Monday, November 13, 2017

New Pattern - Celtic Candy Stripe

I loaded the Celtic Candy Stripe pattern to my Etsy shop this morning. This elevates the basic Celtic Knot Pattern by adding more "stripes" to the design of the center medallion.


This allows the creation of a variety of color combinations for the medallion; by creating each ribbon in a different color...







... or duplicating a couple of ribbon colors...


... or duplicating all three of the outer ribbon colors.





Just as the original Celtic Knot pattern, this quilt is made primarily of squares and rectangles. The only triangles are the corners and center outside background pieces. The pattern is in full color and has detailed instructions with plenty of diagrams to walk you step-by-step through the piecing process. Twin, Double/Queen, and King sizes are possible. I hope you enjoy this new pattern!



Fancy Seam Designs --

The Fancy Seam Designs Stitch-a-long  is a challenge to stitch all 500 seams within Crazy Quilting - Volume III: Fancy Seam Designs, by Kathy Seaman Shaw (available at Amazon.com)

Today is Seam #13 (which is on Page 10, last seam on that page).



Next week, Katie Bock resumes here stitching...and will create the seams on Page 11 of the book. you can check out her work on her blog Sewing with Katie and check out her work over the next few days of seams; and I'll post a peek here as well!


Happy Stitching!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Making Soap Bars...

...with friends is a great way to spend the afternoon!

Francis, Pam & I added scents, color, and some surprise things to Melt & Pour soap bases yesterday and really enjoyed our adventure.

And we got some really nice smelling soap as well!

The Melt&Pour was from BulkApothecary and simply is melted in the microwave in small amounts (we didn't even measure...just did a bowl at a time...).






Wonderful silicone molds can be found on Etsy, Amazon, Wish...or other sites by just searching for "soap molds" generally.



I totally recommend this as a great project for a group of friends.



Plus, the clean up was easy...cause it's SOAP!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Stitch Guide...is now on Kindle!

If you don't like carrying around a paper copy...but rather have the "how to" instructions close at hand electronically...you might like knowing that you can get the SRE Stitch Guide on Kindle now.



Is is $2.99 (cheapest price they would let me set)...but free to "borrow" if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.

Hope this is convention for some of you..."tablet folks". :)

Fancy Seam Designs - Seam #12

Here's the next seam...


We've done so many Fargo Roses lately, that I thought I'd "entice you" with a substitute...clay rose beads!

You can search for these on Etsy, Panda Hall, Wish ..or just a general Google Search!

Fancy Seam Designs - Seam #11

The Fancy Seam Designs Stitch-a-long  is a challenge to stitch all 500 seams within Crazy Quilting - Volume III: Fancy Seam Designs, by Kathy Seaman Shaw (available at Amazon.com)

Today is Seam #11 (which is on Page 10, second seam on that page).

Hope you enjoy stitching this seam!



This seam includes some  Fargo Roses and Detached Chain leaves.

You can also see the seams stitched by others if you are a member of the Facebook Group, Modern Crazyquilt Seams here.

Hugs,


Friday, November 10, 2017

Fancy Seam Designs - Seam #10

The Fancy Seam Designs Stitch-a-long  is a challenge to stitch all 500 seams within Crazy Quilting - Volume III: Fancy Seam Designs, by Kathy Seaman Shaw (available at Amazon.com)

Today is Seam #10 (which is on Page 10, first seam on that page).

Hope you enjoy stitching this seam!


This seam includes some Woven Roses and Stab Stitch leaves. To keep the roses of a uniform size, make a little cardboard or plastic template. Simply draw the 5 "spokes" for the base. Put little "Dots" at the end of each spoke; and one in the center...then use a 1/16 inch hand-held hole punch to punch-out the dots. Mark the placement of every rose, stitch the spokes with Perle cotton...anchor your ribbon and being the weaving...then end the ribbon at the back of your work. If this is a new rose for you, the only thing you may need to know that may not be in the book...is that you need about 18-20 inches of ribbon for each rose.


