The Autumn 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is out

We have recently returned to Australia arriving home to one of our coldest winters after spending time in one of Europes hottest summers. So after unpacking, and tackling those tasks you need to do after being away so long I was delighted to get over my jet lag with a Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly. All these seasons in one week my body is quite a muddle! That aside for my readers who are interesting in Crazy Quilting this is a heads up to let you know that the Autumn 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is out.

I am not affiliated with this magazine and do not gain financially from this review.

The cover artist this time around is Elisabeth Jenkins Baty whose Horn of Plenty immediately caught my eye. I loved the highly textured 3D piece that incorporates a mix of techniques raised work techniques.

Quilts featured included Tree Song by Renee Watts ( I loved the way this quilt read), Robin Waybright’s Hello Spring, Brenda Sandusky’s Celebrate America, Genevieve Tracy’s Hanky Panky Quilt and a Lace hexagon quilt by Darlene Kliewer. So there is lots of eye candy and ideas to keep anyone busy.  Mary Anne Richardsons ideas on combining crazy quilting and landscape quilting is a new take and an article I enjoyed.

I always like to see smaller projects as often people who are new to crazy quilting get put off by the idea that they have to make a quilt. So featuring smaller projects helps people see how crazy quilting can be made into other things too! Alice McClelland and Janet Popish their ideas on how to make crazy quilt greeting cards. Other small project ideas for embroidery hoop ornaments come from Gill Compigne-Leaney. This issue also includes directions by Mary Anne Richardson on how to make a denim and lace tote bag. Janese Morris explains how she made a crazy quilted soft toy elephant. That is not really a toy!

In Through the Looking Glass, Suzy Quaife shares with readers her vintage journal made of fabric. This freeform crazy quilting style is very popular at the moment and is another more contemporary take on crazy quilting.

Dotted throughout the issue is Kathy Shaw’s and Pamela Kellogs free designs and ideas for seams and motifs. As usual the readers submissions which are always interesting to see.

The Autumn 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is available via Magcloud here.There is always a good spread of ideas in each issue and I fell it is worth the price. As I stated at the start of this article I am not affiliated with this magazine and do not gain financially from this review.

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement to direct your viewer’s eye around the block are covered in detail. I also explain how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

The Spring 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is out

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Spring 2018 coverThis is a heads up for all my readers out there who are interested in Crazy Quilting. Just a quick note to let you know that the Spring 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is out. First up however I want to point out that I am not affiliated with this magazine and do not gain financially from this review.

Gradually over the last few issues the page layout of this publication has changed. As you can see in the few screenshots featured Crazy Quilt Quarterly under the guidance of Pamela Kellogg has moved away from the cluttered scrapbook style page decorations and now has a cleaner modern look and feel. I find it much easier to read when the work is featured against a clean background. Often crazy quilting is visually complex enough without adding more page decoration!

This issue has too much in it, to review every single article, so I will touch on a few highlights. Featuring cover artist is Karen Guthrie inside also holds some delicious eye candy from Betty Pillsbury, Nina Burnsides and Genevieve Tracey.

I really enjoy the contemporary work of Fiona Price. In this issue Fiona describes here textile experiment “Woodland Solace” that is made with hand dyed fabric scraps, lace and Lutradur. Fiona builds here interestingly textured surfaces from all sorts of fabrics even old dish cloths and packaging that she then dyes. After adding these to a foundation she then builds further with embroidery beads. Her work is delicious and I really enjoyed reading about her process.

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Spring 2018 pageEveryone loves stories and I delighted in the article from Karen Anthonisen Finch about Arpillera Storytelling Quilts – A South American Tradition. I have always enjoyed the playful folk art of these textile traditions.

As usual this issue is full of tutorials for various projects such as Florence Martin’s Crazy Patch Tin,and something different in the form of tutorial on a crazy patch window valence from Mary Anne Richardson. For those who like 3D projects Kathy Shaw has shared both pattern and directions on how she makes her Muse Doll. Brenda Sandusky has shared how she makes Christmas ornaments (some ideas there to tuck away for the end of the year)

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Spring 2018 is available here via MagCloud as I said at the start of the article I am not affiliated with this magazine and do not gain financially from this review I just think its a good issue and like the modern direction Pam Kellogg is taking the publication in.

