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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Goodbye, or rather, Au revoir (part 3)

Norrie's work (Mary's sister - how fortunate they are to do workshops together?)

Its all about the colour for Norrie
Gorgeous freeform flowers (page 91 Foolproof Crazy Quilting) and beaded pointed petals (page 82 Foolproof Crazy Quilting)

Norrie used the Chain feather stitch (page 71 Foolproof Crazy Quilting) very well against the buttons with beaded tassels (page 83 Foolproof Crazy Quilting).

I also like her double edged zigzag chain with the little flower sequins.

Beautiful simple use of buttons.

Norrie's elegant pearly spider (page 89 Foolproof Crazy Quilting) climbing over the chevron stitch.

Tiny little bees buzzing around the delphinium (page 83 Foolproof Crazy-Quilt Projects) one delphinium with ribbon stitches, the other with ruched ribbon roses  (page 90 Foolproof Crazy-Quilt Projects)

Oh, feather stitch, one of my favourite stitches - done so well by Norrie.

Buttons and feather stitch

Wonderful colour palette

Neat, even stitches

Interesting seam treatments

More feather stitch and a garland of silk ribbon flowers (page 35 Foolproof Crazy-Quilt Projects)

!!!!colour, colour, colour !!!!!
Sequin fun (page 84 Foolproof Crazy-Quilt Projects)
Buttonhole pinwheel (page 70 Foolproof Crazy Quilting)
tiny beaded leaves (page 80 Foolproof Crazy-Quilt Projects)

Always something new to see.

Busy but clean and clear.

Norrie was fun to have in a class - she has a thing for unicorns!!

Spider web  - not so easy to do (page 88 Foolproof Crazy-Quilt Projects)

I will miss Norrie and Mary.

Hopefully we will meet again.

Thank you so much for coming to my classes, Norrie.
Your work is wonderful.
Till next time

Friday, July 21, 2017

Goodbyes, or rather, Au Revoir (part 2)

Mary and Norrie drove from Brisbane to Maleny (quite a fair way) to join the workshops at Maleny Magic.

Mary was not quite sure what she was getting herself into.......................

She needn't have worried, she settled into the embroidery beautifully...........

Mary was the slow and steady one in the class..................

It paid off - her crazy project is beautiful and meticulous ...........

Mary told me that she had learned so many stitches and tried then all.

Beautiful silk ribbon looped flowers (page 88 Foolproof Crazy-quilt projects)

Feather stitch, spider web roses (page 91 Foolproof Crazy-quilt projects) and a few tufted buds ( page 93 Foolproof Crazy-quilt projects)

Beaded daisy (page 81 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting)

Agapanthus (page 86 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting)

Looped stitch flower (page 88 Foolproof Crazy-quilt projects) and stab stitch couching (page 91 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting) couched rickrack  (page 90 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting)
Mary used bought trims sparingly - twice, in fact, - my kind of crazy!

Spider web (page 88 90 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting)

Woven spiderweb flowers (page 74 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting) I love her colour chioce

Beaded rounded petals (page 83 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting) - her seam treatments are interesting but concise - LOVE!

Mary's Cretan stitch (page 72 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting) - neat and perfectly spaced.

I enjoyed having Mary in my class - calm, friendly, helpful. Hopefully, we will meet again.
Thank you so much for allowing me to share your gorgeous work, Mary.
Until next time.
Jenny C

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Goodbyes, or rather, Au Revioir (part 1)

Saying goodbye to my students is tough for me................... most of my workshops span 6 months - so I get to really know people, lovely people - and I make strong connections with them.

So, we have come to the end of ANOTHER workshop with the Caboolture ladies. They gave me beautiful flowers and a very touching card from them all.

Ann came to me as a seasoned embroiderer.

We worked on a wool, silk ribbon and felt project.

Needless to say, it is glorious!

Stunning colour palette

A mixture of stitch techniques.


I did not get to take of photos of Elaine's work on my last lesson- waaaay too much on the go. Hopefully she will send photos through to me. Her work is gorgeous too.

Betty's work - always different and striking.

And Aisla - her work is always so very, very pretty and feminine. She greets me with the biggest hug at the beginning of every class - what a way to settle my nerves.

I did have a few "virgins" in this class but all my photos were shocking, Elaine or Ann, if you reading this could you ask Robyn and Louise to send me some photos, PLEASE??
Till next time
Jenny C

Progression ........

One of the things many of us love about crazy quilting is how time consuming it is. It's something we do by ourselves and for ourselves. I do enjoy the fact that it is a pastime I share with the Victorian women (who started it all) - it's a gentle art ; an exploration of thread, fabric, beads and self.
I always encourage my students to enjoy the "slow stitching" process; "being mindful of sustainability, simplicity, reflection" (quote from "Slow Stitch" by Claire Wellesey-Smith)   Slow and steady, staying present with each stitch and bead, not rushing off to find another thing to pop onto our work, before we have even completed the seam treatment we are working on. Start where you are and use what you have ( a favorite mantra of mine) - that includes your skill, time, fabrics, threads etc.
The first thing I say to my students is "enjoy the process, if at the end,  your work is beautiful, that is an added bonus". The beauty is in the doing.

Some embroidery that I am playing with at the moment.

Till next time. 
Jenny C