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!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Floral & Roses Traditional Block - Marcy's Block

Today, I finished my work on Marcy's block in the Floral & Traditional Round Robin over in the Crazy Quilting International group on Facebook. I followed Lydia, who had already done the area across the top of the block. Here is what I decided to do...and why:

I began by adding lace motifs. The center of the block has such a large area of floral print (which I'm guessing Marcy wants to keep and not hide) that it needs something to balance that size against. The lace is at the bottom left, the upper right, and the upper left.

Since Lydia has already worked in the upper left area (where the lace needed to go to balance against the other two pieces) I decides to extend her motif visually by tucking smaller bits of lace up into the area. This pulls the eye over the top and down that side following Lydia's work and ending with the lace pieces. I tucked a little silk ribbon butterfly between the lace pieces to tie them to the silk ribbon work Lydia has included above them.
Next, was seam work. I choose the top seam and the long side seam on the left side. The first seam includes the "prongs" that I'm know for stitching as I love their look. The large flowers are actually "stacked sequins" with a tiny center bead to hold all of them together. Then, the space has a sweet little Fargo Rose with leaves to soften up all of those metallic/plastic sequins.
Lastly was a wavy seam with little flowers and the tiniest of sequins which just sparkle in the light, but don't really draw attention to themselves otherwise. Here too is a ribbon butterfly filling the space between this seam and Lydia's work.
So, here is my finished area of work. There is a 3rd silk ribbon butterfly...can you find it?

Thursday, July 6, 2017


REGISTRATION will remain open until midnight on Saturday, July 8th 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 Friday morning, email me to let me know. You will need this invite to actually gain access to the class blog.
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,

Friday, June 30, 2017

They're HERE!

Just look what the UPS guy brought me today! 
I've been stuffing envelopes getting them ready to ship.
The the postman will pick up tomorrow (after I carry these two heavy boxes downstairs and put them on Mom's front porch). Only have the five International Orders to take to the post office...whew!

There are a handful still in the Etsy if you want one at that 31% discount...get it soon. When they are sold out, you'll need to go to for them. BTW, Amazon (US and EUR) should have the book listed on their sites now as well.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Latest Book - UPDATE

Look what arrived yesterday! My book PROOF copy. It a printed copy of what will be printed...and it "always" needs corrections...things I just don't notice looking at the computer screen...but jump out at me when I see it on actual paper.
I have finished all of the changes and sent the new files back to the printer for their review. With a little luck...I can order books next week for shipment to everyone that has placed a Pre-Order Sale Price of 31% Off MSRP at Amazon. If the books come really early, I'll order a group...mail out and then catch any other orders that come in between then and 3 July.
Thought you might enjoy a few sneak peaks at some of the inside pages, so I'll show you some of the things that I found "to change"....ha!

The front of the book has some seam designs aligned on strips of "faux fabric". There are also 3 inside pages like this but the fabrics are solid strips of color. Here, at the top of one of these pages...the top seam is all but "cut off". So, had to go adjust the bleed for the pages...realign and reduce some strips, then reposition the seams.

Here, the Table of Contents didn't have all of the bullets lined up. I had checked the spelling...but did not pay attention to the indents. (Maryanne, I should have not tried to do this edit on my own...even though it is only a handful of pages...I am apparently ill-equiped to catch the small things. Ha!)


In this bottom seam on Page #25, I'm thinking "where did that red ball come from?". Well, it should have been a stack of had to go into Illustrator and redraw (then let that link into the InDesign master file) and finally export into the Adobe PDF file which the printer asks for.

Here on page 73, the last seam of that page was "chopped off". Had to go in and move the entire group of seams up a smidge on that page.

On page 94, these seams were "dancing cheek to cheek" as they all tried to crowd into the space. Went in and shifed the entire page group up/down to give these center ones some more room.

Found on this page, the sequin groups in the top seam were "marching off the page". So, went in and re-aligned them in the proper space.
Hope you have enjoyed a little peek behind the curtain of creating a book; when you are acting as author and creator of the artwork.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fancy Seam Designs available for Pre-Order Price at 31% Savings!

My next book is at the printer! It is available on my Etsy Shop for a few a 31% savings! Crazy Quilting-Volume III: Fancy Seam Designs. You will love this book!
Unlike book pre-sales in the past, I will only be ordering the EXACT number of books to be delivered from my Etsy Shop. So, if you do not get your order in by the deadline (midnight 2 July); you will have to get your copy at at the full MSRP of $31.95.
 I really think you will enjoy this book. It includes 500-full color seam designs. These designs include thread embroidery and elements of Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Beads, Buttons, Sequins and more. You can use templates to create the base seam design (shown as black in these seams) or free-hand stitch these designs.

I do give you the template designs for scanning at the back of the book. But, I'm also going to create a free download document in the next few days for everyone that purchases a book from the Etsy shop so you can just download it and print directly to your vellum paper IF you are going to use templates for these designs.

You don't need the templates, just offering because that is MY own preferred method to create seams.

I'm super excited about this book...and know you will love it too!
International Sales: if you are interested in this sales price; contact me so we can discuss. I have not authorized international sales on my Etsy Shop Site because the postage amounts are so un-realistic for international shipments in the past.

Book Series: the prior "thinking" about this continuing series was to introduce more patterns for embroidery motifs next; but they are taking months to I pushed the seam book to the front. No worries, the motifs are still coming...just taking a huge amount of effort to get each illustration converted to vector drawings. Perhaps later this year, or next year...hugs!