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2020 crazy quilt block 6

2020 crazy quilt block 6This is my block 6 in the 2020 Challenge. Finished and bound, this hexagon has 4-inch sides and is 8 inches across from point-to-point.

For those readers who have not yet come across the 2020 challenge, the aim is to stitch a crazy quilt using 2,020 different items to mark the year 2020. You will find the guidelines, information, and a list of free resources here. I figure this is a slow and enjoyable project as I have a couple of years to complete it!

2020 crazy quilt block 6 unembellishedMeanwhile, this was my starting point. I used 5 pieces of fabric in the unembellished block. During the piecing process, I also added two pieces of lace and the cut doily.

2020 crazy quilt block 6 patternAs usual, here is the basic pattern of my 2020 crazy quilt block 6, for those who want to use it.

Details on my 2020 crazy quilt block 6

The first photograph illustrates two details on the block. The first is a lace motif in the shape of a butterfly.
2020 crazy quilt block 6detail 1Using my stitcher’s templates, I traced out the curving stems of the flower motif. I worked Portuguese Stem Stitch using a hand-dyed cotton thread the same thickness as cotton perle #5. The flower designs are lace flower motifs, that I also hand-dyed. I tacked them in place, then secured them using 2 Bullion Knot (previously counted on block 1) – worked in a hand-dyed cotton perle #8.

2020 crazy quilt block 6 detail 2I covered the seam of piece 4 with a piece of hand dyed lace. It came from the same dye bath of the butterfly in the first photograph. After attaching this lace with small stitches I then added blue violet cats eye 3-4 mm beads.

2020 crazy quilt block 6 detail 3The other piece of lace that you can see on the block was also in the same dye bath as the butterfly and lace. I used back stitch in the holes along the zigzag edge using a lilac coloured chainette metallic thread. Sorry, I don’t know the brand – I picked it up somewhere in my travels or bargain hunting and it no longer has a label. After I had back stitched the edge, I then used my stitcher’s templates to mark out the curves before stitching them in Stem stitch (counted on block 1) using a mauve buttonhole twist silk thread. I then added the blue novelty flower beads.

2020 crazy quilt block 6 detail 4At the base of my 2020 crazy quilt block 6, I decorated the doily with bullion knots (already counted on block 3), straight stitches and seed beads. In the holes of the doily, I added pale blue cats eye 3-4 mm beads. I then added a lace motif that I call a flourish. It is cut from a much larger motif that was hand-dyed. I secured it to the block using regular sewing thread. And then I added the two pale blue flower shaped glass beads.

2020 crazy quilt block 6 detail 5The last detail on my 2020 crazy quilt block 6, is a simple line of Detached Chain Stitch (previously counted on block 1), worked in sets of three. I added straight stitches between the detached chain stitches and topped them with seed beads. The detached chain stitches are worked in the same hand-dyed cotton perle #8 as the bullion knots on the flowers in the first detail photograph. The lace butterfly was secured with small stitches and seed beads

Count on 2020 crazy quilt block 6

Seed beads are not counted, and there are no buttons on this block – I don’t think I have made a block without buttons so this is a bit unusual!

  • Fabrics: 5
  • Lace and doilies: 3
  • Lace motifs: 4, comprising Lace flourish, flowers and 2 butterflies
  • Beads: 4 blue-violet cats eye 3-4 mm beads, blue novelty flower beads, pale blue cats eye 3-4 mm beads, pale blue flower glass beads
  • Threads: 4 – hand-dyed cotton (unknown), hand-dyed cotton perle #8, lilac coloured chainette metallic, mauve buttonhole twist silk thread
  • Stitches: 2 Backstitch, Portuguese stem

Total 22
Previous tally 142

Total of items to date for the 2020 challenge is 164!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my 2020 crazy quilt block 6. The aim is to make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. If you want to find out more about the challenge. You will find the guidelines and list of resources here 

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. I cover everything from fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I reveal how to stitch, and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

My Crazy quilters templates

My templates for crazy quilters 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 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.

using my Crazy Quilt Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Crazy Quilt Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here