Wednesday, July 17, 2019

And the winner is...

Wendy Bain....congrats on winning a free E-book copy of my latest book Stunning Stitches!

Thanks to all who left a comment, sorry that everyone could not have won.

Wow, what a great week...I'm grateful to all of the sites that participated in the Blog Tour. Each winner will be getting an email from C&T Publications with a link to their new E-book to download.

Congrats to all of the winners this week!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Blog Tour Last Day

Wow, what a week!

I'm so very appreciative today...and inspired too!

Several wonderful creative folks have been sharing their thoughts about my newest book, Stunning Stitches on their sites...and offering a little chance at a free E-book as well.


I'm the last in the group for this Blog Tour (site tour might be more appropriate)...and will also give a reader a chance at getting the E-book free. Just leave a comment...make sure I can reach you via email (so add that if it's not available as a direct link). I'll select a winner tomorrow...and post here on the blog. 

Then, I'll be gathering the emails of all of the winners this week and sending that along to C&T. Winners will get their E-books directly from C&T Publications shortly there after...so watch for an email from them this week!

If you missed the other sites this week...here is the listing. While it is too late for their daily drawings...it is not too late to visit their site. And, ALL of these creative artists really make beautiful stitched and/or quilted things. So, please take the time to check out the links...just for new inspiration!


Monday, July 15, 2019

OPEN REGISTRATION - ICQC-105 (Silk Ribbon Embroidery and More)

Open Registration 15-17 July (Monday-Wednesday)

IMPORTANT: This course REQUIRES that you complete the Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-1) first, before registering. So, please ensure that you did finish the BCQC-1 before submitting your registration information. While it is also good to have completed the ICQC-103 and 104 courses...they is not required. You can also take this course at the same time as the ICQC-103 or 104 course (if you can make the time for both).

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 motifs...you 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. If you want to create these on existing blocks, that is fine...but will require some extra work on your part to create tissue paper or soluble sheet transfers; and the results are not guaranteed to work out (just so you know).

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 sheets as I recommend.


I created my own printable fabric using freezer paper (check under the TUTORIAL TAB above) for almost all of these motifs. Or, if you prefer...you can order printable sheets for your inkjet or laser copier/printer from Amazon.com 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 in 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. The below chart has all of 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 manageable for most of the tasks.)

Here is the chart for supplies (ribbon/thread): [click to enlarge the photo]. It is fine to change the colors if you prefer flowers of a different color (check the name in the far left side) but the sizes of ribbon should be maintained if possible...although I have listed substitutions in the remarks IF YOU MUST change the requirements.


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.


Monday through Wednesday will be filled with responses to registrations and getting the class blog up and running; ...so don't expect the course to really get going until Thursday. I will send welcome emails and blog invites throughout the week however. 

To register, please email me your NAME, State/Country, Email Address you wish to use for this course to shaw.kathy@yahoo.com

Remember: PLEASE do not register if you have not completed the BCQC-1 as it is a pre-registration requirement. 

After sending your registration, I will respond with a "Welcome" email. If you don't receive this by Sunday morning...then assume that I did not receive your information and resend the original email note. Note that I don't accept late registrations because these classes fill so fast; so FORWARD your original email note to me so I can clarify the date it was sent.

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 work out as well...so be advised.

Looking forward to this new course!

 Hugs!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Heads UP....free E-book possible

Check out C&T Publications Blog tomorrow! Might just be a free E-book in it for you!

We're having a week long event...just letting all of my followers know!

HUGS!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Basic CQ Course - Open for Registration - 5-7 July

OPEN REGISTRATION - Basic Crazy Quilt Course - 5-7 July



Please read the ENTIRE post before you email your registration information. Thank you :)

 
Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-1) is open for REGISTRATION until midnight on 7 July (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.
 
This is a FREE online class. It is self-paced, and expected to take 4-8 weeks, depending on the time you have available to complete the 12 assigned Tasks.
 
Above is an artist illustration of the block we'll be working on in this course. 
 
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.
 
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 dozens of 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-1) is a REQUIRED course...before you can sign up to any of the other crazy quilt courses offered through this blog. You begin with this course...
 
After you register...expect an invitation to the course site before the morning of the 8th.
 
HUGS!

Friday, June 28, 2019

UFO's


Un-Finished Objects can be a very discouraging thing...like a failure at times. But, they can also bring on feelings of success once we do get back around to completing them!

This quilt has been stored away in my sewing room for many a year. I loved working on it, then for some un-known reason...I grabbed the white fabric and used it for a different project ..."duh, without thinking obviously!"... Then when I came back to work on this quilt, there wasn't enough white to continue very far. So, it got put into a plastic container until I could find the same white-on-white fabric gain

Thankfully, I did manage to find another couple of years at a quilt shop months later...and stored it immediately with the parts of the quilt. But, it still went back into storage..and has not been touched since. I really need to work on this as it is not a difficult quilt to piece pretty quickly. The big question will be, what to do for a border then? The fabrics are older, so that will be the next challenge for it...what will match?

Do you have a UFO story? (Or, perhaps a dozen of them?...ha!)

Hugs,

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.