Kindle Lauch TODAY

 Today, no more pre-orders on Kindle!
My latest book finally launched!
The wait is over for all you Kindle Fire or Ipad users!
I even ordered it myself...wanted to see how it "printed" on the device and here is how a page looks on my Kindle Fire HD, Loving it!
Plus, if you have Kindle Unlimited can read it for free!
Or with a Prime can borrow it for free!
The print books HAVE been printed, got a notice just yesterday...and they are "preparing them" for shipment. I know some of you can't wait...(I know I can't)...but the
E-book is a good way to have the book with you where-every you go.

Doing the Happy Dance!!!

This week the final print proof of my new book was approved...and I ordered the print copies for my Etsy shop. So, those of you that have taken advantage of the Pre-Order 30% savings...will get your books mailed out as soon as these books arrive at my door (at least by 1 December). 
BUT...If you go to today...and search for Kathy will see my new book because Crazy Quilting Volume I: Beyond the Basics is available EARLY on Amazon! I'm so happy about that, just in time for spread the news. Of course it is full price, not discounted as my Etsy Site is right now.
For international folks...or anyone that prefers to read electronic is also available as an Amazon Kindle book! The official release for this electronic version is tomorrow...but you can get it today, and it will be delivered tomorrow. If you go to and search for "Kathy Shaw" or the book is what you will see! (The site has 1 Dec as the release date..but that will change as I just approved the release date of tomorrow)

PLUS, If you have Kindle can read it for free!

Doing the happy dance!

CQJP 2016 has launched!

You can read all about next years challenge at the CQJP2016 Blog.
Also, check out all of the prior years...and the FINISHED projects at the main CQJP Blog.

ICQC-104 November is now OPEN for Registration

Welcome to ICQC-104, Mixed Motifs with Fabric

Registration is NOW OPEN...and will close at midnight CST on Sunday, 15 November 

You must have completed ICQC-101 Prior to registering
It is advised that you have also completed ICQC-103 because this Course builds on that one; but I'm not going to make that a mandatory class since the year and this course offering is winding down

This course 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 1: Create a CQ Block with Framed Silkie

Task 1: Create a Broderie Perse Applique
Task 2: Create a Hand Applique Heart (or other shape)
Task 3: Design an Applique based on an Embroidery Pattern

104D-Raised Applique
Task 1: Create a Raised Applique (Bunny, Cat, or Teddy Bear)

104E-Working with Various Slips
Task 1: Create an Embroidery Slip
Task 2: Create a Silkie Slip
Task 3: 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.

Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2016 launches on Friday!

Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2016 Challenge
Registration is OPEN from 13 November to 20 December 2015

(I'll accept late entries as long as I have the time during the holidays to update the blog. But, no promises...and absolutely no more entries after the end of the month of December.)
Please go to CQJP2016 Blog and Read Each of these TAB PAGES:

-- CQJP Rules

-- Use of Photos

-- Questions & Answers

-- How to Register

Follow the steps at the How to Register page tab to complete your registration and begin your challenge for 2016!

Check out the Blog  Badges on the right side bar.  These are photos that can be saved to your computer, and then uploaded to the sidebar of your own blog. Please link back to when you use these.

The Questions & Answers page provides information for commonly asked questions; but if you have another one...please email it to

Looking forward to all the creative blocks this year. If they are anything like the ones we have seen in past years...they will be inspirational!

Kathy Shaw
Founder of the
Crazy Quilt Journal Project

Marci Hainkel
CQJP Operations

OPEN REGISTRATION for ICQC-103, Embellishing with Threads until Tuesday night...

 REGISTRATION will remain open until midnight on Tuesday, November 10th
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.
The class is FREE, you will not be charged anything for the instructions.
Registration for the ICQC-103 requires the completion of the BCQC class first. This is a prerequisite.

  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 Friday afternoon , email me to let me know.
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. 
You are encouraged to have completed the ICQC-101 class before this one...but it is no longer a "requirement".
Hugs to all,

I'm So Excited - Taking PRE-ORDERS now for my next book......

