded feather stitch and silk ribbon flowers (page 48) - wonderful!


Lazy daisy flowers (page 76)


This beautiful seam treatment is found on page 44- gorgeous Ann!


Some more spider web roses and beaded feather stitch page 81


Feather stitch.


A very pretty button cluster.


Herringbone..................................


Herringbone....................


Herringbone............................I love them all.


Feather stitch.

 
Thank you, once again, Ann for sharing your eye candy.
 
Jenny
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Foolproof crazy quilting - Jacoba and Deb

Debbie and her mom, Jacoba (Saturday Patchwork Angel class), are working through my book making crazy hexagons.

BUT they are making queen size quilts.


Their work is lovely and colourful.............


......................and when they have exhausted all the ideas from my book........


...............I will work with them creating new seam treatments....................


We will start with a whole range of new silk ribbon embroidery seam treatments....


and then, perhaps, some more beading ideas.................


...........embellishing .....................


..................basic embroidery stitches...............


its going to take a while.................... but isn't that the whole idea about crazy quilting?

Slow stitching, enjoying the whole process of it all.

Here are some of Jacoba's hexagons.
I will keep you all posted on their progress.

 
Jenny
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The lovely Mary's crazy quilting

Social media is great - after my book was published many people contacted me and some even sent me photos of their work. Mary, in particular, has been so generous  in all her comments regarding my book.  I so appreciate her taking the time to send me photos. I must admit though, I did "lose" them twice in amongst all my "stuff" on my Ipad. I was very happy to have discovered them while I was "spring cleaning" files over Easter.
She told me that she has made many of the individual hexagons as gifts for friends.




The little bird in the centre of this hexagon is a man's tie.


Please pop onto Mary's blog http://crazytexasquilter.blogspot.com.au/ and have a look at all her work - it is beautiful and so varied. There is a photo of her hexagon quilt a few posts back.
Thank you, Mary, for all your positive feedback and allowing me to share your work. xxxxx


Linda (Patchwork Angel classes)  is "cooking with gas" with her crazy project.


Gail (Patchwork Angel classes) seems to be enjoying the Brazilian stitches I that I have been teaching since the beginning of the year.


Michelle's buttons ...............................


Dianna (from the Maleny Magic's workshop) has the most incredible antique fabric and clothing inherited from family members.


It's hard to believe that all this work went into ONE evening dress.
 Quite incredible, really.


More photos to come.

 
Jenny
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Buttons!

A collection of buttons ideas from pieces of my work.
 
 
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Jenny
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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.


Herringbone...........


herringbone..........


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.
 
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