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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Crazy quilting in Maleny

Judith simply loves crazy quilting - and it shows in her work.........

As from previous posts -  you will notice that she has a thing about colour...............

...........and she does it so well.

She dyes her own ribbon too.

I am hoping to find time for her to teach me how!

The tea cosy in my second book "Foolproof crazy quilting" was the to-do list for Heather and Cilla joined in.

My tea cosy is pieced but I suggested to Heather that she simply embroiders the crazy design straight onto a single piece of fabric.

This is Cilla's - early stages......

OH MY HAT - this is Heather's completed tea cosy. Isn't it glorious?????

Heather cut up a wool coat that she has not worn in years. LOVE IT!!!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sharon - a prayer flag

As you all know, I feel so privileged to be able to teach crazy quilting - one of the aspects I gain the most pleasure from is the people I get to meet.
Sharon, in one of them. Generous in spirit and gestures; making gifts and instigating conversation!

She introduced me to prayer flags earlier this year.
She has been working on one for a very special member of her family who is going through extremely hard times.

The attention to detail is testament to her love and compassion she feels towards her family member.

The words she has included are positive...........

and life affirming.

It is a very, very special piece of work.

She inspired me to make prayer flags for my son's wedding to Chloe.

I so enjoyed making them.

They fluttered in the wind spreading my silent prayers over the guests and, more importantly, the newly weds.

Thank you, Sharon, for everything.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Woohoo - a finish!

Deb B joined my classes quite few years back. It was her treat - she saw the classes as a way to relax and socialise.

Deb very seldom did any work on her crazy at home - she worked with me in the classes so her project took a little longer to get finished.

As I always say, crazy quilting is not a race nor a competition.

Her work is jam packed with interesting stitch combinations.

Not to mention colour and texture.

Because she took her time we were able to add to the existing seam treatments............

............ not to mention the "fillers" - ants, sequins, bees etc. I always feel that the adjustments we make right at the end of the project are sometimes more important than the seam treatments themselves.

Deb was not deterred by me saying I think we need to add a little stab stitch there, or colonial knot here.

We may even have unpicked a few things.

Deb's class has been together for years now.

They are a unit, sharing beads, threads and stories.

They are a loud raucous bunch of women. so much so, that I sometimes forget that I am their teacher, I feel as though I just want to sit and chat.

She also does not mind if I pick up some of her blocks and add a bit here and there - like this little bird on its branch.

Her work is a testament to her attitude in life, I think. Just put one foot in front of the other.

Thank you, Deb, to your contribution to my classes..........

And for allowing me to share your work.

Jenny C

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Martina's crazy - trinket box

Martina has created the most gorgeous embroidery on her trinket boxes.

I think she is giving this to a friend for her birthday.

Lucky friend!

The colour palette is so different from the first crazy that Martina worked on.

Then there is this one - so beautiful. The seam treatment on the top right is from my second book - but it looks so different.

The limited colour palette is just gorgeous.

As are her seam treatments.

So many of different textures.

Close up!

Thanks so much for allowing me to share your work, Martina.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Busy, busy, busy

I have been a tad busy of late - but its all good stuff really.
I was invited by the Maleny Magic Patchwork shop to host a little exhibition of crazy quilting and embroidery to celebrate their 2nd birthday.

Thanks to Heather, Judith and Cilla it all looked great.
A big thanks to Judith too, who served tea and coffee all day!

Elaine's peacock crazy always causes a stir.

Jan from the "Fat Quarters" group had a novel way of displaying her little blocks that she did in a workshop with me a few years ago.

My quilt and books and Heather's gorgeous tea cosy a WIP.

Crazy quilting everywhere.

All different and unique.

Heather's work - oh, my gosh, the photos I took are soooo bad! I think I was too busy chatting...

Once that was done, I had time to baste this clamshell quilt which I am making for my mother in South Africa.

I basically have TWO weeks to hand quilt it ...................

And with all the teaching that I am doing at the moment its going to be tough going.
Wish me luck!