My goal was to get the Volume I - Beyond Basics editition out before Christmas...and with the help of my copy editor "extraordinare" Mary Anne Richardson...we are going to make it maybe before Thanksgiving even!
Just got the first proof back from the printer...and it is gorgeous!
Still tweeking the copy for spelling, etc. but will have that done very soon.
140 pages of photos, diagrams, patterns, just crazy fun! 
Amazon will carry this their publisher price of $29.40
If you pre-order now from my Etsy Shoppe
you can reserve a copy
for $20.60
plus S/H of course.
The price on Etsy will go back to the original MSRP cost on 1 December. Edited to add: Pre sales are Amazon now is carrying the book. You can still get regular editions at my Etsy shop.
These will ship to you as soon as I get them from the printer which should be before the first week in you will have for Christmas for sure!


OPEN Registration for BCQC-November

OPEN Registration for Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC)

November 2015

 REGISTRATION will remain open until midnight on November 7th (CST)
The class is self-paced, and expected to take 4-8 weeks, depending on the time you have available to complete the 12 assigned Tasks.
This is the last class for 2015 registration; Next year this course will be offered again...about once every 3 months. 
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.
Link to the Basic Supply List 
You WILL be required to get your own supplies to complete the about 8 x 10 size block.
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.
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.

  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 Thursday morning, email me to let me know.
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
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! 
Note: For those of you looking for the Open Registration for ICQC-103; I've moved that to 8-10 November to allow more of the ICQC-101 students a change to get into the class then.

LAST Offereing of the ICQC-101 Course is OPEN for REGISTRATION (26-28 Oct CST)

Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course (ICQC)-101
Designing and Piecing Crazy Quilt Blocks
is OPEN for Registration
You Must Have Completed BCQC first to Register for ICQC-101

Registration will close at midnight 28 October, Central Standard Time
The class will begin on 29 October and should take 3-5 weeks (or less) to complete. 
This course is a per-requisite for the ICQC-103 and ICQC-104 Courses offered next year. 
You can not take these, until you have finished this ICQC-101 Class...and THIS is the last registration window to be offered for this course. 
So, it's "now or never". 
If you want to read more about the "why" of this decision..check out THIS POST.
These mini classes will comprise this ICQC-101 course:
A - Printing on Fabric
B - Color Theory
C - Selecting Fabrics
D - Designing Blocks
E - Adding Lace & Trims
F - Piecing CQ Blocks
The class is FREE, you will not be charged anything for the instructions.
Link to the Basic Supply List 
You WILL be required to get your own supplies to complete the different class tasks. 
  If you are interested in taking this course, please email me at and provide me this information to register:
Your first name
Your last name
You country of residence
Your state of residence IF you live in the USA
The email address (if different) you wish me to send class instructional handouts to.
The email address (if different) you wish me to use for Class Blog Access.
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. 
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. We will follow the same process you used in the Basic Class.
This is the first module of the Intermediate level courses; while it does NOT involve a lot of sewing or does involve a lot of thinking! We will cover Color Theory...and you will select various groups of colors. We will discuss the various types of designs for piecing CQ blocks...and when to use which each design. You will be practicing these designs by applying the guidelines...and then designing your own blocks on paper. You will sew at least one block as the last task...using any of the designs covered in the course. So, while there is not a huge requirement for fabrics, etc...there is a lot of thinking that happens.
Hugs, and I hope to see you in the class!

Working On Today

Today is a good day! I woke up feeling great...and as a result, got the letters for the Ms. Butterworths costume skirt cut out and fused into place. The next task for this Halloween costume is to make the ties and attach some gold rickrack. Then a simple circular collar in brown needs to be sewn. I may actually get this done today!

Last night, while cutting out the letters...I was staring at my design wall. It was covered in projects started last year...and no where near done. So depressing. So, I got up...pulled my finished Hexagon Blocks out of the drawer...and pinned them on the wall instead. All the stuff that came off the wall, went into the drawer! Seeing these blocks every day will help motivate me to keep working on them until all are done.
 Off the computer...and back to the sewing machine!


