Have you seen my Templates for crazy quilters?

using Sharon B's CQ StencilsMy templates for crazy quilters are designed with other stitchers in mind. I aim to help you take your stitching to the next level.  With my templates you are able to create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams and decorate you crazy quilt patches with flair.

These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box. To use them position the template in place and, holding it firmly with one hand, so that it does not shift, use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template to create a pattern. You can stitch along this line to decorate the seam.

using my Crazy Quilt Templates set 2

There are also a number of different curved lines that allow you to create many organic type hand embroidery designs. They are ideal for floral sprays. The curved lines can also be used them to create frames and other types of flourishes on your work.

Templates fro crazy quilters ebook pageTo  show how each set of  templates could be used, I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set. Using the shapes found on the edge of each stencil you can create numerous seam embellishments.

 

TO ORDER your Crazy Quilt Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here  (sorry currently out of stock and will be available again soon) But you can get the second set!
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

dove from Crazy Quilt Templates set 2

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Summer edition is out

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Summer edition 2016coverThe Crazy Quilt Quarterly Summer edition 2016 is out. Although our northern hemisphere crazy quilt sisters are getting ready for summer, downunder our weather is turning into an Aussie winter. So I curled up with my ipad and enjoyed this edition.

Articles about crazy quilting from key teachers and authors provide inspiration and eye candy. These articles are interspersed with tutorials and patterns.

Kathleen Klein has written a step by step illustrated tutorial on making a beaded butterfly. The article does not give us the finished dimensions of the butterfly but it looks to be small enough to sit on any spring or summer crazy quilt block.

Crazy quilters are always looking for new techniques and innovative ways to use supplies. This issue has an article on ric rac which suggests different ways to use it. Technique tips are not left out as there is a good demonstration of how to print a pattern on tissue paper.

Pam Kellog has also published a pattern for a crazy quilt cat. At first I thought these would make great pin cushions and a nice gift for a fellow crazy quilter but I am not sure I could stab a cat with pins! So for me, they will have to remain a doll like object I think.

Another three patterns in the hexagon block series is available in this issue and some charted seam treatments and some floral cross stitch borders that are designed to be used with 10ct waste canvas.

On cotton fabric you can print out a design of a ballerina by Kathy Shaw. Kathy suggests you adorn her by adding a skirt to the ballerinas costume turning her into 3D project for your crazy quilt blocks.

Features include large and small projects. Victorian Ladies Crazy Quilt by Connie Kalina made from a Crazy Quilting International round robin has an unusual set and I enjoyed the story behind each woman.

Winged Pansy Patch by Genevieve Tracy won a Best of Show Award. Genevieve gave herself the challenge of embellishing her seams with different beaded patterns and beaded stitches.It was interesting to see close up details of her bead work.

Other projects are Art Bras by Angela Grasse, a quilt by Dorothy Ruddling titled a Labour of Love and a Crazy Quilt Wedding bag by Janis Stoker. Also the reader submissions never fail to delight or give me a dose of inspiration over my morning cuppa.

I do not get compensated in any way for this review but we do have a professional relationship as I accept advertising for Crazy Quilt Quarterly which is displayed in my side bar.

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Summer edition is available from Magcloud, as printed version which retails for 14.95 US and a digital version for $6.95.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge Stitch 40

Stitch 40 for Take a Stitch Tuesday is Shell Chain. Shell chain is a form of double chain stitch which is a lot of fun to do, particularly if you add beads! So my tutorial this week demonstrates the regular shell chain and then demonstrates the same stitch wiht a bead added. This freeform sample of shell chain is worked using a variety threads, knitting yarns including even some satin ribbon! The ribbon is about 1/4 of an inch wide.
shell chain stitch sample
If you decide to add beads to Shell chain use stitch use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread cotton perle #8 and cotton Perle #5 through the long eye. However, the needle itself is thin, which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch. The Beading is NOT done afterwards but during the stitching process.

TAST2012logoHow to join in and share Stitch 40 of the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners what can be done with a little imagination.

I have an IMPORTANT QUESTION about TAST. Can readers leave some feedback as to the direction they would like to see TAST take?  Do we want to stop this challenge at stitch 50 or carry on to stop at a 100? Or, another option is to take a break at stitch 50 for a month or so then repeat the challenge. Open to other ideas as well, leave a comment below and let me know what you think. I have also asked the  TAST facebook group and will probably run a poll there.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Shell chain page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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Crazy Quilt Block 91

Crazy quilt block 91Crazy quilt block 91 is a block in shades of blue gold and burnt yellows.  This block sits in the overall diagonal design of my I Dropped the Button Box quilt. On this block I mainly used a mix of quilters cottons.    There is 8 pieces of fabric used in this  6 inch block.

Crazy quilt block 91 diagram

Crazy Quilt Block 90 Fabric content:

Piece 1: quilters cotton

Piece 2: quilters cotton

Piece 3: quilters cotton

Piece 4: Velvet

Piece 5: Cotton corduroy

Piece 6: quilters cotton

Piece 7: quilters cotton

Piece 8: quilters cotton

Item Count: 

My personal challenge when I made this quilt was to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles. In other words I am using this series to check the count!

Fabric: 8

Lace, braid and ribbon: 3

Buttons and charms: 9

Total items on this block: 20

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1744

Crazy Quilt Block 91 free Pattern

Crazy quilt block 91 patternThe Embellished Details on Crazy Quilt Block 91

 

 

Crazy quilt block 91detail 589The first photos is of 2 seam details. Feather Stitch is worked in Rayon ribbon floss and alternating buttonhole stitch in worked in cotton perle #5.

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This seam was first covered with this metallic lace. I then edged it in detached chain stitches arranged in sets of 3 along the seam.

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This Cretan stitch is worked in cotton Perle #5 thread and I added sequins that are secured with seed beads in the spaces between the arms of the Cretan Stitches.

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I first covered this seam with braid then added seed beads along the length of the braid. Along the edge of the braid I added sets of 3 straight stitches arranged in a fan I then topped these with seed beads.

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The last detail is a cluster of buttons 1 of which is vintage as the dark blue one is old. The rest are modern buttons. These buttons sit beside a line of zig zag chain stitch that I worked in cotton perle #5 thread

I dropped button box quiltIf you are new to this site the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is set with blocks that are arranged by colour in diagonal lines.   My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also  pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!

This article is part of a series that offers a free block patterns from my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box while also documenting each block which are listed on the CQ details FAQ page. You can read more about the quilt there.

Have you seen my Crazy quilters templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting I designed these templates with other crazy quilters in mind. With my Crazy Quilters Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

I have two sets of Crazy quilt templates available

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here