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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Foolproof Crazy-quilt projects

I felt very privileged to work with the team at C&T Publishers again; Liz, Amy, Gailen, April, Mary had worked with me on my first book "Foolproof Crazy Quilting".
Pricilla, Debbie, Jenny, Freesia and Joanna were on board for this book. I often wonder how they felt when they saw how much work the stitch maps would entail. I am beyond happy with the end result and I LOVE the cover.

My main objective when writing a book is to make the reader feel capable; I try to make each project achievable to all levels of stitchers. I feel too, that there is space for the more experienced crazy quilter to add to the seam treatments.

I would love to encourage a new generation of crazy quilters and thought it best to keep the projects user friendly and the seam treatments clear and uncluttered.

I combined English paper piecing, men's wool suiting and feminine silk ribbon embroidery for this project. I find the juxtaposition between the masculine wool suiting and the soft silk of the embroidery interesting.

My favourite project by far is the little sewing basket, for reasons I cannot explain.
Like so many of us, I have a collection of vintage embroidered doilies in my stash and decided to "cheat" a little and add them to the panels of the basket.

Suffolk Puffs or yoyos add a whimsical touch. The beaded glove stitch is pretty as well as functional.

One of my favourite fabrics to work on at the moment is a Japanese yarn dyed fabric called "sakizome momen". It works well for the iPad purse and is a great backdrop for the glorious colours of "Colour Streams" range of threads, silk ribbon and sequins.

My mother's favourite project is the Spring flower bag. Once again, the Japanese woven cottons were a treat to work with. I added a few dimensional embroidery stitches for texture.

The sewing pouch I made for myself as I always seem to walk off with my students scissors, marking pens etc !

The summer slippers are a touch of whimsy and fun.

The hexagon purse is a perfect size for transporting your English paper piecing paraphernalia.

The wool tea cosy was a dream to make - who does not love working with felted wool?

I am always drawn to Victorian crazy quilting - this my modern take on classic black fabrics. The little button stack feet make me smile.

Lastly, the little sunglass purse or sewing caddy. Once again, I have used a vintage hand towel as my focal point. However, for the more experienced embroiders, this can be replaced by a piece of their own handwork.

Once again, I need to thank all those from C&T who worked on "Foolproof crazy-quilt projects" - I think it is quite lovely. 
A special mention must go to my husband Vaughn, who's help in so many ways is invaluable to me.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cheryl...................crazy quiling

Cheryl W joined my classes with well developed embroidery skills.........

She slotted into the Tuesday morning class and over the year produced this beautiful piece of work.

She enjoyed using my book as a guide................... but her work is stamped with her own personality.

Her work is precise and organised - just like Cheryl herself.

All her stitches even and neat. And she does a perfect bullion.

Cheryl also enjoys a bead or two.

She has signed up again for more classes this year.........

I, for one, cannot wait to what she produces next.

Cheryl is an avid angler and catches HUGE fish!

Her work is so very beautiful.

Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous work, Cheryl.
See you soon.

A ring pillow

My son is getting married and I am so excited about it all.
I have a few things that I need to make for the wedding - on top of the list is the ring pillow.
I collect all the goodies that I like and then I edit, edit, edit.

I marked the heart with a water soluble pen - not my favourite - but it was the best marker for the project. I started with the roses and then added the stems.........

Next a few beads, motifs and ribbon stitch leaves..................

A few stab stitches to soften the edges and a scattering of beads.

I auditioned a few options for the corners...............

I liked the plain look..........

Chloe, the bride, liked the flowers. So,
flowers it is.

I added the ribbon to hold the rings and all I have to do is sort out the corners and add a label to the back.

Up, close and personnel.

I am sooooo excited!