New Class Calendar

The Class Schedule has been updated to reflect the Courses offered next year (the ones for the remainder of this year have not changed)
Next year will bring many changes. 
After much thought...I've decided to work much harder next year at publishing the two books already underway...AND convert many of the existing courses into self-paced training manuals.
There will still be some CQ Classes offered as well. The Basics Class will be for beginners or those folks that may have even never tried crazy quilting. I'll be editing it somewhat...but no big changes. Promoting CQ is a big part of my own teaching journey; and is very important to me. This will always remain a free class.
There will also be a book created that combines the Design Principles, Block Construction, Color Theory, and more. It will also include a Basic Block pattern and Templates. The block will not be the same as the BCQC uses...but will cover those piecing guidelines.
The Dying/Painting/Etc. course (ICQC-102) will also still be available free to everyone. It is the a class about mixing colors and is good for crafters, painters, and CQ folks. Because it covers so much more than just will not be made into a book. Some elements may contribute to the color theory portion of the Basic Book...but not the same as for the ICQC-102.

The Intermediate Required Course (ICQC-101)
The last offering of the ICQC-101 course will be 26-28 October. This is a required course for any of the other ICQC Courses (other than #102 mentioned above). These other courses will be offered at least ONE MORE TIME. So, if you have been on the fence about signing up for the ICQC-101 only have one more chance.

And, if you are dragging your feet about finishing the ICQC-101...having signed up for it need to "get the lead out" so you can sign up for the other courses as they are offered next year (or the end of this year). Because, once their registration window closes..they will not be offered again.

Here's the quick run-down of the upcoming class dates, after you have finished BCQC and ICQC-101:

ICQC-103 will be open for registration 2-4 November and next year 27-29 January.

ICQC-104 will be open for registration 12-14 November and next year 13-15 April.

All of the classes, except the ICQC-102 will be rewritten this winter and made available as books on my Etsy and Craftsy sites next year.
A few things have been learned by me over these past two years...regarding offering these free classes:
1) The modules are so detailed that most participants can follow the instructions without a lot of clarification from me. So, offering a similarly written book should be successful.
2) Not everyone can keep up with a class that requires interaction. Some prefer to just work along as they can, and don't want to have to "check in" between tasks.
3) Some folks like working in private and not showing their results.
4) The class interaction is a great thing for those that participate...and will be missed.
5) Tracking class progress, handling registrations and overlapping classes, and writing/editing new classes takes much more time than I first thought it would.
This past year has been a really hard year for me. This summer especially. These classes have been a great joy and have kept me going so many days when I just didn't feel like even getting out of bed. But, they have also taken so much time writing, editing, and stitching samples...that I actually developed a chronic muscle injury in my shoulder. There was very little stitching accomplished this year that did not relate to the classes. I'd like to change that next year.
So, I'm stepping back from so much "tracking" and "posting about classes"...and will be spending more time on finishing my books and the dozens of UFO's I have been pushing back for so many months.
I hope you will continue to follow my my own crazy quilting journey continues. wrap up...For those of you that have finished the Basic Class...and want to get into the intermediate level classes before they are gone...MAKE SURE to sign up and complete the ICQC-101 before next year. The last offering opens this Monday! Can't say I didn't give you a heads-up.

Change is on the way!


Put Your Thinking Cap On...and Win!

I'm procrastinating...because I don't want to work on a Halloween costume. There is a long-term project that has kept me busy for the past few and time permitted.  
Today, I added some more beads to it. Really to "them".
I also cleared out some magazines...and found that I had a duplicate of a dis-continued Inspirations Magazine, #11 published back in 1996. 
The reason I have this edition is that it has a great little pattern for a mouse pin cushion with silk ribbon (or thread) embroidery on it.
So, why not give it away? Therefore...let's have a contest...yeh, I here you groaning...but it might be fun! 
All you need to do is guess what I'm working on...and I'll give you a huge is NOT a crazy quilt block.
All of the pictures (other than the magazine of course) relate to this, just leave me a comment...and the first person to guess gets the magazine!
One project is Winter Themed and the other is Springtime Themed...but both are the same thing. 
So...what are they?
10/25/15 Edited to Add: Okay, the guessing is over...and we have no winner! Guess I made it too hard...huh? There were some "close" guesses...but not correct. The correct answer is "Detachable Yokes". These will be available in my Etsy store if I ever get them done! Thanks for all the new ideas based on your comments too....ROFL! HUGS!

