Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BCQC-2 Open for Registration

The BCQC-2 module is 
14-16 September 2017
There will be three major objectives to this module:

* COLOR — Learning all about Color Selection
* PIECING —Techniques for successful Flip’n’Sew pieced blocks
* EMBELLISHING — Promote individual creativity while reinforcing the
    techniques learned in the BCQC

The Color portion of the module is intensive. It will cover the first six tasks:

· Planning for Color
· Impact of Color Choices
· Color Mixing
- Reading a Color Wheel
- Color Play
· Fast Color Selection Techniques

The Piecing portion of this course will focus on fabrics and the flip’n’sew method of piecing a block. It will not include a pattern, but does recommend using strips of fabric rather than patch pieces of fabric. So, yardage (1/4 or even 1/8 yardage widths is fine) for this method. We will be using cotton and silk for this course. This section includes the next two tasks:

· Fabric Selection
- Flip’n’Sew Method (pitfalls and solutions)

The Embellishing portion of this course will include:

· Lace/Trims
· Seam Embroidery
· Silk Ribbon Ideas
· Finishing with Beads, Baubles, and Charms

In total there are 11-tasks for this course. Just as in the BCQC each new task will be emailed to you after you have posted the prior task. 

This is the "follow-on" class to the BCQC-1, which you should have completed first. It builds on the techniques learned in the initial basic course and gives you experience in selecting COLORs for your fabrics/embellishments that will work together nicely. 

To register:
Send me your name, email address, state/country information via email to


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Artist Trading Card Swap -- Come Join in the Fun!

Have you seen the fun swap that Crazy Quilt Quarterly is organizing?
It's open to anyone in the USA that follows the rules and submits on time! So, do you like to work on Artist Trading Cards? Do you like receiving little surprise in the mail (really who doesn't!). 
Not sure what an Artist Trading Card is? Well, it's's a mini-CQ block that measures the size of a calling card or business card. It has a finished edge (zigzag edge is fine), is built on a foundation (muslin, interfacing is optional but advised)...and is embellished. The back has an "information card" attached to it (per the swap guidelines).
For every ATC you get a different one in return!  Pam Kellogg will do the "swapping" for all the you have to mail your ATC's to her following the guidelines below:

* Create a crazy quilted artist trading card (2 ½” x 3 ½”). 
 It must be crazy quilted and it must be the stated size.  
We ask that there be no politically themed entries (patriotic is fine). 

* Any embellishments should be flat to keep mailing costs down 
(eg. seed beads, flat buttons, ribbon, embroidery, charms, etc.)

* Each ATC you create must be mailed to Pam and MUST include a SASE 
(self addressed stamped envelope).  
Be sure to include a separate SASE for EACH ATC you send! 

* Please use the backing card (pattern provided) on each of your ATC’s 
and also include your email address on each one so the recipient can contact you.

* NOTE: you will need to privately email Pam at or Mary Anne at to indicate your desire to play 
and to receive her snail mail address. 

* Alas, we can only open this to residents of the United States.  
Deadline for receipt is January 31, 2018.

* As a further incentive Pam will photograph each ATC and they will be published in a special edition of the magazine….the date of which will be announced as soon as it becomes available.

* Six of the ATC’s that we receive will be chosen for the cover. 
 Those six artists will receive a prize - an extra ATC created by one of our staff members!!

Have fun and let’s swap our mini’s – ATC’s CQ Style!! 

Be sure to either print the above images(fit to page size) or click HERE to download a pdf file.  Either should fit on a standard 8 1/2 inch X 11 inch paper.  Use cardstock for the ATC back and the little ATC envelope!
 The magazine is hoping hoping to receive and trade at least 300 Crazy Quilt ATC's!!!

Hope to see you join in the fun!

Sorry to only be able to open this to USA folks...but perhaps if it goes over well...we can expand this idea next year to the international folks as well. 



Friday, September 1, 2017

Linda's block (progress report)

While not finished...thought I'd share what I've done so far.  Linda's block is the last block for me to mail in the traditional Floral & Roses round robin. Since I'm the last person to work on the block, it is my "job" to balance all the prior work across the block as well as adding to fill in any empty spots. The final result should be a beautiful and finished project!

Here is the block as it arrived in the mail. There are several areas of really pretty embroidery stitching and some gorgeous silk ribbon roses and iris flowers already here. (Well done Lonna, Marcy, & Lydia)! Here are some closeup's of the areas:

Lower Right (such pretty iris flowers) corner:

Center roses vine, is just gorgeous and so delicate!

