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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Interesting day......................

As usual the double class on Tuesday was filled with fun and frivolity - Cheryl decided that she was going to finish her crazy that she started YEARS ago...........


We reminisced about all sorts as we looked at her embroidery..........


Cheryl's work reflects her personality - vibrant and carefree...........


Cheryl has been coming to my classes for about 5 years - and she is the constant source of amusement..........................


She loves a good belly laugh..........


Knobbly kneed spider.....


Cheryl had bought some wine into celebrate the fact that she had finished a project, only to be told my me that it needed some more work. We drank the wine, never the less!


Valerie pushed hard that day to complete her silk embroidered "ZOE" for her grand daughter.


And now for something completely different - Bettye bought in her boxed miniature morgue to show us...........


yes, I did say morgue!


The vicar having a cuppa!


So much fun, honestly who knew that there were people out there making miniature morgues in folding out boxes!!


I mean they are tiny!

Till next month.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Something wonderful..................

Something wonderful happened a few weeks ago. Mark Beard http://crazytexasquilter.blogspot.com.au/ posted her beautiful hexagon quilt inspired by my book onto a Facebook page. Look, to say that my heart sang was an understatement. She also posted the loveliest review on Amazon.


Isn't social media a great venue to share our creative work. I don't think I would have got to see Mary's quilt if it was not for Facebook. A huge thank you to Mary for allowing me to show her quilt and taking the time to write a review.


A while back a redid a few hexagons from my book in a different colour ways - its so interesting to see how colour changes the

Karyn completed her name badge at class last week.


I am so excited to see Cheryl's purse quilt completed - we aim to have some champagne to celebrate!


Deb and I worked on completing a few of her seam treatments - cute little button flowers - so simple but so effective.


Deb's basket needs a few bits added to it.


I taught Gail twisted chain a few weeks back and she was of creating this very effective collar. I went through a few beading options to add around the edge. I will keep you posted.

 
Till next time.
Jenny
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Crazy hexagons.............

I took this very cute photo of My daughter, Ainslie, and her friend reading my book at the "Can DO Books" stand at the Sydney quilt show.


Lovely Jacoba, from my Saturday class at the Patchwork Angel is having a lot of fun making crazy hexagons from my book.


All though she is duplicating the hexagons directly, her work looks nothing like mine - which is the great thing about crazy.


Its so rewarding to see someone enjoying working from my book..............


....................even though Jacoba has been coming to my classes for about 6 years now.


......................... we are now more friends than "student/teacher".


I don't only get to see crazy quilting at my classes............................ Christine bought in her sampler crochet rug to show Penny.


I LOVE it.


I am back in my sewing room..............


working on some new crazy.

 
Jenny
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Another wonderful crazy quilt................

Oh my, what a wonderful surprise - Lenore had her beautiful crazy quilt to show me.
Lenore took part in one of my 6 class workshops.


She thoroughly enjoyed creating her masterpiece.


..................her enjoyment is evident in her exuberant stitching............


....................her colour palette is right up my alley - LOVE IT!


As I have said, sooooooooooooooooooo many times before...............


...................what I love most about crazy is that it is unique to the maker.


I teach the same stitches to 8 people in a workshop, and each quilt is totally different to another.


As teacher, what I find so very rewarding, is not so much that the quilt the "students" produce is beautiful, but that they enjoy the process of crazy quilting.

 
Sweet little bugs are scattered through her blocks.


Hearts and buttons.


One rather large spider!!


Pretty flowers, bows and beads.

 
Thank you, Lenore, for allowing me to share your beautiful work.
Jenny
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

A quiet week.........................for a change!

I had the dose of flu last week - that meant I could not go up the mountain and teach the lovely ladies in Maleny.....................but it did give me the opportunity to get into my sewing room..........


While tidying up I came across some of my work, and came to the conclusion.....


that sometimes "less" is enough. I don't think we have to "pack" too many stitches in crazy for it be crazy.


I use masking tape to mark the students "homework" on their projects - it works well as it does not damage the fabric and stays stuck for as long as you need it. This is Gwen's work - the seam treatment is found in my book on page 38 E1-E4.


This is more of Gwen's work ........


............... and some more ..............all these stitch combinations are also found in my book.


Now for Bettye's work - it is looking quite wonderful - when Bettye first came to my classes she was VERY opposed to BIG stitches - I am pleased to say that I wore her down and know she loves them!!!


One of the nice things about teaching so many classes is that I get to see lots of quilts and things - this quilt belongs to Gail who comes to two of my classes at the www.patchworkangel.com.au


This gorgeous vintage Singer is on display at the Patchwork Angel at the moment - and I want it!!!!


Jenny form my Maleny class had a great storage idea for her beads - a weekly medical dosage container ! Brilliant!

Till next class!
Jenny
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