ICQC-102 Paints, Dyes, Etc.

This course is scheduled for open registration 21-23 October. I have a feeling that there is not a lot of interest in it however, at this time. The end of the year is fast approaching and we are all so busy...and dying seems like such a Spring/Summer activity.
So, if you are interested in this course at this time...just email me you name, state/country, and email that you want me to use for the and I'll include you in the present course that is ongoing...and is small in number.
The full course description is under the Free CQ Class info tab at the top of the blog.
Hugs, to all!

ICQC 107 - Mini-Silk Ribbon Embroidery Gardens...OPEN for Registration

10/198/15 EDITED TO ADD: This registration has now closed.

NOTE: Had some unexpected company today...threw me "off schedule" late posting this. Because of that, I'm leaving the registration open until the 18th...
This is a new has only been offered once June. At that time, we had over 30 participants finish...and all enjoyed creating these miniature flower gardens.
You need to have finished the BCQC before registering for this class. 
The Silk Ribbon Embroidery Stitch Guide and the General Embroidery Stitches handout from the BCQC Class will be helpful in this module as well.
Registration closes at midnight on Sunday, 18 October (CST)
This class will cover the creation of two 9" embroidery scenes that include silk ribbon flowers. IF you prefer NOT to create these scenes, you can do the individual flowers on plain fabric as a sampler or journal pages.
The supply list is available under the Free CQ Classes Tab above; but will also be send in your Welcome Email ...after you register.
Flowers included in this class are:
Climbing Rose
Longstem Rosebuds
Rose Bush
Wisteria Vine
To register:
Email me at 
Include the following information in your email to me:
First Name
Last Name
State/Country of residence
Your email address (to be used to send lesson handouts)
Then, I will email you with a Welcome to the Class, so you will know that I have received your registration request.
Next, I will also have Google Blogger send you an invitation email to join the class blog.
This process will be the same as for the BCQC class...I'll email tasks to you...and You will post photos of your finished work...then the next task will be sent.
Looking forward to seeing some beautiful embroidery scenes! Here are the photo examples of the miniature gardens we shall be working on. Thread embroidery, painted backgrounds, and ribbon embroidery are included in these scenes:


Finishing CQ Blocks

I've finished twelve of my 22 CQ-Hexagon blocks this summer! It's always such a job to get one embellished. All summer long I've been promising to show how I finish these off by adding the backings. 
Finally I took enough photos of the process to write a tutorial. However, it is rather than just put it here...I created a PDF document for you. 
  Here is a link to the pdf Tutorial on Finishing CQ Blocks, specifically written for the Hexagon Blocks...but the instruction will work with any shape or size of block you choose to make.
Enjoy your stitching!


Pattern: 12-inch CQ Block

Sometimes things work out...and sometimes they just don't. For me, every time I try to "be quick" and flip-n-sew a block together...I'm not happy with the results. I know what a balanced block should look like...and usually this fast method just does not produce that for me. This above block is a good example of that. It's an "adequate" block; and I did try to be careful in my fabric choices as I worked around the block. There are not "touching" pieces of the same fabric. But there is a disparity of thin longer patches and wide fat patches. There is also a lot of seams that follow the same horizontal lines.
The block is for the Batik Round Robin on CQI Facebook Group. It didn't take long a couple of hours total maybe. But, then thinking about it kept me up another hour last night...and I promise you that "I Do Need My Beauty Sleep."
I'm a person that likes design...and I like to plan...but I'm also pretty busy so limited in time. So, this morning I set down and designed a new block and created the pattern pieces for it. I'm much happier with this result and other than making the pattern in the first took me half the time to piece this second block that it did the first. Afterall, I had less decisions on "where to put what" because I had already thought about that when designing the pattern. I had "used up" some of the fabrics on the first block, but still found enough light batiks to make this a good canvas to work on. Hope the ladies enjoy stitching on it!
Thought you might like this here is the pattern: CQ-12inch-square-block
The file size is 40M so give it time to download the PDF it was created in Adobe Illustrator software with embedded images; and THEN saved as a pdf file.

Hugs to all!