Thursday, May 11, 2017

ICQC-105 Ribbon Embroidery Course

Open Registration 11-13 May (Thursday through Saturday)

This is a new course and DOES REQUIRE that you have completed the Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-1) before registering. Last month was the second time we offered this class...and it has been such fun.

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 most of Thursday, 11 May...but will check my emails in the evening. I will begin responding to your notes and to registrations on Tuesday morning at the latest.

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 22-24 June, and this ICQC-105 course will repeat later this summer 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, May 4, 2017

Windy, Breezy, Sleepy...

Sounds like a group of cartoon characters...but instead, adjectives for my day!  Woke around 3:30 a.m. to the sound of loud popping, cracking, and was so windy out that the aluminum siding at the back of the apartment was quivering with wind whipping under it. As the headboard of my bead is on this wall...the sound woke me up.

Then, I woke the dog...and he realized it was up on the bed he came. Normally this is not his place of sleep, but I allow it if it is stormy...poor thing just shakes with fear. So, there we lay listening to the wind...trying to go back to sleep...when the lights went out. No electricity...and it began to get humid and hot as the HVAC unit was also now off.

As I tossed and turned (only having half the bed now to do that in)...finally just gave up and got up. It was light out, and the trees were just swaying in the winds. So, I opened all of the windows that I could (the ones that don't have furniture in front of them, but that's story for another day)...and the breeze was great.

But, with no electricity...there was no phone, no internet, no television, no radio...just the charge on my I began to read. That didn't last long, as I was too tired to concentrate. 

So, I when outside to see the damage. My fear was that the huge old pecan tree in the front yard might have lost some large limbs OR that one of the vehicles may have gotten some damage. But, thankfully, all was good. The yard was littered everywhere with small leafy twigs and tiny branches but no large objects. The rugs were blown off the porch and some flower pots turned over.

I went next door to check on Mother and my Sister-in-law...and visited a bit. Then I went back upstaires (home) to empty the dishwasher. That I could accomplish without electricity. The house was much cooler now that a breeze was blowing through the windows.

So, went back to bed! The dog came too. :)

The electricity was out for about eleven hours...and the cable/internet a couple of hours more. So, it has been a relaxing and almost non-productive day.