Center and lower left areas (excuse the lamp neck). So much embroidery work!

Upper central and left area! You can see that there is a lot of work on the block already. Of course there is also still room for more in the lower center and upper center open patches.

So, another final look at the BEFORE block...there are some areas that strike me as being a bit out-of-balance.

You can see that there are some light areas in the block (white lace trim, white butterfly, white tatted motif, and cream iris flowers). But overall, the block reads more "brown" than anything else...especially close up. So, my thought is to add more "life" to the block by pulling some of the blue that's in the background fabric out more along with giving the block more texture with lace. There is one seam done in blue in the center (see the chain half-circle seam?). So, this plan would also help to build on that idea already started.

So, I asked Linda if it would be okay to really add to the block and she gave me permission to play as much as I wanted. You know that makes me happy! So, I've pinned all of the lace pieces in place to begin. These will be followed with stitching layers...but for now, here is the plan for adding the lace layer...and I'll give you some close-up photos too.

Some of this might (read that as "will" since I have already actually stitched everything by the writing of this post) change as this is just my PLAN at the moment.

The little blue flower in the fabric (see upper most area in the photo above?) is the key to the color idea. The first motifs to go into place were the tiny blue butterfly and neutral/yellow flower in the upper center area. This establishes the blue...and anchors it to the fabric color area by drawing the eye to that little butterfly.

The left central area gets some blue as I'm moving the eye around the block. Green is everywhere on the block, so more is not too distracting...but a lighter shade gives it motion. This placement also deals with the bulky area of the block were several seams intersect. The tiny lace trims in antique looking beige hide the raw seams there but are small enough to keep the focus on the surrounding embroidery work.

I want to add some seam work in the open area left at the center left (almost corner) but the blue needs to be pulled into that area this little floral motif with dragonfly should do the trick! It looks right at home next to the lace that is already beside the iris flowers. Placing the dragonfly so that it extends across the ribbon seam on the left will pull the viewer's eye to that area of the block.

The center right area has a dimensional flower there already. It is the only object on the block that is worked really "off the surface". So, it needs to be balanced with other dimensional work or be "anchored" so that it does not become distracting by it's "differences". These copper colored laces will give it some depth and provide a nice neutral base, while the bits of blue will pull the eye to the motif and cause it to be balanced in color across the block. The empty seam to the right gets a dragonfly to help it appear to be an intentional design decision rather than looking 'un-done'.
This little dragonfly also balances the one at the opposite corner of the block.

Last, right below the flow is the more central right area of the block. This needs some blue, so adding a small piece of trim on the empty seam line should do that. To balance all of the lace now on the left/center of the block there will be some tiny bits of lace trailing through this general area and a small lace motif in the fabric patch above the iris flowers.

After the lace has been sewn in place...I'll work the seams left to me and add whatever else seems to be needed once that has been done. Here are my ideas for "supplies". The threads are will be darker shades of the colors in the fabrics as the laces have brought more light into the we need to layer some darker shadows as well to pull together the existing and the new. The silk ribbon flowers include some blue but also some wine to pull that color to the front of the layers as well.

Last to be added will be some beads to accent the seams and add some bling to the dragonflies, etc. Just tiny beads nothing large and no button/bead clusters. Maybe some tiny beads in the seams? We shall check back this weekend, I hope to get all sewn and this block ready for the mail next week.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Gorgeous Fibers

Today I'm working on one of the round robin blocks and have gone through so many drawers, containers, etc. looking for just the right fibers. In taking this "journey" around my sewing room it reminded me of how many wonderful little shops I've gotten gorgeous supplies from...that are on

So, thought I'd show you just one of them today: Colour Complements

This is the site of my cyber stitching pal Lorraine...and she does gorgeous hand-dyed fibers for her shop in beautiful solid colors and GORGEOUS variegated shades.

I mean, can you really just fall in love with these! The photo is great, but up close...oh, the stuff dreams are made of! Almost hate to use it but excited at the same time. :)

Drooling here!

Thursday, August 24, 2017


REGISTRATION will remain open until midnight on Saturday, August 26th CST
ICQC-103 Embellishing with Threads
This class covers Surface Embroidery Motifs
to include beaded and silk ribbon monograms.
Additional seam treatments are also part of the course. 
This is the "introductory" course to embroidery motifs. The following course (ICQC-104) will build on the skills taught in this course. So, the ICQC-103 is required before you can register for the ICQC-104.
The class is FREE, you will not be charged anything for the instructions.
Registration for this ICQC-103 requires the completion of the Basic (BCQC-1) class first. This is a strict requirement.