You can also see the seams stitched by others if you are a member of the Facebook Group, Modern Crazyquilt Seams here.

Hugs,

Monday, November 6, 2017

Stem Stitch Rose Instructions

Seam #2 in our Fancy Seam Designs Stitch-a-Long has stumped a few folks...the little rose in the design is a Stem Stitch Rose variety. If you have not stitched this before...here is a little pictorial tutorial for you.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fancy Seam Designs - Page 9 seams

Isn't it great to have friends! Even here in cyber-land...I'm so thankful to have some good friends.

A very favorite is Katie Bock, she and I have worked together on several publications this past year...and she has volunteered her beautiful stitching talents to help me out with the Fancy Seam Designs by stitching the seams on the odd numbered pages.

So, for photos of Seams #5, #6, #7, #8, and #9...hop on over to her blog Sewing with Katie and check out her work over the next five days of seams!

Then, I'll see you back here for Seam #10 next week.

I'll have some more friends check in on this challenge later on as well!

Hugs!

Fancy Seam Designs #4

The Fancy Seam Designs Stitch-a-long  is a challenge to stitch all 500 seams within Crazy Quilting - Volume III: Fancy Seam Designs, by Kathy Seaman Shaw (available at Amazon.com)

Today is Seam #4 (which is on Page 8, last seam on that page).

Hope you enjoy stitching this seam!





This seam includes some long Stab Stitches with silk ribbon, as well as knot/gathered roses (also know as Fargo Roses).


I have used dark blue 4mm silk ribbon for the roses, 7mm light purple silk ribbon for the Stab Stitches; Green perle cotton sz 8 for the leaves of the roses and the stab stitches; a trio of sz 15 pink metallic beads finishes out the ribbon stab stitches; and the sequins are 5mm blue round and 4mm clear slightly cupped with seed beads to hold them in place; embroider is in blue perle size 8. 

You can also see the seams stitched by others if you are a member of the Facebook Group, Modern Crazyquilt Seams here.

Hugs,

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fancy Seam Design #3

The Fancy Seam Designs Stitch-a-long  is a challenge to stitch all 500 seams within Crazy Quilting - Volume III: Fancy Seam Designs, by Kathy Seaman Shaw (available at Amazon.com)

Today is Seam #3 (which is on Page 8, third seam on that page).

Hope you enjoy stitching this seam!



This is a simpler seam design having no silk ribbon or elaborate additions. The sequins are 6mm blue, 5mm blue, 4mm white, with a blue seed bead anchoring the stack. The embroidery is in two shades of blue perle sz 8. 

You can also see the seams stitched by others in the Facebook Group, Modern Crazyquilt Seams here, by requesting to join the group.

If you don't "do facebook"...you can use the RSS Feed on the right side bar to list your email and get these blogpost delivered to your email each time a stitch posts. In answer to a "no reply" comment...Yes, I'll try to get a Pinterest Page up today.

Hugs,

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fancy Seam Designs #2

The Fancy Seam Designs Stitch-a-long  is a challenge to stitch all 500 seams within Crazy Quilting - Volume III: Fancy Seam Designs, by Kathy Seaman Shaw (available at Amazon.com)

Today is Seam #2 (which is on Page 8, second seam on that page).

Hope you enjoy stitching this seam!



I have used dark wine 7mm silk ribbon for the "knots" of the stem stitch roses, 4mm wine silk ribbon for the stem stitches, and 7mm green silk ribbon for the stab stitch leaves. The sequins are round sz 6 white and sz 5 pink with pink seed beads in the center; the trio of beads are sz 9 green seed beads, 3mm pearls, and sz 15 green seed beads; embroider is all done in metallic thread.

You can also see the seams stitched by others in the Facebook Group, Modern Crazyquilt Seams here.

