I am of the 'sandwich' generation. I take care of my mother...and my daughter/grand-daughter. My life is hectic but rewarding. I love to stitch and have done so for decades. My present hobby/passion is three-fold...shadow applique, crazy quilt/embroidery, and making jewelry.
Most cyber-folks know me as Shawkl. That is the name of this blog...and also the log-on name I use on multiple other message boards and chat rooms on the internet. In total, I belong to 18 cyber groups…thankfully, not all of them are very active! But since each offers me a different glimpse to a stitching technique I love or want to learn more about…I’m hooked! And…the swaps and challenges keep me busy! Here is one of the mermaid silkies I stitched for my friend Nickilee. The sequin and beaded tail of the mother was stitched by me, as was the hair, and the baby tail was stitched by Nickilee.
I am in my mid-fifties…and live in a tiny little town in northeastern Alabama. My entire family lives here…all six of my siblings and their children, my mother, my two children, and my three grandchildren. So, it’s a nice place to be. I am retired and now get to call my time my own…but my family doesn’t understand that at times…LOL! Before you get too bored…let me share a photo of the second mermaid I completed for Nickilee. My niece has been hinting lately for a gown…but, I’m trying not to relent. Her sister was a gorgeous bride however; and I feel myself start to give in…ssshhhh don’t tell her! Here is a photo of the last bride I dressed. I also made the flower-girl’s dress, her basket, and all of the bridal parties flowers…I’m a crafter as well as a needle-artist. A very few years later… all of my cross-stitch was packed away in boxes! Here is a close-up of a quilt I finished for my sister, Jan…it is called Apple Bars and pattern is by Lynette Jensen as published in her book “The Thimbleberries Book of Quilts”. I occasionally teach a “cyber class” in quilting but mostly rely here on my blog as a vehicle for me to instruct and share my stitching adventures. Would you like to see my very first quilt? I didn’t even know that attempting a king size quilt was NOT a good thing! It is horrendous…a blue log cabin and the blocks had to be at least 30 inches each…as it only took 6 or 8 (can’t remember) to create the quilt. It was tied with yarn…and after multiple washes…they looked like little balls of fur all over the quilt. I ‘graciously’ let my spouse have it in the divorce…as he loved it! Here it is across the bottom of our king size bed. We used only black, blue-black, and navy fabrics for the background traditional blocks…and bright yellow, gold, red and blue for the center medallion. I don’t recall where the star patterns came from…possibly Judy Martin or Judy Hopkins as both authors were favorites of mine during this time. The center motif was from “Curves Unlimited” by Joyce M. Schlotzhauer. The medallion and stars were pieced by me, as were some of the background blocks, the remaining blocks were pieced by other members. We all shared in hand-quilting the top. I would love to have this quilt…and have often thought about recreating it just for the fun of doing it again. www.shawkldesigns.com and I am very excited about this book because it gives me another opportunity to share my stitching and embroidery motif patterns…and hopefully it will also entice more folks to try crazy quilting. The train is totally designed and about 1/3 of the way appliqued…but has been put away since my grand-daughter was born in 2003…so, perhaps I’ll be motivated to pull that out again in the next few months and complete it. My life is crazy…and my time is certainly not always my own! Here is a sample of one of the shadow-appliqué floral patterns that will be incorporated into the wedding train.