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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Lorraine's pretty crazy.............

A spider and the prettiest trailing ribbon anchored down with flower buttons....

......yarn adds texture...............


zigzag chain stitch + ruched ribbon roses + lace + beads + buttons and three little straight stitches


.........ribbon work and a button .................

Nearly finished Lorraine, well done!!!!

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Jenny

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Crazy quilting by Eleanor...........

Eleanor has been coming to the Crazy Club for a few years now. She likes to work at her own pace, never rushing into anything. That's one of the aspects about crazy that I enjoy - crazy is a slow process - it's a "my time" craft.


Elanor's crazy is elegant.................


.........and delicate.................... button flowers..............

................. a beautiful trail of pretty buttons ................



........tatting "borrowed" from her friend Elaine couched down with ruched roses...........



............. a masterpiece of silk ribbon roses................


Thank you Eleanor for allowing me to show your work!!!!!!!!!

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Jenny

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gorgeous crazy quilting...............

Elaine's crazy quilt began with this hand embroidered dressing gown left to her by an aunt who passed away in the 1940's.................


............she created stunning crazy squares to surround the peacock panel.............a silk ribbon rose cluster.............

............a weeping willow tree.............


....................blanket stitch fans...................

..............silk ribbon flowers............


................ a beaded flower - scrumptious.............

...........beaded feather stitch and other bits and bobs........

.................big and bold chevron + ruched ribbon flowers + pearl beads + ribbon lazy daisy + gold metallic colonial knots = perfect seam treatment..................



............... whipped chain stitch leaves and silk ribbon petals..............

Thanks again, Elaine, for allowing me to show off your beautiful crazy. I cannot wait to see it all complete!!!

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Jenny

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

More buttons...........................

Best friends doing crazy together - what can be better than that?? Eleanor and Elaine...... In my classes at the Patchwork Angel I am fortunate enough to teach quite a few "best friends"...
Let me begin with Elaine's work - very different to Eleanor's...........black leaf button with trailing sequins.........



Many of Elaine's button are quite old................found amongst her mother's sewing"stuff"...the bit of lace is from Elaine's wedding dress....




..............black leaf buttons all bunchd together.......

..........sliver button surrounded by Elaine (and my favourite stitch) the versatile feather.......

.............isn't this little vintage dice button just the best? Elaine eventually gave me one, I went on about how much I loved them - I think she gave me one to keep me quiet!!!


..........a combination of buttons create a wwonderful spider.............

.........three vintage buttons all in a row...........

Thanks Elaine for allowing me to show your work - the colours and use of stitches is quite something!!!
In case you are wondering why the font changed in the middle of this post, my cat jumped up on the keyboard and pressed a key, I have no idea how to fix it!!
I will be showcasing Eleanor's work in the next post.
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Jenny

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Buttons.................

Buttons, we all love them. I have a friend who has so many buttons that she fills large jars with them to use as door stops!!!!!


Buttons add colour and texture to crazy............


..........clusters............

..........mix them up with bullions and ribbon roses...........


...............all in a row..............



.....mother of pearl...........

........blanket stitch flowers................

.............on top of each other........

............covering a tiny seam..............

..................adding texture..................

.............sorry not a great photo.......mother of pearl and pearl beads.............

......button cluster with some dangly bits!!!!!


..............heart shaped dangly bits!!!!

.............beaded buttons......

.........diamante buttons...............



.........more button goodness to come.....................

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Jenny

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Colours of Africa................

Enjoy this video of a quilt show in South Africa - the colours are quite something. Unfortunately, no crazy, but sooooo worth watching. Make sure to watch it in full screen and turn up the volume!!!!! http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php/blog_id/4071#ooid=RyMW5xMjqY2g5jX1_8iyviSh-sOpSaEm
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Jenny