Hugs,

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fancy Seam Designs - Day #1

The Fancy Seam Designs Stitch-a-long  is a challenge to stitch all 500 seams within Crazy Quilting - Volume III: Fancy Seam Designs, by Kathy Seaman Shaw (available at Amazon.com)

Today is Day #1, Seam #1 (which is on Page 8, top seam on that page).

Hope you enjoy stitching this seam!



I have used pearls (sz 4, 3, 2) sequins (round sz 8 white, round pink sz 5, blue cup sz 4, and 2mm pearls), iridescent sz 22 rocaille seed beads, ink perle cotton sz 8 and metallic pink braid sz 8.

 I hope you stitch this seam too...and will join in the fun over on the Facebook Group Site where you can post your photo when finished.

Links to Facebook Group (Modern Crazyquilt Seams)

Hugs,

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fancy Seam Designs Stitch-a-Long...starts 1 November

Just one more day until the new Crazy Quilt Stitch Along series...Fancy Seam Designs begins! We will be posting a seam a day until ALL 500 seams in the book are done.

What book? Well that is my latest book with Amazon...Crazy Quilting Volume III - Fancy Seam Designs...available in print and on Kindle.



And the "we"? Well that is myself and my pal Katie Bock...who will be stitching half of the seams (I have the even pages and Katie has the odd pages). She will post to her blog  Sewing with Katie on the days her seams are shown...and I'll link her blog post here. She'll do the same on her blog.

So, regardless of who you follow..you'll still get to see all of the seams. And, if you follow both of us...well, you'll see them twice. The blog posts may also have a bit of our discussion on stitching a seam...not required; but you never know what we will be talking about!

If you want to view all of the seams and post your own version...you might like to join in the fun with our private Facebook Group: Modern Crazy Quilt Seams

Here is a link to request joining the group if you want to follow along there (and post your own finished photos) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1078979698871402/





And, if you need a simple idea of "what to sew on"...just consider doing some simple sampler type blocks. These can be turned into a quilt top later on...or sewn together to create a long runner style sampler of seams. Then you need "ideas" you'll have a better idea of what a seam may look like once stitched! A great way to use fabric scraps...don't worry over color (but lighter or solids is easier if you are using the templates in the book)...just saying! :)



Sunday, October 29, 2017

Quick Cajun Stew


Ingredients:

2-4 boneless chicken (I used 2)
1-2 polish kielbasa sausage (I used 1)
1 yellow or vidala onion
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 bag frozen cut okra
1/2 to 1 cup instant rice
1 can, Blue Runner Creole Bisque Base or
1tsp Gumbo File' spice

Here are the photos of the "supplies":






Instructions:

Cut up chicken, onion, and sausage into bite-size pieces. Place in large boiler with 1-2 cups water (I used 2 cups) and salt/pepper to taste. Cover and cook on med-hi for 15 minutes.

Here is what it looks like at this point:



Add okra, tomatoes, and bisque base or file'spice. Cover and turn heat down to low. Cover and cook for about 45 minutes.

Here is what it looks like at this point:


You can serve over regular rice...or add instant rice (as I did). Pour instant rice into the pop and turn off the heat. Cover and let set for about a half hour.

Here is the finished stew:


This is like a really thick soup. If you want it even thicker...add the full amounts of the meat and rice.



and...it was good!




Friday, October 27, 2017

Crazy for Hexagons

I just included a brand new pattern in my Etsy shop that would be ideal for crazy quilting.


 Here is the concept and the pattern page cover. 


The cost is $5.50 as a pdf full color download. The pattern includes full-size pattern pieces along with instructions on how to create this quilt easily using the quilt-as-you-go method of assembly. 

I counted the possible seams for crazy quilting...and there are 372 considering the 12 inside every one of the 31 pieced hexagon blocks; and all of the connecting seams once the hexagons are assembled. There could be even more if you pieced the patches too!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Open Registration - BCQC-1 (Basic Crazy Quilt Course)

  
REGISTRATION will remain open until midnight on Saturday, 28 October (Central Standard Time) 
  
NOTE: I do not accept late registrations for classes...you need to register within the dates of the open registration period. I'm sorry, but I just have too much going on to keep up with early or deal with late registrations.
 
