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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Narangba workshops

Elaine had some show and tell...............

Her work is so beautiful.

Jackie had her completed project to show us all.

All the stitches she learned in the workshops were applied to this very elegant bag.

Palestrina, cast-on stitch and dragonflies.

Ribbon stitch, buttons and beading. Jackie has used the stitches in such a creative way.

Using the fabric on the bag of the bag, she outlined the crane and added a few stitches - so effective.

Till next time.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

MaryAnn and Wendy - best friends

MaryAnn and Wendy joined the class after attending my trunk show at the Patchwork Angel.

They are very different, as you will see from their work.
Wendy loves all things muted and antique looking.

Hearts with ruched ribbon garland around the edge.

Pearl spiders and cast-on buds.

Granddaughters' initials.

Gorgeous silk ribbon embroidery.

Angels and messages.

MaryAnn - likes a much stronger colour palette.

Busy prints

Silk ribbon embroidery

MaryAnn loved experimenting with different stitches.

She had a motto throughout the classes - "I don't unpick anything!"

Beautiful silk ribbon roses

Cast-on buds.

Needless to say, they were very entertaining in the classes.
Till next time
Jenny C

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Inspirations Magazine and a quilt show

Honestly, being featured in the very beautiful "Inspirations Magazine" again, is a career highlight for me. I feel so privileged.
Here is a link to the magazines website:

The standard of all work in the magazine is awe inspiring, so I really feel the pressure when designing and stitching for the magazine. A big thank to Ellaine Bronsert for invitation.

The attention to detail of their embroidery instructions is quite something.

I was once again invited by the lovely ladies of the Maleny Quota show to have an exhibition of my work. This is the third time I have exhibited there, so I asked if I could display all the things I love to do. They said YES. So, I packed up a few bits and bobs............

Crazy quilting ( the top left crazy is not mine; its the work done by Linda in my Maleny workshops)

For the last 32 years I have spent all my free time: watching tv, travelling in cars, at sporting events etc etc doing EEP. It is my yoga and I LOVE it!!!

Did I say I love doing English paper piecing?? another love of mine is hand quilting.

Over the years I have collected vintage quilts and blocks - but I enjoy buying ones that are not completed. Working with vintage and repurposed fabric has always been a joy for me.

I had quite a lot of WIP's on display because I do hop from one project to another all the time.

My embroidery.

Fabric twine - my second yoga!

Boro - oh, how I enjoy doing this too - its a great background for embroidery.

Repurposing !!! Love!!

I got to chat to so many people about my passion - it was a very fun weekend.
Thanks Linda, and the Maleny Quota ladies.
 Until next time.
Jenny C

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.