Friday, July 27, 2012

I think I found my muse!

I can't share just yet, but I promise too very soon. I think I found my muse. She was hanging around Wednesday afternoon and then again yesterday. Together we cut, sewed and embellished two projects. This morning she wasn't around so I mowed the lawn. I'm hoping she joins me after a quick swim because I need her to finish up what we started.
Perhaps she returned because I treated myself to some of Shannon's gorgeous fabrics from "Sweet Inspirations." 

 Last call for photos of your work or group work, news of upcoming CQ events, tutorials, letters to editor, etc for Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Gathering magazine..thank you! Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bohemian (Boho) Gatherings Bag class

Bohemian Gatherings Bag classes now available...some examples I have made.
August 8th, 9th and 10th
Penny, Jan, and Karen joined me for a three day
Boho Gatherings Bag class and field trip
Monday Aug 8th~ Field trip to Lemon Creek Fabrics in Berien Springs,Michigan where the ladies and I shopped till we almost dropped.... After recuperating and a bite to eat we continued to Trade Wind beads in Watervliet where we scored a wonderful collection of new beads. The smiles said it all! The next day the ladies set out to piece the CQ flap for their bags. Each bag was unique and wonderful.
If you think you can handle a lot of fun while learning to make a unique BOHO bag you may reserve a class for you and up to 3 friends through September by emailing me at or calling 219-926-6128 (central)
Classes are limited and by appointment only. Class instruction per student is $150 for 2 five hour days. A field trip can be arranged if desired, just email or phone for details.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Teaching children CQ submit your story-call for entry

I love to teach children of any age the art of crazy quilting. Introducing children to needle and thread and fabric seems to be fading in this country while crazy quilting seems to be getting popular and recognized like never before. It isn't fair to the children to introduce them to toys, television and video games but not the needlecraft. Remember how creative you were as a child? Remember how your imagination took you places you could have never gone?
Lets show them that sewing and being artistic with fiber is far from "the good ole days" pictured here.Children love colors, texture and fun embellishments every bit as much as adults and they are not afraid to show it, so why not take some time to sit down in the garden or a cozy corner of your home and share crazy quilting with them. It provides many lessons such as basic sewing techniques, color and pattern play, building puzzles, and so much more. Boys and girls benefit and enjoy working with fiber so include both if you can.
If you have photos (300dpi) of teaching a child (children)to crazy quilt or embellish/embroidery, please submit them to Crazy Quilt Magazine before Oct 31st along with a description and feedback from the children to be published in the Winter issue of the magazine. All submissions will be entered to win a stash pack for each child in the winning entry. The winning child/children's photo will appear in the Spring issue. Lets encourage children to crazy quilt.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Second issue available

The Summer issue #2 of Crazy Quilting Gatherings magazine is now available and on sale!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Perfect stitches tool

If you want to learn crazy quilt embroidery stitches, teach a child to stitch, or just practice, you should try this tool by Robbie Fields.
It comes with everything you need to start making beautiful stitches. Kit includes:
  • 1 - Set of 5 Transfer Long-Lasting Marking Strips
  • 1 - 32 page Step by Step Booklet containing Instructions And Illustrations for over 30 Stitch patterns (In English and Spanish!)
  • 1 - Disappearing Ink Pen
  • 1 - Tutorial to introduce hand embroidery to elementary school-age children
It is very affordable and useful for any level stitcher.