The FREE class is self-paced, and expected to take 4-8 weeks, depending on the time you have available to complete the 12 assigned Tasks.

This is the last offering of this course for 2017. The next class will be some time in 2018.

 
 
These 12-Tasks include:
 
1 - How to Use the Class Blog
2 - Selecting Supplies
3- Design Principles of CQ
4 - Sewing the Block
5 - Surface Beading Techniques
6 - Template Seams
7 - Shape Seams
8 - 11 Various Silk Ribbon Flowers
12 - Finishing (lace, charms, etc.)
 
The class is FREE, you will not be charged anything for the instructions. You will need to obtain your own supplies as I do not sale kits.
 
Link to the Basic Supply List 
 
Basic CQ supplies include silk ribbon, pearl cotton threads, tiny beads, etc. as the photo above indicates. None of these are in large quantity for a single block that measures about the size of a sheet of print paper.
 
You will be required to use a quilting hoop (Q-snap is fine).
You WILL be required to access the private class blog (upon an invitation sent to you) and post photos of your work as you progress through the class. This is an ON-LINE course, so basic computer skills are needed (printing documents, uploading photos, etc.).

  If you are interested in taking this course, please email me at shaw.kathy@yahoo.com and provide me this information:
Your first name
Your last name
You country of residence
Your state of residence IF you live in the USA
The email address you wish me to send class instructional handouts to.
 
After you register, I will send you a Welcome Email AND Google/Blogger will send you (at my request) an Invitation to join the Class Blog where the class will be held. Watch for BOTH of these emails, check your spam folder. If you do not receive by Sunday morning, 13 August...then please email me to let me know. I don't want you go get "behind" in class right at the start. :)
 
Because this is an ON-LINE internet class:
You will need to follow some simple instructions to register and gain access to the private class blog. Your name and email will need to be entered; but NO social security or credit card information is required. Just basic information to "recognize" you as a class participant.
 
You will need to be able to take a photo of your work, and upload it to the class blog. You will get instructions on "blogging" so don't worry if you don't currently do that now; you will learn.
But, you DO NEED to have an operating camera and be able to take photos.
You do need a basic understanding of how to save these photos and then retrieve those picture files. IF you use an IPad to take photos...you will need to email them to yourself, download them to your computer, and then upload to the class blog. If you use a phone or camera...follow the instructions for that specific camera to upload photos to your computer.
 
NOTE: You will be given class handouts/instruction in the form of emails and pdf documents.
 The pdf files can be opened with Adobe Reader (free software on the Adobe.com site)

 You need to be able to open these handouts/instructions and save them.
You can also print as you desire. In total, the course contains over 200 pages of information...so paper/printer will be required if you want to retain a hard copy of this information.
 
Hugs, and I hope to see you in the class! 
 
This Basic CQ Class (BCQC) is a REQUIRED course...before you can sign up to any of the other crazy quilt courses offered throughout the year. You begin with this course.
 
HUGS!
 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

More Silkie Images Available on Etsy Shoppe

If you are in need of some image sheets for printing, there are twelve new sheets just loaded to my Etsy Shoppe page.

All of these images are sized to either 2" wide or tall depending on their individual orientation; just the right size for any crazy quilt block size. You can add them on top of existing blocks by turning under the seam allowance and stitching down...then embellish with a border similar to a "portrait frame"; or piece the image (printed on fabric) directly to the patchwork of a block not yet constructed.

Here is the run-down of each PDF file download:

[#0 - Floral Girls] and [#1-Floral Ladies] would be great if you enjoy over-stitching the flowers with small ribbon or thread accents.

BTW, the Shawkl Design Studio watermark will not be on your downloadable sheet of images...it is just there to protect these from being saved/used directly from a screen print.

