Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Rosebud Quilt Designed


Recently, I joined a local quilt guild...seems like a wonderful and busy group, so you know I'll enjoy it a lot. I've already been to a couple of "sew days" and worked to finish my chatelaine (blogged about that recently). But, I skipped the sew day today...because there wasn't anything small for me to carry with me to stitch on. Do you every have that problem?

I could of course taken crazy quilt supplies and worked on seams; but that is a lot of beads and ribbon to haul to and from the car. The sewing machine is another option, but with the same concerns. As I was mulling over this last night...trying to decide to go or not; I decided that a small applique project would be just the solution to this problem. Small and easy enough to work on these types of blocks, then assemble the quilt whenever these were finished. So, I went hunting for an applique project that looked like a project I'd really like to do. I found this vintage inspired idea:

However, the bud has way too many deep "V" and points to make it enjoyable and fast. So, spent time today re-designing and came up with a new little rosebud that I'm thinking will work much better.
Plus, while the original design has two buds (and I'll most likely do this design) there could be a single rose in a block...which would save time appliqueing if that was an issue. The little lines on top of the rose are embroidery as is the stem in the design. Both can be done in Stem Stitch, matching the color of the rose and green/brown for the stem area.





Saturday, June 15, 2019

ICQC-106 is Open for Registration - 15-17 June 2019

This Intermediate level course is about "vintage reproduction" style crazy quilts. We'll be doing a planned block to get the hang of working with silks and fancy fabrics; then you can proceed (with some instructions) to create a large piece that is more organic than planned. So, if you have been wanting to work up a project that is more indicative of 1800's projects...this is the class for you.

No photos...but there will be vintage style seams (no ribbon, no beads, no baubles). Embroidery is best done in silk cording or threads if you have them...but if now, cotton is fine.

Fabrics should be medium to heavy silk (not thin like for blouses); and you can add some light-weight upholstery grade fabrics, cotton, and wool if you like. Try to stay away from "modern" fabrics like dance costume type that are too shiny or too slippery...as these don't fit the "vintage style" we are striving for in this class.

Interested? If you have completed the BCQC-101 course...you can sign up. Just email me at shaw.kathy@yahoo.com....with your name, state/country, and email you want me to use for the class blog (and to send homework tasks if that is different).

Hugs!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

ICQC-103 is Officially Retired

All of the handouts for the Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course-103 are not part of the Yahoo files. It will not be offered again via this blog.

You can download all of the files and work through the tasks at your leisure just by joining the Yahoo Group Shawkl Files (private group to keep down spammers). We are not a "chat" group, but just a place for me to upload the past class files when I'm no longer planning on teaching them.

If you look at the right side bar here on the blog...look for the little rosebud...that is where you click to join the Group. Complete the requested information (email is all I think, maybe your name). Then, Yahoo Groups will send me an email to go approve you request to join.

I'll do that...and you'll get an email with link to get to the site.

Go to "Files" and download all of the things that interest you.

Have fun!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

On-Site SRE Class... 6 August 2019

What: Silk Ribbon Embroidery Class
Where: Newton, Alabama @ Willowtree Quilts Studio
Cost: $60 (includes all supplies and lunch)
When: 6 August 2019 (Saturday) 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m.

We'll be doing silk ribbon leaves, various roses, iris, tulip, hyacinth, and butterflies. These will be practiced and we'll be creating two little organizational items...my FELT Thimble Holder and a little TIN with felt lining for pins or what-not.

So, if you are in the Newton area...send me an email so I can add you to the reservations for the class. Then, I'll get some directions to you via Willowtree. Email for me is shaw.kathy@yahoo.com (don't forget the "dot" between my last/first name.

Hugs!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Felt Thimble Holders

Sweet little embroidery holders made from felt to hold special thimbles, or just keep your well used one from getting lost! Attach a little ring or clip and you can secure these to a Chatalaine, sewing bag, etc.

 I shared  photo of these last week on Instagram, but have been creating a variety of these for a couple of years now as gifts and items for the Etsy shop (when I have time).

These little plastic containers are great for creating several Thimble Holders because they are of uniform size, so no "math" every time...just repeat the original dimensions over and over again. 

But, special containers are not needed...just walk around the house looking for tall lids. Here are a couple of bottles of mouth wash, a slender can of hair spray, and a spray adhesive. Each lid would work to create the container for the thimble. All that is needed is to cover each in felt and attach a lid!


How you adorn the outside is really a personal choice. 

Hint: If you have the new Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts book....there are loads of seams in there that will work beautifully around the outside of a thimble holder! If you don't it yet, check it out at C&T Publications or on Amazon.com

Happy Stitching!





Thursday, May 30, 2019

Chatelaine

Joining a quilt guild last month means...I need a name tag. I have the little plastic case and can insert a card with my name written on it...but...BORING! So, thought it was time to create another chatelaine. I do have one, done decades ago....before crazy quilting entered my life.
Very "vanilla" as I only used it for my name and Guild Letters. I attached my quilt pins (AQS, etc) to it...but honestly usually forgot it when I went to meetings. So, I'll have to do better this time around at remembering!

Here's where I am in this adventure so far. Have the fronts to both sides of the chatelaine piece. 

Found some prior embroidery pieces I had done, some cross-stitches little bits, even a shadow embroidery little bow in my pile of "stitched samples". I printed the "I Love Crazy, Bee Happy, and Name on to cotton fabrics...they may or may not get any more embellishing...we'll see.
Both have a base of linen with a cotton (orange piece) inside foundation layer. Each half looks like a really short tie at this point. Both of these two halfs will have another fabric piece (probably felt) that will connect them and go behind my neck, and become the backing that hides all of my knots, etc.

Why not consider working on a chatelain of your own? You could even add organization to it....little pockets, loops for hanging things (I'm thinking of adding one for my glasses!)...really it is quite a neat thing to have handy when stitching.




Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Annemieke Mein

Thanks to MaryAnne Richardson for talking to me about "favorite books". I had several and she had one...so of course, I had to own it too since she gave it such a glowing recommendation.

It is one of those books that inspire you to just get up and create! I'm not a huge machine person...so will never attempt even a trial of these designs. But I'm totally blown away at the creative vision of this artist.

I was also very interested in seeing this photo of the artist at work, because it gave me great insight to the scale of her work. So much larger than any crazy quilt motif, and yet so detailed the entire effort is very realistic. Here is the larger view of the completed piece under her needle in the above "artist portrait" example.


Thank you so much Mary Anne...I'll have a lot of enjoyment from reading this book!

Hugs...from one "enabler" to another! :)