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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Saturday's class at the Patchwork Anel.

Penny had taken my quilt down (its on display at her shop) as she was waiting for an order of my books to come in, so it was a good opportunity to share the hexagons that are not included in the book with the Saturday class.

Jacoba had some of her hexagons to show us.

It was interesting to compare them - my quilt, the book and her hexie.

Jacoba's hexie is the one with the yellow beads.

Oh, now Paula has nearly completed her first crazy project. She is kept busy with he Alpacas - which she loves. Any, way I digress........... here is some of her beautiful work.

Aren't here colours gorgeous?

Buttons, lace and beading.

Interesting seam treatments.

Buttonhole wheels.

Ribbon couching.

Feather stitch.

Silk ribbon embroidery.

One of my hexies not is not included in "Foolproof crazy Quilting"

Thank you, Paula for allowing me to share your beautiful work.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Round the world Blog Hop..

I been nominated by Linda Steele -  an award winning crazy quilter - to participate in The Round the World Blog Hop.

There are a few questions that we have to answer so people can find out a more about us.

1. What Quilting/Sewing things am I working on?

Well, I suppose like all quilters, I am working on a few things at once. But, crazy quilting is my first love - so, here is a photo of my latest project.

2. How does my work differ from those of it's genre?

Now this is an interesting question. By its nature crazy quilting is unique to its maker so mine is different because of my influences, my stitch fingerprint, my choice of colours etc. Every crazy quilt is unique.
I was fortunate to grow up in South Africa - a country full of vibrancy and colour.
I am heavily influenced by the Indian community in Natal. Oh my gosh, the colour, the bling, the food and the elegance of a woman in a Sari - glorious!

The Zulu beadwork of Natal too, is one my influences. I love the clean lines and power of  their beadwork - vibrant, strong and uncluttered.

One of my classes I teach - a little 6" square sampler class.

Feather stitch - my favourite!

3. Why do I create what I do?

Crazy quilting combines all that I love: hand work, embroidery, beading, colour, whimsy, self expression. To top it off, its a little self indulgent with no function at all, other than to be beautiful and a little intriguing!

4. How does my creating process work?

To be honest, I don't have a process. I work in a terribly messy way and will work with any fabric that take my fancy from doillies........ wool................... all things shiny.................

But what I love most to do is to teach. The many women I have met over the years and the work they create is truly inspiring.

Enough about me!
I have nominated three very talented embroiders.
Allie Allers needs no introduction. Allie (USA) is an award winning quilter, author, Cratsy teacher and, by the looks of it, an amazing vegetable grower.
Sara Whittle - - a contemporary embroidery artist and author from the UK. Sara's work is truly inspiring.
Rengin's colors - Rengin's work is so very, very beautiful.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Christine's crazy............................

Christine has completed her crazy squares, joined them together and added feather stitch.

We still don't know what she will do with them..........

However, her work is lovely......

Such interesting seam treatments.

I love her "fans".

And her cast on roses......................

In fact, I love it all.

But most importantly, Christine has so enjoyed he crazy quilting experience......

That enjoyment is evident in her work.

Thanks for allowing me to share your beautiful crazy, Christine!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Silk ribbon embroidery - by Debs

I love the back of a crazy quilting - it tells a story...................

Debbie has been coming to my classes at the Patchwork Angel for as long as I have taught there - about 6 or 7 years.  Debbie is one of my BFF's and my walking partner.

Her work is quite something - and she is a bit of a perfectionist - a trait she did not learn from me!!!

She measures everything - (I don't) - but it pays off..................

Every stitch is perfect.


Thanks Debs for allowing me to share your work.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Beautiful silk ribbon embroidery - crazy quilting.

Cheryl is making beautiful progress on her crazy quilt project...

Beaded forget-me-knots..........

Magnificent spider web roses..........

Ants, buttons and beads...........

This seam treatment is from page 38 from my book "Foolproof crazy quilting"...

Bullion roses...

Pretty heart shaped button on page 28 from my book.

Beautiful work Cheryl. Thank you for allowing me to share your work.
see you next month.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Elaine's crazy Betty Boop

Elaine has completed her crazy version of Sue's Betty Boop bag
Its gorgeous.

Elaine's favourite colours..................

Elaine has been coming to my classes for many years now.........

Her and her BFF Eleanor, are a constant source of entertainment........

We have shared a few lunches together...........

I love her zip detail - alternating chain......

I just love this........................

Buds and butterflies..............
Good luck tomorrow, Elaine.
And thank you so much for allowing me to share your beautiful work.