Monday, March 31, 2008

New Project

I read an article recently about finding your own voice -- I wish I could remember where I read it. The author talked about someone who was very artistic, yet they kept imitating other people and/or making whatever was in style at the moment. Sometimes I feel that's all I do, only maybe even worse.

Since I sell at craft shows, I make what other people deem is fashionable and what I think the public will buy. Not what I would like to do for myself -- things that are different -- a little quirky -- a little out there. I've tried taking some of my "out there" stuff to craft shows and I either get strange looks or people are just quiet when they look at it -- very quiet. I would love to know what they're thinking when they look at it, but most people are reluctant to be totally honest.

Here's my newest project -- Come into the garden Maud for the black bat night has flown.

I love collage, I love crazy quilting, I love doing my heat transfers, I love beading, I love working on top of a quilt batt for a foundation, I love stamping, I love the scenes I see in my head and I'm trying to get them out. I decided to just do something that combined everything I loved. It was fun pulling fabrics -- lots and lots of fabric. Lots of snipping and placing and moving. Little bits and pieces at a time. Now the sewing begins.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Oops!

First off, a correction on last week's seam embellishment. The little daisy flowers were done by Lori -- I'm glad you guys are keeping an eye on me, as I need all the help I can get (g). For this week's seam treatment, please visit Lori's blog, (click on her name above) and see the second entry with the Chesire cat. Look at the frame around the cat -- for that matter, look at the cat itself! So cute!!! I'm directing you there this week as the battery in my camera died so I couldn't post anything of my own.

Once again, I want to thank all of you for your comments. I hope you've been enjoying the seam embellishments and that it's been inspiring. Another tip for viewing CQ work -- go to ebay, put Crazy Quilt or Crazy Quilting in the search line. There is usually a couple of antique crazy quilts listed, with several pictures of some of the various blocks. You'll be able to see how our ancestors practiced the art of crazy quilting and give you some more ideas for your own blocks.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Seam Embellishment No. 9

Sorry everyone that I skipped last Tuesday and almost missed this week's seam embellishment. I think I told you all our firm had upgraded to Vista operating system. What a nightmare! A large portion of our software will not work with Vista. After the developers assured us it was all Vista compatible.

I'm having to re-invent the wheel and am waiting on a call from the "head" software developer himself because all his little software developer drones simply cannot figure out what is going on because this is supposed to work. I'm so glad they're going to take over this problem because my head is about to explode!

So let's move on to more fun things. I only have one small seam treatment for you this week. Seems I deleted a bunch of stuff off my camera thinking I had already saved it (don't you just hate when you do something stupid like that and have no one to blame but yourself????).

This seam embellishment is another of the curving ones that helps to fill up space and covers two patches on a block. It's an outline (or stem stitch) vine with little detached chains for leaves. Then more detached chain (or lazy daisy) stitch flowers are added to the sides of the vine. You could add a french knot for the center of the flower or a bead. I believe this seam was done by Jaki and it's on a round robin block that I recently worked on. This seam treatment would look so cute on a spring block also.That's it for now -- back to fight with my software.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Fabric Packs

I recently saw an ad in the Keepsake Quilting catalog for little packs of fancy fabrics suitable for crazy quilting. These were only 5" squares and the prices were $15 a pack of 20 (plus shipping). I have a friend, Crazy Judyth, who sells fancy fabrics for crazy quilting. Her prices are much better! Judyth offers 20 pieces of fancy fabrics in 6x10 inch pieces for $7.50 (plus shipping). Judyth recycles the fancy garments of yesterday into neat little packages of assorted fabrics for us to use. The recycled fabric is all washed and ironed and packaged up so neatly just for us. There is no polyester in Judyth's packs and at times she has velvet and lots of other neat stuff.

Just to give you an example of what you can make out of some of Judyth's fabric packs, the block at the top was made from Judyth's fabric packs, along with the other two blocks below. (Any white marks on the blocks are my chalk pencil and not flaws in the fabric).


If you're looking to add some variety to your crazy quilts, you can't go wrong getting a fabric pack (or two) from Crazy Judyth. But try to remember, she's just one person doing this, all alone at her kitchen table, so please allow at least 7 to 10 days for shipping. Judyth's email is judythnks at fairpoint dot net. You can find her blog here.
If you're looking for fancy fabrics for your crazy quilting, I hope you give Crazy Judyth a try.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Special Request


Lin Moon left me a comment the other day asking to see details from the Alice quilt. Since this was the very first picture I posted to my blog (a year ago!), I figured Lin Moon deserved to have her request honored, just for being so patient and going through all the archives (LOL).

Above is the full quilt. It's small -- only about 13 inches or so -- can't remember exactly. I sent pictures and entered it into the Quilt Arts calendar contest. I had not been doing crazy quilting for very long when I entered this quilt and this was the first quilting thing I had ever entered. (I've done rubber stamp art in the past and submitted many pieces to magazines and had all of them published In fact, the clouds and Alice herself are all images that are stamped onto fabric and colored or painted). Now that I've been doing CQ for a while, I see why it was not accepted. It's just not finished. But I'll share with you a few detail shots.


Silk ribbon embroidery and beads coming out of the window. Looks nice. Now I'd make everything a lot bigger. This quilt contains my first crazy pieced fan. In window picture you can see the seam treatment I did around the edge of the fan. It's okay. But it needs more to make it stand out. The second shot is the broken clock face -- beaded around the edges and stitched with metallic thread. I still like this. All the numbers on the quilt are beaded. And I still like them, but all in all, the quilt needs more quilting, with metallic threads or something to give it some "pizzazz." It was a nice beginning -- I just didn't go far enough with it.
So there you go Lin Moon. Hope you liked your close ups. Not as much beading on it as there should be. There are a few beaded flowers down around Alice's feet, but they just looked so little and pathetic, I didn't want to show them in close up (LOL).

