Wednesday, February 12, 2020

OPEN REGISTRATION - ICQC-105 (Silk Ribbon Embroidery and More)

Open Registration 15-17 February (Saturday -- Monday)

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.

The 3-Day Registration Period 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 after the registration is closed. I will send welcome emails and blog invites throughout the first week to get everyone up and on the blog. For now, after you sign for the blog invite and welcome email...AND begin to order your silk ribbon.  

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 the first day after registration closes...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, February 2, 2020

Basic Machine Piecing Class Happening...

I've been having a wonderful time with the Basic Machine Piecing Class that I'm teaching at the local Community Center. New quilters and quilters that have stopped...but want to get back to it have made a nice little group of six ladies...all eager to learn! We are having a great time!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Retreat Time

Once a year...we have a special retreat. Anyone is welcome to attend...all you need to do is register and get yourself to the Reteat site near Cullman, AL during the dates of the retreat (24 through 27 April 2020)

We do everything else!
Cost is $350 and covers Lodging, All meals, 2-classes w/supply kits...a super deal!
{Classes this year are Stumpwork Dragonfly w/needlelace body & Applique Magic} I think you'll enjoy both of these classes.

Plus, there are gift bags for everyone and prize drawings throughout the Retreat.
Thearica is going to come and set up her CQ Shoppe again this year be ready to shop for lace, trims, beads, charms, and so much more!

You do not have to do crazy quilts to attend...there is time for you to work on other projects (any type) if you like.

We drive up on Friday afternoon (or fly into Huntsville, AL and rent a car). Then we play with fabric Friday night, all day on Saturday, all day on Sunday...(and eat, eat, eat)...then after breakfast on Monday we head home.

So, if you fly...get flights on Friday morning...and Monday afternoon as the BEST times. We will of course work around anytime that you decide...and you'll need GPS to find the Red Rooster Retreat Center as they are located on a County Road in the farm country surrounding Smith Lake, outside of Cullman, Alabama.

Here's their website link: Red Rooster Retreats

If you are interested...just drop me an email at


Monday, January 6, 2020

Basic CQ Course - Open for Registration - 5-7 January 2020

Registration for This course is not CLOSED. (The next open registration will be 5-7 watch for that post here during that timeframe).

Please read the ENTIRE post before you email your registration information. Thank you :)

Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-1) is open for REGISTRATION until midnight on 7 Jan (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.
This is a FREE online class. It is self-paced, and expected to take 4-8 weeks, depending on the time you have available to complete the 12 assigned Tasks.
Above is an artist illustration of the block we'll be working on in this course. 
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.
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 dozens of 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-1) is a REQUIRED course...before you can sign up to any of the other crazy quilt courses offered through this blog. You begin with this course...
After you register...expect an invitation to the course site before the morning of the 8th.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Changes to YAHOO Groups

Good morning everyone...

Yahoo Groups is making HUGE changes to their platform. So, I'm forced to make huge changes to the SHAWKL Files Group site. In the next couple of days...Yahoo will "delete" all FILES from every group site.

SO, if you want the "retired classes" get over to Yahoo Groups (Shawkl Files) and finish downloading the ones you have been putting off.

I'll try to find a new site for these...but it will take some time to get that done. When it is, I'll post here on the blog to let you know where you can then get the older class information.

If you have not yet gotten around to joining the Yahoo Group (and now is it almost too late)...just scroll down until you see the rose at the RIGHT SIDE BAR. Click and request to join...I'll approve when the email comes to me...and you can then download all of the files. Don't only have about 2-3 more days before all is gone.


Monday, December 2, 2019

Book Review: Heirloom Embroidery from Brian Haggard

Technically, this is a group of iron-on transfers...not so much a "book" although it is book format.

The transfer designs are all on single sided paper, so you just need to cut apart; press to fabric...and embroidery over the lines that appear then.

The designs are based on vintage quilt designs; but have a very modern and romantic feel to them. My only issue with the book (as with any iron on pattern) is that you have to live with the scale of the objects. So, the best way to use them is to plan your crazy quilt blocks "around" them...they become the main focus. You could also "re-imagine" them by adding silk flowers or buttons or such!

Also, it will be fun just to prepare a few pieces of fabric with these designs...and stitch. Later, they can be incorporated into blocks even if I don't know "what block" they will live within in at the moment. So, these would make really great quick take-along project ideas. A few skeins of floss, small embroidery scissors, needle book, and fabric with printed design...should fit into just about any size purse! I can see these being worked while waiting in the doctor's office (and don't you just ALWAYS have to wait)...or just sitting and listening during most any group meeting or function. If you have a few minutes...on a train, on a plane, in a car, at the bar (okay, maybe not at the bar)...ha! Dr Suess got to me for a moment...hugs!

Anyhow, this is a great collection...and has over 225 images for you to play with! Totally recommend it to all crazy quilters!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Book Review: The Storyteller's Sampler Quilt by Cinzia White

This is one hefty about twice the width of most books these days. But, that extra space is needed to document the 359 block designs included in this catalog of inspiration! Each block is a tiny pieced wonder (most hand sewn due to their size). Each has a full size pattern and detailed diagram on how to pieced. None of these are overly complicated...but the bits are too small for my old eyes to want to actually sew. While the author hand pieced the blocks; she has included paper piecing instructions on many of them (which would make it easier to do these with a machine). There is some applique and some embroidery peppered throughout the blocks as well. 

While I will not be making this quilt, the book is so worth space on my shelf; and will remain there for years to come because it is so inspiring. Sometimes, I need books just to pull down and look at to remind me that when the "tedious" gets overwhelming, there are still OTHER quilts out there that are so much more detailed than the one I happen to be trying to finish at the moment...and while THEY were done...this one can be done too! A little "pep talk" to myself at times...ha!

Some of the blocks are very manageable, even using fabric strips or fabric with stripes rather than teensy parts. Also, many of the blocks within this quilt are designs that could be done in satin stitch embroidery...especially since the pieces ARE so small. It would be interesting to interpret several of few dozen perhaps. That's going to be on my list of future idea projects as it is intriguing me and I have a vision of the results already. So, best begin a new Project Sheet for the idea before it leaves my head!

If you love small hand pieced projects this is certainly the quilt for you! If you just want to be inspired by the glorious work of other quilters, this is the book for you!