  If you are interested in taking this course, please email me at 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 within 24 hours of your email. IF I DO NOT CONTACT YOU in that timeframe...please email me again. You will not be in the class until I actually receive/respond to your request.
Next, 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 this by Sunday morning, email me to let me know. You will need this invite to actually gain access to the class blog. The invite is good for only 3 accept it when you receive it. You can then complete the tasks for the class at your own pace.
Supplies needed for this course include various colors of embroidery floss and/or perle cotton thread. A pattern will be provided for the creation of a series of pieced blocks; or you can use plain fabric and work the items as technique samples only. 
Hugs to all,

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Andover Fabrics

I posted the other day about some denim from Andover Fabrics...but I got my packages mixed up in my head (not a hard thing for me to do apparently)...the denim was from Cloud9Fabrics. I have updated that post.

THESE are the gorgeous fabrics I got for my CQ Blocks from Andover Fabrics! You know I adore anything neutral to include in blocks..and these feel so good!

The look great too!


Love when the mailman brings me a package...don't you? :)

Today, these gorgeous fabrics from Dear Stella Designs (Chroma Basics collection) arrived.

They are lights to medium values and will pair with some fancy fabrics very nicely. I'll be making eighty crazy quilt blocks to show my seam designs on.

While the blocks will be simple "string type" blocks rather than true crazy (as I only need display models not an actual quilt)...still, 80 blocks is no small effort! Once the blocks are constructed, the seams will be embellished (several hundred of these). So, you know I'll need to keep taking my vitamins to get this all accomplished!

These will be lovely to work with, can't wait to get them into the blocks!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Denim anyone?

Cloud9 Fabrics has some beautiful fabric collections! They have several wonderful collections of tone-on-tone and small print pieces.

Recently, I got these...which are actually denim! They are from their Chambray line...and are thin enough for CQ blocks. I'll be adding these to my newest series of blocks for sure!

Check out their site to be inspired to stitch!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lonna's Block

My "round" of stitching is complete on Lonna's block for the Floral & Roses (traditional) round robin at Crazy Quilter's International Facebook Group. It was a joy to work on this block! There were still a lot of seams open, so I concentrated there.

My first seam was a grouping of large woven roses to balance the couple of large embroider motifs and the fabric rose design in the center of the block. These are about the size of a nickel.

I must be in a "Fargo Rose Phase" as I seem to be putting them everywhere...and this seam has some tiny purples ones. Also added a lime-green butterfly beneath.

This buttonhole wavy seam has some seed beads added; tried to keep the beads to a minimum as Lonna had indicated she "didn't like a lot of bling". (Breaks my heart Lonna... :) but did try to comply) These roses are of the Bullion Stitch variety done in silk thread with silk ribbon leaves.

These little "fantasy flowers" have two layers of ribbon prongs. Straight Stitches of Lime Yellow Green and Wine, with a curly thread lime green knot, and deep purple petals in silk ribbon. The opposite side of the seam has peach Perle cotton prongs and wee little glass beads.

Last, a little wavy Stem Stitch seam with teensy yellow Fargo roses with velvet cording for the leaves. Another silk ribbon butterfly is stitched nearby to fill the space.


Showing some "Button Love"

It is so hard at times to find tiny buttons! Especially tiny enough to add to seams...but, NO MORE! I have found the neatest site...with the coolest buttons!

Just Another Button anything but that! These are just gorgeous buttons in a huge selection of colors!

The come in sweet little packages with a good sampling of types and sizes.

They also have more of a "basic" button, also in a variety of colors and sizes. You can also order some buttons in quantities (bulk); just email them and ask for details.

Look at the teensy ones! I'm going to use them for embellishing seams! Can't wait to stitch these on to something! Best go get busy! 


Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

REGISTRATION will remain open until midnight on Saturday, 12 August(Central Standard Time) 
NOTE: I do not accept late registrations for 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.