Monday, March 10, 2008

Fairy


Morning. First I want to thank everyone for all of your comments you've been leaving. I love reading them and I'd love to respond to everyone, but some of you are set up as "no reply." Meaning that if I don't know you and know your email, I can't reply. That's okay if you want to be set up that way, but I feel bad not being able to thank each of you personally.

This is what I did this weekend. This is another block in my Fantasy CQ quilt. The beautiful fairy was pieced by Kathryn in PA, a member of my CQForNewbies group. I don't know if Kathryn is reading or not, but this is one of my favorite blocks. I loved working on this block and did lots and lots of beading. No matter how many beads I use, it seems my stash of beads never goes down (LOL). Don't you love this fairy's face? I added the sparkly metallic thread to her hairdo because she just deserved it.

The fairy is the 3rd in my Fantasy CQ quilt. You can see the Wizard block here. And the dragon here. I have added more "stuff" to the dragon block since this photo was taken. And will probably add more to the Wizard also. That's one neat thing about doing CQ -- you can keep adding more and more things to your blocks until you are totally satisfied.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Catching Up


We're running under Vista here (and basically hating every minute of it -- slow, slow, slow, then crash, crash, crash). But the graphics on the screen (when they finally do open) are fantastic! I see details in pictures that I never knew were there.

Here's the little fairy I was going to show you the other day. Lots of sparklies in their dresses and wings and lots of beading. I keep beading and beading things but the stash never seems to go down any (g).

Susan has been working on the American Hero blocks I sent to her. Let's wish her lots of luck. I made and donated the blocks but could not put them together because of this:


My sweet little helper that likes to get into everything. It's been a while since I showed you a picture of her. She's making sure that I don't pile anything more on my table.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Seam Embellishment No. 8


Walked into work this a.m. and here is a new computer on my desk running Vista. I'm having a hard time finding all my old "stuff" and figuring out how this new "stuff" works, so bear with me.

This week's seam embellishment was one on my Mardi Gras round robin block in my CQForNewbies Group. I can't find the notebook that went around with my block so I'm ashamed to say I do not know who did this neat seam. If you see it and know it's yours, please, please speak up and let me know so I can give credit where credit is due. (I have a sneaking suspicion this is done by JK). EDITED: Wrong, wrong! This seam was done by Christy -- thanks for letting me know!
This starts out with a silk ribbon rose and then straight stitches are added in a star like pattern. Beads are added to the ends of the center spokes of the star. There are various ways to make the silk ribbon roses. If you go back to my other posts on the seam embellishments, there's a link to a site that shows many videos of stitches. I'd link it for you, but like I said earlier, my computer has been changed and I can't get to my favorites.
If you don't have the silk ribbon or are unsure about attempting a rose, Ira (see previous post for a link to her) has a tutorial on her site for doing a rick rack rose. You could also use a large bead as your focal point, or gather up some of that skinny, narrow lace into a little bud type shape and use that. Some of you have gotten the organza ribbon and the organza would gather up to make a nice flower/rose shape. Do a little experimenting -- you never know what you can come up with.

Monday, March 03, 2008

I have been tagged by Ira to list 7 things about myself and then list my 7 favorite blogs. I'm also supposed to tag the 7 people, but almost everyone I know has already been tagged. So I'll do something different and list 7 blogs that may be new to those of you who read mine.

I've done this before, but I guess I can always think of 7 things about myself that you might not know.

1. I'm left handed and get very frustrated trying to follow directions/diagrams made for right handed people.

2. Being left handed, I can write backwards and read backwards (and upside down). The last skill comes in handy when in the bosses office and there's confidential memos laying out (g).

3. I cannot use a hand held can opener. In fact, I have quite a fight with my electric can opener at times (g). My biggest fear during the Y2K fiasco was that I'd starve to death not being able to open my canned goods.

4. I've worn the same size shoe since I was 10 years old (size 7).

5. I love to read and have been known to read 3-5 books in a weeks time (not thin little books, but ones of over 300+ pages).

6. I love old things -- textiles, books, furniture, kitchen tools -- anything old.

7. I would love to grow my own food, but with at least 2 little wild rabbits in my yard, I think it would be an exercise in futility.

7 new blogs for you to check out:

http://rosesonthewater.blogspot.com/ -- art quilting
http://ragdollquilting.blogspot.com/ -- primitive quilting
http://blog.thelonebeader.com/ -- fantastic beading!
http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/ -- living the simple life -- a very peaceful blog
http://karlascottage.typepad.com/ -- lots of bling and fun and the cutest baby ever!
http://thefabricofmeditation.blogspot.com/ -- eye candy
http://gracebeading.blogspot.com/ -- more beading

Weekend

Had a nice, long, relaxing weekend and worked on lots of my projects. Unfortunately, when I took the photos, only one came out. The others were so blurry that when I looked at them this a.m., it made me seasick (LOL).

Here's my 4th block in the Birds of a Feather quilt. So far, I'm ahead on this quilt. It's not a block of the month program or anything, just that I've set myself a goal of doing a block a month. I also made a sweet little fairy CQ block. That was the picture that was so blurry. I'll try again later.

I do want to thank everyone for your comments. I read each and every one. In fact, I've got requests for some other pics and I'll try and get those up too. To Lin Moon, I'll take a better picture of my Quilting Arts entry quilt. I've also been asked to show my handkerchief quilt, and I'll do that too. I'm not ignoring your requests -- just have had lousy weather for photographs. I have the misfortune to live in a part of the country where spring has still not arrived and I'm beginning to wonder if it ever will. It's only about 20 degrees right now and we have a whole week where our high temps won't be much higher then that.