Friday, February 15, 2019

Course Registration Announcement: ICQC-104; 15-17 February 2019

You must have completed ICQC-103 Prior to registering for this ICQC-104 Course.
This course is intended for those that finished the ICQC-103 last year.
(But, if you are currently past mid-way into that can ask about registration IF you can do both classes at the same time.)

ICQC-104, Mixed Motifs with Fabric
is expected to last 8-12 weeks

To Register: email me your Name, State/Country, Email address...just as for previous
The ICQC-104 includes these modules/tasks:

104A-Embellishing OVER Silkie Images
Task 1: Stitching Hair
Task 2: Stitching Flowers

104B-Framing Silkie Images
Task 3: Create a CQ Block with Framed Silkie

Task 4: Create a Broderie Perse Applique
Task 5: Create a Hand Applique Heart (or other shape)
Task 6: Design an Applique based on an Embroidery Pattern

104D-Raised Applique
Task 7: Create a Raised Applique (Bunny, Cat, or Teddy Bear)

104E-Working with Various Slips
Task 8: Create an Embroidery Slip
Task 9: Create a Silkie Slip
Task 10: Create a Beaded Slip

  There is no special supply list needed for this class. Standard sewing and embroidery supplies (as needed in prior classes) will be used. The need for some medium or heavy weight interfacing scraps and some thin felt/flannel scraps could require some shopping. 
The photos above are some of the techniques taught. The fox, bunny, and heart patterns are also in this course, along with other patterns as well. The mermaid silkie is an example of the over-stitching of hair...but you can use any printed image you want to try this technique.

Monday, February 4, 2019

BCQC-102 is Open for Registration

The BCQC-2 module is 
5-7 February 2019
ATTENTION: You must have completed the BCQC-1 Module first, before registering for this BCQC-2 course.
The BCQC-2 has three major objectives:
* 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-1 module

The Color portion of the module is extensive. It will cover the first 6 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 using cotton 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 (but you can substitute sturdy silk if you have yardage on hand). 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-1 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. [Note: If you are presently enrolled in the BCQC-1, and are at least on Task #10, you can still sign up for the I know you'll have time to finish the BCQC-1 shortly.]

The reason for even offering the BCQC-2 is so that folks (especially true beginners) that want to attempt a block for themselves...with little "influence" from me...but still have a teacher available to answer questions CAN WORK A NEW BLOCK. I'll walk you through the various "layers" of embellishments and offer advice on how to balance the work as we progress through these. Before we even begin, the first few tasks will introduce the "world of color selection" to you...helping you to feel a bit more at ease when combining colors in fabrics and/or embellishments.

To register:
Email me your: name, state/country information, and the email you want me to use for the course

Please NOTE: The class will begin on the I'll be out of town 8-11th. So, after you register, you will get a welcome email...but the class blog will not be available to students until the 12th of February. That is when you should receive the email INVITATION to join the course blogsite. 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

A New Friend

We've had a new friend around here for a few weeks. Started with just quick visits, then he hung around enough that brother could pet him at times.

With the cold weather, I ordered him a "house" (litter box with lid) from Amazon...and fitted it with a thick towel and a fleece blanket. He is not snug, well fed...and totally at home. Yesterday, I put a flea collar on him with no problem...not sure if he was a pet before; as he was a bit wild at the start. But, he has certainly been handled before as he likes to be picked up and get head rubs.

The cat box is a corner model but it also comes in a standard square style. It has a hinged door, which I removed because he was not so "sure" about that. It is turned facing the house on the porch, so doesn't get any direct wind...put when it was really cold this morning; he slept with his hind foot over his ear (at least I think that is why he was laying in that position).

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Getting Ready for Retreat

My 5lb box of "stuffing" came today...and I've boxed up all of the door prizes!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Silk Ribbon Cabochon Kits - $5 each

Hi everyone!

I'm working on some upcoming class projects (not online classes)...and have extra "kits" available if anyone is interested in giving this a try.

The "inside" is a glass flat-back cabochon. The backing is felt and the tie-tack is included in the kit. The silk ribbon is white, but you can easily dye it or ink it with markers to add color.

Here's my version:

But, you could actually do anything you wanted on the front...assuming you wanted to change up the design.

At just five dollars for the full could have a fun day with a few friends as you created these. Full color instructions, glass cabochon, fabric, ribbon, etc. (see above listing) included. All you need to provide is some E-6000 glue, chenille needle for the ribbon, and standard sewing supplies to create these. They take about an hour from start to finish...not including the drying time for the glue. ;)

Just email me if you are many...and I can send you a PayPal invoice to your email address. 


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Open Registration Notice

OPEN REGISTRATION, ICQC-103, 15-17 January 2019 

REGISTRATION will remain open until midnight on Friday, January 17th 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 (as I'm out of town at the moment, you may get this on Monday if I have issues with internet service at the hotel)...not sure; just letting you know not to worry if you don't hear from me right away.

However, if I have not sent you something by Monday night...then please email me again as you probably were not successful in registering the first time. I'll be back in town on Sunday, but may be too tired to deal with unpacking everything until Monday. Thanks for your understanding.
Next, Google/Blogger will send you (at my request) an Invitation to join the Class Blog where the class will be held. Watch for this VERY IMPORTANT email from them; as it expires in three days time. So once you do receive need to "accept" to get access to the class blog. If you do not receive this by Tuesday morning; please email me to let me know. After you accept the can then work to complete the tasks for the class at your own pace. It's ONLY the invitation that expires after 3 days.
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. There are not "special" supplies needed if you already embroider or most likely have everything in your stash as we go. If not, it's fine to order and wait before continuing. Since you'll be choosing the colors you want to use...a supply list is not a feasible requirement.
Hugs to all,