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.