[#2 through #6 Butterflies) are copies of actual vintage cigarette silkie images. While they can be used as is, I also think these would be great to cut out and just use the butterfly images alone. I can envision each tiny wing with over-stitching in silk or metallic threads. The addition of beads and sequins is another good option. Ideas are almost endless on how to create stumpwork butterflies with these too!




[#7 - Pin Up Gals] are some 50's era advertising models. Images like these were also used for calendar pages. A themed quilt would be fun to create using these slightly risque' models.



[#8 - Cats & Friends] are a must if you love cats! I've included a bird and chicken image as well so that there is a bit of a surprise in the group as well.



[#9 - Marilyn] is all about Marilyn Monroe. While certainly an icon of her time, she is also a natural beauty and makes a wonderful themed project.



[#10 - Tea Time] included images of tea pots, tea cups, tasty treats, and good friends all ready to have a lovely tea party.



[#11 - Landscapes] is mostly landscape images with one window box image that I could not resist using. These are glorious when pieced into a project and the tiny flowers over-stitched in wee little silk ribbon knots!



Each printable sheet is $4.50 and can be printed as many times as you like...so you can have unlimited fun creating blocks with these! You can purchase printable fabric sheets on line (Amazon.com of course) or create your own using this tutorial. Use an inkjet printer since you want the images to remain...rather than the laser printer used in the tutorial (which was for embroidery designs that would be stitched over). Use white, neutral, or pastel colored cotton or silk fabrics rather than linen for these.

Create or purchase your fabric sheets; select/purchase your pdf dowload file from Etsy ...and print as many as you like!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TQC-201 MugRug (Traditional Quilting Course) is OPEN for Registration 19-21 October

Traditional Quilting Course (TQC) - October 2017

Free Online Machine Piecing Course


This new class was first offered last year, and it went over fabulously! So, here it is again...a TRADITIONAL machine quilting course…this is NOT crazy quilting. For this course, we'll be creating a group of Mug Rugs...like the photographs throughout this blog post. Each has an optional embroidery panel attached to the quilt block we will be piecing. The embroidery designs are provided in the course...or you can use your own designs...or you can use machine embroidery...or you can omit the embroidery all together and create a square Mug Rug rather than these rectangle ones.


As you may (or may not) know…I’ve been quilting and teaching quilting for decades. While classes that are "taught in person" are honestly still my favorite...as they give me great joy is instructing students and watching their faces light up as they “get it”. I really have missed that so much being retired and not living near my quilting guild friends any more. But, I have found unexpected peace and joy in teaching on-line courses to fill this void in my life and share my love of quilting. It was odd at first, but now…I’ve gotten a process down that is easy for me and seems very beneficial to the participants.


So far, crazy quilt classes have been the main focus. But, even crazy quilts have to begin by piecing a block…so these "crazy" quilters can also benefit from a traditional quilt course. Plus, folks that might want to learn about traditional quilting may stumble into the crazy quilting classes too! So, win – win either way!

This course, as all of my courses, are free. There is no fee to sign up or to take the class. Of course you do need supplies…as we can’t produce quilts from thin air!

I’ve tried to keep the costs as low for you as possible by designing a course that consists of small quilt blocks, rather than create blocks for a large quilt. Also, these blocks will be “used” as part of small projects rather than stored away in a drawer or box. The finished project will be a set of “mug-rugs” which could be a gift or a personal keeper.

You will need some tools for machine piecing of quilt blocks. Here too, I’ve tried to keep the costs down by creating my own patterns and guides for your use…printable of course. And the fabric costs are low because the amounts needed are minimal. While there is still an “up-front cost” for a rotary cutter, mat, rulers…at least the other costs are at a minimum requirement.

You can use whatever cotton fabrics you have on hand…or select a nice palette of pretty cotton fat quarters from your local quilt shop or online fabric store.

