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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.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Getting organised - crazy quilting ...........

The last 7 months have been "crazy" in more ways than one - deadlines, classes, trunk shows  etc. - all very exciting!!

I absolutely love teaching but I also find it quite hard to say goodbye. Some of my students have been coming to my classes for years - and, while I am fortunate to have 99% sign on again for this year - I have said goodbye to one or two students/friends that I have been teaching for 7 years!
Sadly, my time with the Fat Quarters in Maleny, has also come to an end . I was booked to teach a 6 month workshop and ended up teaching them for most of last year! Thankfully, a few of the lovely "Fat Quarters" are joining me at Maleny Magic where  I will be teaching 3 new classes.

My sewing room has been a tip for the 7 months and although I love working in a mess - I feel I need to give it a spring-clean for a fresh start.

We were soooooooo fortunate to have our children home for many weeks over the Christmas holidays - but I still needed to reach deadlines while they were here - which was not ideal.

I absolutely love swimming in the sea - and try and swim most days (regardless of the season or weather) and now I will be able to get back into that routine.

So, I have decided to chill and do a few of my favourite things eg. I just love to hand quilt. I taught my son's girlfriend English Paper Piecing (another of my favourite things). I got to hand quilt if for her once she had completed the top - I realised then just how much I have missed it.

Like most of you I have so many UFO's and that is on my agenda too - to get them done!!! This easy quilt was made about 6 years ago!!

I must have been a good girl because Santa gave me this camera - I have no idea how to use it but I have signed on to do a photography course next weekend.

It feels good to have time to breathe and work on some new ideas for my classes.

And spent more time posting all the beautiful work my students create.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Gorgeous - June - Caloundra workshops

Firstly, I apologise for the poor quality of these photos - but June's work still looks gorgeous.

Her colours work so well together. I always stress in my classes the importance of fabric choice.  It is the most pivotal aspect of crazy quilting .............

Beautiful embroidery will not be seen to its full potential if the colour palette is off.

June has married colour and beautiful embroidery perfectly.

I also have a slight thing about crazy being packed with too much "stuff" .....

I love crazy quilting where the "shape" of blocks have not been compromised by over embellishing ................

Colour, beautiful embroidery and balance - Thank you June for allowing me to share your work.

Monday, January 19, 2015

A New Year teaching crazy quilting.....

It's a new year and I am back teaching - I have two new classes at the Patchwork Angel and with various groups. Its going to be a busy year - which is nice.

One of the classes I teach is this little 6" sampler quilt.

However, I can live vicariously through some of my students - like Wendy B. I do not have the time to do everything I would like - so, with Wendy, I can suggest projects for her and we experiment on her work - such fun.

Cheryl - 2nd Tuesday of the month class - her work is beautiful and I so appreciate her enjoyment of my book (Foolproof crazy quilting) - this is her interpretation of the seam treatment found on page 54 - F's.

In fact, they are many seam treatment from the book in her work. But they look so different to mine which is good.

Her colour palette is gorgeous.

As is her work.

Bullion rose buds .

Button clusters and butterflies.

Once again, thank you Cheryl for allowing me to share your work.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Vickie - Calondra workshops

It's great to be back teaching after a lovely Christmas spent with my family.

The Caloundra workshop is completed but thankfully I have some beautiful work to share.

I apologise for the poor quality of my photos. However, it seemed that I was very good last year and Santa gave me a beautiful new camera for Christmas. (I just need to figure out how it works!!)

Vickie is a very accomplished and beautiful embroiderer - so it was no surprise when she produced wonderful crazy quilting.

Spiders and seahorses.

Button clusters and fuchsias.

Beading and ruched roses.

Ants and bullions.

Did I mention that her work is beautiful?

Here's hoping that when the Caloundra group have joined their blocks they will let me know so I can take some decent photos.
Thank you so much, Vickie, for allowing me to share your work.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What a year............................Jan from the "Fat Quarters"

I was looking to delete some photos from my overloaded iPad only to discover that I have so many gorgeous crazy quilting work by my students that I have not shared.

So I will begin with Jan from the "Fat Quarters" in Maleny.

Jan's work is a reflection on her outgoing personality.

Bees buzzing around roses.

Her silk ribbon embroidery is luscious!

Herringbone with a difference.

Jan's interpretation of whipped spider web and woven picot.

This beading is one of Jan's favourite - I can see why!

Looped stitch flower.

I love her colours too.

Button cluster and couched ribbon.

Ruched ribbon roses.

            some more interesting herringbone!!

Beaded rounded petals (pg 83 Foolproof Crazy Quilting)

Thank you for allowing me to share your work, Jan.
Looking forward to seeing you in the new year!!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Linda - from the "Fat Quarters"

Phew, I now have time to post. What a busy last 6 months...............

Today I am sharing Linda's  (from the lovely "Fat Quarters" group in Maleny) work.

It is still a work in progress but, as you can see, Linda is a bit of a perfectionist.

None the less, her work is expressive .........................

.........and her choice of colour is rich ...............

Linda likes a bead or two..........................

Her button flowers..............

Rouched ribbon garland.....................

Plume stitch............ it makes me happy to see my students using my book (page 44)

This is great................

Loop stitch flowers..............

Linda did a great job on this seam treatment on page 30 (Foolproof Crazy Quilting)

Cute spider.

Her colour choice is soooo good,

More of Linda's silk ribbon work.

As I have said before, I so enjoy seeing all the unique takes of crazy quilting.
Thanks for allowing me to share your work, Linda.
See you all next year.