Friday, July 26, 2019

Week of Inspiration

Everywhere I looked this week, something was inspiring.

I've had "traditional quilts" on my mind lately as recently I became Chairperson, for my Quilt Guild's upcoming show next year. So, I'm knee deep in figuring out what quilt(s) I need to complete myself...and working on Patreon and Class projects too.

School begins in less than 2 that is on my mind (Your's too if you have children or grand-children) it just seems like a really busy time.

But, while at the chiropractor's office this week...I noticed the new floor rug. I"m thinking that this could be inspiration for a new medallion quilt pattern. Plus, I'm really liking the light blue and browns together as a color grouping!

Pulled some solids thinking of combining these with the silk tie fabrics for a crazy quilt for the show...but it is about 5th on my list of things to get had to pack these back away until at least one of the current on-going applique quilts is closer to finishing.

Lastly, the Vintage Re-production CQ Class is well underway...most have completed their first project and this weekend we begin to think about out "next" project. It got me to thinking about vintage embroidery designs...and worked up a French Rose for the Patreon group.

Now, I have to totally change gears and get ready to depart for South Alabama...on Tuesday. My friend Mary Young and I have a plan to use some of her dear Mom's garments in a I need to go pick these things up. Then, my bestee Sharron Grafton is hosting me for a Silk Ribbon Embroidery Class at her long-arm shop in Newton, AL on the 3rd of August...Saturday. I'm so looking forward to the trip...even if I am hauling my laptop, printer, sewing machine...and STUFF with me. A full car load a usual...but still it will be fun!

Hope this post finds each of you enjoying the end of your summer days as school begins soon!

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 watch for an email from them this week!

If you missed the other sites this is the listing. While it is too late for their daily 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 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 can order printable sheets for your inkjet or laser 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 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; 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

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 be advised.

Looking forward to this new course!


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Heads 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!