The genesis of this course is my Adult Education Course that I sometimes teach at the local community college. That course produces a full-size quilt using 12-inch blocks. So, the lessons had to be totally re-done to accommodate the smaller 6-inch blocks in this TQC module.

The embroidery work is optional, but I think that the projects really benefit from that. The quilt squares are paired with this small embroidery panel to create a finished 6 x 9 inch rectangular Mug Rug. If the embroidery is not stitched, then the panel is omitted and the finished size will measure 6 inches square.

A Mug Rug is basically like a quilted coaster or hotpad. It sits on your table and you place your hot cup of tea (or other beverage) and perhaps a wee little treat (chocolate anyone?) on it. It protects your table top…and looks pretty alone as well.

The course will include general information at the beginning…then we will work each Mug Rug as individual tasks. The first Mug Rug to be created will be at Task #4 and there will be nine of these all together.


As the course progresses, each quilting block technique introduced at the Tasks will get progressively more technically complex. Not harder (well maybe a bit harder)…just more Thought Provoking…and probably requiring more Patience.

 Here is the order of Tasks to be Completed:
Task #1 – Orientation to Quilting and Obtaining Supplies
Task #2 – Learning to Sew Precise Seam Allowances on the Sewing Machine
Task #3 – Learning to Cut Precise Strips and Shapes from Fabric using a Rotary Cutting System
Then we begin the Mug Rugs…actually sewing!
Task #4 – Simple Nine Patch Block: Learning the Basics of Assembling Rows and Columns of a block design
Task #5 – Bars Block: Learning strip piecing techniques
Task #6 – Diamond Bars Block: Learning to create corner triangles with “flip-squares”
Task #7 – Churn Dash Block: Learning to create double triangle patches from square pairs
Task #8 – Card Game Block: Learning to piece with bias edge patches
Task #9 – Star Block: Learning to use a paper grid system for piecing smaller patches
Task #10—Dresden Plate Block: Learning to piece wedges, adjust seams, and applique a curved edge
Task #11 – Fan Block: Learning to piece convex and concave curves together
Task #12 – Flower Block: Learning to paper piece


The course will run from a Blogger class blogsite just as all of my CQ Courses do. You’ll receive an invitation to this blog before the course starts. When received, accept the invitation…and remember the URL of the site. The invite only works once, so it is good to bookmark the class blog once you have arrived at the site. If you need help, let me know by emailing me at shaw.kathy@yahoo.com

Each lesson in the course has a “TASK” at the back of the handout. It is clearly marked by a red box. Once you have completed this task, a photo of your work will be uploaded (posted) to the class blog. I’ll see that and leave you some comments on the class blog. If you have problems…email me…don’t post about them as I see my emails several times a day but may only check the class blog once or twice a day.

Also, once I’ve left you some feedback below your blog post…I may not be going back to that post again since you have completed the task.

When I finish leaving feedback on all of the current class blogs (this course and the crazy quilt courses open at the moment)…I’ll send out new tasks. So, when you have finished a task…posted your photo of that finish…I’ll comment to that..and THEN will send out the next task to you. This may take a day. However, if you see that I have left you a comment on the class blog post…and have not yet sent you the next task…email me. I do sometimes mess up and forget to send the next task. I try not to…but, it does happen…so, this is my admission and request for your help.


So…if you are interested in taking this course…Registration is NOW OPEN. It will close at midnight, CST...on Saturday night, 21 October 2017. 

Here's how you sign up for the class: Just email me at shaw.kathy@yahoo.com and provide this information about yourself:
First/Last Name
State/Country
Email that you want to use for this course (handouts will be sent to this email address)

Once I get your registration information...I'll add you to the class roster and email you back with a "Welcome" to the course. Then, in the next day or so...I'll also have a "Class Invitation" emailed to you so you can access the class website; remember this URL once you get to that site.
THIS IS AN ON-LINE CLASS...so you must be a little knowledgeable about reading and getting to a blog. But, since you are on THIS one at present...that should not be too hard to do. If you have problems...email me and I'll try to help.