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Monday, March 27, 2017

My BFF's crazy quilt

I must admit I love working with the Cottage Garden range of threads - the colours are great.

One of my best friends made this wall hanging last year - a wedding gift for her daughter. Sue has been coming to my classes for many years.

Sue was pressed for time, so we decided to use seam treatments straight from both of my books: "Foolproof crazy quilting" and Foolproof crazy-quilt projects".

We decided what went where............

And Sue was off...................

Once again, her work looks very different to mine..............

Her colour palette is great..................

I was so pleased to see it come together so quickly.

So was Sue, everything went according to plan.

We added a few different bits and bobs.............

Needless, to say the happy couple loved it too.
Thanks for sharing your gorgeous work, Sue.
Jenny C

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lee, a bonus to a workshop

As you know by now, I feel so privileged to be able to teach what I love.
One of the big bonuses is that I get to meet some very awesome people.
Lee came to be a part of my Caboolture workshops by accident. Somebody couldn't make it and she filled in. Lee was a complete novice when it came to crazy and she had no intention of ever doing it.
So, I think it came as a complete surprise to Lee when she discovered that she enjoyed crazy and was very good at it.

What I really love about Lee's work is that there is an exuberance to it all; from the colours, to the beading and the detail in each seam treatment. Her stitches are expansive and so very, very creative.

She enjoys the "doing" and it is so very evident in every seam treatment.

The amount of beading and additional stitches is astounding and done with so little stress about how the outcome should look. There is such freedom in that - and I love her for this quality.

Lee is great to have in a class: generous with sharing of her stuff, patient and will give anything a go, not at all daunted by a new stitch or the sewing of hundreds of beads!~

She loves a bit of quirk - which adds so much interest.

A button cluster to fill a corner and closed blanket stitch.

Her work is full - busy seam treatments that bump into each other but strong enough to hold their own. Take a look at the two feather stitches in this block - the top one with the little tassels and the pinkish one on the bottom left hand - almost unrecognisable as a feather!!!

I mean, don't you love this feather stitch treatment?

Ribbon and sequins.

I use masking to take to write down a few ideas for my students homework. I know for sure that Lee will create her very unique version of what I had in mind. I love that about her work.

Lee, thank you for filling that vacant spot in the workshop!!!! It has been a pleasure to get to know you.

And thank you so much for allowing me to share your beautiful crazy.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Lyn's beautiful crazy quilting

I enjoy working with wool, I find it very "forgiving".
My wool does not normally look so neat and tidy - this box had just been opened!

Lyn came to my workshops in Caboolture last year and completed her project at the Patchwork Angel.

I am so pleased that I got to work with Lyn right to the end.

As you can see from her work, Lyn, is a very organised and neat person.

She is lovely to have in a class; calm, friendly and easy going.

Her work goes to prove that slowly, slowly wins the race.

Each seam treatment is clean and contained. Fresh!

And beautiful.

As I say, over and over, colour is everything. If your colour palette is good you are 90% there.

And isn't Lyn's colour scheme gorgeous?

It was so great having you back in the workshops, Lyn. On a purely selfish level, I loved seeing it to the end.

Thank you for allowing me to share you very beautiful work.
Hope to catch up soon.
Jenny C

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Classes 2017

I am very busy again teaching this year.............................but I do manage to get some time to do some stitching of my own....................bullion roses with Cottage Garden Threads............ lovely to work with and the colours are great.

I am just having a play -making nothing in particular.

Life is good.

I am back teaching the lovely people from Caboolture - third or forth time I think.
These lovely block rolls belong to Ailsa. Her work is always so pretty.

Another lady who does gorgeous work is Elaine.

This is what Elaine did with me in the last group of workshops.

the back of her bag is just as pretty.

Betty added cast on stitches to her button.

One of my "virgins" is working on a bag.

Back to Patchwork Angel classes - and Ellaine created a beaded fern frond.

Michelle's little ants and beaded leaves.

Since it was Valentines day, Monika created a heart.

Till next time.
Jenny C

Monday, February 6, 2017

Heather's crazy

Heather joined my classes as a very proficient embroiderer.
She is one of those neat, tidy and organised people (everything I am not)

She was lovely to have in the classes.

She took her time, which is great.

The care she took in each stitch is evident in her work.

Every stitch in its place

Heather's crazy is clear and uncluttered

Fresh and modern

Perfect amount of detail in her seam treatments. Hard to believe that these blocks are just 6".

Bye for now Heather. Thank you for allowing me to share your really lovely work.