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 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 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 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 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.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ladies in Hats DYOB, Wilma's Block

What a lovely pieced block to work on! Wilma van Wagensveld did a great job of creating a nice surface (and a very pretty one as well) to stitch on. Here are my photos of seams, etc. for this small 6" block...going into the mail today!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

OPEN Registration for ICQC-105 (Silk Ribbon Embroidery) Course

Open Registration 20-23 July (Thursday through Sunday)

However...I find that although this course was on the calendar to open for registration during this period...I will be traveling out of state during these days. SO, I've extended the registration through Sunday (rather than the original Saturday date). You will not hear from me until Sunday...but still submit your registration just the same. I'll get to all the email when I return from my trip.

IMPORTANT: This course DOES REQUIRE that you have completed the Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-1) before registering. So, please ensure that you have finished the BCQC-1 before submitting your registration information. Thank you.

Completion of the BCQC-2 course or any of the other ICQC courses is not necessary to sign up for this Ribbon Embroidery course...only the BCQC-1 has to be finished first.

There will be TEN different tasks to complete in this course, with about twelve different motifs to stitch. All of the designs will be printed on fabric (or optionally you can trace the designs in the handout to your fabric). (The tenth task is a surprise and any ribbon size/color can be used)

The motifs for this module will be stitched directly to fabric rather than to crazy quilt blocks. Most of these designs are very detailed...and tracing them through layers of fabric is just not feasible. So, consider these "technique tasks". After you have learned each of these can pick/choose which ones to use again in the future for your existing CQ projects. The finished motifs CAN of course be used in new pieced blocks as well as stitching samples for current blocks.

I will be providing all of the designs to you as "printable" designs. Each page of the PDF handout for the first task will be able to print directly to fabric sheets. These will then be hooped and the stitching done on top of the printed design. You do not need to "trace" any of the designs...unless you just don't want to print them on fabric.

I created my own printable fabric using freezer paper (tutorial is in the links above) for almost all of these motifs. (I forgot to print one...and then had to use a sheet of my purchased fabric sheets for that design). Or, if you can order printable sheets for your inkjet or lazer copier/printer from or other source for all designs. You will need only one standard 10-page package to print all of the designs provided (Wild Rose Blossoms, Daisies, Berry Vine, Apple Blossoms, Tiny Rose Frames, Birds & Insects, Pomegranate, and Ribbon Lady). I have tried very hard NOT to repeat the specific lessons in the Crazy Quilting Volume II: Ribbon Embellishments book, even though some stitches are of course the same. The "Ribbon Lady" is the only direct cross-over...and she has been requested so much that I knew you would demand she be in this course. So this course AND the book will give you all of the ribbon experience needed to create just about any motif you may desire to stitch!

You will  of course need silk ribbon for this course. Multiple sizes (2mm, 4mm, 7mm & 13mm). You can use white for all tasks...and color then with ink markers (Promarker brand recommended)...or purchase various colors in the needed sizes. Substitution is possible...but not encouraged. Here are the sizes/colors the stitched models used. You can change the colors to suit your own personal "vision" of the flower/fruit/animal being created (read left side for task topics). (Satin and organza are poor substitutes for silk ribbon...but I know some of you international folks may have no choice but to use these. If so, you will work harder and the results will not be perfect...but it is managable for most of the tasks.)

Here is the chart for supplies (ribbon/thread):

A package of large chenille and tapestry needles are used for ribbon work. I expect you already have these from the work we did on the BCQC class.

Please print this Silk Ribbon Size/Color Table image for your reference. Note the Color Substitutions information on the right side and the size substitution information at the bottom when determining what ribbon you may need to purchase and what you already have.

Ask questions via email to me if you need to; and I can let you know if your substitutions will work. However,  I will not be available until Tuesday most likely to answer questions. Monday will be filled with responses to registrations and getting the class blog up and runnint. 

To register, please email me your NAME, State/Country, Email Address you wish to use for this course to

PLEASE do not register if you have not completed the BCQC as it is a pre-registration requirement. (Note: the next open registration for BCQC-1 will be 10-12 August, and this ICQC-105 course will repeat later this Fall IF you miss out this time around.)

After sending your registration, I will respond with a "Welcome" email. If you don't receive this within ONE DAY of your registration email...then assume that I did not receive your information and resend it. Note that I don't accept late registrations because these classes fill so fast.

This course (and all courses) will be held at an assigned Blog for this specific class. You will need access to a working computer to take this online course. If you are especially "tech saavy" perhaps you can manage with an Ipad or other tablet...but you will need to be able to print from it and take/upload photographs to the private class blog. In the past, laptops and desktops perform great...but tablets did not usually.

Looking forward to this new course!